Tentative Schedule of Classes
Specific dates and times will be announced via
email. Make sure you have
signed up for the class to
receive dates and times, and class location.
This list may change depending on interest, pace,
and scheduling factors.
Week 1: Introduction to
The Class / Camera Terminology
Everyone should attend this
class if at all possible.
I値l be covering all of the introductory
stuff as well as how cameras work, exposure,
defining the terminology I値l be using for the
remainder of the classes, and maybe get started a
bit into composition if there is time.
Even if you have some photography experience,
it will probably be worth your time to attend this
Week 2: Composition:
Taking the Best Looking Shots (October 11,
Week 2 focuses on the basic
rules of photo composition.
We値l talk about the rule-of-thirds, depth of
field, perspective, camera positioning, and if there
is time we can start to get into a few other
This class is recommended for beginning and
Week 3: Making the Most
of my Point & Shoot Camera (October 18,
We値l follow up on composition
from Week 2, and move into how to make the most of
the familiar type of Point-and-Shoot cameras that
are typically what most people buy.
While these cameras are limited in
capability, there are a few things that a
photographer can do to get better pictures from
about what all of the different mode settings on the
camera mean, how to adjust the settings on the
camera, and how to get the type of picture that you
Week 4: Color &
Lighting, Lighting & Color (October 25,
Taking great photographs
requires a fundamental understanding of color.
We値l talk about how the eye and brain
perceive color, the color wheel, and how to best use
color to communicate with photography.
One of the biggest differences
between professional and amateur photographs is
control of lighting.
Where amateurs tend to allow existing
lighting to control their photographs, professionals
take control of existing lighting and use it to
We値l talk about ways of controlling
lighting, from diffusers to reflectors to using
Week 5: Digitally
Manipulating Photos (November 1,
During Week 5 I値l be showing
how to do some basic photo touchup techniques using
Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
We値l cover things like cropping, removing
skin blemishes and distracting background elements,
and fixing and enhancing color.
with a detailed explanation of color, and how it is
perceived and modified on the computer.
If there is interest, I am certainly willing to host field trips
this next spring/summer where we will
go to various locations and practice some of the techniques we have discussed.
These will be optional, and will certainly be more
interactive than our classroom setting.