Introduction to Digital Photography

Intro to Digital Photography photo - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Student Reviews

"Great class!"

"The in person shoot was incredible and I learned a ton. I liked the assignments as they pushed me to get to know my camera better."

"Ray's encouraging feedback and info about ways of using my camera really helped me improve my comfort with this medium."

Class Overview

Are you perplexed by your digital camera and all the settings and buttons? Do you wish your photographs looked better? Learn the basics of photography and how you can get much more out of your camera in this fun and rewarding hands-on class.

Explore what the automatic settings can do for your photographs - and what they can’t. Gain a solid foundation in photography and how to apply the concepts to your photos. Discover how to put your camera to work for you, and how to go far beyond the default “automatic” settings. Learn how to get creative with the options in front of you and make your photographs more effective, artistic, useful, and evocative.

We will explore various settings, giving you time to practice and explore. We will go on a field trip as a class to take photos together in the city, testing out a variety of concepts in photography. As a class we will share photos and discuss them, an enjoyable and highly rewarding practice for everyone to learn from each other.

If you are beginning your photography journey with a digital camera, get ready for a fun learning experience with your camera.


Supplies Needed

  • A digital camera, anything from point-and-shoot to digital SLR, to mirrorless.
  • A computer so you can attend online classes via Zoom, and post your photographs to the internet using for sharing and feedback.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the foundation of photography
  • Demystify most of the settings on your camera, including Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure
  • Know when to use automatic, and when not to
  • Have a comfort level working with a variety of the settings on your camera
  • Understand white balance and histograms and why they matter
  • Adopt a primary setting for the bulk of your future photography
  • Create better photographs
  • Better capture the photo opportunities in front of your lens

Who Might Enjoy This Class

Anyone who wants to get more out of their digital camera - whether a brand-new camera or one that you have owned but don’t understand well


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