Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class

Event Venue Date
Digital Camera Fundamentals | July 11-12, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre July 11, 2015 9:00 am Sold Out
Digital Camera Fundamentals | August 15-16, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre August 15, 2015 9:00 am Sold Out
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | September 5-6, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre September 5, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | September 26-27, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre September 26, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | November 7-8, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre November 7, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | December 5-6, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre November 7, 2015 9:00 am Register

Click here to add your name to the wait list if the class you’re interested in is sold out

If you are wondering what all those buttons on your camera are all about, don’t miss the opportunity to spend two days with Paul. I fell into a love for photography (as opposed to taking pictures) quite by accident when I won my DSLR camera. Unlike most photographers who have moved from film photography to digital photography, I had absolutely no knowledge or aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc. and when I started reading my camera manual, it was like reading a foreign language. So I started using my DSLR camera in its auto mode and the built in “scene” modes, with great success (I think). But then I became frustrated with not knowing how to use the camera. Paul’s 2-day class has given me a whole new outlook on my camera … I now understand how it works and how to make it work for me. Thanks Paul. I look forward to attending more classes and to continue growing as a photographer.

 

Our Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is offered in either a two-day weekend or four-weekday evening format.  This class is aimed at photographers who have just started using a Digital Camera (with manual controls) and who would like to learn more about their camera and its features and functions.  Your camera MUST have a removable lens in order to take this class. If it doesn’t, our Digital Photography for Beginners Class is perfect for you.

If you have been taking photographs with your Digital Camera on the automatic setting, and want to gain greater control over your camera and the photographs you create, then this class is for you.  To get the most out of the investment you’ve made in your new Digital Camera you need to get your camera off of the automatic setting.  By completing this course, you will gain the confidence you need to best utilize your camera and make the creative photographs you desire.

The Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is all about the fundamentals of digital camera operation and is completely hands-on.  We’ll do a numerous practical exercises throughout the course that will allow you to put the concepts covered in class into practice for yourself.  If your camera DOES have a removable lens and you’re not sure whether to take this class or our Digital Photography for Beginners Class, please see below under ‘Prerequisites’ for more information.

This class has been selling out months in advance.  If a class is sold-out, you do have the option of putting your name on a waitlist and if a spot opens up you may be able to get in. Unfortunately we also have long wait-lists of people waiting for a cancellation. At this time, we’re offering as many classes as we can, and to provide the best quality we’re keeping our class sizes small.  For these reasons, please sign up soon if you’re interested in taking a class. Students are currently booking about 2-3 months in advance for this class.

© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell school of Photography

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About Your Instructor for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class

Your instructor for the Digital Camera Fundamentals class will be BSOP owner Paul Burwell.

In addition to being the owner of the BSOP, Paul Burwell is a professional photographer, writer, educator and enthusiastic naturalist with over twenty years experience working with and educating adults. He is a contributing editor and regular columnist with Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Paul has been a finalist in the Veolia ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ worldwide competition both in 2009 and 2010 and was named a ‘Top Wildlife Shooter’ by Popular Photography Magazine in 2010.

Paul regularly teaches this class to rave reviews.

© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell School of Photography

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What a great weekend spent at the Burwell School of Photography. Walking in on Saturday with a new DSLR camera, that I knew very little about and leaving on Sunday afternoon with the ability and confidence to use the camera in manual mode, making custom adjustments etc. was a very uplifting experience. Paul is an excellent instructor, and his approach to teaching this class made it very easy for even the beginner to leave feeling more confident. I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and I am looking forward to attending next weeks class on Photography Fundamentals.

What You Will Learn During the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class

(these topics may sound complex but rest assured, by the end of the class, you’ll understand them!)

Introduction to Digital Cameras

  • Adjusting the clarity of your viewfinder using the diopter
  • Tips, tricks and techniques for making sharper images
  • Guidelines to selecting and using interchangeable lenses
  • Using the different auto-focus and drive modes on your camera
  • Using image stabilisation and mirror lock-up functions (where applicable)
  • Using manual hyper-focus techniques and the depth of field preview

Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes (Creative Exposure Modes)

  • How to use aperture priority to control the depth-of-field of a scene
  • Using shutter priority to control movement of objects in the frame
  • Reading and interpreting the exposure histogram

Manual Exposure Modes and Useful Custom Settings

  • Working the Manual (M) and Bulb (B) exposure modes on your digital camera
  • Using manual white balance for mixed lighting situations
  • Useful custom settings and user-defined shooting modes
  • Performing camera firmware updates
  • Techniques for cleaning your digital sensor

