Introductory Course on Digital Photography

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Introductory Course on Digital Photography

Digital Photography: Seeing, Capturing, and Displaying a Digital Image

This course will explore photography using a digital camera, both so-called point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, with occasional references to smartphone cameras. The course will introduce typical camera controls and functions; offer suggestions for getting better photos through composition techniques; use of perspective; importance of exposure and white balance; fundamental editing of photos to achieve a better image; and suggestions for managing a growing collection of digital images. Techniques for sharing and printing photos will be included. The course is well suited for the beginner or amateur seeking to learn and improve taking and sharing photos, and more advanced photographers might find useful tips. Note: This course does not meet on Tuesday, May 8.

Instructor Bio:
Bob Stroud holds an AB and LLB degree from Washington and Lee University. He practiced law before retirement in 2002, and has been a lecturer at W&L, the Darden School of Business, UVA Law School, and the Virginia State Bar continuing legal education program. He has had a long-time interest in both photography and computers and has extensive experience as an advanced amateur using various programs for editing, viewing, and displaying digital images. He has been printing his own images since he switched from film to digital and also produces video DVDs of his pictures, frequently using what are called “Ken Burns” effects.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location
B203 Bob Stroud Apr 17, 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29 Tu 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville

This course is offered through OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For printed information about how to register, go to
A youtube video explaining registration is available at

After paying your $50 Membership Fee, your first course costs $50. Each additional course is only $10. Members of the Senior Center receive a $10 discount.

For information about OLLI, see

Toni Zappone
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I've taken a couple of photography courses from Bob Stroud. He's a good instructor. I do recommend his courses.