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Photography Course: Introduction

Photography Course: Introduction

This beginners photography course in Boston includes classroom demonstrations and in-class photography assignments that help you understand the proper use of your digital camera, whether working with a digital SLR or mirrorless model. The Introduction to Photography class provides participants with both an understanding of digital photography and camera, and provides greater confidence in the use of sophisticated photography equipment in a single day. In this photography class students explore major camera controls, functions, components and accessories. Learn photographic essentials as this class also covers the interrelationship between light, ISO, shutter speed and aperture, metering light for correct exposure; and how different focal length lenses affect the look of our images. Throughout the course, the instructor, a professional photographer with more than a decade of experience both shooting and teaching, helps you to understand both the use of cameras and the processes of photography. This full-day photography class is offered primarily on weekends.

Questions about this photography class? Interested in a private or customized photography training? Call to speak with a training consultant: 781-376-6044.

Photography Course: Introduction Course Dates

All classes are led by a live instructor. Class times listed are Eastern time.


Please call 800-851-9237 or 781-376-6044 to schedule a course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.


Understanding Photography Equipment

  • Types of cameras bodies
  • Choosing a case
  • Memory cards
  • Lens types
  • Filters and gels
  • Tripods, Speed lights, and more

Learn to photograph using natural light

  • Benefits of natural lighting
  • Understanding types of natural light
  • Light direction
  • Working with shutter speed and aperture controls
  • Natural light diffusion
  • Using reflectors

Using your camera in manual mode

  • Discovering your camera’s controls
  • Exposure: shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity

How aperture & shutter speed impact photography

  • Getting the best light for your image
  • Working in different lighting situations

Taking advantage of white balance

  • Understanding neutrals and how you use them
  • Balancing your light
  • Using gray cards

Discovering how to meter light to improve your photographs

  • Internal meters vs hand held
  • Using your light meter
  • Measuring your light form different sources

Photograhic Image composition

  • Compositional rules
  • Leaving room for motion

Understanding how ISO impacts photographs

  • How raising or lowering ISO affects your image
  • Working with image grain

Working with various lens types on your camera

  • Lens speed
  • Lens options
  • Prime vs Zoom lens

Understanding lens speed and options for different photographic scenarios

  • Creating depth of field
  • Creating motion blur

Understanding image size and resolution

  • Finding the file size of your image
  • Understanding resolution needs
  • Knowing where you image will be used
  • Using Camera Raw

Understanding photographic image file types

  • Best image types for digital photography
  • Image compression
  • File size and compatibility of your photographs

A camera that can be set in manual mode is required to participate in this photography course. Digital SLR cameras from any manufacturer can be used, as can modern mirrorless cameras.

You will receive comprehensive course materials for this class developed by the expert instructors at American Graphics Institute.

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