Hands-On Digital Photography Introduction

Characteristics Of This Class:

Learn the basics of using a digital camera at home, at work, or traveling, whether you have a point-and-shoot with some features or a fancy new DSLR. This intimate, laid-back, and non-competitive class will teach you how to use your new camera - or make better use of your existing camera's features.

With a mixture of lecture and hands-on photography, this class will cover taking photographs and setting up a digital photo workflow. You must take some photos before you come, but we'll also shoot during the day.

  • Part 1 - Getting to Know Your Camera and the Most Important Settings
  • Part 2 - Shooting with your New Skills
  • Part 3 - Post Processing Overview, Tips, and Final Questions

After shooting, we will overview the most important steps in the the editing process. The steps will be demonstrated with a variety of common software choices (iPhoto, Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop etc.). You will receive feedback, tips and management techniques based on the widely accepted ASMP Best Practices website and book as well as exposure and composition help.

Notes About the Schedule

  • At the start of class, I will be gathering experience information and equipment from those who are attending. Actual class and presentation will start around 10:00-10:15am.
  • Around 4:30pm we'll start wrapping up the equipment and have a Q& A session that could last until 5pm.

Equipment for Class

  • Please bring your camera, cables, memory cards, laptop and everything that came with the camera, especially the manual! Every camera model is unique, and if we can't solve a problem, we can look it up!
  • You may bring your own computer for this class, but it isn't necessary unless you have specific photo editing questions to bring up or you want to review your shots from the day before class ends. If you don't have a portable computer, you can rent one of our iMacs for $50, but you will need to bring a removable hard drive for your photos.

Who Should Take This:

Photographers who are just starting out and hobbyists/amateurs who want to get better. You should have either a DSLR or a point-and-shoot with priority modes and sound working knowledge of either a PC or Mac. If you are unsure about your computer contact BDA and the instructor will get back to you.

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy

Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.

I learned so much. Steve was awesome. Perfect teacher.

Aly, 10/24/2014

Good learning experience.

Gina R, 8/13/2014

Great value to me. I actually understand how to use my camera now and I'm not afraid to use the other settings on my camera.

Lauren, 8/13/2014

Most defiantly of value to me. Enjoyed the instructor, most defiantly! He was great! Explained perfectly and made it relevant.

Anna, 8/13/2014

Excellent, very informative, well explained. Steve is patient, clear and has great activities. lEarned so much in the first 2 hours, wow! BDA rocks! Looking forward to more classes in Denver.

Kimberly, 8/13/2014

The instructor was very helpful and I have a way better understanding of technique, what to do in different scenarios and different lighting.

Keli, 6/22/2014

Really great info, great hands-on class, de-mystifies photography.

Jordan, 6/21/2014

[After taking this class] I feel more confident knowing about what my camera can do. The instructor was very insightful and patient in answering all our questions and making sure we were confident.

Fatma, 6/21/2014

Our instructor was very personable, professional and knowledgeable in the field of photography. I feel I learned today and would take additional courses taught by Steve Gandy.

Michelle, 6/21/2014

I needed to get the basics to move forward with new equipment, the class was great!

Karen, 8/16/2013

Good amount of content for beginner, good balance of detail/specifics to hands-on. I feel like I know enough to practice, now.

Jenna, 6/15/2013

Best photography 101 class ever! Steve breaks down the information and explains it extremely well.

robin, 6/15/2013

Great info. Just the right amount. Steve is a good educator - I like his way of distilling info to simplest form.

Beth, 6/15/2013

Steve was very patient and knowledgeable.

Amy, 6/15/2013

This class made it easier for me to apply my video experience to still pictures.

Jonathan, 1/5/2013

Great help understanding my camera! Lots of great insights and tips!

Kathy, 10/13/2012

Great course! Stellar instructor!

Alexandra, 8/25/2012

[The instructor] was great! Excellent information - clear and understandable. Many great tips and ideas!

Pamela, 8/25/2012

[The instructor was] very sharp, clear and patient.

Susan, 8/25/2012

Great job explaining complex concepts - very effective communication.

Sue, 8/25/2012

Very hands on and informative.

John, 6/12/2012

Great instructor and facility.

Carol, 6/9/2012

Great crash-course on the basics of the camera and elements of composition.

Seth, 3/13/2012

Extremely valuable - helped me grasp basics of digital photography. Instructor was very informative and fun.

Nicholas, 3/10/2012

Excellent overview of the vast capabilities of digital cameras and editing software.

Stephanie, 3/10/2012

Learned so much about my camera! Robert was wonderful.

Mike, 12/3/2011

enjoyed getting more familiar with my camera and learned some new tricks. Bob is very knowledgeable and appears to enjoy teaching, making for a fun class.

Jess, 12/3/2011

I have learned enough to enjoy experimenting with my camera. Prior to the class, it was a struggle and I was missing out on so much. Now it is fun!

Deborah, 9/10/2011

I feel much better about being able to use my camera effectively as a result of this class. The instructor was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and experienced. His explanations of camera functions were very clear.

Dara, 9/10/2011

Helped me a ton!

Bethanny, 9/10/2011

Good class flow, very interactive.

Kim, 1/8/2011

Wonderful teacher - very patient but not too slow or tedious. Great balance - covered wide variety of topics very well.

Rachael, 1/8/2011

Loved the class!

Kelly, 1/14/2010

Even if you have a fairly efficient workflow established, guaranteed you would still learn plenty from Mark Johnson's Photographer's Workflow class. From the very first topic in the class outline I was learning new ideas to implement and tricks to tweak what I was already doing. I was a bit confused by Bridge so I was still using iPhoto for my workflow. Mark explained Bridge and enough about the RAW converter that I went straight home after class and changed my image capturer. The balance between instruction and Q&A makes the class time fly by and the three-hour course was filled with many Ah-Haa moments. Everyone has their own learning style but I found that engaging fully in the class with Mark, not concentrating on note taking so much, and using his eBook offers the greatest learning experience. Even though Mark goes through the material at a very good pace, there is still a lot one can learn and some of it may not stick in the gray matter after a few days or weeks pass. Thanks again for the class and the learning environment!

Bobbie, 4/27/2007

Mark is a fabulous instructor! If you want to push your Photoshop skills to new levels, take the time to participate in all his workshops!

cheryl, 4/26/2007

Excellent Photoshop tips, great hand out and visuals!

john, 1/13/2006

After a few other Photoshop classes and hours of working in it, this still illuminated many areas!

Marvin, 1/13/2006

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You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 3/3/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $149.00 for members and $179.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

March 07, 2015

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3/7/2015 | 9am - 5pm

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May 09, 2015

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5/9/2015 | 9am - 5pm

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July 18, 2015

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7/18/2015 | 9am - 5pm

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