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Digital Photography Electives

This catalog contains elective courses for the Digital Photography certificate. Different electives are offered at different points in the year.

Advanced Adobe Lightroom Processing - Online

Review Smart Collections for easier image organization, Smart Objects for offline editing, and presets/defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing. Discover additional tools and functions for creating and sharing your stunning online portfolio. Tuition: $350.

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Come explore the advanced features in Adobe Lightroom to further develop your photography skillset – we will review Smart Collections for easier image organization, Smart Objects for offline editing, and presets/defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing. Discover additional tools and functions for creating a stunning online portfolio – then share your distinctive creations by effectively utilizing web galleries.


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Students who complete this class will be able to:
  • Explain the advantages/disadvantages to be found in the three versions of Lightroom currently being offered by Adobe
  • Customize the Lightroom interface
  • Make the best use of presets and defaults for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Utilize Smart Collections in Adobe Lightroom to organize photographs with keywords, tags, metadata, and more
  • Utilize Smart Objects to allow for offline editing of images
  • Make use of tethering in Lightroom to view images as they are shot in camera
  • Make use of additional editing tools
  • Share images online using online web galleries
  • Create online portfolio from within Lightroom

Advanced Use of Adobe Photoshop - Online

Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality and post-processing of your photos using simple tips and techniques. This course is a Digital Photography certificate elective. Tuition: $350.

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Go beyond the Adobe Photoshop basics as you explore more advanced features to successfully harness this powerful and popular editing software. Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality of your photos. Work towards faster, more efficient image post-processing using simple tips and techniques as you build your professional portfolio. This class is also an elective course for Digital Photography certificate students.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Customize the Photoshop interface
  • Use Photoshop Actions for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Explain the advantages of using layers in Photoshop for non-destructive editing of images in a number of ways
  • Utilize Selection tools in Adobe Photoshop to make changes within photographs
  • Use the Liquify tool to make changes in the appearance of people and objects
  • Describe the differences between the Healing, Patch and Clone tools

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Let There Be Light - Working With Portable Strobes

Utilize small, portable electronic strobes on location to control lighting for your digital photography. Add and shape light from various directions. Compare methods of triggering strobes and learn advanced techniques including high-speed flash. Tuition: $350.

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Explore the uses of small, portable electronic strobes to control lighting on location for your digital photography. Advance beyond the built-in flash on your camera to shape and add light from various directions. Compare methods of triggering strobes - including optical, radio & infrared slaves – and remotely control flash timing. Experiment with various techniques as blending strobes’ light with ambient, rear-curtain effects and high-speed flash.

After this course, students will be able to:
  • Utilize the benefits of small portable strobes
  • Practice adding & shaping light from various directions
  • Demonstrate various techniques with the strobes, including:
  • Using a flash to stop action
  • Using a flash for backlighting a subject
  • Using a flash as a fill light