Intermediate Digital Photography Series
The Intermediate Digital Photography Series returns to DCP as in-person classes! Please view our updated COVID policy here. Masks are recommended but not required when at DCP.
These classes pick up where the Beginner Digital Photography classes leave off. With the basics of exposure and focus you learned in the first four classes, these intermediate sessions will dig deeper into your camera, other photography gear and on to the more creative aspects of photography.
This series of four sessions replaces the DSLR-3 and DSLR-4 classes that we’ve taught to more than 1,300 novice photographers over the last 10 years. Camera technology is evolving, and we’ve reworked the classes with new visuals, added a shoot and review session, and created teaching materials to include the increasing use of mirrorless cameras along with traditional DSLRs. If you’re not sure whether your camera is right for this class, check the FAQ tab or email us from the CONTACT page.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
CLASS ONE: Beyond the Basics of Exposure
- The light meter: understanding how your camera reads and measures light and how it can sometimes cause exposure problems.
- Exposure control: bracketing, exposure compensation and reading a histogram.
- Working with light: how to get good exposures in tricky situations including backlight and high contrast settings and some ideas on finding good light.
- Speedlights: a brief chat about how a small flash can expand your range as a photographer.
CLASS TWO: The Wide World of Lenses and Sensors (and a little about flash)
- Focal length and maximum aperture: deciphering the numbers on your lens.
- Lenses: creativity vs practicality (and cost!). How to select lenses as creative tools. A look at ultra wides, telephoto, zooms, primes, macro and some surprisingly affordable options.
- Sensor sizes: full frame vs. cropped sensor and what difference it makes to your photography and lens selections.
- Support & stability: keeping your images sharp and vibration free through the proper use of tripods, monopods, stance, leaning & breathing
CLASS THREE: Combining the Technology and Art of Photography
- Digital Workflow: post production is part of digital photography.
- Composition: the architecture of a photograph, some rules and when to break them.
- The art of photography: stepping beyond the elements of exposure and focus and thinking about color, gesture, timing and other creative aspects of photography.
- Learning by doing: you’ll be given some prompts and ideas for shooting photos using all that you’ve learned in the classes to be submitted before the next session.
CLASS FOUR: Image Review (and a little dirt)
- Dust & cleaning: when to worry about lens and sensor dust and how to get rid of it.
- Image review: we’ll join in a fun and supportive image review of the photos you shot and submitted. If you’ve never had your images shown in front of others, don’t fret! Our teachers are gentle and encouraging, which we think is the best way to learn. This is usually the favorite part of any workshop and by bringing this experience to our class series, everyone will have a chance to share their successes and near-misses and learn from each other.
- Cost per person is $210 early registration (available until 5 days before class start date), $240 late registration.
- Classes are held at Dallas Center for Photography – 4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, 75207.
- Classes start promptly at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 20; minimum number to make a class is 8.
- The material in this class is also taught as a full-day workshop. The choice lets you find the best timing and structure for your schedule and learning style. More details in the FAQ tab. If you’re not sure whether your camera is right for this class, just drop us a line from the CONTACT page and we’ll be happy to let you know.
How to submit your images for the fourth class
Submit via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information. Just add your photos, your email address, and the special submissions email address that you’ll receive in the second class. Your images must be submitted no later than 24 hours before the class starts.
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. Masks are recommended but not required while at DCP. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.
Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: The early registration fee is $210 if you register at least 5 days before the class date. Late registration is $240.
Q: Can I take individual classes instead of the series?
A: These classes are bundled as a series and cannot be taken individually.
Q: How will I know if a class makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.
Q: How late can I sign up for a class?
A: As long as the class doesn’t show as “sold out” or “ticket sales over” you can register and pay up to six hours before the starting time of the class.
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: What’s the difference between the full-day workshops and the class series?
A: The material in this class is also taught as a full-day workshop. This choice lets you find the best timing and structure for your schedule and learning style. The workshops are 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 classes.
Q: Where are the classes held?
A: These classes will be at Dallas Center for Photography located at 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.
Q: Can I and my friend/spouse/etc. share one camera for the class?
A: Yes, we frequently have couples and friends who share equipment. For in-person classes, registration is per person, not per camera, so you would each need to register individually.
Q: What kind of camera is best for these classes?
A: The classes are geared toward mirrorless and DSLR cameras that have exposure control with PASM or P/Av/Tv/M settings. That includes the Nikon D3000/5000/7000 series, D600/700/800, D4/5/6 series or the Z mirrorless. On the Canon side the Rebel or EOS T or D series of DSLRs and the M/R mirrorless. Most of the Sony Alpha series, Fuji T series and many others including Lumix, Ricoh, Leica, etc.. The classes may also be appropriate for smaller, high quality cameras that offer manual controls, such as the Canon G series, Lumix LX, Ricoh GX, Sony RX, 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.