• PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMS

    Creative Photography 1

    This is a basic course in photography designed to offer experiences with a point-and-shoot or phone camera. Various camera settings will be learned to offer greater creative and technical control. This course builds the foundation for visual literacy regarding both form and content of photographic images. The elements and principles of design as they relate to photographic composition are emphasized. Students learn framing within the viewfinder and explore various compositional principles. Students also learn to examine images critically through weekly critiques. Digital processing techniques are introduced using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Successful completion provides a foundation for further study in advanced photography courses. Architectural, landscape, portraiture, still life, and sports assignments will be included.

    Students will be given the opportunity to get trained and take the Adobe Photoshop Certification at no cost.

    Creative Photography 2

    This course provides students that successfully completed Creative Photography 1 with a variety of technical and creative skills with a digital, film or phone camera. During the first trimester, students learn manual camera functions including control of aperture, shutter speed, and lens choice. Assignments explore the creative possibilities of manual control of the camera and lens. Continued Photoshop lessons will be assigned and digital asset management using Adobe Bridge will be taught during this class. The course also focuses on studio portraiture and principles of lighting. Students learn to use studio strobes and light modifiers. Emphasis will be placed on the creative and commercial aspects of studio portrait photography. Retouching and enhancing images in Photoshop will be taught. The course covers the history of photography, and the use of the skills learned in the studio with natural light. Students will learn the historical events and trends that gave rise to photography as an accepted art form and shape the current attitudes, aesthetics, and direction of photography. Location portraiture will cover both reflective and subtractive lighting techniques. Architectural, landscape, portraiture, still life, and sports assignments will be included.

    Students will be given the opportunity to get trained and take the Adobe Photoshop Certification at no cost.

    Creative Photography 3 Honors

    This course provides students that successfully completed Creative Photography 2 with in detail information and hands on practice on manual strobes lighting techniques to light location portraiture and/or editorial content.
    Students learn to use off camera hot shoe flashes and various modifiers to achieve desired effects. Students learn to work with ambient light or overpower it to control conceptual content. Students will also learn still life photography, strengthen their experience with studio portraiture, and further develop Photoshop skills. Students will begin an independent exploration of photo essays and write an artist mission statement. Architectural, landscape, portraiture, still life, and sports assignments will be included.

    Students will be given the opportunity to get trained and take the Adobe Photoshop Certification at no cost.