Photography Classes

BEL Portraits
Photography FUNdamentals 1
What's Included?
*Six hours of instruction with a Certified Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman.
*Demonstrations covering each of the specific sections.
*Hands-On class participation segments.
*Custom notebook with all major notes included.
*A four week after-class email forum that will include weekly assignments and critiques of your work.
*A light lunch (can't learn on an empty stomach!)

Class specifics
A one day, six hour Photography Workshop will be held in Classroom #2 at Grace
Episcopal Church on Amberly Drive in Tampa on Saturday May 6 from
10:00am-4:30pm. Students are required to supply their own camera.
Absolutely no experience is needed. Workshop Fee - $139
Please Note: Class size is STRICTLY limited
so email Bernie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your space.

Create More Memorable And Inspiring Photographs.
Learn how to create the kind of photographs you’ll want to print and pass on to the next
generation. In this photography fundamentals workshop, you’ll learn the principles of
good beginner photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photographs.
Today's advanced cameras are much more affordable, but learning how to use them can
be very challenging. In Photography FUNdamentals 1 you will learn the the most
essential functions of your camera and put them to work with confidence. You’ll get the
swing of basic photographic terminology and feel totally prepared to move on to more
advanced classes."What’s an f-stop—and should I use that term in mixed
company? How does the shutter control light and motion? How do you
pronouce “ISO”? Will Bernie give me the recipe for his incredible double fudge brownies?”
If you want to create more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your
friends and family, or the great outdoors, this first class is for you. You’ll learn how to
create amazing photographs and gain the ground necessary to continue your photography education.

About your Instructor
Bernard E. Littlefield ("Bernie") is a native of Hampden, Maine. After studying
Biomedical Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology in
New York, he became the head photographer at the McLeod Regional Medical Center’s
photography department. Although he found medical photography fascinating, his desire
to be a portrait photographer led him back to Maine. In 1986, Bernie opened his own
photography studio - BEL Portraits - specializing in commercial photography, high
school senior portraits, family portraits and wedding photography.
In 2012, Bernie was honored to be one of only three photographers in the country to
receive his Masters of Photography, and his Photographic Craftsmans degree from the
Professional Photographers of America. He is a Past President of the Professional
Photographer’s Association of New England; is a Past President of the Maine
Professional Photographer’s Association; is a member of the Professional Photographer’s
Association of America; is a member of the Florida Professional Photographers; and is an
alumni of the New England Institute of Professional Photography.
Bernie has judged several state and regional professional photography competitions
across the country, and has been published in the Professional Photographers of America
prestigious Loan Collection book for the last four years in a row.

Photography FUNdamentals 1

Section 1
The Camera
Types, parts and functions. What makes this thing tick? Bernie will take
you on an introductory tour of all the major features of the camera. Get a beginner's
introduction to the anatomy and functions of your DSLR camera.

Section 2
The Shutter
Controlling motion and light. Understand how the shutter works, and learn
how you can use different shutter speeds to control the amount of light that comes into the camera.

Section 3
The Aperture & Depth Of Field
Controlling depth of field and light. The size of the opening of the lens
affects how the light is bent as it hits the sensor. Learning how this works will allow you
to determine what parts of the image you want in focus.

Section 4
In film photography, ISO means film speed. In digital photography, we
can change the ISO on the fly and adjust our camera's sensitivity to light. Used correctly,
this is a powerful tool in a photographer's arsenal

Section 5
Focusing is very important because we need to have critically sharp
images. The most important thing, is to understand focus points on your camera.

Section 6
Metering in the camera is about how it reads the light. Bernie will show us
how to get the best exposures while taking pictures & how the shutter and aperture work together.

5 Steps of Photography
Bernie will now move slightly beyond all the basics in this photography
course, and explain his personal thinking process for when he is going out to create images.