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Crash Course: Camera Basics

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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 13 and older
Average Class Size: 12

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this beginner photography class:

ATTENTION:  This class will be offered as scheduled, but we will start the class using an online, live-streaming platform.  This will allow us to do full LIVE teaching, with realtime interaction and a thru-the-lens camera view for demonstrations. We are excited to offer this class at a discount in response to challenges faced by the health emergency.


Crash Course: Camera Basics is an efficient, one-shot introduction to digital photography, and a good place to explore the fundamentals of your camera.  We'll get you up and running quickly, showing you what's up with all the buttons and dials, the different modes available, and how to read your light meter.   You'll learn about basic exposure control, and just become more familiar with your camera in general.


COVID-19 UPDATE:  Using live video demonstrations, guided feedback to exercises, screen-sharing for slides and illustrations, and submitted assignments, we’ll be able to translate the great majority of the content from this class to the online format, and develop exciting new content for the medium as well.  We look forward to the challenge, and we hope you do too!


Who should take this class?

Anyone who would like to quickly improve your familiarity and understanding of your digital camera's basic functions and features.


What to bring?

COVID-19 UPDATE:  No need to “bring” anything, as we’ll be meeting remotely for now.  Make sure your battery is well charged, and that you have adequate space on your memory card!


Prerequisites

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.



Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Students must give notification 72 hours or more in advance to receive full refund/transfer credit. Request made within 72 hours will be charged a 25% withdrawal fee. No refunds granted after the beginning of class.

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Question from anonymous
Hi, I have a DSLR and am looking to figure out why when I shoot in RAW mode the pictures are blurry, but when I shoot in JPEG they look better. I know the camera does it's own little magic on the photos when shot in JPEG, but how do I get the photos to not be blurry in RAW mode? I want to fully utilize the Manual mode on the camera. I use Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop, but the settings never seem to fix the blurriness properly. Will this class help with these issues? Thanks
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! There is a difference between the RAW and jpg files in that the jpg almost always has in-camera sharpening applied. This makes the image feel sharper (less blurry). Raw files do not on their own apply any sharpening... this is handled during the user’s post-production stage. While this is all fascinating, the school doesn’t really cover the deep reasons why this is the case in the 3 hr Crash Course: Camera Basics. Instead, they focus on camera operation useful to all students to take better pictures.
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Question from Sulimon B.
Hi, is this class suitable for product photography?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Sulimon! This class is a primer on the camera’s mechanics and understanding the basics of photography. It’s definitely applicable to the product and all forms of photography, though we don’t cover the product specifically as it is geared for beginners. Hope this helps!
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Question from anonymous
I would need to buy a digital camera before taking this class. Is there any recommendation? Thank you.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! A DSLR, mirrorless, micro 4/3 systems. Any camera that has manual control of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, it should be suitable for this class. Film-based SLR or rangefinder cameras are OK, but you may wish to rent one of the DSLRs to use alongside your film camera for the in-class feedback. Hope this helps!
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Question from Marie D.
I really wanna take the class but I don't have a camera. Do you have a camera I can use for class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Marie! You can rent a DSLR at BKC Brooklyn Central. I'll send you the list of the rental fees. Thanks!
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Question from Anonymous
I see from the Q&A that you can rent a camera for this class. Where I can find more information on the exact process on renting one?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! You will need to get in touch with BKC Brooklyn Central directly. You may visit their site or give them a call. Thanks!
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Question from Anonymous
Hi. Is it ok if my camera does not have a manual mode for this class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
It’s ok but the school also rent cameras for $25 if you want to do that as well. Most students will have manual cameras.
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Question from Veronica R.
This class goes over lunch. Will there be a lunch break? Should students bring their own lunch?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Veronica, there is no lunch break but student welcome to bring bagged lunch if they think they might get hungry during the class.
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Question from Mitchell H.
I do not yet have a DSLR camera. I am interested in taking a basics to understand what features in a camera I might want/need? Must I already have a camera for this class?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hey Mitchell, you can rent a camera for $15.
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Question from Rawan A.
Hey, how should I contact when I get to the location?
Answer from Angelica B. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Rawan, the school will email you with their contact details upon confirmation of your enrollment.
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Question from Serena C.
Does this class teach how to use the manual functions on your dslr?
Answer from Jenn C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, the class will cover manual functions of your DSLR. The class will allow you to explore the fundamentals of your camera including the use of the buttons and dials, the different modes available, and reading your light meter. You'll learn about basic exposure control, and just become more familiar with your camera in general.
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Question from Goldy 1.
What age group is this class geared for? Kids or adults?
Answer from Chermalyn P. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Goldy! The class is geared for all ages, 13 and up. The school requires that students under 18 be booked by their parents or with their parents' permission. Most of their students are over the age of 18, from early 20s all the way up to retirement age, but they certainly welcomed younger students in the class. Young students have been successful at learning since it all depends on the student's comfort level.
Answer from Jeff J. Verified Student
Curious-minded kids would be fine in this class.
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Question from Goldy 1.
What age group is this class for? Kids or adults?
Answer from Arielle A. Verified Student
Adults, but mature kids could probably attend as well. There is a portion of the class where you go out in the street on your own to practice what you've learned so if sending a kid would be good to have an adult to supervise.
Answer from Antonia F. Verified Student
Adults.
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Question from Obmarys R.
hello, Does this course include any certificates?
Answer from Chermalyn P. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Obmarys! They are a hobbyist school so this class does not include a certificate. The best they can provide is a pdf stating the student attended the course.
Answer from Iuliia M. Verified Student
No
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Reviews of Classes at BKC (323)

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Crash Course: Camera Basics
Reviewed by Tiffany F. on 12/9/2018
Loved it . It was very informative and the teacher answered all of questions!
Crash Course: Camera Basics
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/1/2018
Good amount of info, but it really is a crash course. 3 hours is not enough time to practice all of the concepts they discuss. Didn’t love the instructor.. he wasn’t very engaging and when I went up to him after to ask him a question about my camera, he just looked annoyed, and gave me as quick a response to get me out the door. Was a good class for what I paid, but probably won’t be back anytime soon.
Crash Course: Camera Basics
Reviewed by Nicholas S. on 7/5/2018
Sally is remarkable in her skills (decade + of photography experience and education), her teaching abilities (excellent slides, examples, real world situations, and practice), and her humor (a bonus). This class was picture perfect.
Crash Course: Camera Basics
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/27/2018
The instructor was really good and knowledgeable. But I didn't feel that I really knew my camera THAT much more than I did before. Also the space wasn't great. Too small, hot, and hard to find. I enjoyed the class and will definitely take another one. I was just hoping for more.
Crash Course: Camera Basics
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/5/2018
Very thorough and clear intro to using a digital camera. Came away with lots of new approaches to shooting!
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