Photography Basics: Techniques and Art

Have you been using your digital DSLR or digital mirrorless camera on automatic but want to learn how to use its full creative potential? This introductory color class will cover the basics of camera operation: f-stops, shutter speeds, iso, white balance, lenses, exposure, metering, filters, flash, and more. Bring your digital DSLR or digital mirrorless camera that can be put fully on manual to class (no point and shoot or bridge cameras; contact instructor if unsure). A tripod is recommended.  Class includes one Sunday morning and one Sunday afternoon field trip with instructor (details given in class).  Instructor's work has appeared in National Geographic publications.  See Textbook and Supply List for textbook information. Students who take this class are invited to participate in our Summer CE Student Art Show. Visit our Art Show page for more information.

Read more about this class on the Continuing Education blog



  • Fee: $149
  • Item #: 39591
  • Class includes one Sunday morning and one Sunday afternoon field trip with instructor (details given in class). See Textbook and Supply List for textbook information.

  • Fall 2022

  • This class is already in session. Please contact our office at conted@seattlecolleges.edu or 206-934-3705 to inquire about late registration.
  • I really liked how at the end of each class we took time to individually share our photos and we received feedback from our professor and peers. It was also helpful to see what others were doing in the class and how they were using certain features and settings of the camera to capture great shots.

    - Spencer