PHOTO1 The Basics


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PHOTO1 The Basics

Class Information
DAYTIME CLASS 10:00am – 12:30pm
EVENING CLASS 6:00pm – 8:30pm
WHERE 807 Rochow, 77019
CLASS SIZE (MAX) 20 students per class 
WHAT TO BRING Camera, lenses, pen & paper


Class Description
This is a one-day 2 1/2-hour class teaching you to no longer use Automatic. Instead, you will learn how to use the “Aperture Priority” and “Shutter Priority” modes. These modes give you a wide range of control over your pictures without the difficulties of shooting on Manual. This is why we don’t teach Manual photography at the beginner stage.. “Priority” modes are extremely versatile, less work-intensive and less confusing to start with. Manual photography can involve mathematical calculations, which we feel is too big of a leap forward when starting your photographic education. In fact, there are many cases where using Priority Modes is the preferred method of shooting.

The goal of the PHOTO1 The Basics photography class is to begin understanding your camera, and its settings for crafting your pictures. From this class, you will begin using your camera for what it’s really worth. You will also learn about lenses and what to look for when purchasing camera equipment. 

Topics Covered:

  • Semi-Automatic Modes – Aperture Priority &, Shutter Priority
  • ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
  • Optimal settings for difficult lighting, portraits, sports & action, creative photography, fireworks, nighttime photography, etc
  • How to navigate your camera’s settings
  • Lenses and focal length


  • Detailed downloadable notes and photography assignments
  • Direct correspondence with your instructor for questions and feedback.


Beginner Class Packages

BEGINNER 3-Class Package

BEGINNER 3-Class Package


BEGINNER 3-Class Package

BEGINNER 4-Class Package



Continuing Class Package

ADVANCED 3-Class Package

CONTINUING 3-Class Package





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Recommended Cameras for Classes

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Canon Rebel Series DSLRs Nikon DSLRs Cameras Sony Alpha Series SLR
XT, XTi, Xs, Xsi T1, T2, T2i, T3, T3i, T4, T4i, T5, T5i, T6, T6i, T7, T7i, SL1 D40, D40x, D50, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600 a33, a35, a37, a37K, a55, a57, a65, a70, a77, a99, a100, a200, a230, a290, a330, a350, a380, a450, a500, a550, a560, a580, a700, a850, a900, a3000,
Canon EOS Series DSLRs Nikon Pro-Sumer DSLRs Sony Mirrorless Cameras
10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 80D, 6D, 7D, 5D, 5D, MarkII, 5D Mark III D70, D70s, D80, D90, D7000, D7100, D7200, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D500, D610 D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810 NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEC-C3K, NEX-F3, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, RX-100, a7, a7S, a5000, a5100, a6000,
Canon Mirrorless Series Nikon Mirrorless Cameras
EOS M 1, 1J1, 1J2, 1J3, 1J4, V1, V2, R, AW1, 1S1, 1S2

** Cameras listed here are those most highly recommended for our classes.  However other cameras also qualify!  The most necessary camera feature required for our classes, is the ability to take the camera off of the automatic mode.