So you’ve ponied up for the fancy DSLR.  But with all of its buttons, settings, modes, and capabilities, this beast of a camera has you wondering if maybe that eight hundo you just dropped on it would have been better spent covering a year’s worth of bar tabs.  (Okay, not a year... two months max.)  FEAR NOT!  Workshop is excited to give you CAMERASHOP: Demystifying Your DSLR (Canon and Nikon Edition), a Workshop intensive class offering a more in-depth look at digital photography.  In this four-week course, instructor Kurt Manley will help you navigate your camera’s settings, use manual modes, and learn what all of those camera buttons actually do!  Things like f-stops and shutter speeds start to make sense as you learn how to use aperture and shutter.  You will learn how to beautifully blur backgrounds, perfectly freeze motion, and bring your entire picture into focus. This class will also cover camera topics and techniques such as metering, composition, and how to improve shooting conditions.  Kurt will also explain some must-know technical details, such as determining file types, using histograms, setting white balance, choosing lenses, and post processing.

This multi-session workshop also includes a class field trip during which you will hone your new skills with the instructor along to help with any questions you might have. When it’s all said and done, you’ll leave with the skills and confidence to start taking true creative control over your photographs, and begin shooting photos you are excited to share!

Session date / times for this class

Session 1 - Tuesday, January 22nd - 7:00-9:30pm
Session 2 - Tuesday, January 29th - 7:00-9:30pm
Session 3 - Tuesday, February 5th - 7:00-9:30pm
Session 4 - Saturday, February 9th - 10:00am-12:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Students taking this class should plan on spending at least one hour per week outside shooting during daylight hours in order to finish practice assignments.

Supplies Needed: A digital SLR with full manual controls (a camera with interchangeable lenses and M or manual mode on the dial).  The brand MUST BE either NIKON or CANON. Also, and this may seem redundant, but your camera MUST BE a DSLR. Mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras are not suitable for this class. Lastly, we ask that you email your camera’s model type and brand name to instructor Kurt Manley as soon as you sign up for class. PLEASE contact Kurt at kurtamanley AT gmail DOT com.

Instructor Bio: Bay area native Kurt Manley is a fine art and freelance photographer. He works in all mediums of photography from traditional printing in the darkroom to shooting and processing digitally.  His work has been featured in San Francisco Magazine, Refinery 29, and other publications, as well as having appeared in dozens of gallery shows and private collections.  See more at

The rules / important stuff: We have a NO EXCEPTIONS 72 HOUR CANCELLATION policy - this includes cancellation, re-books, gift certificates, moving classes, etc. For more information on canceling a class, please read our cancellation policy. Also, if you miss a class session, we are unable to rebook you into another session, so please check ALL DATES and make sure that you can attend each session date before you sign up. All classes are 21+ unless you email for permission. If any questions, please email us at info AT workshopsf DOT org.

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