ONLINE-Introduction to Digital Photography with Julia Cumes


  • $150.00  -  Non-Member
  • $125.00  -  Member


Six Tuesdays, beginning October 13
from 6-8pm


This class meets online on Zoom beginning at 6pm on Tuesday, October 13

Your class confirmation email will contain the Zoom class link. 

If you’ve always wanted to learn photography but don’t know where to start, or if you're a more experienced photographer who needs a refresher to hone your skills, this workshop is for you. Through a combination of slide shows, creative assignments, and critique sessions, participants will learn the basics of camera operation and gain an understanding of aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light, and color. Students will be expected to produce new work each week in response to the assignments and participate in the critique sessions. Access to a digital SLR camera and computer are required. Maximum 10 participants.

Access to a digital SLR camera and computer are required.

You will need to be sure the Zoom app is installed on your device. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a secure link to join the class.

You will be able to login 15 minutes before the class start time. We recommend logging in before the class starts to make sure you are settled in and ready to go when the class is set to begin.

If you are new to Zoom, please note that we will not be able to help with the app. It is strongly recommended that you navigate Zoom on your own before the class starts to get to know the mute and video settings. Try it out by talking with a friend or family member who has the Zoom app. The Cultural Center uses Zoom to conduct online classes, and I understand that the Zoom meeting will be recorded. By participating in the class, I consent to be recorded and place no restrictions on distribution of the recording.

Julia Cumes is South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod. As a photographer, she is passionate about story-telling and capturing moments of authentic connection and intimacy. She's particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face around the world as well as wildlife conservation. Over the course of her career, she has worked on many projects focused on these issues primarily in Africa and East Asia. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic as well as a variety of local publications. She has also worked on numerous long term personal projects and her work has been widely exhibited on Cape Cod and elsewhere. Her blog, "Apertures and Anecdotes" features a wide range of photographs and the stories behind them. She also teaches a variety of photography workshops and classes locally and internationally and In 2020, will be teaching photography workshops in Cuba and Morocco. Julia is a resident photographer at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where she has a studio/gallery. You can see more of her work at and


Julia is the most gifted teacher. She is so knowledgeable. Her lectures were clear and precise. Her critiques informative and always positive. The assignments really challenged me and I improved so much. I can't wait to sign up for her next course. -MC

Julia just held a six-week class on Creative Photography. She was amazing. Her passion for photography is palpable. What excites her most is to see her students improve. She has the ability to give constructive criticism while taking into account the sensitivities of each student. Julia is a great find for The Cultural Center. -JC

I recently finished Julia Cumes' six-week photography class -Creative Explorations and wanted to submit my comments on the class. Last year I took Julia's introductory photography course at the same time of year and like last year, I found her class educational, inspiring, and really fun. I always looked forward to my Tuesday evening class and to my new assignment. The class structure in which we review each others work and not only hear Julia's constructive comments but are able to interject as well, makes for an engaging learning environment. Julia has a natural ability to raise up people and to inspire and to find the golden nuggets of goodness and talent in a person and in their work. I look forward to taking more of Julia's classes and also other Cultural Center offerings.

Thank you for listening and for the work you do at the Cultural Center so that we have these opportunities. -EH


I chose to take the class because I greatly admire her work and her mission, recognizing that it is rare for an artist to also be a good teacher. However, she is in fact an excellent teacher who truly seems to enjoy sharing her skills with amateurs in a humble and supportive way. The class was a joy and I look forward to the opportunity to take another class with her. -PP

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