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Digital Photography: Exploring Your Camera’s Manual Mode (In Person)

Ever wonder about a camera’s settings and shooting modes other than auto? This class covers basics concepts and practice of digital photography, and how to operate a digital camera’s manual settings. Learn and explore composition, light, exposure, and depth of field as well as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to make creative choices and get the photos you want without using the camera’s auto settings. Through demos and classroom exercises, participants will gain the confidence to create compelling images while having complete control of the mechanics of the camera. Participants will share and discuss their projects, and learn about other contemporary photographers to highlight aesthetic and technical concepts. By the end of the class, students will be able to recognize which lighting scenarios and techniques are most fitting for the next time they choose to express their creativity through images!

For this class,  participants will need a DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera), or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  Make sure you have  a memory card, battery, and charger. If you don’t have access to a camera, Kala has a limited number of digital cameras for use for this class so please contact us at youtharts@kala.org in advance. 

Schedule: Saturdays, 10am-1pm
Session Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Ages: 12+
Location: Kala Classroom & Gallery

  • Tuition: $390
  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Lee Oscar Gomez
  • 5 Classes
  • Saturday, October 2, 2021 — October 30, 2021
  • 10AM — 1PM
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

Lee Oscar Gomez immigrated from Mexico to the Greater Los Angeles area at an early age, where they developed a subtle awareness of the cultural differences of a new place, and a strong embodiment of record keeping to capture their experiences in a foreign land. Through documentary photography,  Gomez operates and manipulates their fascination with light to demonstrate political  visual images that address topics of gender, sexuality, belonging and self identity. These images include street photography and constructed studio shots. Using analog film processes, Gomez also captures warmth and sensitivity to these topics as a form of radical archiving. Gomez holds a BFA  from San José State University in 2019. They have exhibited their artwork  at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano,, Gallery 1202, and the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. They worked at MACLA, PabLove Shutterbugs, and most recently at Camp Kala, Kala’s Youth Summer Program. With the hope of inspiring young artists, Gomez strives to communicate the importance of light and its ability to radiate clarity and truth.