Moving Away from Auto Workshop

Date: March 14th, 2015 – 2:45pm until 7:45pm
Location: UCSC Arboretum and Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California
Price: $150
Maximum Number of Participants: 4


This workshop is designed to get you moving away from shooting in the auto function to allow you to be in control of your camera. With the gained knowledge from this workshop, your creativity can take off and you can create the images you desire.


Topics Covered:
Exposure – Changing Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO
Depth of Field, Freezing Action, Showing Motion
White Balance
Camera versus Lens Function

Photographic Equipment: All required equipment is marked with an astrix (*), the remaining gear is recommended though more than optional, but may be beneficial for getting unique images.
– Digital SLR Camera *
– Lens *
– Tripod
– Polarizer
– Graduated Neutral Density Filters
– Remote Trigger
– Flashlight*

What to Bring
Clothing: California has a Mediterranean climate which means its best to wear lots of layers that can be taken on and off during the day.
Shoes: Comfortable shoes.
Camera Gear Protection: No requirements.
Learning Materials: A notepad will be good to take notes with.

Transportation: We will drive from the UCSc Arboretum to Natural Bridges State Beach, so a car is required.

Schedule: We will meet at at the UCSC Arbortum parking lot at 1:30 pm. We will do a quick introduction and then start learning about the basic concepts of moving away from the auto function on the camera. We will implement what we learned at the arboretum for two hours or so. We will then drive down to Natural Bridges State Beach where we will further practice those concepts.

Physical Requirements: All of our shooting locations will be less than a mile from the car, the terrain will mostly be easy to walk on (concrete, beach) but we may at one point walk over slippery coastal rocks.

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