Using Your DSLR Camera- Teen Edition

If you’re aged 13-19 with an interchangeable lens camera and a passion for photography, this class is for you!

DSLR, or digital SLR cameras are extremely popular; and are quickly becoming a household staple. These cameras allow you to take some pretty nice photographs right out of the box, but there are ways for you to really up your game. Everyone wants to take good pictures, whether you?re a professional photographer, a hobbyist, or just always the person holding the camera. The Canadian Photography Learning Centre (CPLC) offers classes in Edmonton and Calgary, and Using Your DSLR Camera is our most popular class.


All of the CPLC instructors are experienced professional photographers, who bring an exciting mix of resumes, from travel photography hobbyists to award winning wedding photographers! We start our DSLR classes in full manual mode, and stay in manual mode until the last day, when we explore the various auto-exposure modes. We teach you DSLR, but really, we?re teaching the fundamentals of great photography. The understanding of photographic and camera techniques rely heavily on an understanding of manual SLR ?? the most important things to know in order to start taking great pictures. You will have hours of experience with settings, and how they affect the finished result; and you will get comfortable with all the DSLR features, in a classroom of people like you, and with the direct, hands-on support of a genuine expert.

Learn to use DSLR Camera for teens

What do we cover?

When you have finished this course, you will be knowledgeable and experienced in manipulating ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to produce artistic results and proper exposures, as well as metering differently for specified reasons. We will also explore changing your autofocus settings and using them in the right situations, as well as navigating playback of images, reading histograms, when and why to use the various auto-exposure modes (including the priority modes), and in manipulating the white balance to alter the color temperature of your photos.


When you have finished this course, you will be knowledgeable?and experienced?in:

Manipulating ISO Working with aperture settings
Adjusting & Controlling Shutter Speed Effective use of Autofocus
Using and changing white balance Reading a histogram
Auto exposure ? when & where? Navigating image playback


The CPLC is devoted to a teaching model based on students being active in class, and in assigned homework, as often as possible. Students bring their cameras into class with them, and after listening to short explanations of a new topic, they immediately get out of their seats and apply the principles on their own camera in class. This not only forces students to put the principles of photography into practice immediately, but also gives them direct one-to-one access to their instructor for feedback and clarification in the moment.

Teen photography classes in edmonton and calgary

This course is the foundation upon which all of our other Photography Classes build on. Once this course is completed, we will open up other “Teen Editions” of follow up classes, depending on interest.

Length & Format 12 hours total
Weekends, 2 days of 7 hours each

Includes Lunch on Saturday and Sunday (We’ll order in)

Maximum Number of Students 14
Prerequisites none
Bring With You Please see this page for complete details on what to bring, and what not to bring.

  • DSLR camera, or other camera with manual mode
  • Batteries and memory card
  • Camera manual if possible
  • Note taking supplies


The King’s University College – Edmonton (info and map) 9125 50 St NW Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3


Heritage Christian Academy – Calgary (info and map) 2003 McKnight Blvd NE Calgary, AB T2E 6L2
There are no dates scheduled for this course, at this location, right now. If you wish to take this course please contact us and let us know so that we can tell you when we schedule it.
There are no dates scheduled for this course, at this location, right now. If you wish to take this course please contact us and let us know so that we can tell you when we schedule it.

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