Introductory Photography

Understanding Your Canon DSLR

Are you intimidated by your camera? Don’t settle for photographs that are less than what your camera is capable of delivering, and don’t be left in the dark concerning 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 SLRs to your best advantage. Beginning with the basic camera controls and progressing to the most advanced options, learn to unlock your camera’s potential to suit your individual needs. 
Equipment Required: Canon DSLR Camera

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Chris Bisset

Fall A 2022: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 30-October 11
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Fall B 2022: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 25-December 6
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Understanding Your Nikon DSLR

This course is designed to help you understand the available options and unlock the vast potential of your digital Nikon. The course begins with basic camera settings, advances to auto focus, exposure compensation, and flash options, and concludes with customizing your camera for your needs.
Equipment Required: Nikon DSLR Camera

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson

Fall A 2022: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., August 30-October 11
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Photography I

This course is designed to cover all aspects of beginning photography. You will learn proper exposure and appropriate use of shutter speed and aperture as well as lens choices and lighting options. You will learn many methods for creating strong compositions. This course will teach you how to create beautiful images - not just snap photos.
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR
Equipment Needed: DSLR Camera

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Mike Nelson

Fall B 2022: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 25-December 6 
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Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Basics

This is a complete introduction to Photoshop. This course helps you unwrap the immense software and explains in detail all the tools, buttons, and menus. Learn tips and tricks for installation, setting up your personal workspace, and how to navigate around the program.
Hands-on lessons show you how to develop, manipulate, and print photographs in the digital darkroom.
Equipment needed: DSLR camera, camera cable or card reader; USB storage device (2GB minimum); laptop (PC or Mac) with Adobe Photoshop CC installed; collection of personal photographs.
Prerequisite: Basic computer skills.

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Bo Doss

Fall B 2022: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., October 19-December 7 *no class November 23 
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Architectural Photography

Discover architectural photography, exteriors, interiors, with technical challenges of composition, distortion, lighting. Assignments to emphasize designs, styles, eras, on-location problem solving. Field trips: 3 - all-day, out of town; 1–half-day near Birmingham. Dates, times TBD in class. Admission fees: $25 total. Field trips are not required but offer excellent photography experiences. 
Prerequisites: Understanding Your Canon/Nikon DSLR; Photography I: Basic
Student(s) must be high school graduates, or have GED. We will be going on field trips; photographing locations with historic, cultural significance; meeting guides, location representatives, and students must conduct themselves accordingly. No tag-along’s permitted, such as family or friends, unless student has a disability and needs assistance, and kindly discuss with instructor prior to field trip.

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Meg McKinney

Fall B 2022:Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., October 26-December 14
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Color Printing

Essential Color Printing Classes

Learn about preparing your photo files for printing and the prosumer equipment needed to do so. During the course you will select a photo(s) for printing, do touch up with Adobe Lightroom or other software, select appropriate paper and create the final print. Bring your 10 best photos files to the first class. 
Requirements: Laptop and thumb drive
Prerequisites: Photography I, Adobe Lightroom

Cost: $150
Ages 18+
Instructor: Cliff Brane 

Fall A 2022: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., September 8, 15, 29 (3 classes)
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Fine-Art Photography

Creative Fine-Art Photography

Fine-art photography is a medium for creatively and passionately expressing the vision of a photographer, while also communicating an idea, emotion or concept to the viewer. This course will thoroughly examine the basic fine-art image constructs of subject selection, lighting, composition, colors, tones, moods, depth, and perspective to challenge and inspire students toward a personal style and a consistent, skilled and refined approach in their work. The course will also introduce a series of specific creative photographic techniques such as print treatments, hand coloring, infrared, black & white and multiple imaging to guide students as they strive to identify individual goals and objectives in their work. Image finishing and presentation will also be discussed.
Prerequisites: Photography I, Photoshop, Lightroom, or permission of the instructor.

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Instructor: Ken Boyd

Fall A 2022: Mondays, 6-8 p.m., September 12-November 7 - *no class October 10 & 17
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Lensbaby

Lensbaby: A New Perspective

Discover an off-beat, creative way of seeing, shooting, using Lensbaby, small lenses with a changeable perspective that you select. First class to review equipment, accessories, purchase options. A Lensbaby lens is necessary for assignments after the first class; class skips a week to accommodate purchases. Field trips offered outside of class, TBD at first class. Enrolled students may purchase directly from Lensbaby for 25% discount, proof of enrollment. Form provided at first class.
Prerequisites: Beginning Photography, Know Your Canon/Nikon
Equipment required: DSLR camera, Lensbaby, tripod, cable release, upload images to class Google folder and a thumb drive for photos.

Cost: $225
Student(s) must be high school graduates, or have GED. Class will go on field trips photographing locations with cultural significance, or private property with permission of owner, and students must conduct themselves accordingly. No tag-along’s permitted, such as family or friends, unless student has a disability and needs assistance, and kindly discuss with instructor prior to field trip.
Instructor: Meg McKinney

Fall A 2022:  Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., September 7-October 19
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Looking at Photographs

Looking at Photographs

First offering of a class inspired by instruction at the Maine Media Workshops & College in Rockport, Maine.
One of the challenges of advancing your photography is to become a better judge of your own photographs. It is hard to be objective when you are intimately involved with a photo of your own making. Rather than taking their own photos, students will collect photographic images under different categories and from various sources like magazines, newspapers, social media, medical journals, great photographers of the past, editorial photography, advertisements, and photographic artists. The initial meeting will explain the process and offer samples. Subsequent classes will have topics assigned to or chosen by the student. Students will present their collected images during class and discuss composition and what attracted them to the photos. The goal of this class is to sharpen your eye for what makes an effective photo. Requirements: No previous course requirements. Students need a computer with internet access and jump drive for class.

Cost: $130
Class is limited to 6 students. Additional students may be added upon approval by instructor.
Instructor: Cliff Brane

Fall A 2022: Wednesdays, September 28-October 19, 6-8 p.m. (4 classes)
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Outdoor & Landscape

Outdoor & Landscape Photography

Learn the principles of good outdoor and landscape photography in this class from composition and equipment to processing the photos you have taken. Topics will include landscapes, panoramas, HDR, flowing water, lowlight and harsh light, software demonstrations and suggestions for the best equipment for various types of outdoor photography.
This class meets virtually 6 evenings over 7 weeks plus 5 in person weekly outdoor sessions at locations to be announced at the first class.
Efforts will be made to make outdoor locations and times as convenient as possible for all class members. The instructor encourages frequent contact throughout the weeks of the class through email, phone, or texting.  
Prerequisites: Students should have a previous understanding of their camera’s functions.  For the first meeting of the class students are encouraged to submit up to 10 jpeg photo samples of any outdoor photos they have previously taken. No previous class requirements, just a working knowledge of your camera’s basics and an interest in learning more about taking better pictures outdoors.
Requirements: DSLR or Mirrorless camera, tripod, computer, internet.

Cost: $225
Ages 18+
Virtual & Field Trips
Instructor: Cliff Brane

Fall A 2022: Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., September 6-October 18 - *no class September 20
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Instructors

Photo of Christopher Bisset
Christopher Bisset
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
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Ken Boyd
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Cliff Brane
Cliff Brane
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Bo Doss
Bo Doss
Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Meg McKinney
Meg McKinney
Photography Instructor
Academy of the Arts
Photo of Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
Instructor
Academy of the Arts