Discovering Digital Photography

Katz sp23

Brought to you by Odyssey

April 4, 2023 - April 25, 2023 (4 sessions + Field trip)

Tuesday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Levering Hall


Course Description:

Digital technology has dramatically changed how we take pictures. This course will help you understand the fundamentals of photography and how they apply to the digital world. The course includes classroom instruction and discussion, hands on learning and field study. We will cover shutter speeds, aperture or f stops, depth of field, white balance, histograms as well as how to properly compose an image.


This course includes a field study trip on April 22, 2023 at Cylburn Arboretum.


Prerequisites & Required Materials:

  • Have a working knowledge of a camera. This course is not suitable for phone photography.
  • All participants must have a camera with the ability to manually change settings


Course Schedule:

April 4, 2023 Class will be devoted to learn how to properly expose an image.
April 11, 2023 Class will be devoted to learning about the digital features of your camera.
April 18, 2023 Class will be devoted to composition
April 22, 2023 Field study will be devoted to putting into practice what you have learned
April 15, 2023 Final class will be devoted to a complete review as well as images created by students


Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission & Refund Policies 

50%    Johns Hopkins alumni
80%    Full-time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
50%    Spouse or domestic partner of full time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
Johns Hopkins alumni, staff, faculty and their spouse or domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission for Odyssey lifelong learning courses. Select the correct ticket pricing during registration. If we cannot confirm your eligibility, you will be requested to pay the full registration price for the course.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to participants with disabilities. Participants who need accommodations must notify the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association at at least four weeks prior to the beginning of class.

If a course is canceled or closed, the registrant is notified immediately, and a full refund is processed automatically unless another course is requested. Registrants who wish to withdraw from an active course must complete the online Odyssey Refund Request Form. Attach any documentation to support your request (e.g., medical documentation, family crisis documentation, etc.).

100% refund- Prior to the start of the course.

50% refund- During the first week of the course.

No refunds will be given after the first week of each course unless in exceptional cases.

Please note, refunds apply only to the tuition portion of an Odyssey participant’s charges and are not applicable to any fees or gifts made to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Registrants will be notified by email if a refund is approved  within (5) business days.


ABOUT Lewis Katz

Photography has been part of me from a young age. An early memory of my Dad is him looking down through the viewfinder of his twin-lens reflex camera. He soon graduated to a Konica rangefinder that was constantly by his side. I vividly remember the slide shows of family vacations as well as more private moments shared by my parents. My first camera was the Olympus Pen F half-frame beauty and I soon moved through the full line of Olympus OM models. Fast forward to the digital cameras and images of today. I still shoot Olympus but have added a Nikon to the bag. Emotive displays were not commonplace in my home growing up. The camera and the image became an outlet for suppressed feelings as well as for artistic expression. Many years after college I lived in southern York county Pennsylvania and its rural beauty. Although I had been out west as a teenager it was here that I truly discovered landscape photography. Throughout my career in the travel industry, many other trips followed including visiting most of the major National Parks. After moving to Baltimore in 2001 I discovered and joined the Baltimore Camera Club. I was quickly in awe and humbled by the talent and more importantly, I found the companionship of fellow members which is so important to me to this day. The Baltimore Camera Club remains an integral part of my photography life. I have been honored and have received many awards from competitions at the club. Teaching photography is another essential component of my photography life as I love sharing my passion. I currently teach for the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program, the Capital Photography Center of DC, and for private students as well. I live for those aha moments that only teaching can provide.

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 Event Date
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
7:00pm EDT

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
9:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

50% discount. Alumni status will be confirmed
80% discount. Employment status will be confirmed
50% discount. Employment status will be confirmed.

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