Nikon Digital Photography Class in Spartanburg SC 1/29/13

Learn your Nikon from the outside in. This class will teach you the Nikon terminology, buttons, dials and menus that allows you to take control of the quality of your photographs.

We will discuss:
-major camera icons, buttons and dials
-understanding your camera’s menus and custom functions
-focusing & metering options
-using histograms and highlights for correct exposure
-choosing and using white balance
-basic pop-up and accessory flash functions
-choosing and using lens, flash and accessories
and more

The class content will apply to almost all Nikon DSLRS though the examples shown will be from mid and entry level cameras like the Nikon D5100 and D3100.

Tuesday Jan 29, 2013 6-8PM
Spartan Photo Center
197 East Saint John St
Spartanburg SC 29306

Please bring your camera to class and prepare to take notes.
Call or email with questions.
or 864-497-3093

Greenville SC Photography Classes at the Kroc Center, October 2012

Michael Lamb Photography is excited to announce a series of Digital SLR Photography Classes in Greenville.  Just in time to get to know your camera better before the holidays, Michael is teaching 4 different classes.

  • Monday October 15, 2012 – Basic DSLR.  After a short review of the automatic “scene modes” of your camera, Michael will teach you how and why to get out of the green automatic modes and move towards manual.  There will be an in-depth discussion of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds and how, and when, to adjust them for proper exposure and creative effect.
  • Monday October 29, 2012 – Canon SLR In-Depth.  Michael will help take the fear out of moving all those buttons and dials, and even teach you navigate through your menus with ease.  This class is Canon specific, and though there is no prerequisite, discussion of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds is very limited.   The the Basic SLR class is recommended for those wanting to learn manual exposure.
  • Monday November 5, 2012 – Nikon SLR In-Depth.  Michael will help take the fear out of moving all those buttons and dials, and even teach you navigate through your menus with ease.  This class is Nikon specific, and though there is no prerequisite, discussion of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds is very limited.   The the Basic SLR class is recommended for those wanting to learn manual exposure
  • Monday November 12, 2012Digital Editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Michael will use Elements in a live demonstration.  Working with layers is key to using Photoshop Elements well.  We will start with layers and build upon it using the most commonly used tools.  Learn to correct exposure and color, remove unwanted elements from a picture, merge two images and more.  You are not required to own Photoshop Elements to take the class.  Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 may be downloaded free, for 30 days, from Adobe before or after the class and is available locally for under $100.00.

If you have any questions about any classes, please contact Michael Lamb directly at 864-497-3093 or  We look forward to seeing you in class!

Quick Fix for Tripod Quick Release needs

Almost every class I teach I mention the need for a tripod.  “Any tripod is better than no tripod” I’ve been known to say.  I will caution anyone about trusting a $30 tripod to hold up their $1000 camera outfit.  Repairs are expensive.  Tripod simply give us sharper images and when shooting in low light are absolutely necessary.

People that know me also know that I am a thrift store/yard sale junkie.  I don’t really need another tripod of any sort but if I find one cheaply I will usually buy it.  Tripods are versatile now more than ever.  Most current flash units can be used off camera without buying camera-to-flash accessories.    And, with about $20 in accessories, a cheap tripod can be turned into a light stand complete with a flash bracket AND umbrella mount.

I have steered away from and even talked people out of buying off-brand use tripods that were missing the quick release knowing they will never find a replacement.  That was until today.  I didn’t realize there was a site, and even a local store, I could find an odd quick release.

Please check out, buy the part you need and make use of that old tripod.  It’s part of Spartan Photo Center in Spartanburg SC.  Now I’m going to have to make more room in a garage already filled with “maybe I’ll use that in a shoot one day” stuff (and no cars).   Have fun shooting.  ML

Spartanburg & Greenville SC area photography classes fall schedule!

Spartan Photo Center and Michael Lamb Photography have just announced their fall 2012 photography class schedule.  All classes are Tuesdays from 6-8PM, unless otherwise noted.  These photography classes are designed both the beginning SLR user to the emerging professional.  Not sure what class to start with?  Contact the primary instructor, Michael Lamb, at or 864-497-3093.

* notes classes that are great for, but not limited to, someone new to DSLRs

Aug 14             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Aug 21              Editing Digital Video with Premier Elements

Aug 28             Digital SLR Photography*

Sept 4              Canon Cameras In Depth*

Sept 18            *NEW*  Sports Photography

Sept 25            Nikon Cameras In Depth*

Oct 2               Basic Photoshop Elements*

Oct                  Hands-On Portrait Workshop

Oct 23             Photoshop for Portraits

Oct 30             Olympus Cameras in Depth

Nov 6              Shooting Digital Video with Corey Messer

Nov 15             FREE Basic Digital Photography – Sptbg Public Library

Nov 20            Digital SLR Photography

SLR Classes Series Begin Again Feb 21, 2012 in Spartanburg.

Our SLR classes begin again in Spartanburg SC on Tuesday Feb 21.  All classes are held at Spartan Photo Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8PM.

Tuesday Feb 21, 2012 – Basic SLR:  This class is for beginner SLR users.  What’s the difference between the “green” auto mode and Program?  After a review of the automatic scene modes built into your camera, we will teach you how and why you should your Program mode.  Knowing your camera better, and being able to predict the outcome of different modes will have you shooting better pictures the moment you leave the class.

Tuesday Feb 28, 2012 – Advanced SLR.  Learn to shoot in full manual.  This class is a continuation of our Basic SLR class and will teach you to shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes.  There will be an in-depth discussion of aperture, shutter speeds and your camera’s built-in meter.  While we don’t require taking our Basic SLR class before the advanced class, we recommend being very comfortable with controlling ISO before taking our Advanced SLR class.

Other classes:  Nikon system, Basic and Advanced Flash Photography, Canon System, Olympus System, SLR video and editing, and Studio Lighting.

Take any class again FREE and bring your spouse.  Michael Lamb Photography and Spartan Photo Center have combined their photography class policies to give you the best possible class experience.  First, you can bring a spouse FREE so you don’t have to come alone.  Second, you can take the class again FREE if ever you need a refresher.

Click HERE for information and registration.  We look forward to seeing you in class.

SLR Photography series begins in Spartanburg on Oct 4, 2011

Our newest series of photography classes in Spartanburg begins Oct 4, 2011 and continues every Tuesday evening at our studio at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg.  On Oct 4 we will have a basic DSLR class from 6:30-8:30PM.  We will build on this class with additional classes including classes about flash photography, classes specific to Nikon and Canon systems and, new for this year, SLR video and video editing classes.  For information and registrations please visit  We look forward to seeing you in class!

New Video Classes Coming To Our Photography Class Series.

New Video and Video Editing classes have been added to our Spartanburg photography class series in September.  We are happy to have Corey Messer, owner of Green Giant Media, as our guest teacher.  On Tuesday  September 20, 2011 learn how to turn your SLR into a filmmaking tool.  On September 27, 2011 learn to make your videos look even more professional by editing them using Adobe Premiere Elements.  All classes are held at the West Main Artists Co-op in downtown Spartanburg.  Details and registration HERE.Please call 864-497-3093 with any questions.  We hope to see you there.