Photography with Today’s Cameras

Photography with Today’s Cameras

February 20, 2021
Take the mystery and frustration out of getting successful, exciting photos and learn tips to spark your creativity and excitement!

Working through the technical buttons and wheels on your camera can be overwhelming; this class will help take the mystery and frustration out of getting successful, exciting photos. Working through the functions of your camera as well as basic principles of photography will spark your creativity and excitement.

Through discussion and demonstrations we will help to demystify some of the challenges in digital photography.

Technical Topics we will cover during this workshop:

  • Getting a good Exposure
  • Focus –getting sharp photos
  • Working with available light vs flash
  • Action Shots
  • HDR
  • Panoramas
  • Filters, Diffusers, Reflectors as augmented tools

We will also present elements of compositional creativity; so that you are able to “shoot what you see” and bring home beautiful, crisp photos.

Once you have the practical, technical aspects under your belt, you will be able to expand your photography with inspiration and knowledge to create photos that do not disappoint.

This event is appropriate for photographers of all levels and all interests— (albeit landscapes, nature, sports, travel, macro, or people/animals), with all equipment. For those who are new to photography, this weekend will get you started with having the inspiration of beautiful Pt Reyes; and for those who are more advanced– there will be techniques and tips to help solidify and move your photography along to the next level.

Susan and Neil Silverman are a husband-wife team who have taught and photographed together for over twenty years. They have been leading their own workshops for over fifteen years and taught for Great American Photography Workshops; for, Santa Fe School, PPA affiliates, PPC, B&H Photo, Pacific North West Art School, Gualala Arts Center and the Santa Rosa Junior College. They have embraced the technology and creative aspects of the digital cameras and love sharing the excitement and immediate satisfaction that they offer. They take the digital photography to a whole new level of excellence.


-We will be meeting at the Abbotts Lagoon trailhead/parking lot

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

-During this class we will travel by car caravan to additional photo locations

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:


Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we will require all participants to respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.

Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

During class all participants will be required to do the following

Wear a protective face covering

Maintain a 6 foot physical distance from other participants not belonging to your household

Bring your own food and water

Current group sizes are limited, there will be no physical contact or sharing of food and drink, and no shared physical equipment or materials unless they are sanitized before and after use, and used by only one person for the duration of class

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.