Beginner Photography Workshop
The Beginner Photography Full-Day Workshop returns to DCP as an in-person workshop! The workshop will be held down in our gallery with plenty of space to social distance. Please view our COVID policies and procedures here. When you register, you will need to sign our COVID policy agreement and waiver.
You must wear a mask during this full-day workshop. There are no exceptions. If you don’t plan to wear a mask, then please don’t register for this workshop.
This workshop is a perfect place to start for beginners who have a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera and want to learn how to shoot with more confidence and creative control. This is a hands-on workshop with a small group, live shooting demonstrations, and time for your questions. The instructor will cover all the topics listed below. We keep the class size small, so there’s time for interaction and problem solving.
The instructor will be working with a camera tethered to a computer and projector, so you can see what they are shooting and follow along with camera settings. The classes are geared toward DSLR and mirrorless cameras like those made by Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax and others. For more information, check the FAQ tab.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera.
- Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO.
- The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
- What’s in a name: Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
- Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
- Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!
- Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M).
- Built-in flash: when to just say no.
- Focusing modes: if it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of how and where your camera focuses.
- Techniques for stability: stance, camera operation, holding the camera.
- Assignment: we will shoot photos together of live professional models.
- Assignment review: surprises and near-misses; we end the day with a live edit and slide show of your best shots.
- Workshop fee
- Professional modeling fees (so we have some subjects comfortable in front of the camera to test your shooting skills)
- Lunch (and individually packaged water and soft drinks throughout the day)
We’ve held this workshop frequently since we started in 2009, and it almost always sells out. Client evaluations tell us that people love the wealth of information, hands-on exercises, informative handouts, studio atmosphere, detailed explanations, and live model shoot. There’s a lot more on the reviews page.
This is an intensive full-day workshop. Some people learn best in that environment; others prefer smaller doses. If you’d prefer to break it into individual classes, take a look at the Beginner Digital Photography and Intermediate Digital Photography online series.
- Cost per person is $240 early registration, $260 late registration.
- All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
- Workshop price includes modeling fees and lunch.
- Doors open at 8:45am. Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm.
- Classes will be held in the downstairs gallery. Each student will have their own table which will be arranged to allow least 6 feet of separation.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 12. Minimum number to make a class is 6.
- Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.
Q: What is DCP doing to keep instructors and students safe during COVID?
A: The health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students is DCP’s top priority. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.
Q: Do I need to sign DCP’s COVID-19 liability waiver?
A: Yes, any student attending classes and workshops must sign a COVID-19 liability release and will receive a copy for their records. Anyone who refuses to sign the release won’t be allowed in the building and is not eligible for a refund.
Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out,” you can register up until 5:00pm the day before the workshop date.
Q: What’s the difference between the Full Day Workshops and the online series?
A: The Beginner Digital Photography online series covers the same material as the Beginner Full Day Workshop. The Intermediate Digital Photography online series covers the same material as the Intermediate Full Day Workshop. The full-day workshops are in-person, smaller, more hands-on, and there is time for shooting with a model. We’ve found that some people enjoy the intensity of an all-day workshop, while others prefer to have the material spread out over several online classes.
Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be providing individually packaged lunches. The cost is included in your registration fee.
Q: If I am attending the workshop with my friend/spouse/sibling, do we each have to register for the class, even if we only have one camera?
A: Yes, each person attending the workshop must register for a seat.
Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.
Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.
Q: What kind of camera is best for these workshops?
A: The classes are geared toward Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras like the Nikon D3000, D5000, D7000 series or the higher end D600, D700, D800 or D4 series. On the Canon side the models of any of the Rebel or EOS cameras including the T2, T3, T4 or T5 series, 60D, 70D, 7D or 5D series. The Sony Alpha series is also included even though several are not true DSLRs. The classes may also be appropriate for non reflex, high quality cameras that offer manual controls, such as the Canon G series, Lumix LX, Ricoh GX, etc. If you’re not sure if your camera is appropriate for the classes just drop us a note through the Contact page.
Richard is committed to passing on the craft and joy of image making by teaching classes and workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and as a contributor to lynda.com.
“Learning is a process and I see myself as a lifelong learner continually taking on new subjects, being in a state of Beginners Mind. My commitment as an educator is to share complicated material in a way that is easily understood by the student regardless of their experience level.”
Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.
He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.