Using your Electronic Flash

  • Using flash synchronisation (slow sync, first-curtain sync and second-curtain sync)
  • Using dedicated external flash – features and functions
  • Using flash exposure compensation (FEC)
  • Useful bounce-flash techniques
  • Creating balanced exposures
Mr. Burwell’s patience, clarity and presentation was very helpful and encouraging. Any questions – regardless of the person’s experience or knowledge – was answered with warmth, humour and easy to follow terms. His level of professionalism is outstanding. I’m a big fan of Paul Burwell – both his photography and teaching style. I look forward to future courses with Mr. Burwell!!
© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell School of Photography

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What to Expect

  • 12 hours of classroom instruction
  • personalized instruction by professional photographer Paul Burwell
  • Digital Camera Fundamentals course book
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
  • Weekend classes include a full hot lunch on both days including soup, salad, choice of main course, side dishes and dessert
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants

Prerequisites for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class

  • As a prerequisite for the Edmonton Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class, you should have taken your camera out of its box and played with it a bit.  It makes things much easier for all!
  • Are you unsure if you should take Digital Camera Fundamentals (this class) or Digital Photography for Beginners (our other introductory class)? If you have a camera with no removeable/interchangeable lenses, you cannot take this class. You must take Digital Photography for Beginners.
  • If you have a camera with removeable/interchangeable lenses you can take this class or our Digital Photography for Beginners Class, depending on your comfort zone. This class (Digital Camera Fundamentals)  is longer (12 hours vs. 6 in Digital Photography for Beginners Class), so topics are covered in greater detail. Digital Camera Fundamentals is also our prerequisite class for many of our other, more advanced classes.  Some students who have cameras with removable lenses choose to start with Digital Photography for Beginners  and then progress to this class. If you choose to do this then there will be some review, but in our opinion, that’s not a bad thing!   If you are a scared beginner, and/or appreciative lots of review, we’d recommend starting with our Digital Photography for Beginners Class and then taking this class. If you’re ready to dive in and get started, then please sign up for this class!
  • If you are in doubt as to which class to take, contact us (contact info is at the bottom of the page).
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age to attend; we will also accept students 16-17 years of age, but they must be accompanied by an adult who is also taking the class.

Equipment Required

At a minimum, you’ll want to have…

  • A Digital Camera with interchangeable lenses that supports Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode and Manual Mode
    • If you are not sure if your camera is suitable for this class, please contact us and let us know the make and model of your camera and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible
  • Your camera instruction manual.  Make sure you bring the manual which will be at least several hundred pages and is sometimes only provided on a CD that the manufacturer requires you to print for yourself. Please do not just bring the ‘getting started’ guide. If you only received a CD copy of the manual you can have it printed at a print shop such as Staples etc.
  • Memory card and freshly charged battery(s) and a battery charger
  • External flash unit (if you have one, if you don’t please don’t worry about it)
  • A notebook, pen and a highlighter
  • A great attitude with a willingness to relax, experiment and learn
© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell School of Photography

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Class Location

  • Providence Renewal Centre – 3005 119 Street, Edmonton, Alberta.  Please click on the link for a map. Our classes are taught at the Providence Renewal Centre, located in SW Edmonton, within city limits. It’s a beautiful retreat centre, situated on over 20 acres of park like grounds, and it also has a cafeteria for meals (for the weekend class). There are numerous hotels and shopping located very close by for those of you that are travelling.

Cost

  • $250 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekend course which includes lunch on both days
or
  • $225 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekday course.
    • Current currency exchange information between the Canadian dollar and your local currency is available here.

More Information

Policies and payment information are available here.

For additional information, please contact us at:
E-Mail: Contact us Electronically
Phone 780-669-1261 or toll-free at 1-877-778-1745

© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell School of Photography

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Event Venue Date
Digital Camera Fundamentals | July 11-12, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre July 11, 2015 9:00 am Sold Out
Digital Camera Fundamentals | August 15-16, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre August 15, 2015 9:00 am Sold Out
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | September 5-6, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre September 5, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | September 26-27, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre September 26, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | November 7-8, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre November 7, 2015 9:00 am Register
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class | December 5-6, 2015 Providence Renewal Centre November 7, 2015 9:00 am Register

Click here to add your name to the wait list if the class you’re interested in is sold out

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