Feb. 12 - Photo 101: Photographic Fundamentals for Beginners - Looking Glass Photo & Camera

Showroom: 1045 Ashby Ave Berkeley CA | Phone: 510-548-6888 | Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

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Feb. 12 - Photo 101: Photographic Fundamentals for Beginners

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Back by popular demand! Welcome in 2023 with this terrific in-person learning experience in the Looking Glass classroom. See the full description below.



Back to the classroom! This excellent class for beginners runs in our classroom on Sunday, February 12th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Class Overview:

We know you want to take engaging, memorable, high-impact photos! It’s true, you can “point and shoot” modern digital cameras. They can select all the settings for you. In many situations, your camera can take excellent photos even if you don’t know much about the underlying principles. However, your investment in learning PHOTOGRAPHIC FUNDAMENTALS will deliver big returns as you learn to guide your intelligent camera to do exactly what YOU want it to do. This workshop helps you understand the key concepts that enable you to make photographs that are more expressive, more precise, more compelling, and far more closely aligned with your creative vision.

In commonly used modes, your camera makes important decisions for you based on metering and scene analysis algorithms that may or may not comport with your creative intentions. This workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate photographers who will learn to combine their new understanding of photographic fundamentals with smart camera intelligence to achieve much better images.

This highly interactive workshop is limited to 8 students. Designed and taught by photographer and longtime Looking Glass instructor Dave Strauss, the workshop consists of 3 hours of highly interactive exploration of CORE CONCEPTS in photography: We’ll discuss aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focus/depth-of-field - through lecture, slide presentation, demonstrations, and camera-in-hand exercises. There will be plenty of opportunity to answer your questions.


  • Curiosity and a desire to learn core principles of photography that will help you make better photographs.
  • Ability to set your camera's aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings to specific values prior to attending class. (Don't worry if you're not sure what those values should be or what they are used for - this will all be taught during class. Your camera manual will show you how to access and adjust these settings.)

Health & Safety:

Let’s protect each other! To attend this in-classroom workshop, you need to be fully vaccinated for Covid and have a negative result from a self-test administered not more than 24 hours prior to the workshop. Please bring your vaccination card and a mobile phone photo of your negative self-test. Classroom seating will be socially distanced. Masks will be optional in the classroom. Questions? Send us a note using our Contact Form here.


Looking Glass requires 72-hour notice of cancellation for a full refund.

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