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Back By Popular Demand!

Do you have a new camera that has the dreaded M on the dial?
Do you have an old camera collecting dust and it is calling you back to a shelved passion?
Would you like to learn the basics of taking a better photograph?

If you said yes to any of the above then come journey with me and I will be your guide as we unlock the power of the Manual mode of your camera and take control of the amazing tool in your hand!

Together we will learn the rules of how your camera “sees” and what potential your camera has that you never knew was possible. No experience is necessary – just your camera and your interest to see behind the curtain of Oz.

In-Person – Beginner
Dates: Mondays Feb 7, 14, 28 (not Feb 21 STAT Holiday)*, 2022
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Seniors on the Bow**    2nd Floor, Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
Number of Classes: 3
Adult 18+  Number of participants limited to ensure social distancing.
Fee   $66.00

*If COVID regulations restrict in-person meetings, this course will pivot to online format via Zoom on the same schedule. The meeting link will be emailed to you.

**Enter Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) at the west door, then take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor. Follow hallway west, then south to the end.
Masking onsite is required.

Week 1 – Introduction to your camera and the basics of what it takes to take a picture. Focus, F stop, Shutter speed, ISO. Techniques for taking a better photo. How to work with depth of field and shutter speed for interesting possibilities. Lens distortion and Noise. What possibilities are there with your gear?

Week 2 – Light. How to see the light. One light source, two light sources, multiple light sources. How does light impact your photographic visions? Natural light sources versus created sources – what are the differences and what can you do with them?

Week 3 – Types of photography and what might spark your interests and passion. Basic ideas to get your imagination ignited. Time to play with what we have learned. We will look at some simple what to do at home processes that are fun and interesting!

Materials Required for All Classes

Digital camera body and lens with Manual option. Tripod.

Instructor David MacKenzie

David inspires his students with his passion for storytelling through photography.

Back By Popular Demand!

This course was held online in May and is back due to requests from some who missed it! Some comments by previous participants:
“David is very knowledgeable and informative. He is very generous with his time to answer questions and provides lots of good scenarios for students to try.”
“I did not realize how much I didn’t know until I started to shoot manually. Auto is great but the shots with manual settings are without bounds for your creative self!!”
“The Beginner Photography course is a must for anyone interested in learning photography. David MacKenzie is an excellent instructor and helps to keep everything simple and easy to understand.”

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