CAMERA Manuals/Quick Start Guides

Most camera manufacturers only provide a quick start guide in printed form. Keep the quick start guide in your camera bag!

The manual is usually in an electronic form on the disk that ships with the camera. Most camera manufacturers also keep a manual on-line.

The following links take you the the manufacturers manual page.

  • Nikon
  • Canon DSLR
    • Select the camera (Single Click) Then choose the Brochures and Manual button
  • Canon Compact Cameras
    • Select the camera (Single Click) Then choose the Brochures and Manual button
  • Sony Consumer Cameras
    • First select the camera model number
  • Sony (alpha) DSLR
    • Select α (alpha) DSLR Cameras from the list
  • Panasonic
    • Enter your model number
  • Olympus
    • Enter your model number
  • Fuji
    • Click on Series Letter, Choose Your Camera
  • Pentax
    • Choose Type of Camera, Choose Model #, Select The Manual Check Box, Then click the Submit button, download the manual!
    • Whew!

Camera Maintenance

Got Spots on your images from Dust on the sensor? Don't feel comfortable cleaning your own sensor? Dust

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Call and ask for their maintenance rates...


Before you can sell a photograph, you need to have a "model release" form signed...

The release forms are in pdf format. Right click to download.
Model Release
Minor Model Release
Property Release
Media Release

1: Metering the Exposure

  • Review How to Focus your camera with Focus Modes and Focus Area
  • "Raw vs .jpg"
  • How the Camera Captures Light by Bruce Fraser Raw Capture, Linear Gamma and Exposure, by Bruce Fraser
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • The relationship between Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO
  • Take control of Exposure and Exposure Compensation
  • Setting Exposure Compensation Bracketing
  • Flash
  • Using Flash Compensation
  • the "Optimum exposure"
    • ETTR Expose to the right in your camera
    • DTTL Develop to the Left in Lightroom.
    • equals

    • The Artistic Result

What is The Optimum Exposure

  • The “METERED” exposure and the “OPTIMUM” exposure… Can Never Be The Same!”
  • The “METERED” exposure and the “PROPER” exposure are… Only The Same When Metering A Gray Card.”
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  • The “OPTIMUM” exposure… Produces Maximum Detail in the Shadows.”
  • There is… only one “OPTIMUM Exposure” for any given scene.”

Reading Material

2: Photo Composition

  • Perspective
  • Frame the subject
  • Lead the eye (Look Direction)
  • Use The Rules of thirds
  • Use one of the Golden Mean
    • Shoot an odd number of objects
      • Or, use the Fibonacci Sequence to arrange the number of objects in a scene
  • Trust your instinct! Look for lines, diagonals, foreground/background frames, patterns, look direction... If it looks good, Press the shutter!
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3: The Afternoon Shoot:
A Photography Safari in and around the Campus

Before you shoot… a check list

Applying Photo Techniques in and around the Clark College Campus

What to shoot? Try the following...

    • Apply the techniques and settings learned in class…
  1. Shoot a "landscape"
  2. Shoot a street scene "portrait"
  3. Take a photo of a classmate photographing
  4. Take a closeup of a flower, a tree, the ground…
  5. Pretend you are an alien, you have one hour to photograph…
  6. Shoot from different perspectives: Low, High, at an angle…
  7. Some more Photography Tips General Suggestions

Another Nota Bene: Be prepared!

  • Put the camera in Program Mode (It's automatic, but you can take charge and over ride the settings)
  • Alternatively, put the camera in Aperture Priority, use the mid f/stop for your lens (usually around f/8)
  • Always verify the shooting mode when shooting a new subject

4: Afternoon Computer Session:
What to do with the photos

--The Work Flow

Now that you have pictures, what do you want to do with them?

There is a large variety of image processing software. Your camera should come bundled with a an image enhancing program. Below I have listed a few alternatives.

I use Lightroom & Photoshop...

The software listed below will:

  • Connect you with Facebook, Printerst, Google+, Flickr, Smugmug and more...
  • Send e-mails
  • Make Slideshows and movies
  • Make Books, cards and prints
  • Make websites and more!

Windows Software

Mac Software

Image Processing Check List

  1. Down load and Archive
  2. Pick the Keepers
  3. Process the Images
  4. Analyze the Photo. Use the histogram and the Highlight and Shadow clipping indicators.
  5. Eliminate highlight clipping Set white balance first, then Exposure...
  6. Recovery: Recover details in the highlights
  7. Fill Light: Recover shadow details
  8. Blacks: Eliminate black clipping levels
  9. Brightness-Contrast: redistribute mid-tones around mid-gray
  10. Add Presence
  11. Fine tune the toning
  12. Target and Fine tune hue, saturation and Luminance
  13. Sharpen, If you only do one thing to your photos this is it. Sharpen
  14. Remove noise
  15. Crop to straighten horizons and eliminate distractions.
  16. Retouch, dodge and burn, lens correction, and add gradients if necessary.
  17. Move to Photoshop to merge with other photos, remove or add compositions.
  18. Archive Keepers
  19. Print it!
  20. Share

What to bring to class...

  1. Camera
    1. Interchangeable Lens Cameras
    2. Enthusiast Compact Cameras
  2. Empty Camera memory card. We are going to take a lot of photographs!
  3. Batteries. A fully charged battery should last all through the class.
  4. Manual and/or quick start guide for your camera.(see links in the left column)
  5. A USB card reader or USB cable for downloading photos from YOUR Camera to a Computer
  6. Lunch or Lunch money
  7. Dress for the weather, we will spend at least 1 hour outside.

Photo's from previous classes