Advanced dSLR & Mirrorless Camera Use

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Advanced dSLR & Mirrorless Camera Use


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Instructor: Sean Lamb
Time & Dates: 7 pm - 9 pm Mondays, November 26 and December 3, 10 & 17, 2018 (4 weeks)
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible.
Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking lot.
Class size: limited to 12 people; minimum class of 4.


Have you mastered the basics and want to take creative control of your photography?  This advanced level workshop will give you the tools and practical experience to take your photography to new, creative levels.

The emphasis in this class will be on doing; doing assignments, doing reviews of each others work and doing some post processing to make our photographs the best they can be. We will journey together, with John and Dave in the role of guides rather than instructors. The destination: more satisfying, meaningful photographs and some fun along the way. 

Intended Audience

This is an advanced-level course intended for anyone who has a basic understanding of their DLSR or mirrorless camera, can shoot in Manual mode, feels relatively confident they can produce good exposures, but wants to increase their photographic knowledge and their ability to create creative images.  

Course Goals

Through this course students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of light and exposure

  • Develop an enhanced sense of composition and new techniques for photographing people, places and things

  • Learn more about post-processing, using both Photoshop and Lightroom

  • Learn techniques for HDR processing, Macro and Black & White photography

  • Shooting in the RAW format

Course Requirements

Students must have a Digital SLR and be able to shoot in manual mode.  Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments and participate in critique.


Session One – The Camera System Revisited

  • Quick review of the camera system including; Image Quality, White Balance, Shooting Modes, Manual controls, ISO, Focus Points, Metering modes, Exposure modes, etc.

  • Quick review of lenses; Which lens to choose, care of lenses, prime vs zoom lenses, lens quality, lens extenders, filters

  • Quick review of tripod/support devices

  • A Word about Flash

  • Assignment protocol and first assignment

Session Two – Understanding Light and Exposure  

  • Review of First assignment (Limit to 20 min. max)

  • The Essence of Light (Quality, Quantity, Direction, Source, Size)

  • What Your Camera Can Record (Dynamic range, Histograms)

  • Getting the Exposure You Want (Metering, White balance, Camera Exposure modifications)

  • HDR Processing

  • Second assignment

Session Three – Composition

  • Review of Second assignment (Limit to 20 min. max)

  • Basic Composition Concepts

  • Working the scene

  • Advanced Composition Concepts

  • Color vs. Black & White

  • Breaking the rules

  • Third Assignment

Session Four – Photographing People,  Places and Things

  • Review of Third Assignment

  • Portraits

  • Street Photography

  • Family Photos

  • Landscape

  • Travel Photography

  • Macro Photography

  • Fourth Assignment

Session Five – Post Processing and Growth as a Photographer

  • Review of Fourth Assignment

  • Using Lightroom

  • Using Photoshop

  • Third Party Software

  • Additional Photo Critique

  • Growing Your Photography

  • Evaluation of Instructor

Instructor Bio

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Sean Lamb is a professional photographer and current President of PhotoMidwest.  He has practiced photography as a hobby since the mid-1970s, with training from UCLA in the 1980's and Madison College in the 2000's (graduating with honors from the Photography program in 2010).  In 2012 Sean became the first Google Trusted Photographer certified in Dane County.


All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.

Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.

Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible.  PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions.  If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.

In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by CPM, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.


By enrolling in this course, you consent to PhotoMidwest taking and publishing photographs of the course, which may include you, in its promotional materials to communicate what our classes, events, and/or facilities are like to potential members. To clarify, PhotoMidwest will never publish photographs YOU took without your specific written permission.