Photography Basics: Controlling too Light, too Dark and What's in Focus

Understanding f-stops and apertures are foundational in learning photography. In this class we'll discuss how using the correct settings helps control how light or how dark a photograph is and what is in focus and what is not.
Pat Mingarelli
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Completed by 1 learner
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60 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

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Class Experience

Students will learn what is meant by aperture and f-stop, what aperture and f-stop do and how to set them correctly to get a proper exposure and how to control what is in focus and what is not in focus.
I have over 25 years of experience as a professional photographer and 16 years of teaching experience. I've worked as a staff photojournalist for a newspaper and an international magazine. I currently work as a contract photographer doing mostly, real estate, sports, and nature.
Since this is only a one session class, there is no homework, but I will recommend to the learners some exercises they can do on their own to help them understand what they've learned in the class.
No supplies will be needed for the actual class, but I recommend that students have access to a digital SLR camera or comparable mirrorless camera. These cameras allow the photographer easy access to the camera shutter speed controls. The students won’t be using the cameras in class, but it would be helpful for them to have access to such a camera to later practice what they will learn in the class. 
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Pat Mingarelli
Lives in the United States
Professional Photographer and Photography Instructor
2 total reviews
2 completed classes

About Me

I love photography and love helping kids (and adults) learn photography so they can enjoy it as I do.

We are all born with the desire to create and be artistic. We lose that as we age and don't use our creative skills. Photography provides a way... 
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