Budget Seminar: Take Better Pictures with Any Camera

Budget Seminar: Take Better Pictures with Any Camera

A 200-page operating manual is not one’s idea of a leisure activity, if all you want is to get the most out of your camera.

In one afternoon, this short hands-on workshop addresses the needs of the layman to squeeze the most out of his digital camera without dealing with technobabble.

The workshop is for people who:

  • Want to maximize their digital camera for home or school use;
  • Want to achieve better [or “acceptable?”] photos for work/business (company photos, simple product shots, etc);
  • Want to take better photos without investing in expensive, high-end cameras;
  • Intend to graduate to “serious” photography but need to start somewhere, gently.
  • Threw out their camera manual in frustration;
  • Want to maximize the use of their cellphone camera

What will be covered

  • Using the camera’s built-in flash
  • The only six picture setting you will ever need—three if you can’t count to six
  • Four faults every beginner makes
  • What catches viewers’ attention
  • The only two rules of composition you need to get out of trouble
  • Four techniques for organizing various elements in a scene
  • Three common faults in people pictures
  • Simple techniques to take still life/product shots
  • How in-cam and off-cam editing programs can help you achieve the photos you want

What to bring

  • Come as you are: we don't expect previous knowledge or experience with photography or cameras
  • A compact or cellphone camera
  • SLRs are tolerated, but will be treated as simple compact cameras


Dail Deri A photographer, instructor, and writer, Dail combines her father's technics with her own. With experience in running a portrait studio and home-service portraits, and photographing celebrities and "ordinary" people, she has shared her knowledge in photography in various seminars and workshops in the country. Dail took up communications arts major in photography at De La Salle University.

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