Basic Digital Photography Class

Photography instructor and students
We’ve taught nearly 3000 students! Finding out what those bazillions of buttons do and how to change them is a big part of the class.

Are you serious about learning photography basics and beyond? Is photography something you’re passionate about? Then these classes are for you!

Digital Photography for Beginners: Hands-On Field Trip Class

NOT just for DSLR cameras… For all cameras with the following settings:

  • Manual,
  • ISO,
  • White Balance,
  • Aperture Priority, and
  • Shutter Priority (if you don’t know for sure, the camera manual will have the information).

If your knowledge is beyond this, this Beginner Class might be too basic for you. Our classes are generally NOT for simple point-and-shoot cameras. If your camera has Manual, Shutter Speeds, and Aperture adjustments, you’ll be fine!

How Long is the Class?

We sometimes run special offers on this class through Groupon, LivingSocial, or Amazon Local. Their copy might say it is a four hour class, sometimes five hours. The classroom portion runs about four hours and then we shoot. If you’ve had enough you can leave at four hours, or hang around shoot and ask questions till you’re bored!

We rent private event space to provide a quiet and peaceful setting for you to learn in. We’ll have theatre style seating and provide you with a workbook so you won’t even need to take that many notes!

Having worked with thousands of students, we know you just can’t, CAN’T teach the important aspects of camera operation in just a couple of hours.

This class is geared for those with DSLRs, mirrorless, or cameras with advanced features beyond the scope of the traditional point-and-shoots. This class is not recommended for point-and-shoot cameras. If you camera has adjustable shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance, you will be fine.

Our presentation includes tons of photographs and how they were made… and how you too can do it!

We cover the classroom material in a relaxing, fun presentation. The class is even geared to allow students to help each other as we divide the seating into Canon, Nikon, and others. The hands-on classes are small, usually around 20 or fewer students.

We want you to jump-start your photography! After the class and during breaks the instructors stay to answer questions and help you with your camera.

Here’s a sampling of the topics we’ll cover:

  • The Basics
  • The Meter
  • ISO
  • Exposure
  • White Balance
  • Auto Modes
  • Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual
  • Exposure Compensation
  • What are all those settings and buttons?
  • What your camera can and can’t do
  • Introduction to composition
  • Batteries
  • Eliminating blur… whether motion or focus -related
  • And for those who have interchangeable lenses, which lens to use
  • Shooting great portraits
  • Why you never get the moon right in photos
  • Shooting concerts, recitals, and ball games
  • Follow-up phone and email help!

The Hands-On/Field Trip class includes work within the classroom and later outdoors (weather permitting) which allows one-on-one work with the instructor and a chance to shoot and learn. At this point it’s up to you to shoot on your own, with others and the instructor, or even corner the instructor for a bit.

Dates Offered: Visit our registration page to see all dates. (If you purchased a coupon, register for ANY class you’d like!)

Coffee Underground is located in the heart of downtown Greenville AT 1 East Coffee Street, Greenville, SC. It is below street level. Parking is free in most city spaces on the weekends.

The Greenhouse at the UNCC Botanical Gardens may be found on maps or GPS as 9090 Michael Ray Craver Rd or as 9090 Craver Rd. Please write down both of these and try them to see which works best for you.

The US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. Off I-85 Take exit 29 for Sam Wilson Road and follow signs for USNWC. Or… enter it into your GPS.

Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Often we are in the Garden House Workshop.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307. There are some restrictions on where we may shoot.

Please note that the above locations are not sponsoring or affiliated with the class… we’ve simply found great locations and do the classes there.

Fine Print

(Dates and venues may be subject to change) Any existing coupons from last year for these cities may be extended.

Please be aware, any class with less than 12 participants may be moved to another date due to venue rental fees.

REMEMBER: All classes have ABOUT four to five hours of classroom presentation FOLLOWED by HANDS-ON for as much as an hour or two. Plan accordingly. We never leave early. It is up to you to learn as much as you would like to.

Don’t delay! Register today! * Classes may be added or combined depending upon interest or enrollment.

What to Bring

Bring your camera and the manual. It is impossible for the instructor to know the operation of every camera made. If possible, know how to change your camera’s ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. If you can’t figure it out, we’ll help. Come with a charged up battery and an empty memory card. It is not recommended to bring a point and shoot type camera.

Child care is not provided and it is not recommended to bring children.

The Cost

Price at the door is $199 for the class. You save substantially buy paying ahead of time or watching for a special offer via Amazon, LivingSocial, or Groupon. We also have special offers for our prior students. Fee includes handout material.

Admission to Botanical Garden or US Whitewater Center is included with those locations.

Parking, if applicable, not included.

How Do I Sign Up?

Ready to get started? Let us know by filling out our class registration form. to let us know you are coming. Or if you have additional questions or you’d like to talk to the instructor directly you can contact him at 864.386.8284.

What other students are saying…

I really enjoyed the class.”
~Mandy B.

“I’ve had my camera for over two years and I finally learned how to use it today.”
~Debbie F.

“Loved the class! Very informative and enjoyed the instructor…very down to earth and relaxed session.”
~Kim I.

Excellent coverage of the technical aspects of taking photos. A must for anyone that wants to understand what all those “buttons” do.”
~Phil D.

*** We reserve the right to cancel or combine scheduled class dates based on registration numbers. If you have already registered for a class that will be combined or canceled we will contact you immediately to reschedule a new class date for you to attend.