Digital World of Photography - Lessons, shows, meet ups, classes
Our digital photography classes teach you how to use your camera. I see many photography classes that mainly teach how to use Photoshop. Photoshop is a great program and I highly recommend it to enhance photographs but not to correct them. Photoshop cannot reclaim lost detail by poor exposure or focus. It can only guess. The only way to capture a perfect photograph is by doing it correctly with the camera. In this class you will learn how to take great photographs with your camera.
Even if you don't have an expensive camera you can take great photos with the proper knowledge of your camera

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Our digital photography classes are taught at professional training facilities such as Orange-Ulster BOCES C-Tech building on Gibson Road in Goshen, New York as well as other schools and libraries around the area.

There is plenty of parking and the classrooms are large and comfortable with night security.

Believe it or not, you don't have to own super expensive equipment or be a camera wiz to take high quality photographs.

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We start with the beginner's class
This class is for those who are new to digital photography
This class will show you the basics of digital cameras, explaining different types of cameras and accessories and generally how they work. We'll cover batteries, memory cards, lenses, tripods, flashes and more. We start by looking at what is in the box your camera came in. Those cables, DVDs, battery chargers and other items that came with your camera are explained.
We cover camera safety and care as well. The class then moves on to explain the buttons and menus. You'll learn how to navigate through your camera's settings to make adjustments. Now don't get too excited, we will not explain every button and menu option in detail in this class but we will show you how to use the menus and buttons. This is the only class where we'll use the built in presets in scenes and modes. You'll understand what they are and how they effect your camera. From here we'll go on to explain the basic camera settings and how to adjust them including flash, ISO, Focus modes, white balance presets and image quality. We will also explain how to download your pictures to your computer and organize them using your operating system. We'll show you some basics on resizing your photographs, emailing, burning to a CD or copying to a flash drive and printing your photographs.

The beginner's class is basic. It is designed for people who are new to digital cameras. The class pace is slow. Any camera is welcome to the class.

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The Intermediate class is where most people begin.
It is a faster pace and there is more hands-on activities and more home assignments. We jump right in to the Program mode of the camera. I am often told that an in-between class is needed between beginners and intermediate but I believe it is simply the nature of the camera. If you don't understand your camera well, how to navigate through the menu system to find settings and make adjustments, it is best if you start with the beginner's class. The beginner's class will get you accustomed to your camera's settings and menus. In the intermediate class I will teach camera technique and it is up to you to find the settings in your camera that I am teaching. No, not every person is expected to find every setting without help but the class goes smoother if everybody has a good basic understanding of how to find the settings on their cameras. Advanced compact cameras with Program mode and Digital SLR cameras are best for this class.

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The intermediate class covers camera settings but dives in a little deeper. We explain focus points and how to use them properly. White balance is explained more thoroughly covering Kelvin temperatures and changing your point of color reference to create a warm or cold feeling to your photographs. You'll understand shutter speed and aperture and how to use them to control depth of field and motion blur. We'll teach you how to create great action shots and photos with beautifully blurred backgrounds.

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The intermediate class will go deeper into flash and how to use it for great outdoor photographs. You'll discover slow-sync photography where you mix flash with ambient light. Learn about controlling flash output and background brightness. We cover the histogram, picture styles, lenses and some great photo tips. You'll learn how to capture the color of those great sun sets.

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The Advanced Class
will pull everything together and teach how to use all of the camera's settings together to create professional images.

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In this class the students get together to create professional images by planning photo sessions and bringing the necessary items to class to create those photographs. This is where you learn how to put together a complete photo shoot. We'll spend the first day reviewing important camera technique such as metering, ISO, Exposure and White Balance. Then we learn custom exposure settings using a gray card and level card. We cover custom white balance, high dynamic range and photo composition. You will learn about bounce flash and using a remote flash for special effects. We cover shooting at night with long exposures and the bulb setting as well as full manual mode. We paint with light using long exposures and discover different lighting techniques. This class is primarily designed for digital SLRs.

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For a more complete list of the lessons given in each class browse through the
Class Syllabus page.

Once you sign up for a class and attend the first day you will receive a password to unlock the class resource part of this website. There is a power point presentation for every lesson that I teach available for download. If you don't have power point on your computer there is free software to view them. The power point presentations cover every detail we learn in class. There are also many pdf files with important instruction that you can download. You'll also find links to great free software for image editing and more. These are all available online for you to download at your convenience.

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The class does not end after the last day. Class participants can become regular members of the Digital World of Photography photo club (free for class participants). The photo club meets about once a month at various interesting locations around Orange County for a photography exercise. During these exercises a short lesson is given, handouts are provided and questions are answered. We also hold various critiquing sessions and workshops.

Digital World of Photography also organizes photography exhibits at local galleries and businesses such as the Seligmann Studio Gallery in Sugar Loaf, Galleries in Pine Bush and Wallkill, the Orange County Fair, as well as Art Walks in Monroe, Pine Bush and Port Jervis. All members are encouraged to display their work in these shows as a group.

The class experience continues on Facebook. Here you can see what the current students are working on and continue to participate by uploading your own photos or asking questions.

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Feel free to call me or email me if you have any questions about the classes.

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All photographs included here have been created by Jeff Montanye and are copyright protected.