In preparation for our classes, you will be given weekly homework assignments consisting of readings, YouTube videos, and individual photo shoots with photo submissions to the class for discussion. Classroom format will consist of presentations of different photography topics, discussing the participants’ submitted photos,  and periodic group photo shoots.

Note that there is an optional “Camera Boot Camp” session scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 2:15 to 4:15 PM at the Temple for anyone that would like some extra help with their camera prior to the start of regular classes (see schedule below).



Pre-assignment (to be completed prior to 1st class on March 12)

Student Camera Survey

Please send via e-mail to coordinators answers to the following:

  1. Make and model of your camera?
  2. What photo editing software, if any, do you use?
  3. Do you have smartphone (e.g., iPhone, Samsung) or a table (iPad, Tab)?
  4. What type of computer do you use (Mac, Windows, etc.)?
  5. Will you be attending the optional Camera Boot Camp on March 5 (see below)?

Pre-Assignment (To be completed prior to 1st class on March 12)

  1. Camera Game: Do you know your camera game and cheat sheet (You will likely need to refer to your camera manual to complete this.)
  2. Understanding Exposure – The Exposure Triangle:
  3. Exposure Triangle Chart (a handy 1-page reference) – Exposure Triangle
  4. How to email Pictures: HOW TO EMAIL PICTURES
  5. Photos to submit for first class on March 12 :  By Wednesday evening March 11 at 6PM, please email to us 2-3 photos that you have taken  of any subject (landscape, portraits, nature, etc.).  Be ready to specifically identify the subject of your photo to  briefly discuss what message you are trying to convey.

Mail pictures to:,, and YOUR OWN EMAIL ADDRESS  (By copying yourself on the email, you can check right away for any problems and correct any mistakes.)

Note: Please bring your camera to the first class!!

** Optional Camera “Boot Camp” – Thursday, March 5 **

  • Optional Camera “Boot Camp” from 2:15-4:15 PM at the Temple, Room 7 (immediately following the Convocation)
    • If you are attending the Convocation, please come from 2:15-3:15
    • If you not attending the Convocation, come from 3:15-4:15
  • Purpose: For anyone that would like extra help with their camera prior to the first class.  If you are already comfortable with your camera or having taken the Boot Camp before, you need not attend.
  • The session is informal and intended to provide individual help



Class #1 – Thursday, March 26

Topic – Technical Part 1

  • Introductions & Course Overview
  • Introduction to the Exposure Triangle
  • Basic camera settings
  • Depth of Field
  • View & discuss submitted class pictures

Homework for Next Class (April 2)

Readings & Videos

  1. 9 Tips for Composing the Perfect Picture –
  2. Composing Good Photographs – composition-07may09 (feel free to skim through this material as it’s fairly long)

Images of “Great” Photographers to Submit – Download 2 images from the internet (do a Google search)  from one or more of the following list of photographers: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Ed Clark, Annie Leibovitz, Alfred Stieglitz, Herb Ritts, Diane Arbus, Art Wolfe, Vivian Maier or Steve McCurry  Be prepared to briefly explain in class (2 minutes maximum) why you picked each image and what makes it a great picture.

Other: Practice Shots

Please try to take some practice shots and immediately “chimp” each image as you take them, checking your playback information display for:  1. the highlights indicator (“blown out” or overexposed highlights are flashing) and 2. the histogram (no pixels should extend off the far left or the far right edge of the histogram).  Please also make sure the shooting gridlines are turned on in your viewfinder when you compose each shot.

We will not be reviewing these practice shots at the next class due to time constraints.

Class #2 – Thursday, April 2

Composition / Review Great Photographers Images

Homework for Next (April 9) Class

1.YouTube Videos to Watch

– ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture Explained –

If you have time also watch: Master Camera Settings: Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO – (This video is 17 minutes long but is worth watching to get you thinking about specific settings you need for different shooting scenarios.)

2. Photos to Submit – 2-3 images using one or more of the compositional techniques discussed in class. Please be prepared to briefly discuss how you composed each image. Remember to “chimp” your pictures after each, checking blinkies (highlights) and using histogram.

Class #3 – Thursday, April 9

Technical – Part 2 / Review Student Images


Class #4 – Thursday, April 16

Shooting Creatively / Review Student Images


Class #5 – Thursday, April 23

Photo Editing Part I & Post-Processing / Review Student Images

Note: This is the last day of Passover; we will discuss any conflicts with this date at our first class


Class #6 – Thursday, April 30

iPhone Photography / Pre-visualization & Working the Scene / Review Student Images


Class #7 – Thursday, May 7

Common Photography Mistakes /  Review Student Images

Note:  We will discuss any conflicts with this date at our first class


Class #8 – Thursday, May 14

Review Student Images / Slide Show of Course Images / Wrap Up