Photography Workshops

BEL Portraits will teach you how to create more memorable and inspiring photographs. Next FUNdamentals 1 Workshop is January 20, 2019

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Photography FUNdamentals I

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What’s Included?

  • Six hours of instruction with a Certified Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman.
  • Demonstrations covering each of the specific sections.
  • Hands-On class participation segments.
  • Custom notebook with all major notes included.
  • A four week after-class email forum that will include weekly assignments and critiques of your work.

Class Specifics

A one day, six hour Photography Workshop. Students are required to supply their own camera.

Absolutely no experience is needed. Workshop Fee – $149
Please Note: Class size is STRICTLY limited so email Bernie at [email protected] to reserve your space.

Create More Memorable And Inspiring Photographs.

Learn how to create the kind of photographs you’ll want to print and pass on to the next generation. In this photography fundamentals workshop, you’ll learn the principles of good beginner photography and get the skills necessary to create amazing photographs. Today’s advanced cameras are much more affordable, but learning how to use them can be very challenging. In Photography FUNdamentals 1 you will learn the the most essential functions of your camera and put them to work with confidence. You’ll get the swing of basic photographic terminology and feel totally prepared to move on to more advanced classes.”What’s an f-stop—and should I use that term in mixed company? How does the shutter control light and motion? How do you pronounce “ISO”? Will Bernie give me the recipe for his incredible double fudge brownies?” If you want to create more memorable and inspiring photographs of your travels, your friends and family, or the great outdoors, this first class is for you. You’ll learn how to create amazing photographs and gain the ground necessary to continue your photography education.

Bernard LittlefieldAbout your Instructor

Bernard E. Littlefield (“Bernie”) is a native of Hampden, Maine. After studying Biomedical Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, he became the head photographer at the McLeod Regional Medical Center’s photography department. Although he found medical photography fascinating, his desire to be a portrait photographer led him back to Maine. In 1986, Bernie opened his own photography studio – BEL Portraits – specializing in commercial photography, high school senior portraits, family portraits and wedding photography.

In 2012, Bernie was honored to be one of only three photographers in the country to receive his Masters of Photography, and his Photographic Craftsmans degree from the Professional Photographers of America. He is a Past President of the Professional Photographer’s Association of New England; is a Past President of the Maine Professional Photographer’s Association; is a member of the Professional Photographer’s Association of America; is a member of the Florida Professional Photographers; and is an alumni of the New England Institute of Professional Photography.

Bernie has judged several state and regional professional photography competitions across the country, and has been published in the Professional Photographers of America prestigious Loan Collection book for the last four years in a row.


Section 1

The Camera

Types, parts and functions. What makes this thing tick? Bernie will take you on an introductory tour of all the major features of the camera. Get a beginner’s introduction to the anatomy and functions of your DSLR camera.

Section 2

The Shutter

Controlling motion and light. Understand how the shutter works, and learn how you can use different shutter speeds to control the amount of light that comes into the camera.

Section 3

The Aperture & Depth Of Field

Controlling depth of field and light. The size of the opening of the lens affects how the light is bent as it hits the sensor. Learning how this works will allow you to determine what parts of the image you want in focus.

Section 4


In film photography, ISO means film speed. In digital photography, we can change the ISO on the fly and adjust our camera’s sensitivity to light. Used correctly, this is a powerful tool in a photographer’s arsenal

Section 5


Focusing is very important because we need to have critically sharp images. The most important thing, is to understand focus points on your camera.

Section 6


Metering in the camera is about how it reads the light. Bernie will show us how to get the best exposures while taking pictures & how the shutter and aperture work together.

5 Steps of Photography

Bernie will now move slightly beyond all the basics in this photography course, and explain his personal thinking process for when he is going out to create images.

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Client Testimonials

"Thank you Bernie for helping make our day so special! You captured every moment perfectly. The day would not have been the same without you!"

Amanda Harvey Turcotte

"BEL Portraits is, in my opinion, the ONLY photography studio to choose when planning a wedding. I can't imagine using any other portrait artist."

Patricia W, Bangor Maine

"Bernie was amazing!!!!! He was one of the most incredible parts of our day!!! He was completely seamless and professional and has captured the most incredible memories through this lens, I could not be happier with the photographs and he is one of the main reasons I want to do it all again!!!!"

Jessica & Chris L. UK

"Bernie was the best. Our engagement and wedding portraits were great! He is very understanding and I felt I could go to him with anything I needed or wanted."

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