Burt Wood offering new photography course this fall

MIDDLEBORO — The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, together with local photographer Jon Haglof, is offering a new two-part photography course starting in September. The course, beginning Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6—8 p.m. at the Burt Wood School in downtown Middleboro, is aimed at beginner and novice level photographers who want to unlock the potential of their 35mm digital SLR camera.

Today's digital cameras are full of bells and whistles, and each new model has more buttons and mega-pixels than the last. And when you make the jump to carrying and taking photos with a digital SLR camera, it can be intimidating, confusing and frustrating. But it's easy learn or re-learn the basics and take control of the camera, because the basic function of the 35mm camera hasn't changed, and really, all the bells and whistles are just there to help.

Here are a few common scenarios to consider: One, you recently purchased a new, 35-mm digital SLR camera, and as great as it feels to hold it, and carry it around, secretly, you want your "old" camera back. Two, you used to be into photography, but then the world went digital, and you stayed behind. Three, it's July, the sun is blazing from all directions, and the flash on your new SLR camera keeps popping up. You don't know why.