Digital Photography Course Descriptions
Introduction to Digital Photography
This class will provide an introduction to the exciting field of digital photography. We will discuss how digital cameras work, how digital and film photography compare, and the equipment needed to manipulate, print and store digital images. Topics will also include: shopping for a digital camera, computer programs for image editing, and digital photography and the internet.
Make Your Digital Images Come Alive! - Improving and Enhancing Your Digital Photographs
In this class you will learn how to use image editing programs to make the most of your digital photographs. Topics will include resizing, cropping, correcting color and sharpening your images. We will also discuss techniques that will help you get the very best looking prints from you digital photographs. Preparing digital photographs for the internet, as well as, the best ways to store and archive you photographs will be covered.
Digital Photography and Printing Clinic & Creating Special Effects with Digital Photographs
Students are asked to bring in examples of the successes achieved and problems they have encountered when creating and printing digital photographs. These will provide the basis for discussion and problem solving. Creating special effects with digital photographs will be explored. Topics will include creating frames, adding text, using layers, and more.
Getting the Most from your Digital Camera
Digital photography is an exciting medium that offers many unique advantages as well as challenges for photographers. This course will explore many of the features offered by digital cameras, and how to use them to get the best results in a wide variety of conditions. Topics will include white balance, exposure options, noise reduction, filters and optional accessories, panoramic images, and more. We will discuss features included in basic digital cameras as well as those found on advanced camera models.
Photoshop for Photographers - Take Your Photography to the Next Level!
This workshop is for digital photographers and film photographers who work from scanned images. Participants should have a basic knowledge of Photoshop. We will explore more advanced techniques for digital photograph manipulation and enhancement. Topics demonstrated, discussed and practiced in the Digital Imaging Lab will include working with RAW camera files, retouching portraits, creating HDR images, color correction, advanced black and white photograph conversion techniques, distortion correction, and more. Participants should bring their cameras and memory card or disk with images to work on.
Creating Dynamic Black and White Digital Images
Digital photography has offered photographers a tremendous degree of control in creating and printing color images. These benefits are also available to those who are interested in creating dynamic black and white photographs.
In this workshop you will learn why you should photograph in color with your digital camera in order to create the best black and white images. At the Sharon Arts Center state of the art digital imaging lab, you will learn how to use PhotoShop techniques to get the most out of your black and white images. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs to work on during the workshop. The workshop will include lecture, demonstration and "hands-on" work.
Techniques for Creative Composition with Your Digital Camera
Great photographs communicate their message to us with strength and clarity. This workshop will help you increase the impact of your photographs through creative composition. We will explore framing, format, subject placement, camera angles, and ways to discover alternate compositions. We will also discuss the tools for composition including lens focal length, depth of field, tripods, etc. After discussion we will spend time in the field photographing, and then finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.
What to bring: Digital camera, camera manual, extra batteries, memory cards, and tripod. Optional Equipment: different camera lenses and remote shutter release if you have them. Also recommended, appropriate clothing for the weather, insect repellent, and comfortable sturdy shoes.
Creative Flower Photograpy
Hardly anyone can resist photographing flowers.They are everywhere and they present and endless array of colors, shapes and patterns. In this workshop we will explore new ways of seeing and photographing flowers to create beautiful images that go beyond the usual record shot of a flower. We will experiment with light, focus and backgrounds to achieve truly unique images. Capturing images that express beauty and our own personal vision will be the object of this workshop.
Participants are asked to bring their camera and whatever lenses they have (especially macro, and prime lenses if they have them, in addition to the usual zoom lenses). Also, people are asked to bring a bouquet of flowers in a vase to photograph and share.
Better Landscape Photography with your Digital Camera
In this day long workshops you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. We will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography techniques easier. After a discussion of the elements of good landscape photography, we will head into the field to practice at a couple of local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made.
What to bring: Digital camera, camera manual, extra batteries, memory cards, and tripod. Optional Equipment: different camera lenses, circular polarizing filter and remote shutter release if you have them. Also recommended, appropriate clothing for the weather, insect repellent, and comfortable sturdy shoes.
