Getting to Know Your DSLR

01/14/2021 – 02/04/2021
Thur, 6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

Course Description

Learn the controls of your digital camera and greatly improve your photographs along the way! Step by step instruction and demonstrations will be covered in this zoom class. Please have your digital camera ready along with a computer or tablet, or smartphone running zoom.


1st session covers shooting modes, shutter, aperture, ISO, and depth of field.
2nd session focuses on exposure compensation, auto exposure lock, and filters.
3rd session starts with a critique and continues with an in-door discussion of focusing and metering modes.
4th session introduces students to the concepts of a RAW file, white balance and to basic image management and post-production techniques


• A DSLR with full manual functionality (M, Av, Tv, P) modes.
• A fully charged camera battery.
• A media/memory card with at least 8 GB of storage space.
• If you’re not sure about your camera being appropriate for this class, please check with the course coordinator.

Dates and Time

January 14 – February 4, 2021
Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm, PST
4 Sessions

Class Platform

Virtual/Online (Zoom)

Class Number


Class Fee



Registration opens: Dec 14, 2020, 10 am PST
Last day for registration: Jan 7, 2021, 11:59 pm PST

Instructor Bio – Andrei Riskin

Andrei Riskin was born in Moscow, Russia. Continuing family tradition in visual arts he graduated with a Master’s degree in 1997 and started his career in photography in 2000.

Andrei works in a photographic form that is neither classic wedding portraiture nor photojournalism, but a sophisticated extension of both. The result is a photo essay (or rather a poem) that tells the story of your wedding. Complemented by original audio recording this story is unique, intimate, and beautiful. His approach to wedding photography is to capture things as they happen naturally. That way bride and groom, and everyone else can really enjoy the event. After all, it’s not a photo session they gathered for, but a celebration of love!

Andrei also teaches classes that cover a wide range of subjects such as digital photography, lighting techniques, wedding and documentary photography at Harvey Milk Photo Center and Academy of Art University in San Francisco