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.

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Smartphone Photography

With today’s smartphone camera technology, taking high-quality photos has never been easier. Learn valuable tips and techniques to take your Android or iPhone pictures from good to great. You will learn about lighting, composition, and even helpful apps and camera add-ons. This fun and informative class will also assist you with photo retrieval and sharing online.

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Beginning Digital Photography

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Are you just getting started in digital photography? Or are you frustrated with your experience with your digital camera? This course is for those with any type of digital camera. You will learn about digital photography, basic camera controls and functions, ways to improve your digital photos, uploading digital photos to computer and finish with an introduction to photo post-processing. Bring your fully charged digital camera, manual, charger/batteries, and memory cards.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements: Intro

If you'd like to make your digital photos look even better, this course will teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements software to edit, enhance, and manage photo files. Topics covered include file types, using templates, editing and retouching photos, and adding text to photos. Basic MS Windows skills required. Textbook purchase required.

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Photography

Smartphone Photography

With today’s smartphone camera technology, taking high-quality photos has never been easier. Learn valuable tips and techniques to take your Android or iPhone pictures from good to great. You will learn about lighting, composition, and even helpful apps and camera add-ons. This fun and informative class will also assist you with photo retrieval and sharing online.

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advanced digital photography shoot & workshop

 

Beginning Digital Photography

Are you just getting started in digital photography? Or are you frustrated with your experience with your digital camera? This course is for those with any type of digital camera. You will learn about digital photography, basic camera controls and functions, ways to improve your digital photos, uploading digital photos to computer and finish with an introduction to photo post-processing.

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Advanced Digital Photography

If you have some experience with digital photography and you have an SLR or mirrorless digital camera capable of shooting on manual settings, take this course to make better use of the controls available to you on your high-end camera. You can master the controls on your digital camera, learn to control exposure to achieve creative objectives and get some insight into composition via hands-on shooting assignments and critique, discussion of lens options, and an introduction to lighting options including flash. The course will also include an introduction to special camera technique to create unusual photographs, brief post processing experience, and guidance for further photographic growth.

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Digital Cameras: Macro and Close-up Photography

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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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Using Flash with Digital Cameras

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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 Cameras: Black & White Photography

Photographing in black and white or converting color images to black and white improves your eye for tones. It draws your attention to composition, and you can create some dramatic, emotive images. In this two-session class, you will develop your eye for the range of tones in any scene, detect whether black and white will be successful, review the best camera settings for still and action shots, and sample post-processing software to get a range of looks for your black and white image. You should already be familiar with photographing in RAW and have some experience with photo editing.  Bring your camera, charged battery and manual to class.   

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Single Light Portraiture

Photographing in black and white or converting color images to black and white improves your eye for tones. It draws your attention to composition, and you can create some dramatic, emotive images. In this two-session class, you will develop your eye for the range of tones in any scene, detect whether black and white will be successful, review the best camera settings for still and action shots, and sample post-processing software to get a range of looks for your black and white image. You should already be familiar with photographing in RAW and have some experience with photo editing.  Bring your camera, charged battery and manual to class.   

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Photography Software

Working with Digital Photos

advanced digital photography shoot & workshop

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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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.

Registration

Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.