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Digital Photography

Learn more about photography, photo editing, and specialized topics like lighting and legal issues related to photography.

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.

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 (01JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 01, 2017 End Date: Jun 29, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Charles David Diener Register
Section: EDIT-LIGHTROOM (12OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 12, 2017 End Date: Nov 09, 2017 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: William Newman 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 (05JUN17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jun 05, 2017 End Date: Jul 17, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: William Newman Register
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: William Newman Register

Digital Photography 2

A continuation of Digital Photography 1, we’ll practice using more advanced techniques for lighting, composition, moving subjects, nighttime photography, and shooting landscape, architectural, and nature subjects as well as closeup and macro photography. Students will explore using lighting, filters, angles, depth control, and zoom lenses creatively to capture mood and emotion in their photography. Feel free to share your work in class to enhance the class discussion.

Ater this course, you will be able to:
  • Take control of how you frame & arrange what you shoot
  • Understand digital format options
  • Add light to your images
  • Have consistent color controls throughout your workflow
  • Know the best tools for your type of photography
Section: DIGPHOTO2 (13SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 13, 2017 End Date: Oct 18, 2017 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: William Newman Register
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: LEGALISSPHO (11JUL17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 11, 2017 End Date: Aug 01, 2017 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Steven Dubner Register
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

Let There Be Light - Working With Portable Strobes

Learn to make use of small, portable electronic strobes on location to control lighting for your digital photography. Advance beyond the built-in flash on your camera to add light from various directions and to shape the light. Compare methods of triggering strobes: Optical, radio & infrared slaves. Explore such techniques as blending strobes light with ambient, rear-curtain effects and high-speed flash.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Learn the benefits of small portable strobes in many situations
  • Add & shape light from various directions
  • Use various techniques with the strobes

Section: LIGHTSTROBE (21SEP17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 21, 2017 End Date: Oct 05, 2017 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park; Off Campus Instructor: Charles David Diener 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.

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 (03AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 03, 2017 End Date: Aug 24, 2017 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: William Newman Register
Section: EDIT-PHOTOSHOP (26MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 26, 2018 End Date: Apr 16, 2018 Tuition: $350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: William Newman Register

Documentary Photography

Examine the practice of documentary photography from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will explore the idea of the documentary and how its interpretations are conveyed through media, journalistic approaches, and artists’ work. Topics include the photographer-subject relationship, content and ethics, photography-film interaction, camera functions and operation, lighting and flash, series development, and the critical roles of the documentary photographer. Students will utilize skills with an all-day photo shoot and develop an edited project with the aid of critiques and analysis.

After this class, you will understand:
  • Understand the variety of approaches, uses, and interpretations of the documentary image
  • Become familiar with the different challenges that a documentary storyteller faces regarding content and ethics
  • Learn basic camera techniques, lighting, and flash usage
  • Develop an idea that will be executed into a final series of ten to fifteen photographs

Sports and Action Photography

Whether you're a budding photojournalist dreaming of shooting professional sporting events or a parent just looking to take better photos of your kids playing youth sports, learning the fundamental concepts and creative techniques of sports and action photography can dramatically improve your picture taking skills. This course will introduce you to both the technical requirements and artistic flair you'll need to shoot great sports and action photos.

Students will learn about selecting the right equipment for sports and action photography and also learn about different camera settings to achieve the best results. In each class we will discuss different technical and artistic aspects of sports and action photography (e.g., exposure settings, focusing techniques, unique perspectives) and how to overcome common problems. We will review some well-known examples to determine what makes a compelling sports & action photograph. During the week between classes, students will be asked to attend a local sporting event of their own choosing and take photographs, applying the principles learned in class. Students will then bring some of their images to the next class to share and receive valuable insight and feedback from their fellow students. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss their photo successes as well as areas where they are having difficulties.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand how to use camera equipment commonly used in sports and action photography.
  • Adjust camera settings to get the best results when shooting sports and action.
  • Understand what makes a quality sports photograph.
  • Work around problems often encountered in sports and action photography.

Take Control of Color and Composition

Understand how your camera sees color differently than your eye. Learn to utilize color control as a creative tool. Learn guidelines for composition within the frame to make your images more effective & memorable. Superb photography requires more than just a basic understanding of the technical capabilities of your camera. Translating an image captured from a three dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane requires attention to elements outside of content. Practice looking beyond the subject matter of your photographs to see the formal elements that actually construct the picture. Begin seeing photographs as an art form that communicates emotion, mood, and interpretation rather than a passive reflection of objects or people. Class will utilize discussion, traditional lectures with PowerPoint, and critiques of student work. Computer usage will be outside of class.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Recognize & creatively use color balances from varying light sources
  • Manage consistent color from capture to display & printing
  • Use techniques to effectively guide the viewer experience of their photographs
  • How to guide the viewers’ eye to the salient content of an image
  • What should be left out of the frame
  • Say or ask how many items there are

Travel Photography

Many of us only get serious about our digital photography when we leave home to unfamiliar locations. This course is designed to help you prepare for your trip, learn how to shoot exciting images while you are there, and get the most out of your images when you share them upon your return. This course is an enjoyable way to improve your photographic skills and plan, capture and craft your photos. Thomas S. England will draw from his experiences photographing in various countries and throughout the United States to guide you to successfully create a photographic record of your travel experience.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify what type of equipment is best suitable for your specific travel plans.
  • Identify and anticipate the facing of various cultures, languages, and environments.
  • Organize and plan to make the best of the limited time you will have at your destination.
  • Improve your photography sharing experience while distinguishing various ways to share your pictures with others.
Students will have the opportunity to go to an Atlanta location and be able to shoot photos similar to a traveler’s visit, using their cameras under the guidance of the instructor.

Wedding Photography

This course will cover the concepts required to successfully photograph a modern wedding. We will cover a wide range of topics such as posing basics and photo styles, a wide range of lighting options available to photograph a wedding and an introduction into the business side of shooting a wedding. Emphasis is placed on a range of topics such as lighting (natural, flash, strobe), camera and lens choice, individual and group posing, print fulfillment, customer service, and marketing.