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Photography for Kids - Manual DSLR Photography 101 + 201

Learn how to work with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to gain the skills to take beautiful photos without any automation from the camera, and build a portfolio of work covering a range of subjects and themes!
Katherine Causbie
1019 total reviews for this teacher
48 reviews for this class
Completed by 217 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

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Tue, Oct 11

Oct 11 – Dec 13 (10 weeks)
1:00 – 1:50 PM
Only one spot remaining

Tue, Oct 11

Oct 11 – Dec 13 (10 weeks)
4:00 – 4:50 PM
Only 3 spots remaining

Wed, Jan 25, 2023

Jan 25 – Mar 29, 2023 (10 weeks)
4:45 – 5:35 AM
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
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Class Experience

- Students will learn how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create a photograph. Students will also learn how to use these settings to create photographs.

- Students will learn the basics of effective photograph composition.

- Students will explore specific four 200-series topics in photography: Portraits, Night Photography, Street Photography, Black & White Photography

- Students will create mini-portfolios around a specific theme in a final project.

- Students will learn to speak about their work with detail and pride, and share it with the group.

- Each class, students will also learn about a specific photographer from history and some of their most famous photos.
I hold a BA in Studio Art/Photography and Psychology, and am trained both as a photographer and as a Montessori assistant teacher. As an educator I have experience teaching children pre-K through high school. 
Photography projects will be assigned each week. Projects are set up to encourage discovery, experimentation, and exploration, and help facilitate the photography learning process of applying what is covered in the lesson. The following class, each student will turn in each work to share and discuss their experience and any questions around the assignment. They will also share positive feedback with each other as a way to practice the language around the new terms and concepts. Small class sizes ensure plenty of 1:1 support and discussion of each student's work. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
All learners will need: #1 A DSLR camera and lens, or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. (Make sure you have a memory card and battery + charger, too!) #2 The means to upload the photos to a computer, tablet, or cellphone with an internet connection and web browser. For example, with a cable for the camera or a memory card reader. Please make sure your learner can upload photos to the device prior to class, so they are ready to complete your projects and focus on learning how to use their camera. If you are unsure if your camera has a manual exposure mode, you can check the camera instruction manual, or feel free to message me! A film SLR camera could also be used, but the photos must be scanned to digital files, and with developing time learners would have less time to complete the projects each week. Many introductory DSLR cameras are available for relatively low cost used or new. I have a blog with some recommendations and info about how to think about camera options here: Examples: - Nikon D3400 or D3500 - Nikon D5500 or D5600 - Nikon D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 - Canon Rebel T8i / 350D - Canon Rebel T7 / 2000D - Canon Rebel T6 / 1300D - Canon Rebel SL3 / 250D - Canon Rebel T100v/ 4000D (Canon camera with lowest recommended retail price) A few old edition options that are still great to get started with learning manual mode on a budget: - Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300 (old versions of D3500) - Nikon D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300 (old versions of D5600) - Nikon D70s, D70, D80, D90 (old versions of D7000) - Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60 (old versions of D3000 and D5000 series) - any older Canon Rebel
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learner progress is evaluated through review of the techniques explored in their images and discussion using the the terms/ideas from class. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
External Resources Details:
Padlet is used for submitting photos, no sign in is required.
Google Slides is sometimes used for sharing class material, no sign in is required.


Katherine CausbieTiered Fine Art Photography Courses: Fostering Visual Literacy and Creative Voice
1019 total reviews
809 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am a teacher on Outschool who loves to share artistic photography and human-animal psychology classes! My goal is to offer high-quality learning experiences that support curiosity, inspiration, and understanding. All classes are held... 
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