Members $75 / Non Members $100 
6 week class starting September 11, taught by Dave Ficke

Purpose of the Course

Photographic “seeing” is different from ordinary everyday “seeing”.  We use our eyes continuously for many things, but we also have our brain to help us both understand and interpret what we are viewing.  A camera has no such ability; in fact, it is nothing more than a simple recording device.   It is easy to take a picture – that requires nothing more than pushing the shutter button.  However, taking a photograph is something else entirely.  Mastering the making of a photograph can be a lifelong adventure and this course is designed to help individuals begin that journey.

Course Description

This is an introductory course in the theory and practice of basic techniques for capturing digital images with artistic merit.  This course introduces the technical process of digital photography, including camera operation and the essential techniques of images capture.

Students are encouraged to bring a digital or film camera (which has manual controls) as well as the manual (if you have one).  Questions regarding your specific camera can be most effectively answered with your camera and manual for reference.

Cource Objectives

The lectures will introduce and explain photographic concepts and techniques for capturing images.  We will be covering but not limited to: Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Creative use of exposure controls, In camera light meter – Histogram, Exposure Bracketing, Camera Handling, Basic Composition

Dates (Mondays)

September 11th – in person
September 25th – Zoom
October 9th – in person
October 23rd – Zoom
November 13th – in person
November 27th – final meeting Zoom

Communication with the instructor will be a priority to help the students to become successful.


Redlands Camera Club Members $75
Non Members $100 


Dave Ficke
[email protected]

Specific Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  1. Show competency in operating a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
  2. Correctly compute exposure for various ISO speeds
  3. Select settings for specialized situations.
  4. Knowledge of terminology 
  5. Understand, identify, and apply the basic elements of photographic composition.
  6. Ability to select various settings based upon need, light and desired artistic outcome.

The class will be divided into two types, 3 field work sessions and 3 Zoom meetings with the possibility of additional class meetings. Assignments will be sent to the instructor for emulation and feedback. 

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Presented by Dave Ficke

Dave Ficke is an American nature and wildlife photographer and conservationist. Dave’s thirty years as an environmental educator and life-long wildlife enthusiast has nurtured a love of nature and its beauty, which he has captured in his photographs. Long an advocate of conservation and stewardship of our natural environment, he has passionately taught those principles as a high school science teacher. Dave believes in experiential education and for 33 years took his high school students on weeklong field trips to Yosemite, canoeing down the Colorado river and sharing many other outdoor experiences with his students.

Dave’s entire career has been influenced by his dedication to environmental conservation; his roles as both photographer and field biology teacher have reflected this. Dave believes he can capture a great many people’s attention regarding the rapid loss of species in our wild places across the globe, with his camera as well as his in-depth knowledge of earth’s rapidly deteriorating ecosystems. “It’s critical that our students understand that all of us are part of this earth ecosystem, and we need to protect our wild places and the species that live there.”