Intro to Photography Class, Davis, CA

Posted on: June 21st, 2012

When people ask me how I got started in photography, I explain that I bought a camera, thought I could just “figure it out” and then promptly enrolled in a formal class when the menus utterly confused me.  I shot in “auto” mode for awhile, or one of the other modes that the camera had set up for me for kids or pets or landscapes… but using those wasn’t giving me the images I wanted, and at the time I did not know why.

Once I took classes, I was much more confident in my photography and started building a business.  I was so humbled when people began to ask me if I would ever teach a class… “just the basics.”  I started thinking about all the things I wished I had known years ago so that the pictures I took of my family or at events would have turned out better. I came up with this concept for a one night workshop to share information that I thought would be most helpful for portraits.

For this workshop, I have narrowed down a list of topics that I think will help you take better day to day portraits, regardless of what camera you are using (even if its mostly an iPhone camera!).

  • Understanding Natural Light:  Direction, quality, time of day, highlights and shadows
  • Composition: Framing your subject, angles, backgrounds
  • Posing: Some quick tips on flattering poses
  • Focus:  What makes images come out blurry?  How can we clear that up?

We will spend the time both in “lecture” and with hands on learning, so bring your camera along.  We will shoot outdoors and get to see first hand different ways to use natural light.  I would love for you to join us on Thursday, August 2nd in Davis, CA from 6pm to 8pm!  Please email me at to register.  Registration is just $30 per person.



11 Responses

  1. Connie Balasek says:

    Will you be holding a similar workshop soon? I received a new camera for Christmas and am interested in taking a class.


  2. Dana says:

    Hi Amy —

    Are you going to be doing another class?
    Seems like there’s a lot of interest.


    • amyshuman says:

      Yes, I teach classes throughout the year and always announce them on my blog. The topics vary, but the intro class is the most popular, so I plan to offer it every couple of months.

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. Kelly Rodriguez says:

    I would love to take this class!

  4. Ale Martinez says:

    Will you be teaching a class this summer?

  5. Kent says:

    The website’s last update on the message board is May 2013. Will you be teaching any classes in early 2016?

  6. Kent says:

    The website’s last update on the message board is May 2013. Are you planning a class for early 2016?

    • Amy Shuman says:

      Hi Kent,

      Yes, I am trying to find dates for classes this winter/Spring. If you send me your email address I can add you to my mailing list.

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