• I would like to do more than just shoot in the fully automatic mode.
• I just got my digital camera and don't know what all that stuff means.
• I love taking pictures and sometimes I am a little overwhelmed with all the functions on my camera.
• When I read the instructions that came with my camera, I don't understand all of what they mean.
• I know about shutter, aperture, and all that stuff. Now I would like to learn how to take gorgeous photos.
Our 6 weeks Photography The Basics course will teach you how to get the most out of your camera, answer all those questions and will give you the confidence and level of comfort you are looking for. The Photography The Basics course is designed to give you the hands-on foundation to build your confidence. And all that in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
"I learned how to use my digital camera, in only 6 short weeks." - And so can you ...
- Linda, Manchester, NH - More proof...
Learn how to take great photos while enjoying your camera. During our fun and relaxed photography classes, seminars and workshops, you will learn and practice hands on the techniques professional use, as well as when to apply them.
"At the beginning of the workshops I could hardly use my camera. Now I know all the available functions and how to use them."
- Lucia, Nashua, NH - More proof...
Getting to know your camera is essential. Like every painter knows his brush and every chef knows his knife, you need to know your tools.
Its a beautiful world out there. Capturing it with your camera gets a lot easier once you understand composition and visual principles.
Your great photos won't reach their potential until you know how to punch them up on your computer.
Next course starts January 23rd, 2014
Next course starts April 2nd, 2014
Next course starts September 16th, 2014
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To take those awesome, stunning, sheer beautiful photos, you need 3 things:
• You need to get comfortable with your camera.
• You need to understand a little bit about composition and subject placement.
• And finally, you need to know how to tweak your photos on your computer.
Guess what? - We can help. We have courses and classes to get you there. If you are not sure where to start, why don't you give us a call or drop us a line and we'll be glad to talk to you. No obligation, nu fuss, no worries.
We want to make it easy for everyone to enjoy learning in a positive and supportive setting. Our photography classes are very informal, and it helps if you have a sense of humor. We tell students if they get frustrated to stop doing what they are doing, because most likely they are missing something small. Photography is supposed to be an exciting, positive and enjoyable pastime and we try to make learning fun and hands-on.
If you sign up for a course and miss a class, we make it easy for you to make up. You can come in and take part in any of the upcoming courses, and all we ask is that you let us know to expect you.
Our clients love photography and enjoy our learning environment.
But don't just believe us, read on to see what they have to say:
Let the truth be told
I am so thrilled with what I have learned and the confidence that I have gained by taking your classes. I am looking forward to taking it to the next step.
- Deb, Londonderry, NH
Thank you for the wonderful class! It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to get away from "auto mode" and move towards using the functions of my camera; your class offered all that and more! The class is very helpful and you have a wonderful way of teaching!
- Belinda, Hudson, NH
You have a great attitude, approach and the patience for teaching. People can relax and not be embarrassed as they learn... and you keep it interesting!
- Jay, Manchester, NH
In 2 nights of the Photography The Basics course, I learned more than at an 8 weeks course at a photography school in Boston. Plus, parking at C1M is way easier.
-Renee, Pepperell, MA
I am now in my second class at C1M studio. Walter is an amazing instructor. He is able to communicate to students at all levels. I am looking forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge guided by Walter... I don't look at this as a class but a journey with endless possibilities.
- Linda, Manchester, NH
I really enjoyed taking the Photography Basics course. I went from only being able to use my Digital SLR in program mode, to now being able to operate it fully in manual mode as I learned what each feature of my camera was capable of doing. In six short weeks, I've learned how to creatively use my camera settings, along with basic photography techniques like composition and lighting, to make my pictures come alive! I started out wanting to learn a few things and ended up learning so much more! The class setting was very comfortable and you were a great teacher who was always willing to answer any questions. I enjoyed your sense of humor and all the tips and tricks that you taught us. I'm really excited to learn more and expand my creativity and can't wait to take the intermediate class! Thanks again!
- Karen, Milford, NH
I enjoy your class and I'm getting a lot from it. I've tried other photography courses but they were not as educational and inspiring. They were more about how to enhance your work after the photo was done, not into the functions of the camera and how to control those functions. You are a good teacher.
- Mark, Manchester, NH
I have truly enjoyed every minute of both courses and gained so much knowledge and experience. And I have you to thank for this. Your teaching style and personality are fantastic and you make the student feel comfortable at every point. I have always felt comfortable to ask anything, never feeling that you would be bothered by a question or think it's stupid. Even at the close of the intermediate course, you have me still wanting for more knowledge.
- Anthony, Derry, NH
I have a new camera with many features and functions. The photography class showed me what all the camera functions can do for me, and how to use them effectively. I have gained a fundamental knowledge about photography that will allow me to capture what I need and to be a better photographer. The workshop was informative as well as fun. I especially liked the hands-on experience of taking pictures with the information we just learned... I would recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a better understanding of their camera, as well as the basics of photography!
- Missy, Concord, NH
I wanted to learn more about how to use my camera and your photography class helped me understand features and functions that were a mystery before. We ventured into camera settings that I did not know were there before. I have gained the confidence to change settings and experiment without fear. This workshop was exactly what I was looking for in a very hospitable setting and at a great price.
- Kristina, Nashua, NH
I recently attended one of the C1M photography classes and wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you did. This workshop allowed me to gain the confidence I needed to experiment more with my camera as well as gain a better understanding of my camera. I am no longer afraid to go into different camera settings and take pictures. It truly was a hands-on class that I needed. I also greatly appreciated your patience with answering all my questions. I definitely learned more than I expected and had a lot of fun. I highly recommend the C1M classes and workshops to all. Thanks again for all your great advice.
