Basic Photography Classes | Minneapolis

Technical and Creative Photography Instruction


Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM (Technical Class) & 11:30-12:30 PM (Creative Class)
**Lunch Provided!**
A beautiful home studio located near the State Fair Grounds in St Paul

Is that “fancy camera” collecting dust? Finally learn to use that camera you bought x years ago when you had your first kid.

Gain the confidence to take photos using your DSLR or mirrorless camera without relying on auto settings by attending these basic photography classes. As a photographer of 14 years, I’ll teach you what you need to know about DSLR or mirrorless cameras so YOU can control the final image.

There are two basic photography classes, both on Saturday, April 23, 2022 (in-person; local to Minneapolis/St. Paul). You may attend one or both.

Positive testimonial for basic photography classes by Emerald Rue.


WHO: Any person wanting to learn DSLR or mirrorless with little to no prior knowledge. Additionally, anyone with a bit of knowledge seeking clarity in best use of camera settings.

WHAT: DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) and mirrorless camera knowledge. Any camera that has a digital sensor and the ability to control settings beyond Auto Mode.

WHEN:  9:00 – 11:00 AM on April 23, 2022

WHERE: A beautiful photography studio in Minneapolis, details shared upon booking.

WHY?: Learn ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, focal length, lens choice and what all those buttons do. You’ll leave with the steps to create images on manual mode.



WHO: Any person with a DSLR or mirrorless camera wanting to take more creative, thoughtful images.

WHAT: Topics covered include composition tips, natural and artificial lighting, and artistic mindfulness. This class will not cover camera settings – please attend the technical class.

WHEN:  11:30 – 12:30 PM on April 23, 2022

WHERE: A beautiful photography studio in Minneapolis, details shared upon booking

WHY?: We are all creative beings but likely it has been suppressed by cultural norms. Leave with technical tips as well as mindset tips to photograph more creative images.



Save by staying for both basic photography classes! The ticket includes all items listed in both technical class and creative class. Lunch provided.


Why take an in-person class instead of heading to YouTube?

In-person classes mean hands-on instruction, the ability to ask questions, and the application of the skills on the spot.

We have fun! Beyond instruction, there is a ton of practice and application of the skills learned.

The class uses each other as “models” so you’ll end up with a bunch of fun new photos of youself!

BONUS: As a thank you, Jen will take a professional portrait of each attendee and digitally deliver it after the class. Update your Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn profile photo OR print a copy for your family!

Meet Your Instructor

Jen Martodam is owner and lead photographer/videographer for Emerald Rue, a family film and lifestyle photography company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Through video and photos, Jen captures real life, everyday moments and nostalgia that will be cherished for years to come. Her mission is to give busy parents a chance to slow down and be present with their family for a day.

Jen previously ran a successful wedding photography business for 10 years and is a master at DSLR photography, Adobe Creative Suite and building relationships that last with clients. As a former elementary school teacher, she loves the opportunity to continue to teach through photography.

Basic photography classes testimonial for Jen Martodam and Emerald Rue.
Testimonial for basic photography classes offered by Jen Martodam and Emerald Rue.


Must I take both basic photography classes? Is one a pre-requisite for the other?

No, you may take one class or both. It is encouraged to take the technical class prior to the creative class but is not required. Please review the topics covered in each class above. Tickets to attend both events will have an additional discount.

What about Covid?
Classes will be limited to 6 participants total. Masks may be worn and distancing available in the large studio. Please stay home if you display any symptoms and a digital version of the class will be provided with a follow-up from Jen to answer questions. Each in-person student is required to sign a waiver.

Early-bird pricing – how much and how long?

There are exactly 3 early bird tickets available, first-come, first-serve. When booking, use code EARLYBIRD. The discounted price is $10 off for single classes and $25 off for both classes. Act fast to secure your discount!

Can I attend online?

Coming soon! I’m currently compiling an online course which may be purchased and worked on at your own pace. Great for people not local to the MSP area.

 Is lunch provided if I attend both?

If you plan to attend both the Technical & Creative classes, lunch will be provided! Please let Jen know of any dietary restrictions.

My child wants to learn. What’s the minimum age?

The minimum age recommended is middle school children. The topics covered are a bit technical for children younger than teenagers.

 Is there parking at the event?

Yes, there is free parking along Como Avenue right in front of the house.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your DSLR or mirrorless camera, any lenses or flashes, memory cards, charged batteries and a notebook to take a few notes if that’s your jam.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Jen via email at jen@emeraldrue.com.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

The ticket is non-refundable but is transferrable to a separate date if at the last moment you cannot attend. Contact Jen if you cannot attend and for options at jen@emeraldrue.com. 

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