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  • Writer's pictureAmy Shuman

Intro to Photography Class, Davis, CA

When people ask me how I got started in photography, I explain that I bought a camera, thought I could just “figure it out” and then promptly enrolled in a formal class when the menus utterly confused me.  I shot in “auto” mode for awhile, or one of the other modes that the camera had set up for me for kids or pets or landscapes… but using those wasn’t giving me the images I wanted, and at the time I did not know why.

Once I took classes, I was much more confident in my photography and started building a business.  I was so humbled when people began to ask me if I would ever teach a class… “just the basics.”  I started thinking about all the things I wished I had known years ago so that the pictures I took of my family or at events would have turned out better. I came up with this concept for a one night workshop to share information that I thought would be most helpful for portraits.

For this workshop, I have narrowed down a list of topics that I think will help you take better day to day portraits, regardless of what camera you are using (even if its mostly an iPhone camera!).

Understanding Natural Light:  Direction, quality, time of day, highlights and shadowsComposition: Framing your subject, angles, backgroundsPosing: Some quick tips on flattering posesFocus:  What makes images come out blurry?  How can we clear that up?

We will spend the time both in “lecture” and with hands on learning, so bring your camera along.  We will shoot outdoors and get to see first hand different ways to use natural light.  I would love for you to join us on Thursday, August 2nd in Davis, CA from 6pm to 8pm!  Please email me at to register.  Registration is just $30 per person.

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