Photographing the Summer Landscape (two day
In this intensive two day long workshop you will learn how to make better landscape photographs. Starting in the classroom on Saturday we will explore how to use the special features of your digital camera to make landscape photography easier. Following a discussion of creative approaches to landscape photography, we will head into the field to photograph at several local sites. After a picnic lunch (please bring your own) and more photography, we will return to the classroom to review and discuss the photographs we made. On Sunday we will continue with our field photography. After lunch we will return to the classroom to review and discuss our photographs and progress made.
What to bring: Digital camera, camera manual, extra batteries, memory cards, and tripod. Optional Equipment: different camera lenses, circular polarizing filter and remote shutter release. Also recommended, appropriate clothing for the weather, insect repellent, and comfortable sturdy shoes.
Than My Camera! Taking Charge.
Your interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or new Mirrorless
type) is a powerful photographic tool. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices they offer — metering and
exposure modes, lens choices, flash options, JPEG vs. RAW,
etc. Learn how to take advantage of the flexibility of your
interchangeable lens camera to become a better photographer. This workshop will help you to make the most of you
interchangeable lens camera whether you use your camera
for family portraits, landscapes, or other subjects. Participants should bring their camera, camera manual, and any
accessories such as lenses, flash attachments, filters, etc for
Macro and Close Up Photography
Through macro photography we can enjoy a whole new world of photographic subjects and opportunities. Insects, interesting flora, tiny details and patterns can fill our photographs. During this workshop we will discuss equipment and techniques for macro photography, spend time in the field photographing, and finish by reviewing and discussing the photographs we made.
What to bring: Compact digital camera with macro mode, or digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with a macro lens. Also bring if possible a tripod, flash attachment, remote shutter release, sturdy shoes, insect repellent.
Great Color Prints with Your Inkjet Printer - Optimizing Your Print Quality
It is extremely satisfying to print your own prints except when they look nothing like the image on your monitor. In this workshop we will walk you through the steps to creating the print of your vision. Covered subjects will include printers, papers, inks, color management, printer set-up, sharpening, proofing in Photoshop and test prints.
Creative iPhoneography - Using Your iPhone to Expand Your Artistic Vision
The iPhone can be a powerful tool to spark creativity and new ways of seeing the world around us. It can help us and stretch our creative boundaries. We always have it with us and can use it to capture moments in our lives in a very spontaneous and unobtrusive way. This allows us to capture images that express how we feel at a given moment and enhance our artistic vision. In this workshop we will discuss creative ways of using the iPhone. We will use downloadable applications (apps) to enhance our photos and make them more expressive. We will use our iPhones to capture images, develop them in camera, and then share our experience. This workshop is for users of the iPhone 3, iPhone 4 and more recent.
Unleashing Your Digital Camera
Creative Digital Photography Workshop for Teens
Digital photography is an exciting new medium that offers many unique advantages to photographers. We will explore some of the creative features offered by today's digital cameras and how to use them to make more creative photographs. Topics for discussion will include composition, exposure, macro photography, panoramic images, and more. The workshop will include lecture, discussion, hands on photography, and a review of the images taken during the workshop.
Students should bring, camera, tripod if they have one, full batteries, camera manual, and empty memory cards.
Creating Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are a very useful way to present lecture and discussion material or even an art portfolio, using easy to read slides that can be viewed on a computer monitor or projected by a digital projector. In this class we will learn the basics involved in creating a Powerpoint presentation. Students will learn how to set up their slide show with custom backgrounds, and how to use text and pictures to build visually interesting presentations.
Digital Photography for Artists - How to Make Great Images of Your Artwork
In this two hour workshop, you will learn techniques to make professional looking photographs of your artwork. We will discuss how to set up and photograph your artwork. Then how to use image editing programs to crop, resize, color correct, and sharpen your images. Finally you will learn how to save your images in the proper formats and we will talk about back up strategies.