F-Stops and Shutter Speeds 101- Downtown

Why We Love This

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a professional photographer
  • Never shoot on auto again!

Going on a trip and want to take more memorable photos? Would you love to take your camera off "Auto" and have more control over the final image? Are you from out of town and want to know the best spots to capture this one of a kind city? Finally, understand your camera's settings. You will never want to shoot in "Auto" mode again!

What You'll Do

What You'll Learn:

The focus of this lesson is mainly camera settings and features. Lighting, composition and perspective can make a image extraordinary, but if you don't understand your camera settings, it is very difficult to consider lighting, while at the same time, trying to figure out your exposure and white balance!

We will cover the exposure triangle (f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO) depth of field, freezing and blurring an action and white balance. You will learn techniques I like to call "game changers" such as aperture priority mode (or manual mode if you feel ready), exposure compensation and center point focusing. We'll also review lens selection, focal length and any equipment questions you may have.

F-Stops + Shutter Speeds 101 will not be about what (the subject) you are shooting but how you are shooting it. It will build the foundation you will need to continue on your photographic journey, learn composition and lighting, and ultimately take images you love.

​ The first part of the lesson will be in the cozy lobby of the Hotel Lucia, surrounded by the inspiring photos of David Hume, learning your camera settings. Then we'll head out to Pioneer Courthouse Square, Director's Park and the Portland 5 Centers for the Arts, where you will be given shooting exercises to practice your new camera knowledge. You can receive immediate feedback by having me review the images you shoot on your LCD. This is a great way to learn!​

At the end of the photo tour, you will be given take home assignments to practice your skills, which can be shared in the Portland Photo Tour Facebook Forum. This is a group open only to those who have participated in a Portland Photo Tour and are interested in learning, inspiring and having fun with photography. Tag me on your assignment posted in the forum and I will give you feedback!

Insider Tips

This 2-hour group photo tour is a unique, in-the-field photography learning experience. Groups are kept small for personalized attention. Participants receive hands-on instruction from a photography professional, with the streets and sights of beautiful Portland serving as their classroom. Your guide has been a professional photographer since 2001, capturing 500+ weddings and 200+ portraits, as well as providing instruction to 2000+ photography students. F-Stops and Shutter Speeds is perfect for beginner to advanced hobbyists. This photo tour is a fun and educational experience, as well as the perfect way to take in Portland. WHAT TO BRING: - DSLR, mirrorless or point & shoot camera - Any wide angle or standard lenses/lens hoods you may have. Bring a lens cloth if you have it. - Fully charged battery and a backup, enough for 2 hours of shooting. - Enough memory cards for 200 images - Camera manual - Good walking shoes and proper attire for the weather- hooded raincoat, waterproof shoes, windbreaker, etc. PREPARING FOR YOUR PHOTO TOUR: Please bring your camera manuals. If you don’t have a hard copy, most manuals can be found online. You can bookmark it on a mobile device. Prior to your photo tour and with the aid of your manual, locate the below controls. In order to maximize your learning time, it would be best for you to know how to locate these settings. I'll teach you how to use them! Please note: Point and shoot cameras may not have all these controls. - Aperture - Shutter Speed - Exposure Compensation - ISO - White Balance - Aperture Priority & Shutter Priority Mode (some point and shoot cameras do  not have these modes, but they usually do have Portrait, Landscape,  Sports and Macro modes) - Center Point Focusing (typically located under Auto Focus settings)

Meeting Location

Hotel Lucia, 400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. Meet Jennifer in the back of the lobby by the David Hume art collection.

When To Arrive

Please arrive 15 mins before scheduled tour time.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 7 days in advance. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
A maximum of 6 people per booking.
1.5 miles of walking is involved.
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to heavy rain or very poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund. Cancellations are at the discretion of the instructor. Tours operate during light rain.

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