Are you still using automatic settings? Then this class is for you!

This introductory workshop is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of their digital camera. Are you still using automatic settings? Then this class is for you! Students discover how digital cameras work and how to control their image making. This workshop is an exciting way to learn the technical skills of image making and the proper settings for consistent results.

Topics Covered:

  • Aperture / f-stop
  • Shutter speed
  • Proper exposure
  • Focus vs. autofocus
  • Focal length
  • Depth of field
  • White balance
  • Typical camera settings

Class needs:

Students are to bring a Digital SLR camera. However, if you have a point and shoot with manual controls they are also welcome. Since every camera is different, you should definitely bring your manual. 

Lunch is included, other meals are on your own. Lodging is available on campus, private room & bath. $75/night

Prerequisite: No previous knowledge or experience required.




Terri Lea Smith

Terri Lea Smith is a freelance photographer and videographer from the Phoenix area. Originally born and raised in Alabama, she has a love of documentary work inspired by the people and landscape of the Southeastern U.S. that call attention to the color and richness of life. This love of culture and photo essays blend with ventures into food photography. She has produced documentary and commercial work for companies such as International Rescue Committee, USA Today,, Arizona State University, PHOENIX magazine and Global Family Philanthropy.

In 2012 Terri earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Digital Media from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

She enjoys traveling, teaching photography and learning new recipes to photograph.    


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