Find Your Focus: Camera and Photography Basics

Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m.
UA Campus
Class size
40 students

Leave the green rectangle of “AUTO” in the dust! This course will tackle the technical functions of the camera, explain how and why to shoot in manual exposure, and help you apply these skills in a variety of settings. Whether you want to take better pictures of family, nail the game-winning play, or enter the scary world of OCF (you just Googled it, didn’t you), you will learn to develop your photography skills in a collaborative, supportive atmosphere.

Course Details


Each 2-hour class will incorporate lecture, hands-on instruction, and time for questions.

Students should bring their own single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras with manual function, speedlites (flashes), and additional telephoto lenses (if possible).
The instructor strongly recommends a DSLR camera capable of 10+ megapixel output and manual controls.

Readings and Syllabus

Weekly photo assignments and challenges will be introduced as students learn and build comfort with the technical and compositional elements of photography.

A finalized syllabus and more information about how and where to access any reading assignments will be available prior to the beginning of the course, per instructors’ directions.


How to Register

You can register online through the University of Arizona Foundation. You'll need to enter your contact information and credit card details. You'll receive a confirmation email once you complete your registration.

Refund policy

Refunds are available when requested by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. A $25 administrative fee will apply.


Location Details
The class meets in the Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building, Room S210.

The Sixth Street Garage (1119 E. 6th Street) is just south of the ENR2 building. The garage is on the south side of the campus between Park and Highland Avenues. The hourly charge is $2 before 5 p.m. and $1 after 5 p.m. Please be aware that higher flat-rate fees may apply on game days or on the days of other special events. Visit parking & transportation for additional parking options and more information.