Making the Most of Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera

Instructor: Shona Iverson
Wednesdays 5-8pm
5 weeks: June 2 to June 30
Location: Online
$200 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: None

Adding a DSLR or mirrorless camera to your photography tool kit can give you a terrific boost in control of your images, but only if you can take it out of auto mode. Students will learn how to take technically proficient images and to maintain their cameras. Lessons will include a lecture, guided practice in using DSLR and mirrorless cameras, image critique, and a series of photography prompts to be completed each week.


  • Getting to know your camera and its accessories
  • maintenance of your equipment: protect your investment
  • Best shooting practice: Stability and focus
  • Understanding exposure: the exposure triangle, white balance, and dynamic range
  • Understand focal distance
  • Getting out of auto part 1: Built in camera modes
  • Getting out of auto part 2: The creative zone
  • Understanding different file types and memory options
  • Customizing your controls
  • Managing your photo catalog


  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • At least one lens


  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Additional lenses