How Do I Use My DSLR Camera


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Learn to operate aperture, shutter speed, and ISO on your DSLR camera during a three-hour outdoor class taught by an expert shutterbug

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Promotional value expires Apr 29, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 72 hour cancellation notice required. Subject to weather. Must provide own DSLR camera. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Two Options

  • $83 for a three-hour beginner DSLR camera class for one (a $199 value)
  • $163 for a three-hour beginner DSLR camera class for two (a $398 value)

T.J. Gillespie teaches up to 6 pupils per class how to identify and control their camera’s aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in a three-hour session on the Starbuck’s patio in Hollywood. Classes commence at 10 a.m. typically on the second and last Saturday of each month, click here to view schedule.

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The party host kept snapping shots, instantly uploading each picture onto his television. It was the early 1990s, and to T.J. Gillespie⎯who had dabbled in photography until breaking a lens and camera⎯digital photography seemed like a magic trick. T.J. now teaches that magic trick, using a full-frame Nikon D600, to students during three-hour group or freeform one-on-one sessions. He emphasizes hands-on practice over long lectures, harnessing his teaching experience from years as a full-time computer-software instructor to patiently guide pupils through locating and adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. By spending time outdoors, T.J.'s apprentices discover how to work around various light conditions and how to capture subjects in focus while the background is out of focus.

Customer Reviews

It is obvious that TJ is very passionate about photography and truly wants to teach that passion to others. This was a fast-paced introduction to the manual settings on my DSLR that has taught me enough to get to practicing on my own. I highly recommend!
Leila M. · March 14, 2015
I am writing on behalf of my wife; she received this class as a gift to accompany her DSLR camera. Prior to the class she had little photography experience. She very much enjoyed the class and learned much more than she had hoped. Although a novice she did not feel the class was beyond her and Mr. Gillespie spoke not only about the technical elements of taking photographs but also the artistic elements. She would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about digital photography.
Brian R. · October 7, 2014
This was the best Groupon so far!! I got to the class without any expectations other than being able to take decent pictures, now I want more! TJ is a great teacher, the hands on exercises were right on. I left having a great understanding of photography and look forward to engage TJ's services again.
Marissa M. · September 5, 2014
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