2 hr  |  $229

Pearl District

private tour only

1 -2 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:

The focus of this lesson is mainly camera settings and features. Lighting, composition 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 and white balance!

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 F-Stops + Shutter Speeds 102, but most important is that you practice what you have learned in the days after the lesson.

The first part of the lesson will be at Tanner Springs Park, where we'll review basic camera settings. Then we'll head out around the Pearl District, where 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. This is a great way to learn!​

At the end of the photo tour, you will be given assignments to practice your skills, which can be shared in the Portland Photo Tour Forum. This is a 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 on your assignment posted in the forum and I will give you feedback!


Exposure triangle

Aperture priority mode (no more auto!)

White balance

Center point focusing

Exposure compensation

Composition + perspective

Equipment review

Meeting Location:

Tanner Springs Park, Pearl District

NW 10th Ave + Marshall Street, Portland, OR 97209


Location of your choice in the Portland metro area


DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera

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


Combine F-Stops + Shutter Speeds 101 + 102 into a 3 hour lesson for $329!

Take this photo tour in combination with other lessons and save- Bundle lessons

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Children ages 10-17 may attend with a registered legal guardian.



For this lesson, you can book a "Private Photo Tour" on the online calendar. I will reach out with 24 hrs to confirm the lesson plan and meeting location. Don't see a time slot on the calendar that works for you?  Interested in additional hours? Submit a PRIVATE TOUR INQUIRY FORM. Scheduling is flexible!


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