Photography Fundamentals

A 6-week online course
Tuesdays, Mar 2-Apr 6, 6-7:30pm
Postponed to Fall 2021

Duration: 6 weeks
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Dates: March 2-April 6 Postponed to Fall 2021
Location: ONLINE
Price: $149

This course will cover the fundamentals of photography and teach beginners the skills they need to move beyond the auto setting on their cameras. We’ll start out by learning how a camera and lens work together to collect light before moving on to the complexities of image capture, which include exposure, light, and composition. We’ll also learn some basic post-production skills that we can use to enhance our photographs after image capture. It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera to get the most out of this class.


  • How Does a Camera Work?: Manual Controls such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering and focus will be covered
  • Assignment: Practice using the manual controls on your camera, utilizing what you’ve learned about shutter speeds and apertures


  • Elements of Composition: Focal length, framing, the rule of thirds, and other elements of composition will be covered
  • Assignment: Experiment with composition and framing


  • Light: Color temperature, white balance, advanced metering, dynamic range and natural light will be covered
  • Assignment: Experiment with light


  • How to be prepared and apply what you’ve learned in the field. We’ll discuss having the right equipment for your shoot, how to troubleshoot problems, and how to develop your ideas depending on the types of photos you wish to capture
  • Assignment: Free shoot. Photograph whatever interests you. Have fun, be open, and experiment with your camera

WEEK 5 & 6

  • Post Production: Different types of editing software options will be discussed. We’ll also experience a basic Lightroom Demo in order to learn the basics of editing and file size

About the instructor

Adam Donnelly is an artist and educator. His work focuses on DIY and alternative photographic processes, and he has exhibited on both coasts. Adam has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and he currently works as the Studio Manager in the BFA Photography & Video Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He was an exhibiting artist in “Digital Nature 2019” at the LA Arboretum, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Visiting Artist at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose in 2015 and an Artist-In-Residence at Rayko Photo Center in 2014. He has exhibited all over the country, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. He has taught and lectured at various institutions throughout the Bay Area.