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Introduction to Digital Photography [In-Person]

Starts January 25

4 sessions: Tuesdays, January 25-February 15, 6:30-9:30pm

Do you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that you bought with the intention of using for family photos or to document your travels, but never got around to learning how to use it? This four-week course is designed to teach students the basics of digital photography. Confusing terms like aperture, depth of field, and exposure will be presented and explained so students will gain a basic understanding of them and how to apply their knowledge to taking photos.

Weekly assignments will be given and are designed to help students learn the basic concepts and techniques of photography.

Course Outline

Week One: Focusing and composition

Week Two: Exposure

Week Three: Depth of field and shutter speed

Week Four: Flash photography

Course Requirements

  • Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or mirrorless camera and at least one lens required. Flash is optional (flash techniques will be discussed in the final class). Students are encouraged to bring their cameras (and camera manuals) to class so they can have specific questions about their gear answered.
  • Students must print one 8×10 print for class critique, as well as a contact sheet of images taken for each assignment (details will be discussed during the first class).

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth currently requires proof of full vaccination (initial shots + booster) for all in-person classes and events or a negative PCR Covid test result (required for every class session) within 48 hours of the class/event. In addition, all participants of FilmNorth in-person classes and events must wear N95, KN95, or KF94 masks.

Tuition: $245 regular | $185 member | $140 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 wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but 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 a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




January 25 @ 6:30 pm
February 15 @ 9:30 pm
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4 sessions: Tuesdays, January 25-February 15, 6:30-9:30pm