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Photography 101
Shooting Beyond Auto Mode
with Cynthia Shaffer

1-Day Workshop on
May 17, 2014

So you finally got yourself that dreamy DSLR camera that you've been wanting. Now what? Keep the dial on the automatic Green Box mode and settle for hum drum ... OR turn that dial to manual mode and learn how to take dynamic, juicy, and emotion-filled photos of your art, family, food, and garden?

If the latter is your option, this class is for you. In this full-day workshop, you will learn the cornerstone concepts of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed in a way that makes sense, along with tricks to help you remember the ways these three cornerstones work together.


  • Arrive & Settle: 8:30 :: Time for students to arrive, and settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:00-12:00 :: Class time with Cynthia who will walk you through the basic steps to get your camera out of the green box auto mode and into the creative manual mode. She will shoot while tethered to a computer so you can compare photos as she changes settings and lenses on her camera. Small vignettes will be set up around the studio for demonstration purposes and then for you to practice and play with what you have learned.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:00 PM :: After lunch, the class will venture outdoors and shoot on location using just the natural light and reflectors. Then everyone will upload photos to their laptops and learn a bit about photo editing and post production, and learn how to create those vintage (old Polaroid), creamy, or saturated color effects that can be seen on so many popular websites and blogs.
  • Show&Tell, Clean-Up & Depart: 4:00-5:00 PM


  • DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), which basically means a digital camera that allows you to change out the lens (e.g., Canon Rebel or higher models are examples of DSLRs). No point-and-shoots.
  • Any and all lenses you have. If you own a Canon camera, the 50 mm f/1.4 lens is highly recommended.
  • Camera manual
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Optional but strongly recommended: Laptop with photo-editing, post-production program already uploaded (e.g., Lightroom 3, Photoshop, iPhoto, or even Picasa or Picnik)


  • Camera Settings & Functions: Information about ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed and how they work together.
  • Lens Functions: Insight about lens numbers and how they affect the photos that are shot. Ideas on which lens to grab for that particular look you are striving to achieve. Understanding Bokeh ... what it is and how it is achieved.
  • Natural Lighting: Tips and tricks on how to shoot in natural lighting.
  • Studio Lighting: Tips and tricks on how to work with soft boxes, as well as cheap and easy set-up options to allow you to have a small photography space in your house to shoot your art.
  • Composition, Perspective, and Photo Styling.


  • Due to limited class size, the spot for this class is transferable but payment is non-refundable. Please read about this policy in our Studio Policies. By purchasing this class, you are agreeing to abide by the class policies.
  • For photo-sharing purposes, there will be a FREE class group formed in CRESCENDOh Creative Lab, where students can upload photos in the gallery and chat with one another.
  • This class is ideal for bloggers who want to learn to take stunning photos for their blogs. Though professional photographers are welcome, it is a class that is designed for the beginner to intermediate.

Cynthia has worked for several years in a photography studio as a freelance editorial stylist. In recent years, Cynthia has been photographing content for numerous art and crafting books including Art Saves, Signature Styles, Creative Pilgrimage, We Make Dolls, and the Stash Happy series. Cynthia loves to teach what she knows and is eager for others to catch the photography bug. Cynthia welcomes emails at Visit her blog here.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Price :: 76


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