Camera Basics
Take Better Pictures Now!
June 4, 2017

Camera Basics, Take Better Pictures Now! Workshop

Lecture, shooting, review, 6.5 hours

  • Cindy Horovitz Wilson, Photographer, Educator, Travel Photography Entrepreneur
  • At Providence Center for Photographic Arts (PCPA) Gallery, 118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence RI 02903
  • Sunday, June 4, 2017, 8am – 4pm
  • Class limited to 10 participants
  • Registration fee $180 per person
  • PCPA members please email: for your additional discount before registering. More information about PCPA member discounts below.

Are you mystified by all the settings and menus on your digital camera? Are you tired of trying to read confusing technical manuals? Camera Basics, Take Better Pictures Now! is a one-day workshop, an immersive experience for the beginning digital photography enthusiast, or the student who wants a refresher course on controlling the photographs you make. We will have classroom instruction and practice in the morning, covering topics like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance and exposure.

To start the workshop, Cindy will teach you the basics of photography and how to confidently use your camera. There will be 90 minute lunch break, followed by a two hour walkabout in the area around the center, with hands on instruction. The workshop will conclude with a demonstration of downloading files onto a computer, a short slide presentation of your favorite images, and a Q & A discussion.

At Camera Basics, Take Better Pictures Now! you’ll finally understand what all those buttons and settings on your camera do! But more importantly, you’ll actually learn how to use each one! Whether you have a point and shoot, pro-sumer model, or a top of the line professional DSLR, Cindy will make sure you get the most from your camera!

Workshop Agenda

June 4, Sunday, 8am

  • Meet Cindy. Introductions for all attendees.
  • Instruction & practice: in camera settings, creative use of aperture and shutter speed, creating better exposures with practice in studio.

June 4, Sunday, 11-12:30pm

  • Lunch break

June 4, Sunday, 12:30 – 2:30pm

  • Shooting in the area around PCPA; practicing concepts learned in the morning session

June 4, Sunday, 2:20-4pm

  • Downloading of files and discussion
  • Q&A


  • Intro to exposure (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO)
  • Camera modes
  • Overview of lenses
  • F Stops
  • Shutter Speed
  • White Balance
  • ISO (Light Sensitivity)
  • Proper Exposure
  • Tips for better photos
  • Finding the light

What to Bring

  • Camera, extra batteries, battery charger, memory cards
  • A variety of lenses (optional, if you have them)
  • Your laptop or iPad and processing software
  • Laptop, thumb drive
  • Journal or notebook

PCPA Member Discounts

PCPA members can apply their discounts to this workshop

  • Individual members $50 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Exhibiting and Supporting members $150 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Or, Exhibiting and Supporting members 20% off per workshop (not restricted but cannot combine with $150 discount)

About Cindy Horowitz Wilson, Photographer, Educator, Author, Mentor

Cindy is a resident of Wickford Rhode Island, has been making photographs of Rhode Island since 1976. She chooses her native turf as subject for her fine art images. Among them, windswept landscapes and moody seascapes serve as rugged backdrops for quiet studies of architecture contemplated in unexpected perspectives.

She earned her BA from the University of Rhode Island in 1978, studied at RISD & the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and received her Masters of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1984. Cindy developed an independent wedding and portrait photography business, and for 20 years earned an admirable reputation for her candid, unobtrusive professional approach.

Cindy has memberships in many art associations, most recently the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Art League of Rhode Island, Mystic Art Museum of Art, 19 on Paper, the Newport Photo Guild, & South County Art Association. She continues her active affiliation with the Wickford Art Association where she served on the board for 10 years (with two as president). Cindy has had regular exhibitions of her fine art photography, as well as winning awards in juried shows.

Cindy enjoys showing yearly at the Wickford & Narragansett Art Festivals, as well as West Bay Open Studios, where interaction with interested art lovers gives the opportunity for discussion about her work. From 2003 to 2006, she co-founded and established Wilson Scott Galleries of Wickford Rhode Island. At Wilson Scott, she continued in the direction of establishing herself as a well respected fine art photographer.

Together with Eileen McCarney Muldoon, Cindy established Profundo Journeys Photography Workshops. They teach classes on local and international levels. Their 2009 trip to the South of Italy has been followed by Greece, Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam & Cambodia, Ireland & Peru. A return to Cuba, the Czech Republic, Cinque Terra and Portugal are planned for the future. The path of  travel, photography and teaching is the direction Cindy has always been working towards.

You can visit Cindy at her studio in the Lafayette Mill, North Kingstown where she exhibits her fine art photography and regularly teaches photography classes.


Who is the workshop designed for?

  • Beginning digital photography enthusiasts
  •  Students who wants a refresher course on controlling the photograph
  •  Photographers who have bought a new camera and want a hands-on introduction

Where do I park?

  • There are metered 2-hour spaces on the street around the PCPA gallery
  • Parking is enforced during the week and on Saturdays
  • To avoid parking tickets, we suggest you park in the lot on the corner of North Main and Elizabeth Streets, 2 blocks from the gallery
  • DO NOT leave valuables in your car!

Is lunch provided?

  • No, lunch is at your expense. We think it’s good to have a break outside the workshop. There are many excellent cafes and restaurants across the street or within two blocks with a wide range of cuisine and cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled Workshops

  • If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire tuition will be transferred to another workshop or you can have it refunded to you
  • For anyone traveling to workshops, we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your expenses in case of cancellation

What does it take to cancel a workshop?

  • A lot. An act of God, really. If there’s rain in the forecast, snow in the forecast, thunderstorms in the forecast, we will typically still hold the workshop. This type of weather can make for some incredibly dramatic images and it’s not something we shy away from. In addition to that, we are cognizant of the fact that our students have purchase plane tickets, made hotel reservations, rented cars and even gear and canceling these things can be a big hassle (with or without travel insurance).
  • The only time we will ever cancel a workshop is if conditions are absolutely guaranteed to bring un-shootable and/or miserable conditions or some sort of (God forbid) family emergency that can’t be ignored. Again, if something like this happens we will work with you to move your registration to a later date or get you a full refund.

Personal Emergencies

  • If you have a personal emergency such as a death in the family, please contact us as soon as possible, we are willing to work with you to reschedule or refund your fee on a case-by-case basis.


  • Partnered workshops require a minimum number of participants. In the event we don’t sell out or reach our minimum we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In this case your registration will be transferred to another workshop or a refund will be given.

About Providence Center for Photographic Arts

Formerly Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery
Do you love photography? Are you looking for a way to connect with other photographers? Do you want to advance your skills? Exhibit your work? Get more involved in photo-based media? Become a member of PCPA!

PCPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts.

Our talented member artists come from both the local Providence area and far beyond. PCPA is non-profit organization led by dedicated volunteers. We will run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, member salons, and other activities throughout 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

PCPA is located in the Russell House (built in 1772) in downtown Providence, around the corner from the Providence Art Club and across the street from Mill’s Tavern Restaurant at 118 North Main Street, 2nd floor. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Please contact or by phone at (401) 400-2542 with any questions.