Online Live Class - Intro to Photography

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  • This is a two part online class using the Zoom meeting and classes application. Complete class description is below.

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Taught by our longtime teacher and friend Michael Kawano, this Online Live class will be taught using Zoom, which is an easy and free software application for effective online group meetings. Included in this Intro to Photography series are two 2-hour class sessions as follows: Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th. Each sessions runs from 9:30am to 11:30am, and is accessed via your computer in the comfort of your own home.


This is an entry-level workshop focused on helping beginners get out of “Auto Mode” and to get the most out of their cameras and creativity. The primary objective of the workshop is to increase each participant’s photographic knowledge, skill set, confidence and abilities to capture the images they want. The class consists of two, 2-hour online courses with live instruction and allows for Q&A and interaction. Homework will be given to reinforce what you have learned and get you applying your new knowledge and a set of notes will be sent to each enrollee.

Topics Covered:

  • Brief overview of “What is photography, and how a camera works”
  • The Exposure Triangle and getting your camera out of “auto” mode: ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Exposure modes and when to use each
  • Various Camera Settings, what they do, and when you should change them.
  • Assignments to reinforce day 1 knowledge


  • A digital camera with manual controls, fully charged battery, memory card and at least one lens
  • Notepad and pen or pencil
  • A computer with internet access and webcam, as well as downloading the free Zoom application. A follow-up email with instructions to access and download the Zoom app, etc., as well as a class invite link will come shortly after your registration.


Michael is a tirelessly self-taught photographer with an unwavering passion for the craft. He shoots everything from landscapes to sports, weddings, events, wildlife, products, and specializes in portrait photography. Michael has had work hanging at the California Academy of Sciences and at the Alameda Historical Museum. He had a photo selected as the cover of a Random House bestseller, has photographed a Grammy winner and an Academy Award nominee, and was published in a special edition of Bake magazine. He was president and a board member of the Alameda Photographic Society. He has also taught a series of photography workshops for the week-long UC Berkeley Lair of the Bear camp in addition to his years teaching for Looking Glass Photo. You can see some of his work at or on Instagram at MKawanoPhotography.