The Camera: A Beginners' Guide

at PhotoManhattan - Union Square

Course Details
$299 4 seats left
Start Date:

Fri, Nov 15, 2:15pm - Nov 23, 2:15pm (3 sessions)

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Union Square, Manhattan
51 W 14th St Ste 3R
Btwn 5th & 6th Avenues
New York, New York 10011
The Camera Beginners' guide: Fri Nov 15-Nov 22, 2:15-5:15PM: & Sat Nov 23, 11:00-2:15PM. Intensive
Purchase Options
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Photo Manhattan

What you'll learn in this digital photography class:

The Camera - A Beginners' guide 

This course is a simpler beginner version focus mainly in the use of the camera only. 

Each settings on your camera provides a world of potential for bettering your photography, whether you use a DSLR, point and shoot, Mirrorless, or smartphone camera, learn the tons of tricks that you can do with the equipment that you already have, without complexity and staying in Auto mode. You don’t need a high tech camera to make amazing photos. Come grab a seat! 

You’ll learn, the main camera settings and options, simple tricks to enhance your sharpness, focus, create motion blur shots, freeze motion, use the on-camera flash, take photos at night, and gain basic control over your exposure. We'll explore settings such as exposure compensation and various presets that can turn a regular image into a special one. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through all the main options that your camera has, and how and when to apply each of them based on the effect and scene that you are looking to portray. Additionally, this class will thoroughly introduce to all other digital photography related topics that you will need to know when planning to buy your next camera. These subjects include, megapixels, lenses, noise, white balance, ISO, SD cards and much more. Never miss that shot again! 

Class structures are mixed with Photo Critiquing HW, Verbal Instruction and Hands-on Exercises. A mixture to cater to all learning types. Weather permitting, we’ll even go outside and take your newly learned skills to the neighboring streets of NY, including the popular Union Square Park. Additionally, you'll develop your own photo project and will have the option to showcase at the end of the course (optional).

You will also have the option in showing off your photos in one of our monthly photo exhibits! (which you don’t want to miss)! 

Available versions:

5 sessions: 2-hour classes, optional exhibit.
3 sessions: 3:15min classes, optional exhibit.
2 sessions: 5-hour classes, optional exhibit.

Want to learn how to use your personal camera, while keeping it simple? Staying on Automatic Modes will be easier than ever after taking this workshop. Come grab a seat with your Mirrorless, Point and Shoot, or DSLR Camera, and even your phone!

Requirements: Any digital camera including Phone cameras and mirrorless with Automatic mode. For the first class, please try to bring your manual for reference. 

Course Structure Suggestion: This course covers all of the basics and we therefore highly recommend that it is taken before any other course. (except for beginner courses teaching the Manual Mode of the camera).

Notes on film cameras: Please note that while most content of this course is applicable to digital cameras, you are welcome to attend as long as your film camera has an automatic shooting mode. Should the assigned instructor become suddenly unavailable, we’ll allocate a substitute.
School Notes:
Each course comes with 1 Free make up class - schedule your makeup class hassle-free anytime. And free 24-hour cancellation (from the time of payment)

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Refund Policy
We have a 24 hour notice (from the time of payment) no-questions asked refund policy. If you believe you are unable to commit to your booking, please notify us within 24 hours and we'll issue an immediate refund.


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Start Dates (4)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
2:15pm - 5:15pm Photo Manhattan 3 $299
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Fri, Nov 22 2:15pm - 5:15pm Photo Manhattan
Sat, Nov 23 11:00am - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan
6:00pm - 8:00pm Photo Manhattan 5 $269.10
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Nov 25 6:00pm - 8:00pm Photo Manhattan
Mon, Dec 02 6:00pm - 8:00pm Photo Manhattan
Mon, Dec 09 6:00pm - 8:00pm Photo Manhattan
Mon, Dec 16 6:00pm - 8:00pm Photo Manhattan
12:15pm - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan 5 $299
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Dec 14 12:15pm - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan
Sat, Dec 21 12:15pm - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan
Sat, Dec 28 12:15pm - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan
Sat, Jan 04 12:15pm - 2:15pm Photo Manhattan
12:00pm - 5:00pm Photo Manhattan 2 $299
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Fri, Dec 27 12:00pm - 5:00pm Photo Manhattan

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Question from Gabriele M.
Do we go over how to use the manual setting?
Question from Ally T.
Hi! I see the cost is set at $290 - is that for all 5 classes? Or will I be charged $290/class? Thank you!
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello there! Yes, the class price is for the 5 sessions already. It's actually on sale now for $246.50. Book your seat before it's all sold out. Thanks!
Question from Elisa S.
Hi! Can I recuperate a class if I miss one?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Elisa! Each course comes with 1 Free makeup class - schedule your makeup class hassle-free anytime, hope this helps!
Question from Hiroko R.
Hi! I’m wondering if is there age restrictions?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Hiroko! The age requirement for this class is 18 years and older.
Question from Kaitlyn M.
Does it matter what brand/model of camera you have? I have a Nikon D3400
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Kaitlyn, yes that's okay
Question from Janice J.
Does the number on the right indicate how many sessions? Also, you indicate the start times but not the end times.
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Answer from Patricia C. Verified Student
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Reviews of Classes at PhotoManhattan (175)

(175 Reviews)
The Camera: A Beginners' Guide
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/8/2018
It was great We learned a lot and the instructor is very knowledgeable, passionate and motivational. Only thing I would point out is that they should use a PowerPoint presentation o the like, to support the material.
The Camera: A Beginners' Guide
Reviewed by Ambar G. on 7/20/2018
Very helpful and enjoyable. The instructor Charlie was amazing; he was patient, funny and detailed in his description of different camera features and image techniques. As a complete novice to digital photography, I highly recommend this course if you have never used a DSLR.
The Camera: A Beginners' Guide
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/23/2018
Excellent teacher, even though the course was not what I had expected.
The Camera: A Beginners' Guide
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/24/2017
The class instructors were very helpful and inspired me a lot, I would love to continue taking some advanced classes sometime next year.
The Camera: A Beginners' Guide
Reviewed by Patricia C. on 11/3/2017
Our instructor was great, thoughtful and a lot of fun. I learned a lot! It was a very small class as one of our students dropped out because there was a conflict. Perhaps I should not complain as we had almost a private class, but I wish there had been a few more students as more input from other students might have been inspiring as well. Enjoyed it and I would take a class with this company again.
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