Become more comfortable using your Digital SLR camera when photographing portraits of family and friends. Understand how to use the quality of light and your camera’s basic operations to produce better results. We will look at exposure control, aperture, shutter speed, using the flash and available light. Review photographic portraiture in both a historical and contemporary context and experiment with a variety of approaches to portraiture both compositionally and technically. There will be hands-on in-class practice along with home assignments. Before coming to the first class, students should familiarize themselves with their camera manuals and be able to locate the shutter release, shutter speed and aperture dials. Please bring camera and manual to first class. Students must have access to simple photo-editing software. Students will need a tripod.