Vagabond Vistas Photography Instruction
DSLR Camera & Lens Operation Workshop;


David Simchock 


Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM EST
Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM EDT

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Vagabond Vistas RAD Learning Studio
375 Depot Street
Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801

Across from The Magnetic Field Restaurant.

The RAD Learning Studio

PARKING is plentiful on the street and in the new lot next to 375 Depot Street (to the left when facing the building).


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DSLR Camera & Lens Operation Workshop


Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 / April 2, 2013 

7:00PM to 9:30PM (each evening)

THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:  Check out the new and inspiring Vagabond Vistas RAD Learning Studio.

EVENT INSTRUCTOR:  David J. Simchock ( /

COURSE OBJECTIVE:  The main objective of this workshop is to enable the student to progress from "automatic" operation of their camera and lenses to "manual" or "semi-automatic" operation (including exposure, focus and more).  Emphasis is also put on lens selection and operation.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This five-session workshop provides the essentials for any avid photographer to understand the fundamental operation of their DSLR camera and lenses.  It is also a great lead-in to many of David's more-advanced "application" workshops (e.g., Travel; Events; Photographing Children; HDR Photography), this five-evening workshop is designed with the hobbyist and aspiring professional photographer in mind who is ready to take their artistic skills to the next level, learning the manual functions of their camera, and leaving behind the automatic "little green box" setting.

In the first part of this series of classes, David walks the students through the mysteries of photographic exposure, including in-depth insight into lens aperture, camera shutter speed and sensor ISO.  Equally important, he provides a logical explanation of your camera's light meter.  David also covers the creative side of camera operation, including depth-of-field control and management of moving subject matter.  This knowledge is essential for mastering correct and creative exposure.

The remaining time of the workshop ties in other important camera functions, such as white balance, auto focus and lens selection and operation. 

HANDS-ON EXERCISES:  Throughout all five sessions, David introduces hands-on exercises for the students to help put all of the learned concepts into practice immediately.  Assignments are given each week, with a critique segment starting off the following week's class.


  • Exposure - Aperture / Shutter Speed / ISO
  • The Light Meter
  • Operating Modes (auto / semi-automatic / manual)
  • Depth-of-field
  • Freezing and blurring subject motion
  • Minimizing camera shake
  • Exposure bracketing
  • Lens operation & selection
  • Auto and manual focus modes
  • White balance
  • Use of accessories (e.g., tripod)

SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:  This course is for photographers who want to learn the manual controls of their DSLR camera.  It is not for photographers with point-and-shoot cameras.

NOTE:  This is a five-evening workshop and requires attendance at all five sessions.  Each class session begins at 7:00PM and ends at 9:30PM (Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 / April 2, 2013)

Class size is limited to only eight (8) students.

Only TWO spaces remaining! (as of Feb. 26th)

Register now for only $199


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