Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
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Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto

at Capital Photography Center - Merrifield

Course Details
$99 10 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Oct 21, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time

Next start dates (3)

8130 Porter Rd
At Gallows Rd
Falls Church, Virginia 22042
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Marie Joabar

What you'll learn in this digital photography class:

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today’s cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to beautiful photographs. Capturing the perfect portrait of a loved one, a fleeting moment leading to the winning goal, or a stunning travel photo takes practice and know-how.

Learn how YOU, not the camera, can control the final image by choosing the appropriate setting for the look you want. Understanding how your camera makes an exposure will help you decide which settings to use to freeze or blur motion and control the depth of field to capture the image you want.

This class is designed for those who want to learn more about photography basics and manual exposure settings.

Topics Include:

  • Camera Controls - Learn the most important features and menu settings that affect exposure
  • Resolution & Compression
  • Manual Shooting Modes
  • ISO Settings
  • Shutter Speeds - Control motion to add emphasis
  • Depth of Field - How the aperture affects what is in focus
  • Focus Settings
  • White Balance
  • Fill Flash
  • Lenses - The options
  • Composition - What makes an interesting photograph

Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. As Corey discusses camera features or menu settings, you can follow along and learn how to set them. An extra battery, memory card, and your instruction manual are also very helpful to have on hand at the class.

People who like this class might also enjoy the In-the-Field-Shooting classes, especially the FIELDWORK classes, as a way to reinforce the material covered in the classroom. 

COVID Safety Practices: Masks are optional.

School Notes: Mailing address:PO Box 855 Alexandria, VA 22313

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Refund Policy
  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 6 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 6 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.

Please check the name and date of the class carefully.

  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 6 business days prior to the class.
  • If request to reschedule is given less than 6 business days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.

If the school cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.


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Homewood Suites by Hilton Falls Church
8130 Porter Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Marie Joabar
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1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Corey Hilz
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1616 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006
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Reviews of Classes at Capital Photography Center (8)

(5.0-star rating across 8 reviews)
Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Reviewed by David M. on 2/28/2022
Outstanding! Exactly what I was looking for. Valuable guidance presented in an effective manner.
Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Reviewed by Anonymous on 1/27/2020
Great beginner class for anyone looking to get into photography. Helps that it is an in-person class where you get to see hands on what each concept means and as a bonus you get to see various types of cameras - if you haven’t yet decided on buying/upgrading to one.
Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Reviewed by Jim Z. on 11/15/2021
Photo Basics – Getting Off Auto
Reviewed by Chavilah B. on 11/15/2021
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Capital Photography Center was created by Marie Joabar who for more than a decade was the Education Programs Manager and Corporate Trainer at Penn Camera, one of Washington D.C.’s long standing photography retailers. Marie developed that company’s educational program growing it from...

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