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First Steps with a DSLR

with Kristin Dokoza

3 WEEK WORKSHOP

$225 Full Participation | $112 Study Along

Take your camera out of auto mode and start taking better pictures!

First Steps with a DSLR is a 3 week beginner photography workshop that helps new photographers move beyond auto mode and get the most out of their cameras. Students will learn the best camera settings to use in different situations, plus basic concepts of composition and natural light photography..

PREREQUISITES

Students must have a DSLR or mirrorless camera (and its accompanying manual) and a prime lens such as the 50mm f/1.8.

what you’ll get

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WEEKLY LESSONS AND VIDEOS

3 weekly lesson PDFs (formatted for print or on-screen viewing)

15 videos on everything you know to take your camera out of auto mode

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DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A

Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE

Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.

syllabus

Lesson One


LEARN ABOUT

Understanding exposure, light and composition.


ASSIGNMENT

Using light effectively and carefully composing portrait and landscape orientation photographs while shooting in Program Mode.

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Lesson Two


LEARN ABOUT

Understanding Aperture and Shooting in Aperture Priority Mode.


ASSIGNMENT

Photographing a subject using different apertures in Aperture Priority Mode.

Lesson Three


LEARN ABOUT

Understanding Shutter Speed and Shooting in Shutter Priority Mode.


ASSIGNMENT

Using Shutter Priority Mode to photograph a non-living subject, a living subject sitting still, and a living subject on the move.

"Five fantastic stars!"

- Bekah
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about your instructor

Kristin Dokoza is a child and family photographer in California who loves to capture unique light and thoughtful images. She loves to share her passion for light and finding the beautiful wonder that connects your family. Her style is clean, colorful and simple and her images are filled with warmth and laughter. If her Mark III is not within reach, Kristin is creatively capturing light and telling stories with her iPhone. You can view her work here.

how it works

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start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.

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Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.

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Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.