Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class

Alexandra Falls

Our Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class truly is for all levels..  This class is primarily aimed at photographers who have just started using an advanced Digital Camera (DSLR or Mirror-less camera with manual controls and interchangeable lenses) and who would like to learn more about their camera and its features and functions.  But we often have experienced photographers attend who learn things they never imagined. New photographers need not worry about difficult concepts going over their heads; they will gain an excellent understanding of camera controls. Advanced photographers will get a refresher on the basics and often come away with a new way of thinking about camera setting to achieve a particular style or "look" to their photos.

Your camera should have a removable lens in order to take this class. Advanced Digital Cameras classified as "bridge" cameras are also welcome in this class. If your camera does not have interchangeable lenses (compact point & shoot) or if you are lokoing for a very short and basic class, our Digital Photography for Beginners Class is perfect for you.

If you have been taking photographs with your Digital Camera on the automatic settings. If you want to gain greater control over your camera and the photographs you create. If you want to be able to use your camera in Manual Mode or use some of the advanced settings. If you would like your photographs to look exactly like you envision them, then this Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is for you.  

To get the most out of the investment you've made in your Digital Camera you need to get your camera off of the automatic setting.  By completing this course, you will gain the confidence and knowledge you need to best utilize your camera and make the creative photographs you desire.

The Digital Camera Fundamentals Photography Class is all about understanding the most important features of digital camera operation and is completely hands-on.  Students engage in 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 often sells out months in advance. If a class is sold-out, you do have the option of putting your name on a wait list and if a spot opens up you may be able to get in. Students are often booking about 2-3 months in advance for this class.

If you are wondering what all those buttons on your camera are all about, don’t miss the opportunity to spend two days in this class. 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. This 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 BSOP. I look forward to attending more classes and to continue growing as a photographer.

Event Venue Date
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class - November 9th & 10th Providence Renewal Centre
  • November 9, 2019 9:00 am
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class - December 7th & 8th Providence Renewal Centre
  • December 7, 2019 9:00 am

Please read above and if the class you are interested in sold out, please click here to add your name to the wait list

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Your Instructor for the Digital Camera Fundamentals Class

Your instructor for the class will be Chris Stambaugh.

Chris is the former president of the Professional Photographer's of Canada and has been a professional photographer for almost three decades.

Chris holds the designations of "Master of Photographic Arts" and "Honorary Lifetime Member" by the PPOC and has won numerous awards for his work including being a finalist in the Alberta and Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Chris runs his own photography business Imagine That Photographics where he specializes in portrait photography, commercial and school photos / graduation photography. Chris also teaches or has taught continuing education photography at NAIT and the U of A Faculty of Extension.

Chris teaches many classes at our photography school including; Photographic Composition, Posing Families and Children, Portrait Photography, Intermediate Level Photoshop, High Volume Photography, The Business of Photography, as well as this introductory Digital Camera Fundamentals class.

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Chris Stambaugh

What You Will Learn

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

  • Adjusting the clarity of your viewfinder using the diopter
  • Understanding exposure and reading histograms
  • Adjusting exposure settings to get your photos to "look" a particular way
  • how to use your camera in different exposure modes (Program, Aperture Priority & Shutter Speed Priority)
  • WHY to use your camera in different modes
  • Controlling Depth of Field with your aperture
  • Controlling motion with your Shutter Speed
  • Getting accurate color (White Balance)
  • Using your camera in Manual Mode
  • Understanding how your Light Meter Works
  • Using Metering Modes in tricky lighting situations
  • Understanding the difference between Camera RAW and Jpeg
  • Using (Picture controls, Picture Styles, Film Simulations) to improve the quality of your photos
  • Understanding Flash Photography and learning what controls you have to improve your flash photos
  • Understanding what accessories are needed for different genres of photography (tripods, filters, lens hoods, remote triggers and more)
  • 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 for better action photos
  • Using image stabilization and mirror lock-up functions (where applicable)

What to Expect

  • 12 hours of classroom instruction
  • Personalized instruction by professional photographer Chris Stambaugh
  • Digital Camera Fundamentals course book
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
  • Hot lunch on both days
  • Small group size, limited to 14 participants

Prerequisites for the 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 removable/interchangeable lenses, you cannot take this class. You must take Digital Photography for Beginners.
  • If you have a camera with removable/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

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Class Location


  • $250 Canadian Dollars (plus tax)
    includes: lunch on both days, Coffee or Tea, snacks, Workbook, 12 hours of instruction

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.

More Information

Policies and payment information are available here.

For additional information, please contact us at:
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Phone 780-669-1261

Event Venue Date
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class - November 9th & 10th Providence Renewal Centre
  • November 9, 2019 9:00 am
Digital Camera Fundamentals Class - December 7th & 8th Providence Renewal Centre
  • December 7, 2019 9:00 am

Please read above and if the class you are interested in sold out, please click here to add your name to the wait list