Beginning Photography description

Beginning Photography



Beginning  Photography


Limited to 10 students per class. 

Learn your camera dials and buttons.

Learn what Shutter speed, aperture and ISO are.

Learn the basics of how to take great pictures. 


This class is perfect for beginning photographers, anyone that wants to get better results and anyone that needs a refresher course on taking pictures. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have it just needs to be a digital one, and one that will let you set the  controls of the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. (cell phones do not give you manual control of your exposure and are not part of this class)

The goal here is to be able to shoot in manual mode.

You control the camera, the camera does not control you. This is where you will be at the end of this 4 week class!

Concepts covered

  • Understanding your camera the dials and buttons what they do
  • Understanding aperture 
  • Understanding shutter speed
  • Understanding ISO, ASA
  • Understanding how they work together
  • Understanding The proper Exposure
  • Understanding reciprocal exposure settings
  • How to take pictures using aperture priority mode – why and how
  • How to take pictures using shutter priority mode- why and how
  • How to create custom mode settings for specific shooting situations
  • How to shoot in manual mode- advantages
  • Mastering Depth of field- how to utilize different apertures for best results
  • How various shutter speeds affect images
  • How aperture affects images
  • People shots – the basics
  • Landscape shots- the basics
  • Composition and cropping
  • Formats, 35mm, Square, and panoramic
  • Understanding the EV settings and how to use these effectively


Schedule and Format

This is four classes, 90 minutes each, over a four week period. $200* for 4 sessions 

Available Dates and times:

Classes start in October!

Contact Karen at the Rockport Center for the Arts to book this class:  or call (361) 729-5519


Session Outline:

First Class – Will be learning your camera’s specific dial and buttons – where they are- and a overview of what the Key dials do. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Handouts.

Second Class – Explanation covering the concepts listed above – questions answers, settings review.   Aesthetics. What is a good picture? Why is it a good picture? What can you learn and apply from studying master photographers works. New shooting assignment.

Third Class – Continuing explanation covering the concepts listed above. Question and answer. Understanding different shooting situations, shooting strategy. Dial review and re-cap of key settings. Specific shooting assignments  to understand how to control your camera settings for desired results.

Fourth Class – Review of assignment, personal one on one review and materials targeted to what you want to shoot. Developing your own “creative voice” what this is and specific references to help you bring this out in your work. Re-cap of concepts and settings. Question and answers, Shooting assignment, and introduction to intermediate class structure and agenda.

Here’s how to learn more about my upcoming classes 

About the instructor:

Directing over 2,000 photo shoots, John Borys is a advertising professional a creative director and master photographer who has been responsible for creating and directing major ad campaigns for a variety of clients for over 30 years.  John is an expert in helping others tell a persuasive story through a camera. Helping beginners understand their camera and the aesthetics behind creating memorable images is what John loves sharing with others.



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