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Basic Photography – Part 1 with Joaquin Palting (In-Person Learning – Six Sessions) – July 6

  • July 6, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • July 13, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • July 20, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • August 3, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • August 10, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • August 17, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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In-Person Learning Class at LACP

In this beginning workshop, students will learn all the controls and functions on their digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, basic camera operation (including f-stop, shutter speed and ISO), fundamental concepts of photography, and how to control the photograph’s final look. Discussions include composition and light, how to get the background in or out of focus, how to stop or blur motion, why to use one ISO over another, when to use a tripod, and how to use the camera’s light meter to provide the best exposure. Other topics covered include using the appropriate lens for a desired effect (the difference between a prime lens and a zoom lens), how to hold the focus on a subject if changing camera positions (exploring auto focus modes and manual focus), and how to properly hold the camera.

Digital camera technology will be covered thoroughly, such as how to adjust the camera’s white balance, how to view and delete images, the difference between shooting RAW and JPEG, choosing the appropriate memory card, and how to transfer the image from the camera to a computer. The goal is to provide each participant with the technical information needed to operate his or her digital SLR camera properly and with the confidence and ability to shoot consistently in manual mode.

Students will work in both black-and-white and color while learning how to “see” in the chosen mode. Weekly assignments will be given followed by critiques during the next class session.

Open to students who own a Digital Single Lens Relfex (DSLR) or Mirrorless camera.

Students are encouraged to continue their studies by enrolling in the sequential class, Basic Photography – Part 2.

Joaquin Palting ( is the son of two academics. His mother was an artist who taught photography at institutions of higher learning and workshops in his childhood home. Joaquin’s earliest memories are assisting his mother, a landscape photographer, out in the field as she worked. Whether that meant carrying equipment or taking light meter readings, the creation of art was impressed on him from an early age. Joaquin’s mother, was a student of two quintessential photographers in the history of photography, Brett Weston and Jerry Ulesmann. Hints of that photographic lineage, and tradition, can be found in Joaquin’s work.

Early in his 20 plus year career, Joaquin moved to Los Angeles, where he quickly established himself as an editorial and advertising photographer. Working bi-coastally, between Los Angeles and New York, Joaquin counted: The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Nike, Nordstrom, Footlocker, Virgin, Warner Brothers Records, and Sony among his numerous clients.

In 2015 Joaquín decided to shift his focus from commercial photography to building an art practice and becoming an art educator and academic. As a visual artist, he is known for his conceptual storytelling, creating works using traditional large format photography, video, and performance. His art has been exhibited internationally and featured on the websites of countless contemporary photography tastemakers, including Aperture, Float Magazine, Landscape Stories, Lens Culture, LenScratch, and Urbanautica.

In addition to his art practice, Joaquín is a much sought-after instructor who teaches art and photography at many venues, including San Diego State University, The University of California, Irvine, Medium Photo, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Laguna Art Museum.

Joaquín holds an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine.

COVID-19 Alert:
We are asking that all students be vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing.

By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.

Six Sessions
Dates: Wednesdays, July 6 – August 17 (no meeting 7/27), 7-10 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Beginning
Tuition: $525

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