Capital Photography Center | Photography Classes in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia

DSLR Photography Basics

DSLR Photography Basics

Appropriate for DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras with manual exposure settings.

Today’s cameras offer the photographer a wealth of tools that can lead to beautiful photographs. Capturing the perfect portrait of a loved one, a fleeting moment leading to the winning goal, or a stunning travel photo takes practice and know-how.

Learn how YOU, not the camera, can control the final image by choosing the appropriate setting for the look you want. Understanding how your camera makes an exposure will help you decide which settings to use to freeze or blur motion and control the depth of field to capture the image you want.

This class is designed for those who want to learn more about photography basics and manual exposure settings.

Topics Include:

  • Camera Controls - Learn the most important features and menu settings that affect exposure.
  • Resolution & Compression
  • Manual Shooting Modes
  • ISO Settings
  • Shutter Speeds - Control motion to add emphasis.
  • Depth of Field - How the aperture affects what is in focus.
  • Focus Settings
  • White Balance
  • Fill Flash
  • Lenses - The options
  • Composition - What makes an interesting photograph.

Participants are encouraged to bring their camera.  As Greg discusses camera features or menu settings, you can follow along and learn how to set them.  An extra battery, memory card, and your instruction manual are also very helpful to have on hand at the class.

People who like this class might also enjoy the In-the-Field-Shooting classes, especially the FIELDWORK classes, as a way to reinforce the material covered in the classroom.

This class is offered on other dates and locations. See all the DLSR classes at the General Classroom tab. 

Class Limit: 16

What People Are Saying About Greg

"Greg was great covering the basics and answering our questions.  After just 20 minutes into the class, we were already testing out new knowledge and I was immediately amazed!"

"Greg's class clarified so many things for me. I found his talk and presentation quite inspiring and I'm excited to get out and practice what I learned."

“ Greg was extremely helpful in generating ideas for composition and explaining techniques to us. It benefited the overall experience by helping us create images that we might have otherwise missed. I definitely learned and improved my photography at this class with him."

"I enjoyed the class with Gleg. His expertise was well complimented by his superb classroom presentation. His enthusiasm is infectious. I especially liked the way he went round to each of us while we were on the street and tried to draw us out and give us hints and help. Well done to him!"

Instructor: Greg Holden

Greg Holden

Greg Holden’s photography focuses on showing unexpected views of common scenes.  Whether he is photographing out in nature or exploring rusty and abandoned places, he enjoys looking for tiny scenes or details that he can abstract from larger views to create unique images.

Greg has a passion for teaching and sharing his love of photography with others. He is able to convey the technical aspects of cameras and photography in an easy way for beginners to understand while at the same time helping them capture compelling images.

You can see more of Greg’s diverse work on his website,

Greg teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center.

DSLR Photography Basics

Seeing In Black and White

Exploring Historic Fells Point

B&O Railroad Museum Field Shoot

Date: November 18 2018

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM




8130 Porter Rd, Falls Church, VA, 22042

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Cancellation Policy:

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.