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Beginning Digital Photography

Course No. CEDA100.00
Cost $390 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 6
Dates September 19-October 24 (Wednesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Using your personal digital camera, you will learn to shoot, retouch, correct, and output your images onto archival digital photographic paper. We will work in a lighting studio for two sessions where you will learn and practice artificial lighting techniques. You will work with both traditional photographic methods (manual camera settings, artificial lighting) and digital photographic methods (Photoshop correction, manipulation, digital printing). Out-of-class assignments will be given to maximize the time spent in class for printing at CIA's Digital Output Center, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. Becoming a better photographer is the emphasis of this course as you create several new portfolio pieces. You will have the opportunity to print your work at CIA's Digital Output Center ($45 computer print credits are included in the cost of this class, fees beyond this will be the responsibility of the student). Intermediate and advanced photographers can opt to take this session and the next session, but beginning students must begin with this first session.

Fine Art Photography Special Projects

Course No. CEPH300.00
Cost $275 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 4
Dates Saturdays: September 22; October 13; November 10; December 1 (Saturday) – 9am-12pm

This class is designed for Intermediate/Advanced photographers (including professional photographers and mature high school students) to create a personal fine art photographic series. You are expected to own a digital camera and to have comprehensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and manual camera settings. These once-per-month meetings will be used for you to present your developing body of work to receive constructive feedback from your peers and the instructor. The instructor will cover contemporary concepts in art photography and provide shooting assignments, and reading/research assignments for each student to refine their specific photographic project. Additional field trips will be recommended but not required. This class will yield you an advanced photographic series which you may use to market your work or to apply for an exhibition opportunity. Before the first meeting, provide a brief written statement of your proposed personal project for this session; include any images previously taken and any information that you would like the instructor to focus on to help with the development of your personal vision. This course is not recommended for beginners. Your refined photographic portfolio is the emphasis and goal of this course! You will have the opportunity to print your work at CIA's Digital Output Center ($45 computer print credits are included in the cost of this class, fees beyond this will be the responsibility of the student).

Intermediate/Advanced Digital Photography

Course No. CEDA400.00
Cost $390 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 6
Dates November 7-December 12 (Wednesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

This class is designed for Intermediate/Advanced photographers to focus on perfecting digital photographic skills and to apply those skills into your image-making. You are expected to own a digital camera and to have some working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and manual camera settings. Class time will be used to improve your camera setting skills, develop natural and artificial lighting comprehension, and to perfect a practical post-processing workflow utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Bridge (re-touching, compositing, digital output). Out-of-class assignments will be given to maximize the time spent in class for printing at CIA's Digital Output Center, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. This class will yield you several new portfolio pieces printed on digital archival paper. For the first class bring your digital camera and lenses that you would like to work with during this course, as well as any photographic work that you would like to share. You will have the opportunity to print your work at CIA's Digital Output Center ($45 computer print credits are included in the cost of this class, fees beyond this will be the responsibility of the student).

Video Basics

Course No. CEVI100.00
Cost $390 Register Now
Credits 0.0
Sessions 8
Dates September 18-November 6 (Tuesday) – 6:30-9:30pm

Explore the world of video editing in this introductory class. You will learn to shoot video, import it into Final Cut, and perform some basic editing functions. Lectures will introduce you to contemporary artists and animators. You will create a video work which will be screened during the final class.

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