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Getting to Know Your Digital SLR

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Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K00BG

Today's digital SLR cameras offer extraordinary image quality and flexibility. Users have excellent control over exposure and can customize their camera set-ups to achieve consistently outstanding results.

This class is designed to have participants working with their cameras outdoors for most of the session. It includes a set-up of each student’s DSLR camera, and a lengthy shooting session at Smithsonian gardens and museums on the Mall. During the shoot, the instructor covers technical and aesthetic considerations such as shutter and aperture priority shooting modes, exposure control, depth of field, and composition. File formats (e.g. JPEG and RAW) and how to organize files on your computer are discussed.

Students should bring a camera and its manual, a fully charged battery, a compact flash card, any lenses, and a tripod (if available). This class should be suitable for users of any digital SLR camera. A working lunch is held at a museum cafeteria.

Those registering must have completed the Digital Camera Basics workshop or know how to operate their cameras. Students should be aware of exposure modes, ISO settings, and JPEG quality settings, histograms, and be able to find topics in the menus.

The instructor is Eliot Cohen.

One 6 1/2-hour session, including a working lunch break


National Museum of Natural History
Computer Lab
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)