Workshop – Understanding Your DSLR Camera


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Workshop Summary


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Understanding how your DSLR camera works, i.e. how it interprets the light in a scene, how it stores the data in the various file types, how it captures colour & tonal range, how it performs under various lighting conditions, etc. will help you to become more creative in your photography.  By understanding the “technical stuff” you will be able to recognise & solve problems quickly to achieve your creative vision.

Whilst the designers at Nikon and Canon and other manufacturers have done a great job in making the camera take reasonably exposed images in most situations in the Auto modes, this is very limiting when it comes to your creativity. Ultimately you will benefit from being able to predict a scene and configure the camera so that you can capture the image you want with the best quality.  The camera is a mechanical and electrical tool, it can’t make creative decisions.  

Modern DSLR cameras are packed full of features, some of them you will use daily, some of them you may need on the odd occasion and others you wil never use. Learn which features are the most important for your style of photography.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is aimed at beginner photographers who typically uses one of the Auto settings (P, S, A, Tv, Av) on their camera but would like to learn how to get the most out of their digital SLR.

Where and when is the workshop?

The workshop will take place in Alicante.  Venue to be decided depending on the number of people.  If you are interested please contact me through my website

What to Bring?

Your DSLR camera and the Manual if you have it (if not we will find it online).

About Me

I have always loved photography and have been shooting since the days before digital. Having a strong curiosity for knowledge I have learned photography by studying many books, videos and attending workshops from top professional photographers to improve my skillset in both natural light and studio photography.

I have been working in Alicante as a freelance photographer for a couple of years now and have been concentrating on portraiture, weddings and stock photography.  I have also produced artwork and promotional material for local music artists, a clothes designer, yoga teacher, a fitness instructor and models.  Feel free to check out my portfolio.

Some of my other personal work has won awards on the online photography community at, having placed second from tens of thousands of entries in three seperate contests and had several finalist entries.  You can check out some of my winning images at the links below. 

Workshop Contents

Below are some of the technical aspects we will cover – the jargon used is typically what you will see in your camera’s manual.  There is a lot of technical jargon in the world of photography, most of which is pretty simple to understand. We will check which of these is relevant to your camera and explain what they mean and when is it important.

Image Types/Quality/Bit Depth


Image Sensors


FullFrame/Cropped Sensors

Crop factor

Metering Modes (TTL)

Matrix, Spot, Centre Weighted

White Balance

Incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, manual color temperature

Focus Mode

Single Servo(AF-S), Continuous Servo (AF-C), Manual

Autofocus Area Modes

Single-point AF, 9-, 21- or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF

Release Modes

S (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release),  (self-timer), MUP (mirror up)


ISO/Aperature/Shutter Speed

Exposure Locking (AE-L)

Exposure Compensation (-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV)

Exposure Modes

Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture priority auto (A); manual (M)

Exposure Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Flash Modes

Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync; auto FP high-speed sync

Flash Componsation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV

Flash Auto Bracketing

2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV

Colour Spaces

sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto/ROMM RGB


Overall Histogram

3 Channel histogram

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