• April Tuesday Session
    April 10, 2018 - May 22, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • April Wednesday Session
    April 11, 2018 - May 23, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • July Saturday Session
    July 7, 2018 - August 18, 2018
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • July Sunday Session
    July 8, 2018 - August 19, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • October Tuesday Session
    October 9, 2018 - November 20, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • October Wednesday Session
    October 10, 2018 - November 21, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • March Saturday Session
    March 2, 2017 - April 13, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Photo Boot Camp gives you the tools to take control of your camera and make great pictures. Creative Photo Academy began with Photo Boot Camp in 1988 and it provides the most cohesive approach for learning how to use your camera creatively we’ve ever seen. Our most popular class Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned photographer looking for a refresher, Photo Boot Camp is designed to give you a solid based to stand on; learning the functions/controls of your camera and honing your photographic thought process. There will be instruction, homework assignments and image reviews. Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Mirror-less Interchangeable Lens camera is required and you need to be familiar with your camera’s dials/buttons and functions before our first meeting.

Lesson 1. The Camera.

  • Shutter speeds for control and creativity.
  • Understanding f-stops and the effect of aperture.
  • Wide, normal and telephoto lens vision.

Lesson 2. The Image.

  • Visualize the image and capture the decisive moment.
  • The basics of composition and image design.
  • Look for success in the details!

Lesson 3. The Exposure.

  • Understanding creative exposure.
  • Utilizing your light meter properly: Matrix vs Spot.
  • Mid-tone and achieving proper exposure

Boot Camp Field Trip! Redondo Beach Pier

  • Practice together the uses of ISO, shutter speeds, wide and telephoto lenses, composition, light metering, and exposure.
  • Meet at the Pier and have some good photo fun. (Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.)

Lesson 4. The Light.

  • Understanding the qualities of light.
  • Practice together the uses of ISO, shutter speeds, wide and telephoto lenses, composition, light metering, and exposure.
  • Meet at the Pier and have some good photo fun. (Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.)
  • Recognize and use the direction and color of light to create the photograph you desire.

Lesson 5. Flash and Focus.

  • Learn the basic rules and uses of electronic flash.
  • Using depth-of-field and focus to accentuate your subject and to control the viewer.

Lesson 6. Improve Your Image.

  • Using filters for creative control.
  • See ideas for sharing your photographs and improving your photos in the future.

To bring: Pen and paper to take notes. Must own a Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Mirror-less Interchangeable Lens camera for assignments, but do not need to bring a camera to class.

By purchasing this class, you agree to the terms of the cancellation policy.
Register online here or, download our flyer, or sign up in store, or over the phone (310-375-7014)

Student Reviews:

I have taken the Photo Boot camp class and have learned more in that 6 days course than in 1 semester at a community college, because Mark focused on the nuts&bolts for a beginner photographer, without all the academic stuff.
-John M.

I took Boot Camp with Mark the beginning of the year in hopes of capturing my European trip this summer. Mark critiques everyone’s assignments each week, giving us valuable information to make the most of each class. Mark encouraged us to reshoot each assignment with our comprehensive knowledge. I  am extremely happy with my pictures. Capturing moments and sharing with friends and family is exactly what I was looking for.
-Kathy C.

Thanks for Photo Boot Camp. It’s hard to improve on what I felt was a very comprehensive and informative series of classes. They were done in such a way so as to build upon themselves giving me a greater understanding of my camera and its capabilities. Very illustrative with terrific examples and great inspiration.

Thanks Mark for a great class! I got an insight last night about light. This is what I came to the class for. I’ve been forcing what I think I should be getting or what I am looking for into the time of day and light rather than allowing the light to inform me in what I should be shooting as a subject. No wonder my photography is so erratic and inconsistent. I can now see how it will be frustrating to get the subject I want with the right light or time of day. It’s about patience and persistence isn’t it? Wow, I just got 10x my money’s worth. Thank you.

Mark, your Photo Boot Camp class was excellent! Been to many classes in my life, yes including military boot camp, and your class was so captivating and motivating!

First of all, thank you so much for a great course. Your enthusiasm is amazing and contagious. I learned a lot, even though I had done some SLR photography years ago, even learning to develop and enlarge black and white photos. These digital cameras have a lot more capability, and a course like Boot Camp is absolutely essential. I’ve tried to teach myself, but I really needed a “drill sergeant” to get me to try the things I needed to learn. I even worked up the nerve to ask a complete stranger if I could take her portrait! The class setting is important too, learning so much from other students and their work and questions.
-Gary R.

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