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"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever...It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything...." - Aaron Siskind, famous Abstract Expressionist Photographer

Welcome to the world of photography. Photographs can be a powerful tool for sharing stories and experiences through images. They can express emotion, carry a narrative, demonstrate principles; cameras are potent instruments for documenting the human condition and sharing moments from life. A single image can transform the way a story is contextualised and perceived.

In this class, we will begin to explore basic camera functions and how we can get amazing images just by slightly adjusting the way we see the world, then apply this new found awareness to making (not taking) pictures.

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Step 1: Who Is This Class For?

This class is geared for the absolute beginner.

Whether you are just getting started with a point and shoot, a DSLR, or even a smartphone, this class is for you. Follow along in this course to learn new skills, or to just brush up on photography tips and tricks.

This class will go over basic camera functions and principles, highlighting techniques to make fantastic images with any camera in any lighting situation. The most valuable skill learned in this class will be that you will learn to see light and form differently, and to make the best pictures in any scenario.

Step 2: About Your Instructor

My name is Audrey Love, and I am a photography professional turned DIY-Mad-Scientist.

I have been tinkering and crafting my whole life, and I was lucky enough to turn this curious passion for making into a career. I started visiting Instructables.com when I was working on my Photography/Digital Media BFA at the University of Nevada, Reno - thanks to articles authored by Instructables community members, I learned how to read circuit diagrams, solder, and cast resin for the first time ever! I'm still endlessly learning from the I'bles community, and part of my motivation for teaching this class is to give so that future Instructables authors have the know-how to use a camera to tell their own DIY story.

I have extensive education and experience as a photographer and digital image retoucher. STILL! I am constantly amazed that I can keep learning new things about the camera as a tool. As digital photography keeps benefiting from technological innovation, and robust features become more accessible, the creativity of camera users is really astounding. (But perhaps secretly, I long for the days I could get back into the dark room to wet analog process photos again.)

Step 3: How to Start

Before you think you need to go buy a $2000 camera for this course, our first lesson, 'Choosing a Camera', will go over how to choose a camera for your photography practice, and the pros and cons of working with working with different kinds of cameras.

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