Classes

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Digital Photography 1: The Basics
They say the best camera is the one you have with you. From entry-level to professional-level, we'll explore the many settings that will let you get the most out of the camera you have. We will go over some common photography terms and will learn and practice WISE (White Balance, ISO, Shooting Mode, Exposure Compensation) to cover the most common photographic scenarios.
This class will be both in the classroom and some hands-on in the field. There will be regular assignments as well as some constructive critiques during class. Please bring your camera, a charged battery or two, memory cards and your camera’s manual.
Digital Photography 2: Moving Out of Auto
This is the follow up class to Digital Photography 1, or if you are already comfortable with the basics and want to take your photo skills to the next level. We will explore all the shooting modes and why each is important. Learn how to understand and choose which Metering Mode and Focusing Mode. These are some of the other "buttons" on the camera that we need to be aware of and know how to use. We will delve into the creative side of photography, including composition, long exposures, depth of field and off-camera lighting. We will spend more time behind the camera discussing how to create certain types of photos.

Each week there will be homework photo assignments that we will critique the following week. We will also touch on the importance of developing a digital workflow to manage and post-process your images. Please bring your camera, a charged battery or two and memory cards. Students should have a general understanding of their camera. Laptops are welcome.
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Digital Photography 3: What's the Plan? From Concept to Final Image.
In this class we will look at the steps that go into a successful shoot. Step 1: Research subject and or location. Step 2: Creating a Mood Board. Step 3: Packing the camera bag. Step 4: Assessing the location. Step 5: Making the photos while anticipating the final outcome. Step 6: Post-Processing. Step 7: Final output.

You should have a good understanding of your camera gear including camera, lenses, tripods and other accessories. You should also be familiar with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing. The first class planning strategy topic is Student Portrait. Each subsequent scenario will be determined by class. 
Intro to Lightroom & Photoshop: Post Processing Workflow
In this fast-paced class we will journey into the world of post-processing. This will start with a full overview of Lightroom. You will learn how to store, organize and process your files. We will also go over the many different ways that Lightroom can help get your images out of your computer and be seen, either in print on the web or for sale on Adobe’s Stock website. We will go over the relationship between Lightroom and Photoshop and when to use each.

Advanced computer skills are recommended for this class. Please bring images (on memory cards, jump drives or portable hard drives), for us to work on in class. We will also go over good backup strategies for photographers. Laptops are highly suggested  with a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. We will be working with Lightroom Classic and the full version of Photoshop. Here's a link to the Creative Cloud Plans.
iPhoneography: Master Class - The Next Level of iPhone Photography
The camera on our iPhone has replaced the need for a point and shoot and has almost replaced the need for a dslr. The portability and availability (always on us) makes the iPhone one of the most used cameras in the world today. In this iPhone Master Class we will be moving quickly from making a basic snapshot to creating professional level images and jumping into some video. We will explore many of the hidden and unknown features of Apple’s default photo app and also learn about 3rd-party apps such as Adobe Lightroom and Google Snapseed. In addition to making photos, we will push the limits on post-processing and go over the many ways to share these finished photos. A newer iPhone is suggested and a good understanding of your phone is recommended. This class will be both in the classroom and some hands-on in the field. There will be regular assignments as well as some constructive critiques during class.

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