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Basic Photography – Part 1 with Rollence Patugan (In-Person Learning – Six Sessions) – Nov 1

  • November 1, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • November 8, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • November 15, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • November 29, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • December 6, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • December 13, 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.

Rollence Patugan ( is a commercial as well as a fine-art photographer who has been a recurring exhibitor for Month of Photography Los Angeles, Smashbox Studios, and City of Brea Art Gallery. He uses both digital and analog formats while taking advantage of today’s technologies by incorporating them into his photography. He is a faculty member of the Santa Monica College Photography Department and is very happy to share his creative and technical skills to students at the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

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: Tuesdays, November 1 – December 13 (no mtg. 11/22), 7-10 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Beginning
Tuition: $525

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