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OLLI Photo Club – Intermediate DSLR Photography

Welcome to Intermediate DSLR Photography

Welcome to our Intermediate DSLR Photography course (F105). We’ll be meeting in the Tallwood Annex on Tuesdays from 9:40 to 11:05. This course will have a photo assignment announced each week.

In these photography sessions our primary focus will be on getting it right with a camera. The course is designed for individuals who are proficient in using their adjustable digital cameras and might like to work more on visual design. The instructor will concentrate on the elements and principles of art as they apply to photography. Attendees will complete weekly shooting assignments and present their digital (.jpg) images (preferably right out of the camera) for peer review and discussion. A shooting assignment for review during the first class will be sent in advance to all attendees.

Dan Feighery earned a BS in physics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a master’s in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He was the founder of the OLLI Photography Club and has taught various photography courses over the past several years. Photography has been one of his hobbies for the past seven decades


File Naming Convention for OPC Courses

Photo file names have the following format (note there are no “spaces” in the file name):

…..LastnameFirstinitial-PhotoID  (Format for this Course)






Other Formats:




The “.jpg” suffix is normally appended by your PC’s software. “PhotoID” is required to distinguish among multiple photos.

The file name contains no “spaces.” “Hyphens” are used to separate fields. Elements within fields may be separated by the underscore character (_), for example, some camera systems use special characters such as the underscore for file names.  All other characters are alpha-numeric.

In the examples above, the file name with the PhotoID of “Unique_Title” could be as simple as


however, if there are two photos of trees the PhotoIDs must be unique, such as

…..Beautiful_Trees_1 and Beautiful_Trees_2.

This is the method which may be used in the camera course.

The last three examples, just for information, are other typical file naming formats designed to ensure uniqueness of file names, the first being a camera-generated filename, the second indicating the existence of an external photo “editor” such as PhotoShop, and the third a date and time.

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Uploading Instructions for OPC Courses

  1. Create a JPEG (.jpg or .jpeg) photo named according to the “File Naming Convention”specified for the gallery. Note: Depending upon your workflow, you may not want to change the name of an original JPEG file; in this case, change the name of a copy of the original file.
  2. Enter the “upload link” into your browserto show the OPC’s “Upload to ‘Gallery’ ” window. Note: the upload link to the “Sandbox” gallery used for practicing the upload process is  You will receive an upload link to the upload gallery for each session of the course in an email.
  3. Drag and drop your photo file(s) into the windowusing the file manager of your PC:
    1. in Microsoft Windows, the file manager is File Explorer;
    2. in Apple macOS, the file manager is Finder.
  4. Wait until the upload completesand click the “Done” button.
  5. View your imagesat the appropriate OPC gallery. For example, this course’s galleries are maintained at the OPC photo repository (; the galleries can be found via the following menu sequence:

……….> Galleries
……….> Special
……….> OLLI Courses
……….> “Name of Course”

……….The practice gallery, for example, is then found at this menu item:

……….> “Course name abbreviation” Sandbox (e.g., “GRC Sandbox” or “DCF Sandbox”)


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