2017, April 1: Canon Camera Basics

Join Mike Sheras and take control of your camera!

If you’ve been struggling to understand just what all those buttons and dials on your camera are for then this class will help!

You'll come away with a better understanding of what your Canon camera offers and gain confidence to use it with a greater comfort level.

Mike will cover the following important features of Canon cameras:

  • Auto Scene modes
  • Av, Tv, M and P modes
  • Focus Settings
  • Picture Styles
  • Color Settings
  • Metering Paterns
  • Live View
  • Playback settings
  • RAW vs. JPEG
  • Lenses
  • And more

This class will cover the settings listed above on all Canon EOS digital SLR cameras.

Participants are encouraged to bring their camera.  As Mike 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.

NOTE - Although this class touches on the exposure modes, it is not intended to teach you photography basics. Instead, it is designed to explain the features of the Canon cameras and the settings available to you. Participants of this class might also enjoy the DSLR Photography Basic class as a way to learn more about the manual exposure settings.

Class Limit: 16

Instructor: Mike Sheras

Michael Sheras was a Senior Professional Markets Rep. for Canon USA (based in Washington DC) since the introduction of the EOS camera system in 1987. After 28 years with Canon, he recently retired and is currently pursuing his own personal work, which includes photographing events professionally, lecturing to various local camera related groups and doing shows and events on a freelance basis for Canon USA.

Michael grew up in Chicago and, after attending the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois Law School, he decided to pursue a career in photography rather than the law and moved to Los Angeles. There he ran his own studio in Santa Monica and worked with several other camera companies as a trainer and professional marketing rep. He was also an Editor of Petersen’s PhotoGrapic magazine and during that period he started his love affair with Yosemite National Park.

“The best thing I ever did in my photographic career, ”Michael said, “was to become a student and workshop assistant for the great photographer, Ansel Adams. Ansel taught me a love of the landscape and the craft of landscape photography.”

He has worked as a member of Canon Professional Services serving the needs of the professional photographic community (and as a photographer) at 13 political conventions, 7 Presidential Inaugurations, 5 Superbowls, 2 baseball World Series, 2 baseball all star games, the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 1994 and 1998 World Cup Soccer finals, US Open Golf, US Open Tennis, and auto races in the Indy Car, Rolex, Tudor, NASCAR and Formula One racing series in both the United States and Canada.

He has taught many courses and workshops during his career and continues to do so currently. He is one of the founders of the Look 3 Photographic Festival in Charlottesville, VA.