Courses and Classes

Digital Photography - Photography The Basics

• Hands-on and fun

• Certificate in Digital Photography included


If you're a hands-on learner, here is our prime course that will help you get along with your camera equipment. Like every painter needs to know his brushes, like every musician needs to know their instrument, you as photographer should know your tool. We'll walk you right through all the features and functions you need to know to get the most out of your camera.

With patience and kindness.

 Course C1MAC1 - Photography The Basics (Know Your DSLR Camera)

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Seats Available


6 Weeks

Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30

Amherst, NH



For kids ages 10-15


6 Weeks

Wednesdays  10 AM - 12 PM

Amherst, NH



Weekend Intensive

2 Days

Sat& Sun   9:00 - 4:00

Amherst, NH

10/28 & 29/17



up to 6 months

up to you

wherever you are

whenever you're ready

This is the course that everybody is talking about:

In this hands-on course, we will demystify each of the systems that make up your camera, e.g: shutter, aperture, ISO, metering and whitebalance. We will explore how each of those work, why they are needed, how they do what they do and why you should care. Then we discover how to use each of them artistically to improve your photography. Classes are very laid back, fun and hands-on. It will help greatly if you have a sense of humor.

This course is part of our Foundations Series. For a side-by-side comparison of all our Foundations

courses, click here.

 This course is for you if:

• You'd prefer to not trip over your camera anymore and want to start enjoying photography to its fullest.

• You have been photographing for a while and you know your camera can do more than automatic mode.

• You feel overwhelmed by your camera system and don't know what all the things on it are for.

• You just got a new DSLR and you would like to learn how to best use it.

• You know about shutter, aperture, ISO and could use a refresher with a little leg-up on connecting the dots.

• You're anywhere between 9 and 90 and prefer to study in a fun, hands-on, friendly,
   safe, and non-judgmental environment.

Learn however you prefer:

Join us in our gorgeous classroom, located in our state-of-the-art facility in Amherst, NH. That's what most people do. Or, if that is not convenient, you can join us to learn the same material via a weekly webinar. We also offer this course as a weekend intensive or as a self-paced eLearning course, where you log in and learn at your own pace. Once you sign up for one of these options, you have access for 6 months to complete your learning. If you miss a few classes here or there, you can make them up at any time in the 6 months following your enrollment.

Or, for the most flexibilty, you can upgrade to our hybrid learning option. Build yourself a course that has a little bit of everything. If you want. Have it your way. - Wait. That slogan may be taken. If you chose this option, you'll have 12 months of access to complete your learning. If you start in the classroom and find the webinar more convenient, you can finish there. Or vice versa. We want to offer you the flexibility and the accessibility to learn in whichever way you desire, giving you the option to change along the way, should the need arise.

And just to make sure we didn't leave you befuddled after all, we include a free 20 minute personal coaching session with each course.  With patience and kindness.

Get your certificate in Digital Photography:

If you attend at least 3 of the 6 classes in our classroom or in the webinar, or attend 1 of the two days of the weekend intensive, you will receive a certificate in Digital Photography at the end of the course. For the self-paced students, each class ends with a short quiz that you'll have to pass before you can proceed. If you make it to the end, you passed and you'll get your certificate. Certificates are issued by C1M Academy and backed by the State of New Hampshire's Department of Education.

What makes our approach unique:

We have been teaching photography since 2006, and we found that while photography looks very easy, understanding all its elements and gaining control is a lot harder than it looks. The fact that camera systems continue to get more complicated isn't really helping here at all. Your camera consists of several complex systems, all interacting with each other. Trying to learn about aperture, shutter and ISO all at once has proved not to be an effective learning method. It's just too complicated.

We've discovered that the best way to learn photography seems to be when we break it down and teach it in fun and hands-on sections. One subject, one technical conundrum at a time. Our courses are geared for adult learning and we found the sweet spot to be at 2 hours per class.
If we go any longer students may get tired and absorb less. The segmented syllabus, together with hands-on learning and focused assignments, seems to make all the difference.