- Lyn, Nashua, NH
I really enjoyed learning about taking better photographs, and you did an outstanding job of teaching. I can certainly apply your methods in my daily work, and am already taking better studio photos because of your training. Additionally, you have taken some incredible photography and have a "to die for" studio and classroom setup.
- Jim, Portsmouth, NH
When point and click just wasn't doing it for me anymore I invested in a digital SLR...it did not take long for me to realize I was using only a fraction of its potential. Then I found C1M. Walter has opened doors I did not know existed with my SLR. I am enrolled in my 3rd course with him and learn something new each class. Walter's teaching style is perfect for those of us who may be intimidated and need time to experiment and ask questions until we get it! Thanks for being such a wonderful photography professor!
-Lisa, Nashua, NH
I have a passion for capturing moments - whether they be in nature, around my house or just a perfect moment that I want to save forever. Photography does that for me. Walter Schnecker provided me with an outstanding class to teach me what photography is all about and how to capture those special moments with ease. I loved this class and am grateful for what I have learned.
- Amelia, Brookline, NH
You offer something very few do in NH (classes) and do it so well. People enjoy your classes and teaching style and they get hooked. Trust me ... I am talking from experience. :)
- Tony, Londonderry, NH
I just finished the beginner's course. I have to say that Walter took the mystery out of everything from f-stops to depth-of-field. I am now shooting all of my photos fully manual and in RAW mode. If you don't know what that means but want to, sign up. It will be worth your time.
- Bob, Greenfield, NH
This is exciting!! Thank you! I'm very glad I'm taking this class. You are a wealth of information and you have a great sense of humor.
- Cathleen, New Boston, NH
I've learned so much during the couple of classes in the basics that I really look forward to the classes still to come. Thank you for everything :)
- Linda, Manchester, NH
Fantastic photography class! I really looked forward to Thursday nights and will miss being there next week! It was well worth the hour drive over, and I am looking forward to attending the intermediate class in the fall. I have begun the journey to really explore an interest that has been on hold for some time. Your demonstrations helped solidify understanding of the more difficult concepts, and the relaxed atmosphere of your class made asking questions a breeze.
- Diane, Windham, NH
After receiving a new SLR camera, I realized that I needed to learn how to use it! I registered for the Basics Course and got more than just the basics. I learned all about the camera and more. I especially loved the creative piece to the course and the weekly homework assignments really reinforced the class work. It was fun looking at everyone else's work too. Walter's teaching style is very relaxed and his sense of humor a delight. It was something I looked forward to every week. I will definitely be registering for the Intermediate class!
- Kelly, Windham, NH
The C1M photography classes and workshops are very informative, fun and a great value. I learned a lot about photography and how to get great pictures. At the beginning of the workshops I could hardly use my camera. Now I know all the available functions and how to use them.
- Lucia, Nashua, NH
I signed up for the Basics course because I wanted to be able to use more features of my camera instead of the automatic mode. This course is perfect for people who are just starting and trying to figure out how to use their camera, and it's super laid-back. It's a lot more fun to take pictures now, because I can actually do what I want with my camera instead of getting frustrated!
- Avery, Brookline, NH
I think Photography The Basics is a great course. I definitely liked how each week focused on a certain thing. I was really impressed by the the amount of things that we covered - just the different aspects of the aperture and the shutter, and then one week was lighting. I didn't know we would go to that extent and cover as much as we did in a 6-week course. I would definitely recommend it, and I'm also going to take the intermediate level course.
- Jennifer, Dracut, MA
I would definitely recommend the Basics course. I think it's a great starting point for anybody that wants to learn about using a digital camera or an SLR camera, and a great starting point just to learn how to take pictures. After every class, I was looking forward to taking pictures. Now I'm not afraid to go out of the automatic mode, and I loved really learning and using what I now know to create great photos.
- Rachel, Raymond, NH
I've been doing photography for many, many years, and I'd photographed weddings and portraits in the past. I haven't for a few years, and I wanted to get back into it. I decided to take the basic course, and I'm very happy that I did. I learned a few new things. I was reminded of some things that I've forgotten over the years, and it just reignited my desire to go take great photographs again. The course is very casual and comfortable, but the assignments were challenging enough to make me think and to really apply what I'd learned in each class. It's well worth the time and effort and I actually plan to take the intermediate course in the very near future.
- Steve, Manchester, NH
I took the Basics class just to learn more about digital photography. I shot with a Hasselblad for the last 20 years. I've been shooting with a digital camera for the last 4 years now, but it's still kind of new to me even though I've shot a lot. I wanted to start fresh and learn as much about digital photography as I can. My ultimate goal is to be able to do museum-quality photography. The course was very creative, and there was some good humor built into it, too.
- Vincent, Amherst, NH
The Basics is a great course. There's lots of good info and having us put all the components of manual setting photography together was beneficial. I am definitely interested in proceeding to the next series of instructional courses.
- Tom, Milford, NH
Photography The Basics is a great fundamentals course. I highly recommend this course if you bought a digital camera and are still a bit confused about all those settings and numbers. Thanks Walter and we'll see you in the next class!
- Dennis, Manchester, NH
When I first started the Basics class, I never thought I'd be able to use the camera in manual mode within four weeks. Trust me - you will be surprised. I honestly can't believe the amount I was able to learn in such a short time! Walter is an awesome teacher. I can't recommend C1M enough and I'm looking forward to Photo Elite and the intermediate course in April.
- Brandon, Nashua, NH
Never have I taken a course that I have enjoyed more. Walter is a true Master of photography and took the mystery out of taking pictures I am proud of.
- Kelli, Northwood, NH
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