Beginner 101 Photography Workshop


March & April 2020 Instructor-led classes canceled due to COVID-19

Beginner 101 Online Workshop is now available! Sign up and get unlimited access!

San Francisco (this page)  |  Palo Alto

  • Equipment provided during the physical class.


  • This workshop is for fresh beginners.

  • Curriculum  (Blue: taught in both online & physical class; orange color: taught online only)

    • Making sense of the Exposure Triangle through hands-on training.

    • Learn the 4 core settings that allow you to shoot on any camera.

    • Take 3 important steps before you determine the camera settings.

    • Learn to take sharp photos

    • Learn the settings one by one through shooting on the Semi-Auto Modes of a DSLR camera.

    • Focusing: Focus Options, Focus Modes & Focus Areas

    • Starting to shoot on the Manual Mode

    • Understand why you should not rely on exposure compensation and metering to fix the exposure

    • Focal lengths

    • Controlling the depth of field

    • Common problems & solutions

  • Small class size (physical class): maximum 6 attendees.

  • Preparation class for the Beginner 102 & 103 Workshops (which shows attendees how to shoot in the manual mode through landscape, portrait, still-life, street, action, water and light painting photography).

  • The physical class is for adults only (18+).


Shall I also sign up the Beginner 102 & 103 Workshops?

In 2020, we strongly encourage you to sign up this class together with the Beginner 102 & 103 Workshops to get a comprehensive knowledge in the basics of photography.

Do I get a discount if I sign up for both the 101, 102 & 103 Workshops?

Yes. Please use Discount Code "BUNDLED123" when you checkout to save $100 when you sign up this class together with the the Beginner 102 & 103 Workshops.

Can I use my own equipment?

Attendees are welcome to bring their own equipment so we can show you how to use them by the end of the class. Attendees are required to use the equipment that we provide throughout this workshop, so the whole class can move at the same pace. Most importantly, it is easier to understand the basics with the equipment that we provide. Since the settings we teach can be effortlessly transferred to other cameras, attendees will be able to apply the exact same settings to their own equipment by the end of the class with the help of the instructor.

Secondly, we want to maximize your learning experience. In the middle of the class, it will be frustrating to pause to the class when the instructor is helping each attendee figure out the settings in their own cameras. Every attendee should be able to adjust the settings correctly in their own equipment once they've grasped the photography concepts. Our instructors will make sure you know how to do it before you leave. We promise.


Quick Facts

Equipment provided: Canon T6 DSLR body + 1 lens + SD card

San Francisco Location: 535 Mission St, 14th Fl, San Francisco

Length of the workshop: 2 hours (SF: 5:30pm-7:30pm)

Small class size: 6 attendees only

Shooting on a DSLR through hands-on practice

Tuition fee: $95

Punctuality is much appreciated in this class: Please arrive and check in 10 mins before the class. The class would start on time. Since a lot of information will be covered, if the attendees are 15 mins late, they are already falling behind; if attendees are 30 mins late, it is not possible to catch up and their registrations will be canceled.

Start to create the photos that you love,

Step by Step

Learn the basics through hands-on practice.

The classwork that we designed for this class is application oriented and is meant to replicate real-life scenarios.

Understand why Auto Mode sucks

Take sharper pictures; work on photo composition and lighting

Take your skill to the next level: creating Shallow/ Deep Depth of Field in your pictures

Create the Sense of Motion in your pictures: Freeze the action or motion blur

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