This five week online course will be held on:

  • Wed 1/25 @ 6:00pm (in person)
  • Wed 2/1 @ 6:00pm (virtual)
  • Wed 2/8 @ 6:00pm (virtual)
  • Wed 2/15 @ 6:00pm (virtual)
  • Sat 2/18 @ 9:00am (in person)


This course is designed to help you get beyond the basics of your DSLR camera.  Learn how to read your surroundings to take the best possible photographs. Gain skills that will enable you to take tack sharp images, maneuver through the "Bermuda Triangle" of photography (Aperture/Shutter speed/ISO) without getting lost. [if we've already lost you, don't panic - you're in the right place!]  You'll also learn how to compose your photographs to give them that WOW-factor, and get tips and tricks for organizing your images.


The number one learning objective is demystifying your digital camera so that you will understand how to make pictures in manual mode. Through coursework and assignments you'll also understand how to read your surrounding and make appropriate adjustments to your camera settings to deliberately make great photos. 


Please note that this course is not intended to teach you how to use all the technical components of your specific camera model. This course will teach you how to take better photographs using your digital camera, but it is not a replacement for the manual that came with your camera. You will learn how to make adjustments on your camera and you will find that your camera manual makes more sense after attending the class.


This class is not intended for those who wish to start their own photography business. We will not be covering editing or photography business topics. 


The teaching modality is comprised of visual training materials, demonstrated techniques, and weekly assignments that will make you a better photographer. Assignments will be handed in and feedback given.


There will be a final photography project.


Timing & Committment:

The course will take place every Wednesday, participants are highly encouraged to attend the live class.  If that's not possible the class recording will be available until midnight the following evening. 


Participants may also join our private Facebook page where they have access to a community of over 100 past workshop participants and the Mercy Street Studio professional photographers who are happy to answer questions or offer critique.



Erin Moore is a portrait photographer based in South Berwick, Maine. She was named "2018 Portrait Photographer of the Year" by Maine's Professional Photography Association. Erin has trained under industry leading photographers from around the world. Her photographs have been published nationally. She has taught almost 100 hobbyists to use their DSLR cameras in manual mode to improve their photography.

Digital Photography Essentials

$250.00 Regular Price
$225.00Sale Price
  • When you sign up for this course, you are taking a seat in the class that we cannot sell to another person. Therefore we do not issue credits or refunds if you do not come to class. You may transfer, gift, or sell your seat to another person prior to the first day of class if you are unable to attend this course after you purchase it.