What to expect in the mini-workshop?

This course is designed for photography newborns who have intentions to sign-up for the Fundamental Photography Workshop in the future. Since we have had both participants who found the Fundamental Photography Workshop too overwhelming because they have never used a camera before, and participants who found the pace was just right for them in the same class, we would like to take care of the group of participants who are entirely new to photography. Most importantly, we want make sure each participant in the Fundamental Photography Workshop has the same level of knowledge to begin with, and receive the same amount of attention from the instructor. 

In the evening workshop, each participant will be provided with a set of equipment (a Canon T5 DSLR camera and a kit lens). I would show you how to attach the lens to the camera, how to protect and clean your equipment, what is a focus point and how to shoot photos by locking the focus point.

I would also explain the difference of a DSLR camera and a point-and-shoot camera and what the numbers on the lenses mean. Photography terms such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance will be explained. Different shooting modes--Aperture, Shutter Speed Priority Modes and Manual Mode will be discussed. You will practice shooting photos in the Auto/Program Modes, and Semi-auto modes (which are the Aperture/ Shutter Priority Modes) inside the learning center with the equipment we provided. 

IMPORTANT. As you are getting more comfortable to use the cameras, you'll also find the pictures taken in the Auto/Program/Semi-auto modes look nasty--they are blurry, yellow and not correctly exposed. This is exactly what I want you to understand--the Auto/Program/Semi-auto modes suck. I will explain why the problems happen. You won't even be able to correct it by changing the settings because Auto/Semi-auto modes hide the root of the problem. This is exactly why you should learn to shoot in the Manual Mode. You'll change the game by solving the root of the problem and instantly take better, sharper and correctly exposed photos. Such understanding prepares you for the next class- Fundamental Photography Workshop, which aims at helping you take stunning photos using Manual Mode anywhere and under any kind of situations.

The fee is $75 but $30 will be waived if you sign-up for the fundamental workshop together.

Please note that the application of using different apertures, shutter speeds and ISO will be taught in the Fundamental Photography Class. The Beginner 101 Mini-workshop gives you an idea of what these terminologies are. 

Where do I learn?

535 Mission Street, 14th Floor, San Francisco (5 mins walk from Montgomery Bart Station). There is no outdoor field trip for this mini workshop.

What is the time?

5:30pm-7:30pm Classroom Session + Practical Classwork (inside the learning center) 

What would I learn?
  1. Difference of a DSLR camera and a point-and-shoot camera

  2. How to attach a lens to a camera body?

  3. How to protect and clean your equipment?

  4. What is a focus point? How to change it? 

  5. How to lock your focus point?

  6. How to shoot a photo? Why do we need to press the shutter release half way down?

  7. Classwork 1,2: Shoot in Auto and Program Modes

  8. Photography terms: Explaining aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance

  9. What are the different shooting modes?

  10. Classwork 3,4,5: Shoot in Av Mode and Tv Mode

  11. Understand why the photos are yellow, blurry and not correctly exposed.

  12. Understand why you shouldn't shoot in the Auto/Program/Semi-auto modes. Your photos will dramatically improve if you are shooting in the Manual Mode.

What equipment is provided during the workshop?

  1. Canon T5 DSLR camera body

  2. 18-55 F3.5-5.6 Lens

  3. SD Card

  4. Camera bag


What do I need to bring?​

Snacks-in case you are hungry after work. We serve fruit water, tea and coffee.

How much is the fee?


-You can now save $30 when you sign up the Fundamental Photography Workshop together, use discount code "BUNDLED" when you checkout.

Who is the Instructor?

Christina Szeto is a HongKong-based wedding and lifestyle photographer who is passionately in love with taking precious moments in people's life. She has also taught the course "Understanding Life Through Photography" in one of the top colleges in Hong Kong--the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She aroused students' interest in photography through interactive activities and trained them to see ordinary scenes with new perspectives. 95% of her students have continued to pursue advanced education in photography or have significantly improved their skills that would be useful in their daily lives, or even careers.

She recently moved to the States, bringing in her unique experience, passion and teaching skills that would help people take photos from a better angle. Christina was raised in a Chinese family and speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Check out her work here.


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