Photography Basics

Photography Basics is Starport's flagship photography class with NASA Photographer, Bill Stafford.  This introduction to photography will get you extremely comfortable with your digital camera! 

Next class starts January 16th


Class Information

  • 5 Week Class
  • January 23rd-February 20th   (CLASS DELAYED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)
  • Tuesdays  
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Gilruth Center - Lone Star Room
  • Required:  A digital camera that can be set to manual

Registration Information

  • Early Registration:  $90.00 
  • Standard Registration:  $110.00 



  • Digital camera that can be set to full Manual Settings
  • Have or have access to a computer
  • Familiarity with Adobe Bridge or other photographer program encouraged, not required


What to bring to class:

  • Digital camera
  • Memory Cards
  • Charged batteries
  • Owner’s manual for camera


Class 1:

  • Intro to the plan for the class (here is what we will do for the next 5 weeks)
  • First class is getting the "eye" for photography, what makes up a photograph? (Composition, Exposure, Focus, etc.)
  • Review examples of photos and discuss ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.
  • Get in groups and practice composition, exposure, and focus technique
  • Homework: take several pictures of the same thing but change the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture and will critique next class


 Class 2:

  • Composition
  • What is Composition and how does it affect your photos
  • Visual Psychology -  what is it and how this affects your photos
  • Review images from students for ~30 min..
  • Homework: Use Composition elements to make photos for critique.


 Class 3:

  • Lighting
  • Color Psychology, what it is and how it affects your photos
  • Natural lighting and how to use it.
  • review images from students for ~30 min.
  • Homework:  Take several photos with emphasis on Lighting and Color


 Class 4:

  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
  • Sports, Long exposures, Moving objects
  • Review images from students for ~30 min.
  • Homework:  Portfolio Prep, get ready to showcase your best work!


 Class 5:

  • Review of the class / show best of…
  • Class critique