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Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00XT

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Digital cameras have become popular for use in all types of photography because of their combination of convenience, immediacy, and high-quality images. Despite the wide range of cameras available, there are many common characteristics which, when understood, allow better control of the picture-taking process.

This hands-on workshop covers topics such as obtaining a good exposure using various shooting modes; making exposure adjustments on an image that is too light or dark; controlling color and tone as files are captured; understanding resolution, picture quality, and file formats such as JPEG and RAW; transferring files to the computer; and organizing those files with a browser. There is no prerequisite, and students do not need to own a digital camera to benefit from the class. However, if possible, they should bring a digital camera, charged battery, and instruction manual to class.

Instructor Eliot Cohen has been invited to teach digital photography workshops nationally and internationally.

One 7 1/2-hour session, including a lunch break (participants provide their own lunch)

About the Instructor

Eliot Cohen has been teaching photography since 1975 and digital methods since 1994. He is one of the area’s best known digital educators, renowned for his ability to explain digital procedures in a clear and logical manner. He has served as the Program Head for Photography at Northern Virginia Community College, where he was honored with an award for his teaching excellence, and has been a faculty member at the Corcoran School of Art. More..

Smithsonian Connections

Digital photography allowed scientists to capture new information about space and evolve our understanding of the universe. Check out digital cameras and other space technology in the
Explore the Universe
exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum.


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