Beginner Digital Nature Photography

Saturday September 14, 2019 9:30a.m.-7:30p.m

$175/person full day.  

$65/person classroom only session. (9:30-3p.m.)(Meals and Rooms not included. CNPA discount available)

Class held at Hampton Inn and Suites West Ashley.

678 Citadel Haven Dr, Charleston, SC 29414

There is no block of rooms reserved. You may stay anywhere you wish.

Field Work to be done at various Charleston locations depending on weather conditions.

What we'll cover

The classroom session is pretty intense...not gonna lie to you! All great information for a solid foundation.

  • Basic Camera Functions

  • Shooting modes (A,P,S,M)

  • Shooting in Manual Mode

  • Exposure/Metering

  • Depth of Field

  • While Balance

  • Your Histogram and why you should love it!

  • Camera models (DSLR vs. Mirrorless vs. Point and Shoot)

  • Lenses and focal lengths

  • Quality and direction of Light

  • Composition

  • Equipment (tripods, bags, and tools


***Payments available via Stripe or Check in the mail.***

Hunting Island Sunrise Fisheye Vert.jpg

what to bring

  • Digital camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or Mirrorless System)

  • Any lenses you own from wide (<35mm) to medium telephoto (150-300mm)

  • Tripod if you own one

  • Snacks for field work.

  • Laptop, tablet or notebook for taking notes. PDF summary will be emailed to the group after the workshop.

  • Shoes that can get wet.

  • Clothing appropriate for weather conditions.

  • Bug spray, sunscreen, a hat if you wish.


Working knowledge of your cameras buttons and dials. You don't have to know how to achieve a proper exposure, you just need to know where the buttons and dials are for changing your shutter speed, aperture (f/stop), ISO, and shooting mode (Manual, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Program). Please also find your Histogram and how to display it after an image is taken. Typically a menu item that you have to set. I may be able to help you. I'm familiar with NIKON and Sony equipment and somewhat familiar with Canon.

Refer to your users manual. Most cameras have their user manuals available in an APP. Check the App store for your model. 


basic itinerary

(Itinerary subject to change due to weather and/or student needs-if we need more classroom, we'll stay in class longer until everybody is comfortable with the subject matter)

9:30-11:30 Classroom Session (An intense one...I'm not gonna lie to you!)

11:30-12:30 Lunch as a group at Panera Bread. (not included in price)

12:30-3:00 Continued Classroom Lecture as well as one on Composition for Landscape Photographers

3:00-5:00 Field Practice dependent on weather conditions

5:00-6:00 Dinner as a group (not included in price)

6:30-7:30 Sunset shoot. Location dependent on weather. Possibly beach or downtown or Shem Creek Park.