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DSLR & Mirrorless Photography Boot Camp

Starts May 4

In-person. 1 session: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Did you purchase a DSLR or mirrorless camera with the intention of taking family photos or documenting your travels but never got around to learning how to properly use it? This workshop covers the basics of DSLR and mirrorless digital photography, including composition, aperture, depth of field, exposure, and more, all of which are integral to maximizing the quality of your images. Discussion of each topic will be followed by hands-on exercises with cameras so students can apply the basic concepts and techniques presented.

Students should bring a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera, the camera manual, and at least one lens. Flash is optional (flash techniques will be discussed). The instructor will make time to answer participants’ questions about their own cameras and gear.

I really like this class. I feel I have had a better understanding of camera/ how to operate and how to operate th camera as an artist. Tom explained the history, the science behind the camera, the background and we practice on our camera. This process was extremely positive and helpful. I am very thankful. —Winter 2023 student

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.

Tuition: $180 regular | $145 member | $115 low-income

Tom Baker is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis. He has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Montana School of Journalism and has been freelancing since 2007. He has worked at the Havre Daily News in Havre, MT, The Dalles Chronicle in The Dalles, OR, and the Portland Tribune in Portland, OR. His work has been published in the Star Tribune, MPR News, Associated Press, POLITICO, Agence-France Presse, Montana Standard, Draft Magazine, Rochester Magazine, and others.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those needing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first class session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to the first class session, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
  • By registering for this FilmNorth class you are agreeing to our Community Values Statement.




May 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tom Baker
Registration Deadline
May 3
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1 session: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am-5:00 pm