Using Your Digital Camera - Thursdays 1 PM
Using Your Digital Camera
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Offered every Thursday from 1:00-5:00 PM. Classes meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery.
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NOTE: To sign up for a class within 48 hours of class date or arrange an alternative payment method, please email or call the Gallery at 209-372-4413 to reserve confirmed space.
Price: $95.00 Per Person

Ansel never stopped exploring, or stopped learning how to use camera and film technology to express his artistic vision. Through The Ansel Adams Gallery's Photo Education program, you will also gain practical knowledge to improve your ability to record your explorations and realize your artistic vision.

This small group photo class will take you to select locations in Yosemite Valley to provide hands-on instruction with your digital camera. There is no better means of learning than in the field with one of the Staff Photographers from The Ansel Adams Gallery.

This class is designed to improve your technical familiarity with your digital camera. You will visit different sites within Yosemite Valley based on what the current conditions suggest will provide the most photogenic views, and gain practical techniques through hands-on experience with patient and knowledgeable instructors. Photography is a highly technical art form, and yet with some simple instruction it is possible to make sense of it and use today's technology to create the image you want. Specifically, there will be discussion of aperture settings and aperture priority, shutter speed, ISO, and using histograms to optimize your exposures.

The class will meet at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village and walk from there. Participants will spend 4 hours in the field, walking to different locations and returning to the Gallery. The terrain is mostly flat, and for the most part along paved trails, approximately 2-3 miles (3-5km). There will be three to five stopping points, and the group will have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss Ansel and photography, and learn more about how to use the incredible technology that we have to make better photographs.

Recommended for beginner to intermediate camera technical proficiency. We encourage the use of your camera's manual mode and tripods (available to rent).

  • Dates: Offered every Thursday from 1:00-5:00 PM. (NOTE: To sign up for a class within 48 hours of class date, please call the Gallery at 209-372-4413 to reserve confirmed space)
  • Location: Yosemite National Park
  • Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Class Limit: 10
  • This is a field oriented class, allowing the participants the opportunity to photograph in beautiful Yosemite Valley. Participants will spend 4 hours out in the field walking to different locations. The class usually walks 2-3 miles on flat, mostly paved paths.
  • Tuition: $95.00 per person
  • For questions and further information on this photography class, please email or call (209) 372-4413

4-hour Photography Class Cancellation Policy: We understand that sometimes things come up and the best laid plans go awry. If you cancel your class more than 7 days in advance, you will be refunded in full for the class. If you cancel your class less than 7 days but more than 24 hours before the class starts, we will refund your money, minus a non-refundable charge equal to 15% of the cost of your class. Refunds cannot be made for no-shows or cancellations within the 24 hour time period. If you are concerned about this possibility, please purchase a little travel insurance. A little can go a long way. Class payments are fully transferable to another individual for the same scheduled class if you choose to withdraw your registration. If The Ansel Adams Gallery needs to cancel the class for any reason, your payment will be refunded in full. However, we simply can’t be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging for the sole purpose of attending the class.

Attendees under the age of 18 need to have a parent or legal guardian present at the beginning of each class to sign a waiver of liability form.

The Ansel Adams Gallery is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Super Duper Class! July 17, 2019
Reviewer: Jonathan Webb  
Excellent instructor!
Excellent content!
I learned a lot about exposure  and also my camera that I had not known before and it was a fun  hands on experience!  I look forward to more classes on my next trip to Yosemite!

Jon Webb

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5 of 5 October 30, 2018
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Richmond, Surrey United Kingdom  

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  3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Camera Tech Sheet December 10, 2015
Reviewer: David Bealby  
Thanks for this Kirk,
I had a great time yesterday and learned a lot.

Thanks for your patience and great teaching style - and yes, I got some stunning photos at the end.


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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Worth every penny October 21, 2013
Reviewer: Ann from Livonia, MI  
We were debating about taking this course but we had the time and decided what the heck.  Learned so much in the first 10 minutes that it was worth the price of the course.  Took the course while the Rim fire was going on (Sep 2013), but it was clear in the valley and we were the only 3 in the class. The instructor was great and no question went unanswered. This is a participation class and we were out walking and taking pictures the entire time.  I have a Canon Sure Shot and others in the class had Digital SLRs and I was amazed at the features my point and shoot had!  I learned so much and my pictures before and after the class are evidence of that.  What a great experience and what a great place to practice my new skills!

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