Red Boat

Beginning Digital Photography

Saturday, February 26  - Saturday, March 12, 2022
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Workforce Development Center-Franklin

Are there way too many buttons on your digital camera?  Are you stuck in auto mode?  Get out of auto and learn how to take control of your images.  Learn all the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible!

This class covers basic camera mechanics, the selection of a file type, shooting modes, and flash.  Students will learn about the fundamentals of exposure with the relationship among shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO settings explained.  White balance, metering modes, and focus will also be discussed and demonstrated.  Elements of composition will also be explained and practiced.

Classroom instruction will be reinforced with outdoor shooting in the local area. In addition, students will be given photo assignments to complete prior to meeting on the second Saturday.  Each participant will be given a binder of photographic handouts to keep for future reference.  You can expect to leave this class with a deeper understanding of the capabilities of a digital camera and ability to fully utilize your camera to capture outstanding images. 

What to bring to class? 

  1.  Fully charged camera with memory card and lenses/accessories
  2. Brown bag lunch

Train Tracks

Digital Photography: Beginning to Intermediate

Tuesday, February 15 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022  6:00PM - 8:00PM & Saturday, March 5, 2022  9:00AM - 2:00PM
Hobbs Suffolk Campus

Award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach this photography class that will unleash your creativity as you learn to take control of your camera.  Basic camera mechanics, fundamentals of exposure, and compositional techniques will be explained.   Field trip and in-class exercises will emphasize learning how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure, and exploit depth of field to create dramatic compositions.

Through lecture, demonstration, and on-location photography, you will leave this class with a working knowledge of your digital camera and the confidence to fully utilize your digital camera to capture outstanding images.  Bring your fully-charged camera, instruction manual, and digital media. 

February 15 Classroom (Camera Operation)
February 22  Classroom (Camera Operation and Composition)
March 1  Classroom (Still Life and Close Up)
March 5 Colonial Williamsburg (Shooting and Discussion)
March 8  Classroom  (Critique and Wrap Up)

Visit Workforce Registration to apply, register, and pay for your class.

Registration and payment must be submitted by 4:00PM three (3) business days prior to class start date.

For more information, please contact Workforce Development at or call 757.569.6050.