Category Archives: Camera Classes

Camera classes taught to moms (and occasionally dads) for photographing their babies and children using the manual settings on their cameras!

I have gotten so many requests for a camera class since Christmas, so by popular demand I will be holding a camera class on Saturday, April 13th from 10am to 2pm in Ashland.

Many of you have nice digital SLR cameras and are using them exclusively on auto mode, just like a old point and shoot. I know how hard it can be to learn how to use a camera for the first time on your own, which is why I am teaching this class! Now you can take a workshop where you are one of a small group of other moms (or dads or grandparents) learning the photography basics to help you get the most from your camera and capture everyday moments. The four hour class covers class instruction time as well as practical application with your camera

Find out how to manually set your camera to get just what you want to take great pictures of your family everyday! Also get advice on what lenses to put on your  wish list!

This is a four hour workshop limited to 6 participants. Bring your camera and your questions.

Outline

* The 10 Keys to taking great pictures of your children
* Introduction to Exposure
* Shutter Speed
* Aperture
*ISO
* Lens Overview
* What do the numbers mean on my lens?
* Options for sharing and printing

Cost: $115 per person, which includes a light lunch and digital notes from the class.

Class size is limited to 6 participants to allow a more personalized class and plenty of time for questions so sign up now! Sign up by using the Paypal link below or email me to send a check or pay cash. You will need a camera with full manual controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO. A DSLR is preferred which also has detachable lenses. Email me if you have questions.




Nursing babes are welcome to attend this class with their mothers, and shared childcare may be available as well. Email me (crystal@crystalgarcia.com) for info.

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Above is an image of my son Josiah that I took sitting on our bed in our room with only window light and a basic lens.

 

 

Ladies these are so much fun and everyone always learns so much

Many of you have nice digital SLR cameras and are using them exclusively on auto mode, just like your old point and shoot. I know how hard it can be to learn how to use a camera for the first time on your own that is why I am teaching this class! Now you can take a workshop where you are one of a small group of other moms (or dads) learning the photography basics to help you get the most from your camera and capture everyday moments.
Find out how to manually set your camera to get just what you want to take great pictures of your family everyday! Also get advice on what lenses to put on your  wish list!

This is a four hour workshop limited to 6 participants. Bring your camera and your questions.

Outline

* The 10 Keys to taking great pictures of your children
* Introduction to Exposure
o Shutter Speed
o Aperture
o ISO
* Lens Overview
o What do the numbers mean on my lens?
* Options for sharing and printing

Cost: $100 per person

Class size is limited to 6 participants to allow a more personalized class and plenty of time for questions so sign up now! Click here!

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I really wanted a camera bag for Christmas, but no one that buys me gifts spends enough on me to get me a cute messenger style camera bag. Not to mention that there are very few that I think are really my style (usually the one’s that are meant for men are the the ones I like best). I found a lot of tutorials online for converting purses into camera bags. They all very a little bit, but here is my version.

I am including images from the first bag I modified to be a camera bag and the second which only holds a camera and one lens (this one I made for my stepmom for Christmas).

Materials:

  • 1-1.5″ velcro (amount depends on how big of a bag you are making, but I used 1 packages)
  • 1 bag (Choose the size based on what you carry. I chose a larger purse with a messenger strap from Target for $30)
  • 1 yard of soft fabric (I used a cotton, pajamas type fabric)
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1- 2 pack of 1 inch thick poly foam ( I used one that came in a 15X17 inch rectangle and didn’t need to cut it!)

Step 1: My foam piece (15X17 inch) fit exactly into the my bag perfectly, so there was no cutting or measuring required. I simply laid my foam piece down on my fabric (folded in half) and cut my fabric to fit my foam, leaving about a 1.5 in border on every side.

Step 2: Sew the fabric around the foam like a pillow case. (In other words, turn the fabric inside our and sew 3 f the sides together. Then turn right side out and stuff the foam inside and sew the opening closed tight around the foam.)

