Photography 101 Workshop (Classroom)

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Duration: 4 hours
Dates: Summer, 2022
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Montrose, CO
Max: 6 Students
Price: $175

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Photography Workshop: "Beginner 101 - Classroom"

This a CLASSROOM ONLY workshop focused on introducing the beginner photographer or new camera owner to the basic concepts of composition and exposure. You will be shown how to work with the major camera features required to take your first steps forward in photography. With these skills you can begin to take better photos of any subject and get more enjoyment from your photography.

This lesson contains a lot of information (don’t worry, you  will be given notes as a PDF file so you can just focus on the class).

Who Should Take This Class?:

  • Beginner – who need an introduction to their new cameras and to photography basics.

  • Novice – who wish to get an all inclusive review of the basics. It’s a great refresher course for those who learned (but forgot) this information previously.

Exposure | Depth of Field & Shooting Modes

Understanding Exposure:

  • Most training out there tells you “what to do” NOT “why to do it and how it works”.
  • Understanding the why and how allows you to tackle new situations not just those situtions used within a single example.
  • Achieving proper exposure. (working with shutter speed, aperture and ISO).
  • Working with exposure compensation.

Shooting Modes:

  • M, A, S (Tv), P
  • What are they for? When to use them.

Depth of Field:

  • Improving your composition with depth of field.
  • DOF and aperture (f/stops) focal length, sensor size, subject distance.
Metering | Focusing | Dynamic Range

Metering Modes:

  • Controlling exposure via metering modes.
  • Targeting exposure to your subject.


  • Focusing techniques
  • Focus area modes
  • Focus points
  • Using manual focus

Dynamic Range:

  • Learn how to tackle those terrible lighting situations that leave you with blown out skies and shadows with no details.

Basic Composition
  • Framing your subjects
  • Rule of thirds
  • Background and foregrounds
  • Unique viewpoints
  • and more…
Image Critique:

All students are encouraged to bring some select photos on a thumb drive for a critique session.

  • Best Photos: Bring your best photos with you so we can discuss what you have done right and what can be improved upon next time.
  • Problem Photos: Bring samples of photos that represent ongoing issues you may be having so that we can discuss how to overcome those issues.

Workshop Location

Golden Ridge Condos:  Club-House (Library)
1290 Golden Circle
Golden, CO 80401

Activity Requirements

  • Classroom
  • Little to no walking
  • Moderate walkingUp to 1 mile on relatively flat ground.
  • Easy hikingShort distances ( < 1/4 mile) with moderate to steep grade.
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Got questions? We have answers.
Our growing list of Q&A's come directly from our students.
If you do not find the answer you are looking for, be sure to send us an email and we will answer you ASAP.

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