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Digital Photography Core Courses

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Digital Asset Management & Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Note: We encourage students to complete Digital Photography 1 before beginning this course. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their photography.

If you enjoy taking photos, you probably have hundreds (maybe even thousands) of them across all of your devices. Take control of your digital data by learning how Adobe Lightroom can make your pictures look better and easier to find.

This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students will begin to explore their personal aesthetics and develop their skills in the digital darkroom.

After each class meeting, students will complete homework assignments to show what they have learned. The assignments are due prior to the next class meetings and must be submitted digitally. The following class will include class critiques followed by new lecture material.

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Students who complete this class should be able to:
  • Define digital asset management (DAM) and explain its importance for digital photographers
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each
  • Develop a digital workflow for photo management based on personal needs and best practices
  • Utilize Catalogs and Collections in Adobe Lightroom to organize photographs with keywords, tags, metadata, and more
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as lens correction, image sharpening, noise reduction, color correction, and exposure adjustment
  • Prepare photos for print and easily publish them to the web for easy sharing
Section: EDIT-LIGHTROOM (12OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 12, 2017 End Date: Nov 09, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register
Section: EDIT-LIGHTROOM (31MAY18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 31, 2018 End Date: Jun 28, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Charles David Diener Register

Digital Photography 1

Students wishing to participate in this course must have access to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. If a camera does not have an interchangeable lens and digital controls, it will not be appropriate for use in this course.

If you feel that you are not taking full advantage of the features offered by your digital camera, this is the course for you. Composition, selective focus, saturated colors and proper exposure all combine to produce images which make the best use of digital photography's tools. Digital technology has changed the field of photography more rapidly and dramatically than any previous technical advance. Ideal for the enthusiastic hobbyist or a serious amateur, we will focus on how the operation of digital cameras differs from their film counterparts through a combination of class lecture and photographic assignments. Learning how the camera capabilities apply to actual photo-taking and the impact of megapixel, file compression, and print versus email output will greatly enhance your success in photography. We’ll also begin exploring the more complex aspects of photography, such as lighting, composition, use of flash, color and depth of field. You will share your work in class to enhance the class discussion. You are encouraged to delay the purchase of supplementary equipment until after class discussions.

After this class, you will understand:
  • The idea of pre-visualization (what you see and how to capture it)
  • Digital camera controls and icons
  • Exposure and sharpness
  • Resolution and digital output
  • Composition techniques
  • The digital darkroom, including software, color management and workflow
  • Using the flash

Section: DIGPHOTO1 (02OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 02, 2017 End Date: Nov 06, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Charles David Diener Register
Section: DIGPHOTO1 (29JAN18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 29, 2018 End Date: Mar 12, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register

Digital Photography 2


Join us to identify the optimal techniques for several types of photography, including hands-on practice utilizing advanced methodologies for lighting, composition, moving subjects, dynamic range and panoramic images. Learn to effectively capture mood and emotion with angles, depth control and zoom lenses. Participants will be encouraged to share their work in class to enhance the class discussion.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the best habits and tools for several types of photography
  • Take control of the entire workflow process: preparation, execution, organization and post-processing/sharing
  • Explain digital format options
  • Shoot images for use as panoramic or High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos
  • Prepare for travel photography projects, including proper handling of images away from home
  • Add light to their images
Section: DIGPHOTO2 (15MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 15, 2018 End Date: Apr 26, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Charles David Diener Register

Legal Issues in Photography

The importance of talking directly with an attorney about the variety and complexity of photography-related legal issues cannot be understated. Both amateur and professional photographers will learn the underlying legal concepts important to the field and how these issues can significantly impact your work. Following this course, students will be able to answer the following critical questions:
  1. How can I protect my work?
  2. How can I capitalize on my work?
  3. How can I avoid trouble?

Note: Although this course is taught by a practicing attorney experienced in intellectual property matters, the instructor will be providing general information and will not be giving legal advice, and students will not have an attorney-client relationship with the instructor.

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Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Describe legal and practical methods of protecting your work;
  • Summarize copyright law, including functionality and the six exclusive rights;
  • Protect the copyrights in your works by registering them with the U.S. Copyright Office;
  • Understand the basic elements of contracts: offer, acceptance and consideration;
  • Differentiate between various types of contracts: bilateral/unilateral, express/implied and oral/written;
  • List the essential elements of a basic written contract and give examples of the types of contracts you may need related to subjects, assignments, and rights;
  • Recognize the principal dangers to individual and property rights faced by photographers;
  • Avoid trouble by identifying the who, what, when, where, and why involved in creating images.
  • Ask questions relating to your specific objectives. In past classes questions addressed have included how to set up and operate a business by choosing the appropriate legal entity, file all of your formation paperwork, and protect yourself (and your assets) from litigation by choosing the right type of insurance for your needs.

Section: LEGALISSUESPHOTO (01FEB18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 01, 2018 End Date: Feb 22, 2018 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Steven Dubner Register

Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop

Note: You must complete Digital Asset Management and Editing in Adobe Lightroom before beginning this course. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their photography.

Not every photograph looks great when you first take it, and there are increasing numbers of tools available to help you get the right look. Adobe Photoshop, especially when paired with Adobe Lightroom, allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students will learn the role of Photoshop in a photographer’s workflow and how it can help them achieve picture-perfect prints.

After each class meeting, students will complete homework assignments to show what they have learned. The assignments are due prior to the next class meetings and must be submitted digitally. The following class will include class critiques followed by new lecture material.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK

Students who complete this course should be able to:
  • Use Photoshop to perform basic corrections to RAW images where they have the most flexibility
  • Retouch imperfections and other commons issues such as red eye
  • Utilize masks to selectively correct or change the color in specific areas of a photo
  • Combine pixels from different frames to create images with a greater range of luminosity than is possible with a camera alone
  • Create composite images, fine-tune photos with artistic filters and other effects, and stitch images together to create panoramas
  • Add life to images by creating animated GIFs and cinemagraphs—still photos containing a minor or repeated movement
Section: EDIT-PHOTOSHOP (26MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 26, 2018 End Date: Apr 16, 2018 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register

Capstone: Digital Photography Certificate


Throughout the Digital Photography Certificate program students are building a portfolio which demonstrates their experience in a variety of photographic practices and a refinement of personal vision. Each student will present a portfolio of photographs representing their skill and expertise in execution of methods learned and practiced throughout the photography classes. Prerequisite: This course is only available to students completing the Digital Photography Certificate.

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Section: CAP-DIGPHOTO (10OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 10, 2017 End Date: Nov 14, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Charles David Diener Must Apply