DSLR-1: The Basics
This class is part of a series
DSLR Series / DSLR-1 / DSLR-2 / DSLR-3 / DSLR-4

A tour of your camera and the fundamentals of exposure.
Upcoming Classes
Mon
Feb 26
$75 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS

Only 3 seats available
Tue
Mar 20
$65 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 03/14)
Mon
Apr 23
$65 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 04/17)
Wed
May 30
$65 - INDIVIDUAL CLASS
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 05/24)
6:30-9pm @ DCP - Early Registration: $65 - Late Registration $75

The Basics: A tour of your camera and a thorough demonstration of the fundamentals of exposure.

  • Your new collection of stuff: batteries, chargers, memory cards, readers, filters, caps and hoods.
  • Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera.
  • Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO.
  • The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
  • How it works: why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
  • Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
  • Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration (available until 5 days before class start date), $75 late registration.
  • All four classes are available at a discounted bundle rate of $220 (available until 5 days before the first class start date).
  • Doors open at 6:15pm.
  • Classes start promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Each class is 2 ½ hours long.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: The early registration fee is $65/person per class if you register at least 5 days before the class date. Late registration is $75/person.

Q: Is there a discount for taking the whole series?

A: Yes, the early registration bundle price for the series of four consecutive classes is $220 available until 5 days before the first class date.

Q: Can I mix and match classes from different series for the bundled price?
A: No, the discounted bundled price is only available to classes taken in sequence.

Q: Can I take individual classes instead of the series?
A: It is recommended that you take the whole series but you can sign up for any class separately as there are still spaces available.

Q: How will I know if a class makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: How late can I sign up for a class?
A: As long as the class doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time of the class.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: What’s the difference between the Full Day Workshops and the evening Short Courses?
A: The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 classes cover the same material as the Beginner Full Day Workshop. The DSLR-3 and DSLR-4 classes include the same material as the Intermediate Full Day Workshop. The workshops are smaller, more hands-on and there is time for shooting with a model. We’ve found that some people enjoy the intensity of an all day workshop while others prefer to have the material spread out over several classes.

Q: Where are the classes held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.

Q: Can I and my friend/spouse/etc. share one camera for the class?
A: Yes, we frequently have couples and friends who share equipment but the class is priced per person, not per camera, so you would each have to register.

Q: What kind of camera is best for these classes?
A: The classes are geared toward Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras like the Nikon D3000, D5000, D7000 series or the higher end D600, D700, D800 or D4 series. On the Canon side the models of any of the Rebel or EOS cameras including the T2, T3, T4 or T5 series, 60D, 70D, 7D or 5D series. The Sony Alpha series is also included even though several are not true DSLRs. The classes may also be appropriate for non reflex, high quality cameras that offer manual controls, such as the Canon G series, Lumix LX, Ricoh GX, etc. If you’re not sure if your camera is appropriate for the classes just drop us a note through the Contact page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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Richard Klein

Richard is committed to passing on the craft and joy of image making by teaching classes and workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and as a contributor to lynda.com.

“Learning is a process and I see myself as a lifelong learner continually taking on new subjects, being in a state of Beginners Mind. My commitment as an educator is to share complicated material in a way that is easily understood by the student regardless of their experience level.”

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