Students tell us what they enjoy the most is the light-hearted atmosphere and the structured approach. Each class introduces new subject matter where students explore their own camera systems, taking small steps, in the classroom, remote, or in our self study course. Making learning a fun experience and encouraging students to explore and learn with patience and kindness is what we stand for.

Included with your course is your personal Study Kit, which contains everything you'll need for the course, and then some!

Your personal Study Kit:

We've assembled this invaluable kit of information and tools that you'll be able to use long after your course is over. (Well ... maybe not the cookies. Those, you will have to eat by their freshness date for best value. But everything else in your kit will have a great shelf life.)

As the name implies, Photography the Basics is the starting point to explore your love of photography and begin building your skills. We believe that there is always something new to learn. Always a skill you can polish or a handy tip that will reveal some new facet of photography to you.

That's why we emphasize hands-on learning in all our courses. It's also why we created our Study Kit. We believe curiosity and a desire to learn are continuous, not something to turn on for class and off when you go home. And with our Study Kit, you don't have to be in the classroom to benefit from our course.

We also include a 20 minute private coaching session with each course. Just in case. Plus, you can always come visit us at the weekly webinar that we run Thursdays 5:30pm if you have a question.

What to do next:

If you would like to sign up, you can do so right here on this web site. All you need is a credit card. Select your course type and click the Add to Cart button, and you're nearly done.

Once you sign up, you'll receive an email saying thank you and telling you what to expect next. We may need to contact you for additional information to satisfy the NH Department of Education requirements. Please make sure we have your phone number.
About a week before the course starts, we'll send you an email reminder. If you take part in a classroom course, you can find us here.

Also ...

If you're ready to go full steam ahead:

Photography the Basics is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. We offer a full range of courses and classes that can take you from absolute beginner all the way to advanced (or even pro), if that's what you want. We've found that a lot of our Basics students plan to take our intermediate and advanced courses, too. If you already know that you want to run as far as you can with this photography thing, it may benefit you to buy a Package Deal, rather than buying the courses one at a time. You'll save on your comprehensive photography education. And you'll find that we're very flexible on scheduling, so you aren't locking yourself into certain dates by pre-buying the courses you want to take. If photography is your passion, there is really no down side here.

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If you'd like to back off the throttle a bit:

If Photography the Basics feels like just too much, either financially or in terms of time, there may be another option for you. In each Photography the Basics course, we offer a limited number of seats for students who prefer to register as Basics Lite students. As a Basics Lite student, you would not be eligible for your Certificate in Basic Photography. You would attend only the first three weeks of the course, learning all we have to impart about shutter, aperture, and autofocus, and you'd then be unleashed on the world as a better photographer than when you started. If this sounds like something that might be a good fit for you, visit our The Basics Lite page to learn more.

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C1MAC1 Photography The Basics - Select your course type and register

Your $599 course retainer reserves your seat in the next Photography The Basics course. Please select your course type and share your phone number, so we can reach out to you in case of email troubles.

For the maximum flexibility in learning and scheduling, select the Hybrid option.

Your personal Study Kit is included and we'll ship it to you, or you'll receive it in class.

To reserve your seat in the course C1MAC1A, select your course type and click on Add to Cart. After the transaction completes, you will be taken to a sign-up form that we need you to complete. Please share the requested information with us, so we can reach you.


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Or sign up for our Easy Pay installment plan
and pay in 2 easy installments:

Pay one payment of $262.50 at checkout
and 1 further monthly payment of $262.50
for a total  of $525
including a $26 installment plan admin cost.

Please tell us your course type on your sign-up form.


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By purchasing a seat in this course you agree to our terms and conditions of sale. Your retainer fee reserves your seat and is fully refunded if the course is canceled. Per RSA 361-B, you may cancel this transaction any time prior to midnight of the third business day after the date of this transaction. When you sign up we'll send you an email to confirm. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, please call us. From time to time, we videotape our classes, so it is possible that you will be recorded while studying with us. Warning: On rare occasions we do run out of chocolate chip cookies.


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