The Essentials

Unlock the creative potential of your digital SLR in this eight hour, hands-on class. A comprehensive class for beginners and those wanting to brush up, this course covers the essential topics for improving your SLR photography. Learn how to use your camera and discover the settings that make the biggest difference in your photos.

  • Who is it for?
    • New owners of SLR cameras
    • Experienced 35mm SLR users who are new to digital photography
    • Anyone wanting to improve their photography with a solid understanding of the basics
    • Note: This class is not recommended for users of compact automatic cameras or any non-interchangeable lens cameras.

    View/Download PDF File with information about the Essentials class including the course outline and upcoming dates.

To register drop in to Don’s Photo, 1902 8th Street East, Saskatoon, or call 306- 934-3111

Cost 240.00 + GST only = 252.00

  • What does it cover?
    • Shutter speeds
    • Aperture
    • ISO selection
    • Focus options
    • Exposure modes
    • Flash essentials
    • Manual Exposure
    • Terminology
    • SLR photography
    • White Balance
    • Lens basics
    • Quality settings
    • Raw VS. JPEG
    • Picture Styles
    • Care and handling
    • Exposure Compensation

Upcoming Dates:

Mondays and Tuesdays September 16, 17, 23, 24 - 7-9pm


  • Who teaches it?
    • This class is taught by Keith Starks of Imagery by Keith. Keith began teaching SLR photography in 1983 and his workshop topics over the years include film processing and darkroom printing, landscape, portrait, flash, macro and night photography. Keith and Don’s Photo have been partners in photo instruction for the past 12 years and we are proud to have instructed more than 900 photographers in that time.

How do I register?

To register drop in to Don’s Photo, 1902 8th Street East, Saskatoon, or call 306- 934-3111

  • Where is it?
    • The class is held at Don’s Photo, 1902 8th St. East. (opposite Wendys, 8th St.)
    • The store is closed during classes so the door will be locked when you arrive. Please knock to be let in.




  • What should I bring?
    • Bring your camera with a good charge level on the battery and have a memory card with enough room to take some photos.
    • Some class notes are provided but some paper and a pen are suggested.
    • The building is sometimes cool so a sweater may be a good idea.
    • Water, coffee and snacks are up to you.

"Hi Keith, I just wanted to thank you and let you know how much I enjoyed the “Essentials” class. Before taking the class I found the wide variety of settings on my camera intimidating and confusing . I had no idea what setting to use and when to use it. I now feel much more comfortable with my camera and am looking forward to practicing what I learned. I appreciate that the staff at Don’s (Photo) recommended the class to me and would recommend “Essentials” to anyone wanting a better understanding of their camera and it’s capabilities."

Deb Bobiash

Essentials Participant 2014

Contact Keith: keith@imagerybykeith.com , Ph. 306.280.6302