Step 3: Put the covered pad inside your bag and decide how wide of a bade your bag has/needs. For the size and shape of mine, my pad divided almost equally into thirds to form a bottom or base. I marked these out using pins.

Step 4: Next I sewed a straight line down each of the thirds to make my pad fold nicely to form a base. Because of the thickness of the pad I left my sewing machine foot up and had my brother help pull the padding and fabric through. I also used a heavy duty needle in my machine.

Step 5: Cut the soft side of the velcro into two strips that are equal to the length of your pad. Pin them in place and sew them down using two passes to keep it from curling. Use the method above (and a lot of patience) when working with the thickness. Also give your self grace when you curse at the sewing machine or me for making you think this was a good idea. I promise, the hard part is over after this step! 🙂

Step 6: Insert the pad in your bag! Now figure out how many dividers you want. For my bag I made 5. One for each end of my bag to pad the sides (you could actually sew these to your pad, but since I don’t love to sew, I used them as removable velro inserts like the rest), and 3 others  to divide up the bag into areas for my lenses, flash and camera. In order to choose how large to make your inserts, measure the width of you bag with the insert and a piece of equipment in it. I drew out the dimensions on paper and inserted them into the bag to check to see if they were wide and tall enough.

Step 7: Now using your paper,  measure off the foam and cut the rectangles out. Now measure the fabric by laying out the foam and leaving an inch on two sides, and leave 2ish inches on the remaining side so that you will have plenty of room for the flaps and the velcro strips.

Step 8: Sew your foam into your fabric leaving a one inch flaps on the two tall sides. Sew along the foam on these sides to keep the foam in place. Now sew on the rough sides of the velcro to the flaps (one facing one way and one the other, check cheap department store bags if that doesn’t make sense but when you put the insert in your bag the flaps will make it a Z shape. Does that make sense?).

Step 9: Repeat for as many inserts as you want and you are done! This took me about 4-5 hours. It is hard to tell because of the shopping and needle breaking that occurred, which made the project stretch over two days. My sewing level is novice and I had no help so you can definitely do this for yourself! The second bag (the smaller teal on shown), I sewed using the same technique only I sewed the ends  (sides) of the padding together after I had the pad and fabric sew together. I didn’t make inserts for it since it only hold a camera and lens. 🙂

Happy sewing!

Are you a professional photographer interested in helping other moms learn how to use their digital SLR cameras to take better pictures of their children? Do you think that collaboration and learning is more important that competition? If so you may be eligible to take MommyLens to the moms in your community!

If you are chosen as a teacher your will be given permission to use my materials to teach your own classes,  workbooks at a discount for your students, one for yourself, PowerPoint slides that you can insert your own logo and images in or use them as is, a well as my pricing, scheduling and location recommendations and over the phone help getting your classes set up.

The getting started kit with all of the above is $600 and after that you may purchase workbooks in sets for additional classes at a discount. To apply to teach in your area email me at Crystal@CrystalGarcia.com.

Teaching packages and permission will be given to applicants who are experienced photographers and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of photography. Consideration will also be based on your location so as not to have competing teachers in your area.

My Photography Guide for Moms is for sale!! If you have a digital SLR camera or know someone who does (or you just loves me and want to buy one:) click below and order yours now! The money made from the sale is going to help pay for our trip to photograph and film the nomadic Turkana people of northwestern Kenya this summer.

Using Your Digital SLR Camera To Photograph Your Child

Mommy Lens Issue 1:

Getting the most out of your digital SLR camera to take beautiful, crisp photos of your baby, toddler or child before they get all grown up!
Find out more on MagCloud

50 pages of full color images, photo recipes, definitions, step by step guides. plus my top ten ways to get great pictures of your kids! Don’t let your camera intimidate you any longer!

This guide is geared towards moms wanting to take better pictures of their kids, but the principles of camera basics and settings can apply to other subjects as well.