Course 102. Fundamentals of Photography II - From Capture to Output with LAB

Skill Level: Beginners / Advanced Beginners

Read before applying for Level II. Level II requires the student to continue to photograph on their own after completing the workshop. Students are expected to submit monthly images based on the monthly assignment. Individuals that cannot meet the program requirements or expectations should not apply. These requirements also apply to returning students. Level II requires the student bring a laptop with the required software installed.

Registration closed for 2019

Location: Wildwood Park - Olewine Nature Center

Date: Mon. June 24 - Sat. Jun 29, 2019

Time: Mon-Sat: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Program Fee: $250. Fee does not include lunch or drinks.

Age Group: 15-17

Min | Max class size: 4 | 8

Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrollment. Registrants will be notified prior to the event and full refunds will be issued.


The Level II program is designed to help the student produce visually compelling images. A photographer needs more than creativity – a photographer needs to have working knowledge of composition, lighting, camera and technical skills and a thorough understanding of the subject. As a student, you will have an opportunity to learn these skills and be challenged to build upon the creativity and proficiencies you already possess.

The program builds from basic exposure, composition, and camera operations to photographic design, digital processing, color management, printing, and applies industry “best practices”.  It is critical to have in-depth knowledge of the technical process of digital photography from capture to final output.

Students will be given assignments after each workshop session to reinforce their understanding of the lecture or photography topic presented. Students are expected to complete and submit their assignments at the start of the next workshop session.

Through lectures, hands on projects, demonstrations and assignments, you will gain essential photographic knowledge and develop a comfort with your camera, helping you to make better images and get the most out of your digital SLR.

This workshop includes the beginner’s level of post processing images using Adobe’s Photoshop® Elements.  The student will learn “best practice” of managing images, processing and editing photos and printing.   The student will learn the ends and out of editing RAW files in the RAW editor to achieve professional results.


This program is open to youth 15 years or older, who demonstrates a serious interest in photography. Applicant must have successfully completed two or more Level I – Photo Boot Camps and can demonstrate the knowledge of basic camera mechanics and basic principles of composition or have equivalent experience. It’s recommended that applicants attend both the Nature and Wildlife and the Creative Art photo camps before applying for Level II.

Returning students must meet or exceed the Proficiency Skills at the beginner’s level. Retuning students must post at least 12 photos taken after this workshop through Dec 30th.  Images must be post processed using photo editing software and submitted monthly.

Photography knowledge you should be fimilar with before attending this class.

You don’t need to know them like the back of your hand, but you should have more than a basic understanding of the items below. The requirments below are taught in Level I.

  Proper technique for hand holding the camera

  Using an tripod

  Navigate though the camera menus to change internal and external camera settings and functions

  Familiar with the camera's creative modes: Program AE, Shutter Priority [Tv, S], Aperture Priority [Av, A]

  Solid understanding of Shutter Speeds: i.e. controlling motion..freeze fast-moving subjects or create blur

  Solid understanding Aperture [f/stops]: familiar with depth of field

  Solid understanding and changing ISO settings

  Solid understanding and changing White Balance (WB) settings

  Solid understanding and changing camera focusing points

  Solid understanding of autofocusing and manual focusing, plus front, center, and back focusing

  How to perform Focus Lock

  Know when to use lens or in-camera stablization

  Solid understanding of the camera’s Histogram

  Basic photo composition techniques

  Basic lighting techniques

  Solid understanding of the basic Digital Camera Setup workflow

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Camera Equipment

Canon equipment is the perferred equipment for all PFK workshops and will be loaned to each student. Students can use their camera if the camera model matches any of the models listed below. Students using their own camera MUST have a spare camera battery. PFKs wil provide the necessary camera equipment for the student to complete the class.

Approved DSLR camera bodies.

Canon: T3i, T4i, T5i, T6i, T7i, SL1, SL2, SL3

Nikon: D5300, D5500, and D5600

Mirrorless cameras cannot be used.

Loaned Camera equipment.

Canon Rebel ‘Ti”and SLn series


Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens  

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS telephoto lens                   

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 prime lens                                    

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

Nikkor AF-S DX16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR standard zoom lens  

Nikkor AF-S FX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR telephoto lens                   

Nikkor AF-S FX 50mm f/1.4G prime lens                                    

Nikkor AF-S DX 85mm f/3.5G VR macro lens                                    

Computer Requirements

Since this is a digital photography class, students will need to bring a laptop with the following minimum hardware or software requirements.

A Windows PC or Apple Macbook laptop

Memory: 8GB (16GB is recommended)

Hard Disk Space: 500GB or larger [you will need at least 50-64GB of free space available on your hard disk]

SD memory card slot or SD card reader

Imaging software for post processing

Adobe PhotoShop Elements with current version installed on the laptop

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