Basic Photography Course

Course Description

This hands-on photography course shall provide students with a greater appreciation for and understanding of the artistic potential in digital photography.  The course held at either the Je Revele Castle in Highland Park, NJ or Westfield, NJ and it is designed to familiarize students with the technical aspects and controls of a manual camera. Emphasis in this class is on the development of the students’ self-expression.    You do not need to have any basic knowledge prior to joining this class. 

Course Objectives:

  • Students will gain a basic understanding of the history of photography
  • Students will understand and demonstrate the basic controls of a 35mm camera.
  • Students will learn the basic qualities of light for use with photography both available light and flash.
  • Students will explore photography as a expressive art form.
  • Students will create images that illustrate their understanding of composition, design and light.
  • Students will be using their new camera skills and techniques to generate beautiful portraits, landscapes and much more!

These objectives will be obtained through lectures, demonstrations, class critiques, provided reading, and hands-on operation of equipment.


  • Camera Basics
  • Understanding Exposure, aperture, depth of field and lenses
  • Understanding Shutter Speeds: Fast, slow: freezing action, panning
  • The Art of Storytelling
  • Composition, light and color, using Photoshop
  • Taking beautiful family portraits

COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Classes are held with a maximum of 8 students per class. We practice social distancing and all students and myself wear face coverings. We will take students temperatures using a no touch thermometer start of each class. More safety precautions here:


One DSLR or mirrorless camera, battery and one lens. You can bring your own, borrow a camera or rent one.

Rental option 1: A camera can be rented for $300-350 for 12 weeks here:

If you don’t already own a lens, a lens can be rented for $300-350 for 12 weeks here:

STEP 1: Book your course

$325 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot.  Second payment of $325 due 3 weeks after the course begins. The 6 week workshop fee is $650 total. The deposit is non-refundable.


Payment options
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There will be weekly shooting assignments handed out in class and due the following week.

Dates and Details:

This six-week course will be held either in Westfield, NJ or Highland Park, NJ Beginning the week of October 1, 2020.

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