Beginner Photography BASICS

Know your DSLR or mirrorless camera

Learn About Your Camera

Many people aren’t prepared to discover the complexity of today’s digital cameras—what in the world are you to do with all those buttons, dials, and menu settings? You only want to take a photograph, but now you have this mysterious and complicated device to figure out. And who knew there was a lot more to photography than simply taking pictures? Relax, Beginner Photography BASICS has you covered.

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras share standard features and functionality you must understand to get the most out of your photography. BASICS is foundational and explores the inside and outside of your camera, introducing you to essential components, menu settings, and accessories every beginner needs to know. This is the perfect class for anyone who is brand new to using a digital camera and has no idea where to begin.

COST: $125

Session Overview

Beginner Photography BASICS is your quick-start guide to learning a DSLR or mirrorless camera. It covers essential camera and menu settings every new photographer must know. Sign up now, save yourself valuable time, and avoid the frustration of learning all of this on your own.

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Features and Menu Settings


Camera Gear and Software

Learn the CAMERA »

Features and Menu Settings


Camera Gear and Software


Session 1

There is a lot more to photography than pressing the shutter button. Modern digital cameras are complicated, especially for anyone who isn’t tech-savvy. CAMERA is the user-friendly beginner’s guide you hoped came in the box. You are guided step-by-step through key camera components and menu settings you didn’t know you should care about, ensuring a solid knowledge base for pursuing photography. This session gives you a concise yet comprehensive overview of the important features and functionality anyone new to using a camera needs to understand.

There’s no shortage of gadgets and software that are supposed to raise your photography game. Fortunately, only a few camera accessories and apps are necessary to produce real results in your imagery. ACCYS cuts through the hoopla and introduces you to the essential additions for your camera that will actually be of benefit. Designed to shorten the learning curve and save money, this session is your Cliff Notes of understanding the plethora of options available so you can make more informed buying decisions and enjoy your time with a camera.


Session 2


Awesome Material

No need to remember or write everything down; you get a spiffy FREE PDF of the On LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY book that is the source and companion to Beginner ONE. Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions are available on Amazon.

Already know how to use a camera?
Check out Beginner Photography TWO

Common Q's

NO, that's not the purpose of this class.


Please see Beginner Photography ONE to learn more about using a camera to take pictures. This class is an introduction to DSLR and mirrorless cameras and focuses more on learning basic features, menu settings, and accessories.

Any camera that allows you to adjust the exposure manually is fitting for Beginner Photography BASICS, which includes DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Call or text (614) 427-1671 if you are unsure whether your camera is suitable.

Learning photography and complicated cameras can be challenging; I am available to you before, after, and between sessions if you need help. You may also retake the class, whether part or whole, anytime at no cost.

Life happens. If you cannot make both sessions, you can jump in on another class to make up the material. Classes are bi-weekly; make it up anytime.

All ages are welcome to attend, but the majority of our students are adults. Although we have had students as young as 12 years old participate without issue, it all comes down to your child's ability to follow along. You can opt for a Personal Session if the class is too challenging.


Note: Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Classes are held at Haven Collective, 2025 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221. There's plenty of free, close, and well-lit parking. Personal sessions can take place anywhere.

Although rare, class cancellations can occur. You may switch to another class, opt for a Personal Session, or receive a full refund. Single-session cancellations for inclement weather or personal reasons will receive a make-up session.

I sincerely believe you will learn A LOT and thoroughly enjoy your experience. The information and instruction are sound and tested; unless under exceptional circumstances or a class is canceled, refunds are not available.

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Learning photography can be challenging — if you would like to take the class again for any reason, feel free to come back as often as you wish — at no cost!