Beginning Digital Photography: Get More from Your Camera

Dates: Tuesdays; September 10 – October 1, 2019
Times: 5:00pm ‐ 7:30pm
Location: Camp at Smithfield
253 James St.
Smithfield, VA 23430
Cost: $115

Are there way too many buttons on your digital camera? Are you stuck in auto mode? Get out of auto and learn how to take control of your images. In this class you will learn to shoot in all the modes, including manual. Learn all the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible!

This class covers basic camera mechanics, the selection of a file type, shooting modes, and flash. Photographers will learn about the fundamentals of exposure with the relationship among shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO settings explained. White balance, metering modes, and focus will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Opportunities for outdoor shooting and take-home assignments will reinforce the classroom instruction. You can expect to leave this class with a deeper understanding of the capabilities of a DSLR camera and ability to fully utilize your camera to capture outstanding images.

Intermediate Digital Photography: Improving Composition

Dates: Wednesdays, October 23, 30 and November 6 and 13; and Saturday, November 9, 2019
Times: 5:00pm ‐ 7:30pm (Wednesdays)
9:00 am – Noon (Saturday)
Location: Camp At Smithfield; 253 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
Cost: $165

Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? Then this class is for you. Award-winning photographer, Shirley Whitenack, will teach this class through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and on-location photography. Students will learn to see and read light, how to effectively use exposure compensation, add flash outdoors, and use reflectors. The first class will be a review of camera functions; however, participants should have a comfortable working knowledge of their cameras.

We will cover shooting modes, compositional techniques, lens selection, filters, flash and flash modifiers, utilizing histograms, capturing action, and proper use of tripods. Field trips will emphasize learning how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure, exploit depth of field, and experiment with shutter speeds (including time exposures). Bring your camera, instruction manual, film/digital media, and your questions. Tripod is highly recommended.

Class wrap-up will encompass organizing and archiving images, photo resources, image critiques, and follow-up questions. Each participant will receive photography handouts to keep for future reference. Expect to leave this class with the confidence to take control of your camera and create more dynamic photographs, especially in low light situations.

October 23 – Classroom
October 30 – Downtown Hampton (waterfront)
November 6 – Classroom (still life photography)
November 9 – Sandy Bottom Park, Hampton
November 13 – Classroom

Registration Deadline for Non-credit Classes:
Participants enrolling into a non-credit class must have all registration documents and tuition fees submitted by 4:00 p.m. three (3) business days prior to class start date.

You can register and pay for the photography class at

For more information, please contact Workforce Development at or call 757.569.6050.