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The Joy of Photography: An Exploratory Course
6-Session Daytime Class

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Fri., Jul. 12–Aug. 16, 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Code: 1K00AR

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This non-darkroom class is designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or film-based camera as a creative tool. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Students work digitally or with color-slide film, and topics include aperture, shutter speed, metering, exposure, ISO/ASA, composition, film selection, special effects, and flash photography. The instructor gives weekly assignments and reviews them in subsequent classes.

Students should bring to the first class a camera (digital or film-based SLR) with manual or override capabilities. Color-slide film to purchase is discussed at that time. Students working in film process it commercially outside of class. Students working digitally must bring images for review on a flash drive or CD or in print. Point-and-shoot digital cameras are not appropriate for this course.

Leland Bryant is an experienced teacher and fine-art photographer.

6 sessions, 3 hours each

Smithsonian Connections

In preparation for class, students may view the online exhibit American Photographs: The First Century, created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to familiarize themselves with the variety of techniques and styles present in American photography.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
Photolab 3036
1100 Jefferson Dr, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)