• Saturday Sessions
    July 9, 2016 - August 27, 2016
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Sunday Sessions
    July 10, 2016 - August 28, 2016
    10:00 am - 12:30 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

Lesson 4. The Light.

  • Understanding the qualities of light.
  • 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 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:

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. Its 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!
Thanks so much, Roland

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23845 South Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, California, 90505, United States