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Beginner Photography and DSLR Workshop in Pittsburgh

Getting Started with Your DSLR

Whether you have a fancy new DSLR or have had one sitting around for a while, you have a chance to learn what it can do. The purpose of this beginner level course is to help you understand the basics of photography so that you can take more control over your own camera. You'll learn about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and when to change each of them. You'll also learn about white balance, basic composition rules, and have a chance to put your new knowledge to use through hands-on activities. At the end of the workshop, you'll be shooting in manual mode and you'll know what you need to do to take your photography to the next level.

When: July 11th 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $75 per person (a $25 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration)

Where: Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar
             7721 Church Ave
             Ben Avon, PA 15202

Space is limited, so register now!

Your choice! Deposit (balance due day of session) or Pay In Full
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If you are unable to make this session work with your schedule, please email me at burghbaby (at) to join the waiting list for a future session.



Gifts for Photography Lovers -- the Random Awesome Stuff List

It has been a few months since I last updated this space, but it's time to fix that. How about I throw out some gift ideas for the photography lover in your life? These are all things that are suitable for ANY photography lover -- not just those who own DSLRs.

That right there is Photo-Opoly, a fun little Monopoly knock-off that makes use of your photos. It's available from lots of sellers on Amazon, but watch the shipping charges.

Fancy gadget time! It doesn't get much gadgetier than a watch that has a built-in camera. You'll also need to get a micro SD card to go with it, but still. FUN!

This would be a fun gift for grandma, your parents, or anyone who finds digital photos to be fun. It's like a digital frame, but it's an ornament for the tree.

If you know someone who takes Instagram and their iPhone 5 or 5s camera very seriously, you can help them step up their game with this little kit. It contains a tripod and a lens extensions that will help them zoom in closer and better than you can with any app. It's also available for an iPhone 4.

If the photography lover in your life is a beginner who aspires to get better, this book is a great one. It's full of great tips.

This book is for the DSLR lover in your life. It's a bit more advanced, but not crazy complicated. As a huge bonus, it comes with 6 hours of video training. You just scan the QR code on the book to get access to the videos.

This is seriously my new favorite photography-related t-shirt. It comes in a zillion colors and lets the wearer proudly gloat "I SHOOT IN MANUAL, BITCHES." I love it.

Another little thing I love is this USB drive that happens to be shaped like an awesome little Canon DSLR. Me likey.

I have posted this one before, but it's still awesome. It's a mug shaped like a camera lens. FUN!


If that isn't enough ideas for you, feel free to peruse some suggestions I've made in past years. Here are a few of those posts:

Gifts for Photography Lovers--the Under $25 version

Gifts for Photography Lovers--the Under $100 version

Gifts for Photography Lovers--the Lens Edition