DSLR Basics

June 24th, 2017

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dow Art Gallery

(2242 University Ave., St. Paul MN)



Workshop size is limited to 16 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at frozenhiker@gmail.com

This is a class for those who either just upgraded to a DSLR, or have owned a DSLR for a while and want to learn how to move away from program mode and create some stunning images.

The technology in today's DSLR's is truly amazing allowing us to capture images that were never possible in the film days.  The manufacturers have added a number of features that will even detect the faces in the photos and focus accordingly.  ​Even with all this technology, sometimes the conditions can fool our camera resulting in underexposed people, blown-out skies, or gray snow.  Some of the most common questions we hear are:

  • Why are the people in my photos always so dark?

  • Why does it seem that everything I take with my phone is sharp, but when I try to take a photo with my expensive camera the background is blurry?

  • When I print my photos, they always come out dark, why is that?

This class will provide answers to these questions and show how to adjust your camera to get some great photos.

Course Overview:

This class consists of a lecture followed by a field trip.  The field trip is designed to allow you to practice the techniques taught in the class with the assistance of an instructor.  We have found this to be an excellent way to reinforce the concepts. 

This course begins with an explanation of various modes in which your camera operates and when you might want to use each of the modes.  We follow this with a discussion on the role that light plays in photography.  With this basic understanding the following topics are then discussed:

  • Relationship between ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed

  • Focus Modes

  • Metering Modes

  • Focusing and Depth of Field

  • White Balance Settings

  • Lens Types

During the class we will show a number of examples as we explain these concepts.  This will help you understand how this might apply to photos that you want to take.  

The classroom portion will last about 2 hours.  Once the classroom portion is complete, we will venture to one of the local parks to practice.  During the time in the field, participants will be guided through a set of exercises designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the class.  We make sure to spend time with each person to make sure that they know how to set the proper settings on their camera.  There will also be plenty of time to ask questions.

What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring your camera, along with fully charged batteries, and your camera manual.  Since we will be headed outside for part of the class, make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.  Sunscreen is also recommended.


The instructor for this course is Don Tredinnick, assisted by Peter Berman.  Don and Peter have many years of experience along with numerous photo credits.  Don's photos have been published in various periodicals and websites.  Peter is a former cameraman for ABC News in New York City.