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A beginner’s guide to digital photography with David Levene

·2 min read
<span>Photograph: MarioGuti/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: MarioGuti/Getty Images

If you’ve got a DSLR on your wishlist this Christmas, or you got a camera last year and still haven’t taken it out of the box for fear of not knowing how to use it, this masterclass with David Levene will give you the skills and confidence to make the most of your camera – and take beautiful shots.

In one virtual evening, award-winning Guardian photographer David will begin by introducing you to the manual settings of a digital SLR camera, forming the foundations of an informative seminar that will then explore how to make use of light, exposure and depth of field, how to capture motion in your images, the importance of selecting the right lens, and what you need to know about aperture and shutter speed.

Whether you’re hoping a new camera lands in your stocking this year, you’re gifting one to a family member or friend, or you’ve decided 2021 is the year you dust off that box in your attic, this masterclass is a perfect beginner’s guide to dazzling photography.

Course content

  • Your DSLR camera: an introduction to the manual settings

  • The basics of creative photography

  • Understanding light, exposure and depth of field

  • How to capture motion in your images

  • Selecting the right lens

  • Aperture, shutter speed and film speed

  • Achieving the results you want in a photograph

  • Q&A: ask David your questions about photography

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6pm (GMT).

Tutor profile

David Levene has worked as a photographer for the Guardian since 2001. His awards include winning first prize for live news photograph of the year at the Press Photographers Awards in 2010, for his work documenting the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Explore his work for the Guardian here.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6pm (GMT).


Date: Wednesday 20 January 2021
6pm-9pm (GMT)
Price: £85 plus £3.92 booking fee
Event capacity: 60

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

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