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Course Description

FOTO.101 ~ Introduction to Digital Photography

This 8 week course is periodically offered through the Art Gallery of Viera in Melbourne, Florida. I find the live group classes are most effective and add a nice social element to the experience.

FOTO.101 is designed for photo enthusiasts of all ages. If you have a digital camera and a desire to learn more about how your camera works, then this is the course for you. I will teach you the two most important things to know in order to create more compelling and interesting images; composition and understanding how light affects all of your photography. Upon completion of this course, you will possess everything you need to know to make great photos. The assignments are fun and easy, and I provide you my own sample photo or photos of each assignment to help you understand the concepts.

Many digital photography courses get bogged down in technical jargon and don’t know how to simplify the basic ideas. In FOTO.101,  I am standing right there with you guiding you along every step of the way and instructing in plain language.

How FOTO.101 works:

After initial contact, I will send you a welcome letter and a form to fill out. On this form you will provide your contact and camera model information. You will send this to me via email along with 5 samples of your photography. With this information I will be able to become familiar with your camera and determine your photographic skill level. This information is critical because I teach each person differently depending on their equipment and capabilities. It’s much more work for me, but I am convinced this personal touch is what separates FOTO.101 from other courses. Payment is required at the first class.

FOTO.101 is taught in a group setting in the classroom of the Art Gallery of Viera at the Avenue shopping center. Classes last approximately 2-3 hours where we review your assignments and discuss any questions you may have. This is a shared experience class where comments are encouraged.

Each lesson contains several easy assignments that help you understand your digital camera. On several occasions we will go outside the classroom to practice various exposure controls. I also include a photo safari on location near the end of the class. These outings are so much fun and it is rewarding to see how the students bring their new appreciation for their camera to life! 

Assignments are sent to me each week as jpg files. I will review them in class and there are no grades given in this course. Yay!!! FOTO.101 is for you to better your understanding of your own camera and to teach you lighting and composition so your photos can be more creative and compelling.


Here is a brief description of each lesson:


Lesson 1: Getting to know your camera

The basics of digital photography

File formats, ISO settings, and memory cards

2 assignments


Lesson 2: Using exposure & focus controls

Aperture and shutter priority

Depth of field

White balance

Exposure compensation


4 assignments


Lesson 3: Lenses & accessories

Color space, prime & zoom lenses

Instruction on portraiture

Filters and accessories

3 assignments


Lesson 4: Composition

The importance of simplicity 

Rule of thirds explanation

Factors of composition

4 assignments


Lesson 5: Light

Highlights, shadows and mid-tones

Overcoming direct light

Light sources

Warm, cool and hi-key light

Shooting indoors

Flash photography

2 assignments


Lesson 6: Testing your knowledge

A series of 25 questions about digital photography

Group review


After you complete the course and I have reviewed all of your work, I ask you to provide a critique of the course and a testimonial if you enjoyed the course. This information is essential to creating and maintaining viable and effective instruction.

What is your photographic passion? Landscapes? Nature? Street photography? Portraits? The beauty of FOTO.101 is that it teaches you how to get the most out of the features and benefits of your particular camera BEFORE you shoot whatever your heart desires.

I am the only instructor in FOTO.101. The course is fun, social, engaging and creative. It's a simple concept to provide you with the best knowledge and tools to create the images you strive for in your photography. Please email me here or call me at 321-431-5929 or you may also contact the Art Gallery of Viera at 321-504-4343.