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    Photography   

    Photography I: Basic

    Aug. 28 - Oct. 16, 2014 (Thu., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Building on "Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR" (AR110 or AR120), this course is designed to help you make effective images using the capabilities of your DSLR. The course's goals are to increase your understanding of photographic technique and composition. Topics covered include exposure, selecting the appropriate aperture and shutter speed, lens choices, lighting options, and basic principles of framing and composition. Equipment needed: DSLR Camera. Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon or Nikon DSLR (AR110 or AR120).

    Photography II: Intermediate

    Oct. 21 - Dec. 2, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Students learn light modification and postprocessing techniques to develop their own photographic style. Weekly assignments and periodic field trips enhance classroom instruction. Equipment needed: fully adjustable SLR camera (film or digital), film or digital storage. Prerequisite: Photography I: Basic.

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Oct. 21 - Dec. 2, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    This course is designed specifically for photographers to organize and edit images quickly and safely, and to cut editing time in half. Learn how to streamline your workflow by importing, organizing and postprocessing your images within one fast application. Photoshop Lightroom is an essential tool for speeding up your workflow, and it integrates with other postprocessing software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Lightroom is safe and nondestructive to your original images. Prerequisites: Basic computer skills. 

    Chemistry of Light

    Oct. 23 - Dec. 11, 2014 (Thu., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Light is the photographers medium, and without it photographs would not be possible. Many times the image we take falls short of what we see before us. This course focuses learning how to see and use natural light. 

    Equine Photography

    Nov. 4 & 11, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Learn the basics of how to create the best photographs of horses. Students will take a field trip to Stepping Stone Farm Riding Academy, Chelsea, AL, one Saturday (trip fee is $25 and payable to stables). Class lectures cover poses, gaits, horse shows, lenses and shutter speeds. Equipment needed: DSLR camera with changeable lenses, tripod/monopod. Prerequisite: Photography I: Basic.

     

    Explorations of Portrait Photography

    Aug. 27 - Oct. 8, 2014 (Wed., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Explore the essentials of portrait photography. Discover how to plan a portrait session, including wardrobe, background and backdrop choices. Using the proper techniques of posing, lighting and composition, students produce technically sound portraits in live shoots with different genders and body types. Learn how to best use off-camera flash and reflectors as additional light sources. Required: Students must meet on location to shoot at various places throughout downtown Birmingham as well as the Samford campus. Prerequisites: Photography I: Basic (AR190) and knowledge of using off-camera lighting, such as studio lights or flash units. 

    Night-Time and Low-Light Photography

    Aug. 25 - Oct. 13, 2014 (Mon., 6 - 8 p.m.); No class 9/1/2014 

    Explore the world around us - after dark. Students will learn to make photographs of locations and activities at dusk, sunset and after dark. Lectures will include low-lit scenes, painting with light, buildings and timed exposures. Equipment required: SLR camera with interchangeable lenses, tripod, small strobe, cable release, and film or digital storage to display images. Prerequisite: Photography I: Basic

    Phoneography: Taking Pictures With Your iPhone and Android Cameras

    Oct. 5, 2014 (Sun., 2 - 4 p.m.)

    Have you wanted to learn more about the camera that you always have with you? Find out more about the camera on your Android or iPhone device in this workshop. This workshop will cover fundamentals of photography and shooting techniques. Because the best camera is the one you have with you.

    Photographing Children

    Oct. 2 - 16, 2014 (Thu., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Learn how to use your digital SLR camera to capture the everyday joys that children bring. Discuss composition, perspectives and other photographic techniques that can enhance your images. Prerequisite: Basic working knowledge of your camera. 

    Photography: Close-Up and Macro

    Aug. 26 - Oct. 14, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.); No class 9/2/2014

    Learn to use the tools of close-up photography to discover a new world of texture, pattern and color. Composition, light modification and close-up flash technique also are covered. Field trips, weekly assignments and in-class shoots enhance classroom instruction. Equipment needed: fully adjustable SLR camera, tripod (strongly recommended), a lens filter or a macro lens. Students may wish to postpone acquiring such equipment until after the first class meeting. Prerequisite: Photography I: Basic

    Photojournalism

    Oct. 21 - Dec. 9, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.); No class 11/25/2014

    Learn to tell stories with your camera, whether shooting an event, a vacation, or following a single subject or theme for the length of the class. Learn about the role photojournalism plays in current events; the differences between picture packages, picture stories and photo-essays; how to select a lead photograph, supporting and closing images to tell their story. Students write accompanying text for their photographs. Students should bring themes and story ideas to the first class. Prerequisites: Basic SLR Photography.

    Studio Lighting: I

    Oct. 22 - Dec. 10, 2014 (Wed., 6 - 8 p.m.); No class 11/26/2014

    This course covers detailed information on different lighting equipment, and how to set it up and use it. Receive detailed instruction on how to light a subject properly. Learn about different lighting patterns and how to recognize them. This class takes place in a professional working studio. All lighting equipment is provided for this class.

    Understanding Your Canon DSLR

    Aug. 26 - Oct. 7, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Are you intimidated by your Canon digital SLR camera? Don’t settle for photographs that are less than your camera is capable of delivering, and don’t be left in the dark about the vast array of features that you can use to take professional-quality images. Learn to navigate the menus, submenus, options, and settings of Canon digital SLR’s to your best advantage. Beginning with the basic camera controls and progressing to the most advanced options, you will learn to unlock your camera’s potential. Soon you’ll be able to tailor the camera’s settings and options to suit your individual needs.

    Understanding Your Nikon DSLR

    Aug. 26 - Oct. 7, 2014 (Tue., 6 - 8 p.m.)

    Modern Nikon digital SLRs, from the D40 to the D700 and beyond, are incredibly complex machines. With almost infinite capabilities, the main problem is to know which settings to use. This course is designed to help you understand the available options and unlock the vast potential of your digital Nikon. We will begin with basic camera settings (shooting modes, image quality, white balance, ISO); advance to auto focus, exposure compensation and flash options; and conclude with demystifying menus and how to customize your camera for your needs. Bring your camera and manual to class.

     

     

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