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Make Your Holiday Photos Shine

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Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.


The holidays often bring us together. Photographs often help us preserve memories that become treasured over the years. A few photography tips can help you capture these unforgettable moments with outstanding and professional-looking photos.

A great photo can make all the difference – yet getting that perfect photo can be a significant challenge. We often find ourselves attempting to edit photos because they were not properly taken.

Simply using your smartphone or DSLR camera in the right way can make a world of difference in the quality of your photos.  Learning where to focus, using light, and the proper vantage helps you to capture the moment and the mood, and produce exceptional photos.
This class will cover the digital process from start to finish, to get the right image for your project. Part of the session will be spent focusing on the fundamentals of indoor photography with either a regular camera, or the camera on your smartphone. We will also discuss some the most useful and practical post-production techniques for your photos.
  • You must provide your own camera (DSLR or Smartphone / Tablet)
  • Adobe Light Room is not covered in this class
Topics & Activities
Section One (3 hours)
  • How to take a photograph in manual mode
  • Basics of taking photos of human subjects
  • Composition, rules of thirds, lighting, vantage, and viewpoints
Section Two (3 hours)
  • Post-production methods utilizing Adobe Photoshop
  • Techniques include cropping, color and filters, adjustment of layers, and exporting images as a PSD, JPG, or PNG



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.