PHOTO1 The Basics


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PHOTO1 The Basics

Class Information
DAYTIME CLASS10:00am – 12:30pm
EVENING CLASS6:00pm – 8:30pm
WHERE807 Rochow, 77019
CLASS SIZE (MAX)12 students per class
WHAT TO BRINGCamera, lenses, pen & paper, printed downloadable notes


PHOTO1 The Basics – 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





Classroom Location To Visit Us Call For An Appointment

807 Rochow, Houston, TX 77019 | 281-716-2112 | M – F 10:00am – 6:00pm

Nestled in between River Oaks, Montrose and the Heights  View Larger Map


What is the Return Policy? [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] To view all details of our return and class reschedule policy please click here: Return/Reschedule Policy  [/wpex]
How long are each of the Beginner classes?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] Each of the classes within the Beginner program are one-day classes. We like to keep these classes at 2.5 hours in length so you don't feel overwhelmed. These classes are typically scheduled a week apart from each other which gives you the chance to practice and absorb the information before you move forward. [/wpex]
Should I take the Beginner Photography Classes in order?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] It is highly suggested to take each photography class in the order they are designed  Each class builds on information you have learned from the previous class.  You can however take the Picture Editing class without having taken any of the Beginner PHOTO classes. [/wpex]
Can I reschedule a Beginner Class(es) if I need to?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] Yes, you can reschedule any of the Beginner classes. There is a rescheduling fee of $10. To reschedule a class, simply login to your account to submit a Reschedule Request. You must submit your reschedule request within 30 days of your missed class date.  For more information on the rescheduling process and rescheduling fees, please read our Rescheduling/Return Policy. [/wpex]
Can I reschedule a Photo Workshop if I need to?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] You can receive a credit for a Workshop in the event you need to cancel your attendance. However you must submit your request 14 days prior to the scheduled Workshop date. Cancellations submitted within the 14 day window will not receive any credits or refunds. All Workshop purchases/registrations are final. You can however transfer your Workshop registration to a friend without any extra charge by calling us at 281-716-2112. For more information on the rescheduling process and rescheduling fees, please read our Rescheduling/Return Policy. [/wpex]
Do I need to have my own camera for the classes?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] We do not provide cameras to students in the class.  It is suggested that you bring your own camera to class so you can learn how to navigate your specific brand and model camera. If you plan to attend the class with a friend or partner you are welcome to share a camera with them. [/wpex]
Is it difficult to learn with people each having different cameras in the class?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] All cameras are like cars in the sense that they all have the same basic functions. The big difference is that they are all organized a bit differently. During the class the instructor will explain how to access and control different aspects of your camera no matter whether you have a Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. [/wpex]
How do member discounts work & how do I become a member?[wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] By attending the Beginner 3 Class Series you will automatically become a member. This is the only way to enjoy membership discounts on Excursion and Lectures. There are NO  discounts for Workshops. So long as you are logged in to your account while registering for an Excursion or Lecture, your discounts will automatically be calculated. For full details on member discounts, please visit out membership page.[/wpex]
Is there an age limit for taking photography classes?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] All ages are welcome to attend our classes. The large majority of our students are adults, but students even as young as 11years old have attended our classes. We advise parents to make sure their children understand that learning photography is both artistic as well as technical. As long as your child realistically understands that learning photography inevitably has a technical component to it, then your child will do very well in the class. [/wpex]
What type of camera should I use for the class?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] It is suggested that you have an SLR, quasi-SLR or Mirrorless camera.  If you are not sure what type of camera you own, check the list below to see if your camera is recommended for our classes. The key requirement is for your camera to provide the option to not use the Automatic setting.  If you do not find your brand or model camera in the list below you can call for more information; your camera may still be recommended for our classes! (281) 716-2112. [/wpex]
Can you recommend a good camera for me to buy?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] We recommend speaking with knowledgeable sales people who continuously keep up with the latest products on the market. You can get well informed purchasing info from the people at Houston Camera Exchange. HCE carries the greatest variety and quality of camera gear in the Houston Area market. They are also familiar with the camera requirements for our classes. Houston Camera Exchange website: or call them at (713)-789-6901. [/wpex]
Will I receive a certificate of completion after I have taken photo classes?  [wpex more="Answer" less="Close"] We do not offer any form of certification in photography because there are no photographer "certifications" that hold authority. The best way a photographer demonstrates their qualifications is through their photography portfolio. A portfolio gives real examples of your photographic skills, and is always the most important representation of your abilities. [/wpex]

Recommended Cameras for Classes

In order to take full advantage of our classes, we recommend using the type of camera that allows you to interchange lenses. Therefore all DSLR cameras and Mirrorless cameras. The most necessary camera feature required for our classes, is the ability to take the camera off of the automatic mode. We support all brands of cameras in our classes including Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Fuji and Leica. If you are unsure whether you camera qualifies for our classes please give us a call: (281)716-2112







Completion of the Following Classes:
  • PHOTO1 The Basics
  • PHOTO2 Techniques
  • PHOTO3 Perfection

MEMBERS receive 50% OFF of all Excursions 

By becoming a member you receive 50% off Photo Excursions. Excursions are a great way to practice with Lead Instructor, Lana Kelley assisting you. There is no better way to learn photography than to use your knowledge. 

This is where you receive the coaching and support to improve your photographic skills. Join us each month for photography excursions where we take pictures together “on- location”. Providing you with continuing hands-on education outside of the classroom. A great way to meet new people with an interest in photography.

Beginner Class, Workshop, and Excursion registrations are Non-Refundable. Refunds for Gift Certificates are available up to 7-days after purchase. 
HOW TO RESCHEDULE A CLASS -  Login to your account to submit a reschedule request. After submitting your request you will receive an email response within 2 business days providing you with a rescheduling code & instructions to reschedule your class(es) online. Your rescheduling code will be valid for 3 months.

RESCHEDULING POLICYTo determine your options for rescheduling your registration, please read the subsections below:  
  • BEGINNER CLASSES - All Beginner class purchases are not eligible for refund. However, you may request a class credit to reschedule your class. There is a $20 rescheduling/credit fee per class. You may request a class credit/reschedule up to 10 days after your original class date. If you have signed up for a package series you may need to reschedule multiple classes in order to attend those classes in their intended order.

  • WORKSHOPS - All Workshop class purchases are not eligible for refund.  If you have not downloaded the Workshop class materials, you may reschedule your Workshop by submitting a reschedule request no less than 10 days prior to the Workshop date. There is a $20 rescheduling/credit fee per workshop. 

  • EXCURSIONS - All Excursion purchases purchases are not eligible for refund. There is also no option to reschedule your Excursion. Therefore you should make sure your schedule will permit you to attend the Excursion before you register.

  • GIFT CERTIFICATES - All gift certificates are non-refundable after purchase. Gift certificates expire 2 years after the purchase date. In the event your gift certificate is not working, you may request that we reset your gift code. Simply email your gift code to:

  • TRANSFER A CLASS - All classes, workshops and gift certificates can be transferred to another person without penalty. To transfer your class(es) to a friend or family member you must contact EverydayPhotoClass at 281-716-2112. All applicable rescheduling fees still apply to transferred classes.

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