Digital Photography Simplified: Fundamentals for Better Pictures


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31

Today’s  cameras have made photography easy.  But the fundamentals have not changed since the days of film. The instructor answers questions about photography and explains how to gain control of your digital camera, demonstrates techniques to improve composition and gives an introduction to post-capture processing. Using discussions, assignments, a field trip and critiques, participants learn how to make better images. 

Participants should bring a digital camera and have a basic understanding how it operates. Any camera is acceptable; most digital cameras and lenses manufactured in the last 5 years can produce excellent pictures. Also, everyone should have access to an internet-enabled computer and the ability to connect to a photo sharing website. This is how images will be displayed during discussions, using Google Photos. More information will be provided with your registration.

Before the first class, participants will upload ONE favorite photograph, which will be used in the discussion on composition during the first class. It can be any photo; made by the participant or by someone else. Be ready to say why the image is important.




Facilitator: Jim Kahnweiler

Jim Kahnweiler worked as a photojournalist, portrait and travel photographer including projects for the Associated Press, architects and real estate agents. He has been exhibited at the Piermont Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, NY and the Rowayton Art Center and is Director of Photography for Ziga Media in Darien. He has taught photography at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and at the Brookline Center for Adult Education.