Photography I: The Essentials

Photo by Lori Waselchuk


Course Description:

Understanding the basic principles of photography will help you take better pictures and make it more fun! If you are new to photography or want to move past shooting in automatic mode to gain more control of your pictures, this class is for you. Topics will cover the foundations of photography including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses, depth of field and more! You will also learn how to use composition, light, color, and tonality to create more dynamic images. This class will include hands-on shooting opportunities, assignments to inspire you to improve your new skills, analysis and critique by PPAC’s knowledgeable instructors and lectures on historical and contemporary artwork. This class is the first step in creating a solid foundation in the medium and taking your images to the next level.



Tuesdays, June 12th - July 17th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
(no class on Tuesday, July 3rd)
Instructor: Julia Staples


Thursdays, June 14th - July 19th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
(no class on Thursday, July 5th)
Instructor: Julia Staples


Saturdays, July 28th - August 25th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor: Rebekah Flake


Tuition and Registration:

Member: $200 - $225
Non-Member: $250


Are you a PPAC Member? If so, please do not forget to log in to receive your discount on this class. If not, sign up today and immediately receive 10% off this class.

You may register for a class up until the start of the class if the class has enough students for it to run. A determination will be made six days before the start of the class if there is a sufficient amount of students for the class to run (a minimum of three students). If a class is under-enrolled six days before the start of that class the class will be canceled. Students will be notified by email and the registration will be closed. To ensure a class has enough students for it to run please register early.

Refund Policy:

You may cancel up to seven days in advance to receive a refund, after that time no refunds or credits will be issued, no exceptions. PPAC will not provide refunds for classes, workshops, or tutorials missed as a result of students’ illness, emergencies, absence or any other events beyond PPAC’s control. Please send class cancellation requests to:

Start Date: September 16, 2013
End Date: November 16, 2018

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