Photography and Video

Whether you have a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera, our instructors can help you make the most of your equipment,  learn to take better photos, and edit them to get the effects you want. Learn what you can really do with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, then use software such as Lightroom, Photoshop Elements or iMovie to manage your photo and video files.


Digital Cameras: Point & Shoot Basics

This is a basic course for those interested in using point-and-shoot (not SLR) digital cameras. Topics include the basics of digital camera photography, explanation of typical camera controls, creative modes, picture quality, and how to review and retrieve photos from the camera.

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Digital Cameras: Photography Workshop

This course is intended for those who understand the basic point-and-shoot operation of their digital cameras, but who are seeking assistance in taking better pictures using composition techniques and making better use of features such as aperture, flash, shutter speed, and more.

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Digital Cameras: Macro and Close-up Photography

This workshop will increase your ability to create beautiful images of small objects and close-ups in nature. The focus will be on the effective use of camera controls and accessories to “move in close” on small objects.

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Digital Cameras: Sports and Action Photography

Capturing good photos of sports and other action scenes can be difficult. Using proper camera controls, choosing appropriate lenses, providing proper camera support, and creative shooting techniques will be covered in this class. Ideas for shooting in low light situations will be discussed.

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Using Flash with Digital Cameras

Many photographers shy away from using flash in their photography because they feel that flash photography is difficult to understand and the flash units too complicated to operate. This class is designed to take the mystery out of small flash operation and open up the world of "packaged" light to the photo enthusiast. Through lecture, visual learning and hands on practice, students will become familiar with the control of their flash units and the wide variety of functions that they can perform. Upon completion of the class, students can expect to be able to use their flash units effectively in both indoor and outdoor shooting situations. This class will be the most valuable to students who have an external flash unit.

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Introduction To Photographic Composition

This class will focus on the basic tools for creating photographs that convey the intention of the photographer and attract the eye of the viewer by arranging the elements of the image in a pleasing and impactful way. Students will learn the basic rules of composition; when to apply them, and when to break them. By critical examination of famous photographers work, students will gain an understanding of what good composition is and how they can incorporate compositional ideas into their own photography. Through visual presentations and hands on practice, students will be able to improve the quality of their work.

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Digital Cameras: Portrait Photography

In this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques to take portraits and family photos that will be worthy of framing and cherished for decades. Using correct camera controls, lighting technique, posing, subject arrangement and choosing appropriate camera accessories will be discussed.

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Digital Photography Advanced

This class is designed for persons using digital SLRs or other advanced digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Techniques to be covered include: exploring white balance options, advanced exposure techniques, using camera flash creatively, shooting in the RAW mode, choosing lenses for various shooting situations, and other topics as they may come up as a result of the photo assignments.

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Photography Software

Working with Digital Photos

Use readily available software applications to retrieve, edit, organize and improve digital photos that you have taken. Topics will include cropping and sizing, correcting color and contrast, red eye removal, preparing photos for printing and e-mailing, using web based photo sites, techniques for storing digital photo files and organizing photos into folders. Students are welcome to bring their own photos on camera media, CDs, thumb drives, or other USB-compatible equipment. Also see courses in Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture for more advanced editing.

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Photo Restoration Workshop

Whether you have irreplaceable vintage tin types or fading Polaroids, it's time to scan them in for preservation, repair, and sharing! Students will bring in their photos, 35mm negatives, and/or photo files, scan their photos to their flash drives and work on these scanned images to enlarge, correct fading, mend tears or remove other unwanted artifacts, and save the corrected files to take home or order prints.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements: Intro

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements software to edit, enhance, and manage photo files. Topics will include file types, using templates, editing and retouching photos and adding text to photos.

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Adobe Lightroom

Students will become familiar with using Adobe Lightroom to import, view and organize photos. Students will edit photos for white balance, exposure, tonal adjustments, saturation, color and how to apply various filters. Students will also learn how to create web galleries and slideshows.

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Note that Adobe Photoshop Elements is not the same software as Adobe Photoshop CC; please choose a class that covers the version you intend to use for your projects.


Adobe After Effects Intro

Learn to create motion graphics for video in Adobe After Effects CC. Topics include importing footage, creating compositions and precompositions, layer management, adding effects, animating text, masking, working with shapes, and exporting files. After Effects gives you the ability to add visual effects and motion graphics to your video projects, and take your presentation to the next level. Students will work with provided footage and imagery to explore the basics of the software.

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To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, or login to your account.

No application is needed. If you have never taken a class here before, you can facilitate enrollment by creating a student account.