Essential Camera Skills for Teenagers and Adults

Date: May 17-21, 2021
Time: 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm IST
Venue: Online


Designed for participants above the age of 13 and mentored by Shannon Zirkle, this 5-day online course will teach you the essentials of using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Learn about your camera settings and how to shoot manually. Learn how to stop action and show movement, make the background fuzzy, as well as what it takes to compose and expose a photo properly.

Ms. Shannon will give in-class and out-of-class activities for you to practice everything you learn during the workshop. Complete all essential camera skill classes and receive a certificate of completion!

Dates: May 17-21, 2021

Timings: 4:00 - 5:00 PM IST

Maximum number of student: 10

Number of Classes: 5 

Class length: 50 minutes each

Course breakdown:

IN FOCUS + COMPOSITION (Camera Settings, Focus + Composition) 

Master your camera settings and learn to shoot crystal clear images. The art of focusing is one of the biggest secrets to sharper images and better composition. The key to a great photo is composition. Learn how to compose your images to make great shots. Discover how good composition can take your photos from a snapshot to something unique!

  • IN ACTION (Shutter Speed)

  • Learn how to blur or freeze action in your photograph. Expand your creative freedom with this technique—an excellent skill for photographing sports or those little ones who can’t seem to sit still.


  • Ever wonder how to achieve depth in your photos? Then this class is for you! We will take a look at what settings are needed to make this happen. You will be taught the perfect settings for portraits and detail shots. Learning how to control your depth-of-field will put you in the right direction to becoming a pro.

  • TOO BRIGHT (Exposure Compensation)

  • Are you tired of lousy lighting ruining a perfect photo? This class will teach you how to correct this, and will also introduce you to use exposure compensation to create the perfect photo!

  • I GOT THIS (Manual)

  • We are all manual in this class. Learn how to adjust your settings in manual mode to control your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

    Student members of CPB Prism can avail of a 25% discount! Sign up here to become a member.


    Shannon is a professional photographer based in Chennai, India, and is available to take assignments throughout India and worldwide.

    Her path as a photojournalist was laid out before she was born. As the daughter of an amateur photographer, she was surrounded by the presence of her mom, documenting every aspect of their daily lives. Before she knew it, she had earned the honor of being the official family photographer, preserving her most precious moments.

    Her childhood passion turned into a serious pursuit the year she shadowed a photographer at The Baltimore Sun. This is where she had her first photograph published on the front page of the Sports section as a senior in High School. Beyond the nuts and bolts of daily photojournalism, she learned that a career is something that you should be passionate about. 

    She is a trained photojournalist from one of the most prestigious schools: Western Kentucky University. Shannon is an accomplished photojournalist with an array of credits to her name. She has a diverse portfolio spanning over ten years.

    Shannon does not simply take photos. She looks for the stories and incidentals many photographers miss. The shy flower girl, the happy but tearful woman who cheers for her son, the quiet eyes of a father parting from his daughter, the corporate office whose wall holds a tiny but powerful poem. These are the kinds of stories Shannon tells through her camera.

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