Explore Digital Photography in


Learn to use a DSLR camera and edit photos like a pro in Adobe Lightroom

Section A: Sundays, 11am-1pm

Registration Is Closed

An introduction to digital photography

Learn the core skills all photographers need

You’ll learn about the elements of the exposure triangle (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO), and gain the skills necessary to operate cameras on manual settings. Beyond simply being able to manipulate the camera, you’ll be trained in photo composition, lighting, and the fundamentals of editing with Adobe Lightroom. By the end of the course, you’ll begin to develop your own personal style.

Start your portfolio of work

As part of the course you’ll also complete several photography projects each centered around a different theme (composition, lighting, etc). We’ll then help you set up a personal portfolio website where you can publish all of your work.

Get prepared to freelance

Beyond the mechanics of photography, you will also hear from guest speakers about the photography as a professional platform, and learn various tips and tricks for working within the field of photography. After Exposure, you will have the knowledge and skills to begin shooting photography in a paid, professional setting, or simply pursue a personal love of photography.

Skills You’ll Learn

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Manual DSLR controls

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Photo Composition

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Lighting and Effects

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Adobe Lightroom

Meet Your Program Lead

Mika Poblete

HackCville Member Since 2018

Membership Perks

Once you successfully complete your first Skills Course you are granted HackCville membership. Here are the perks you get access to as a member:

  • 10 weeks of hands-on skills training
  • Priority applications for Launch summer program and trips
  • Access to the HackCville clubhouses’ working and meeting space
  • Early registration and 25% discount on all Skills Courses
  • Exclusive community events and job opportunities

Fees & Accessibility

Course Fee: $125
Materials Fee: $40 (Adobe Lightroom License)

Each of our courses is just $125 — that’s less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the HackCville community.

Exposure has an additional $40 Materials Fee which covers the cost of an Adobe Lightroom license for the duration of the course and a small SD card. This fee, like the course fee, can be waived for those with financial need.

Meeting Times

All of our courses meet once a week for 2 hours. Courses start the third week of UVA classes (Sep 8) and continue weekly through the end of November. Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly for check-ins (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.

We offer 1 section of Exposure:
Section A – Sundays, 11am-1pm


Exposure was well-organized and incredibly fun. The leaders were knowledgeable and friendly, so it was easy to learn from them.

Avery Colyer

Exposure course graduate

Exposure was a good balance of actually learning useful material and working on tangible projects to practice these skills.

Caroline Pittard


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