Photography for beginners- A crash course in your DSLR

, Photographer, & Lecturer @ Texas State University

So you have a shiny new (or not so new) DSLR camera, and you love it! But, there's one small problem- you can't seem to get away from that little green button that says "Auto," and your pictures just aren't everything you want them to be.  Maybe they're dark, or blurry, and you're just fed up. 

I will work with you one-on-one, as well as in a group, to show you how to wrangle all the technical jargon and knowledge into submission, and we will do some hands on shooting and review of your images in class to make sure you have a handle on things. You will leave the class confident and self-assured in your newly found photo-skills, and ready to move on to more advanced techniques.

We can discuss any and all questions and types of photography- from photographing kids and grandkids, product photography for your online or brick and mortar business, portraits, landscapes, pets, music and event photography, and whatever else you might like to know!

We will also discuss things like exposure and focus, so that your pictures come out clear, and slightly more advanced topics such as aperture and shutter speed, to take your photos to the next level. We will also explore basic compositional techniques to make your photos more visually interesting.

I am interested in doing more advanced workshops, and perhaps some more specific workshops as well, please feel free to send me a message if there is anything else photographic you would like to learn about!

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
  • Photography for beginners- A crash course in your DSLR

    Space 12

    3121 E 12th St
    Austin, TX

    We will cover the basics of manual DSLR photography, to move you beyond the Auto button, and onto creating beautiful images and mastering your cameras controls.

    We can focus on whatever areas you are most interested in- portraits, still life, children, etc. 

    I will give an overview of each section, and then we will move on to hands-on shooting, so don't forget your camera!

    We will learn about the following topics, depending on what people are interested in focusing on:

    • Exposure
    • Focus
    • Aperture/Depth of Field
    • Shutter Speed and motion
    • White Balance
    • ISO
    • Composition tips and tricks
    Wed, September 26th, 2012

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

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Laura Turner

Photographer, & Lecturer @ Texas State University

I am a working photographer and artist, with a focus in bookmaking, serial imagery, and new media practices. I have been teaching art at a variety of grade levels since 2004: from 1st grade through college and continuing education, in formal classroom settings as well as camps and workshops.

I received my BA from Bard College, where I studied photography as an undergraduate, and I received my MFA in Studio Art/Photography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Since that time, I have been teaching at The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman's University, and am currently teaching at Texas State University in San Marcos. I do small commercial jobs as well. I love teaching workshops, so I'm very excited about this class, and my future ones!

I am also currently teaching a series of classes for Oil and Cotton, an arts education collective in Dallas, as well! You can see my work and full CV at

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Space 12

3121 E 12th St

Austin, TX

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