Learn how to use your digital camera—take it off AUTO

Sharon Lavier O'Keefe, instructor

Six-week workshop: Thursdays, January 10 through February 14, 2013, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Plus a field trip: Sunday, January 27, 6 a.m.–12 p.m.

Workshop information

Sharon O'KeefeThis course has been designed for anyone who uses their digital camera in AUTO and would like to increase his or her understanding of the functionality of their camera. Learn when, why and how to select various camera functions and how to utilize lenses to create more visually interesting photographs. We'll be teaching you "how to see" and to help make the technical side of photography more intuitive through hands-on exercises, walkabouts and field trips. There will also be weekly assignments and critiques.  Our goal is to make the learning process stimulating, effective and fun.

Workshop venue

Northwest Center for Photography (NCP), 1028 SE Water Avenue, Suite 50, Portland, Oregon 97214

Workshop format

There will be some lecture, hands-on exercises in class, homework, walkabouts during class and weekly print critiques.

Weekly photography assignments

OKeefeEach week, you’ll receive photography assignments that are designed to improve your camera skills and to get you to start utilizing creative controls. Photography assignments may focus on:

Weekly critical print critique

In order to evaluate your progress, you will need to bring in a USB flash drive or CD with photos taken during the workshop for the weekly critique.


Each week, some time will be spent out in the field creating photographs with specific goals in mind. I use these walkabouts as an opportunity to oversee what you’re doing and assist you with technical questions and compositional decisions.

About the workshop leader

Sharon Lavier O'Keefe, founder of the Northwest Center for Photography (NCP), has been working as a freelance photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography classes, independently and through Portland Community College for nearly 15 years. She was the staff photographer for Kaiser Permanente Northwest for more than 12 years.

Sharon's a gifted teacher and a talented photographer. She inspires her students to find new ways to see the world, in a positive and encouraging environment, and has a way of engaging strangers to participate in her photographic pursuits. While Sharon takes photography very seriously, and is truly passionate about teaching and educating, she firmly believes having "fun" is essential to the creative process.

About the workshop

Enrollment. Participation is limited to 14 students.

Prerequisites. This workshop is open to anyone new to digital photography and is designed for digital SLR cameras. No previous photography experience is required—just a desire to learn how to use your digital camera and to be able to create better photographs.

Workshop tuition. The workshop tuition and materials fee is $355 per person and includes a $20 non-refundable registration fee. Once your registration has been completed, we'll send out additional information relevant to the workshop.

Withdrawal, Cancellation and Refund Policy.We rely on your attendance to make important arrangements so if, for any reason, you need to withdraw please notify us in writing 10 days or more before the first day of the workshop. At that time, we will refund your deposit, minus the non-refundable registration fee. Registrations cancelled after that will be eligible for a refund (less the non-refundable registration fee and a $25 cancellation fee) only if a replacement can be found. If notification or cancellation is made 7 days or less prior to the first day of the workshop, you will not be eligible for a refund.

NCP is not responsible for a participant's cancellation due to a medical emergency, death in the family or acts of war.

In the event NCP cancels a workshop due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full, or if you prefer they may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months. However, NCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of workshop cancellation. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

There are no exceptions to this Withdrawal, Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Waiting lists. When a workshop fills, we start a waiting list. There is no charge to be on the waiting list. If space becomes available, we contact the first person on the list. That person then has 24 hours to register before we move to the next person. If a space becomes available within 14 days of the start of a workshop, the registrar may call all persons on the waiting list and the space will be given to whoever completes their registration first.

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Northwest Center for Photography, 1028 SE Water Avenue, Suite 50, Portland, OR 97214, Tel: 503-384-2783, E-mail: info@nwcenterforphotography.com

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