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2.5 hr  |  $169

Hotel Lucia + Downtown

Group (Max 6 people)

The perfect place for beginners to get started and an excellent review for the more advanced hobbyist. Finally, understand your camera's settings. You will never want to shoot in "Auto" mode again! 

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What You'll Learn:

We'll meet in the back lobby of Hotel Lucia, surrounded by the timeless images of Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and Oregon native, David Hume Kennerly. We spend 15-20 minutes in the cozy lobby learning some of the basics before heading out. The perfect place to start your photography journey!


The focus of this lesson is mainly basic camera settings and features with some instruction on composition. Lighting and perspective can make a image extraordinary, but if you don't understand your camera settings, it is very difficult to consider lighting, while at the same time trying to figure out your exposure!  

We will cover the exposure triangle (f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO) depth of field, freezing and blurring an action and white balance. You will learn techniques I like to call "game changers" such as shooting in aperture priority mode, exposure compensation and center point focusing. I will answer any equipment questions you may have. 

We begin the important conversation about composition including repetition, symmetry, leading lines, rule of thirds and framing. We practice improving composition and perspective through exercises I refer to as "enhancing the everyday" and getting "low and close". 

F-Stops + Shutter Speeds 101 will not be about what (the subject) you are shooting but how you are shooting it. It will build the foundation you'll need to continue learning on your photographic journey and ultimately to taking images you love. It is meant to be taken in conjunction with Mastering Manual, but most important is that you practice what you have learned in the days after the lesson.

As we explore, you will be given shooting exercises to practice your new camera knowledge. You can receive immediate feedback by having me review the images you shoot on your LCD. 

At the end of the photo tour, you will be invited to join Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a Facebook group open only to those who have participated in a Portland Photo Tour and are interested in learning, inspiring and having fun with photography. Tag me and I will give you feedback on your images!


Exposure triangle

Aperture priority mode (no more auto!)

Center point focusing

Lens selection

White balance

Exposure compensation

Composition + perspective

Equipment review

Meeting Location:

Hotel Lucia

400 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205


DSLR or mirrorless camera

Wide angle and/or standard lens
Capable of walking 1.5 miles carrying your equipment

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Minimum age requirement is 18 for group tours and 13 for private tours.

Max #:

Group tours are 6 people max.

Private tours are for 1-2 people. Custom pricing is available for additional time or participants.

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