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Email jerry@gennaria.com to register. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be covered in the class?

You will learn how to use the various controls on your camera including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, auto vs. manual, focus and more.

You will learn how shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focal length work together and how to use them to get a proper exposure and make more creative photos.

You will learn the difference between different kinds of lenses.

You will learn how to process your photos on your computer to produce images that match your vision.

We will answer as many other questions as we can in class or one-on-one.

Where will the classes be held?

Classes will be held at The Center of Clayton community center near Shaw Park in Clayton.

When are the classes?

Classes are Saturday mornings from 8:30-12:30. Classes will be held May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5, and June 12. (We will not meet Memorial Day weekend.)

Do I need to attend every class?

It is best if you are able to make it to every class as the material builds each week. If you need to miss a class, I will try to help you catch up before the next class.

What kind of camera do I need?

Any digital camera with manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO will work. If you do not yet have a camera, I am happy to advise you on what to buy. I can also advise you if your current camera will work for the class. 

Can I use the camera on my phone?

No. While many phones can take wonderful photos, this class is designed for more traditional cameras.

Is the class entirely in the classroom?

No. Each session will be divided into three parts. The first part is in the classroom where we will discuss photography principles. The second part is "in the field" in nearby Shaw Park, where we will have a chance for hands-on practice. The third part is back in the classroom where we will process the photos you have taken.

What if it rains? 

In the event of rain, we will try to make up the outdoor time in another class by covering additional material in class while it is raining. We may also practice in the classroom with a still life. We may also schedule an additional session for just outdoor practice time.

What if I have mobility challenges? 

While the Center of Clayton building is accessible, the outdoor portions of the class may be challenging for those with limited mobility. We will do our best to accommodate all levels of mobility. Let's talk about your particular needs.

Do I need a computer? 

Ideally, yes. The third part of each class is processing your photos, so a laptop computer and a way to transfer images from your camera is required. You can transfer images with a cable from your camera or with a dedicated card reader

What software do I need?

We will be using Adobe Lightroom to process photos. You can subscribe to Adobe Lightroom for just $9.99 a month. Adobe also offers a 30-day free trial. If you use a different photo processing software, we will do our best to accommodate. Most of the concepts I will be teaching are applicable to other programs, but all classroom instruction will use Adobe Lightroom. 

What safety precautions are you taking?

Your safety is paramount. In keeping with St. Louis County guidelines, the Center of Clayton limits room capacity to 10 people. There is plenty of room in the classroom for social distancing. Masks will be required indoors. Additionally, I am fully vaccinated.

How do I pay for the class?

Payment is due at registration to hold your space. I accept Apple Pay, Cash.app, Venmo, Paypal, or old-fashioned check.

I still have questions.

Email me at jerry@gennaria.com for more information.