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Continuing Education

Digital Photography and Image Editing

Nuts & Bolts of Digital Photography

Learn how your digital camera works – what all the buttons, switches and menus do, how to use manual mode, how to take a better quality image, and how to share that image online with family and friends.

Meets: Four Mondays, Sep 15 – Oct 6, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $139
(#56327)

Nuts & Bolts of Image Editing

Use Adobe Photoshop Elements to correct, enhance, and manipulate images. Learn to make a black & white or toned image, create a composite image, correct color problems, and add or delete objects or people from a photo. Requires basic computer skills. 

Meets: Four Mondays, Oct 20 – Nov 10, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $139
(#56328)

Creating Photo Books

Photo books are a great new way to cherish and preserve your memories! Take your own images and design a beautiful photo book using Blurbs Booksmart software. The instructor will take you step by step and show you how to build your own custom books.

Meets: Two Wednesdays, Nov 12 & 19, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Steve Shires
Fee: $109
(#56386)

Flash Photography & Painting with Light

Learn techniques photographers use to add light to a scene. Topics covered are on-camera & off-camera flash basics, flash modes, other devices used to control and shape the light, and using long exposure and a variety of sources to paint a scene with light as well as using the light as the subject. 

Meets: Two Mondays, Nov 17 – Nov 24, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $109
(#56329)

Image Editing with Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom has nothing to do with fancy cameras, extreme image editing, or years of experience. It has everything to do with improving your image editing workflow from input to processing to output. Use Lightroom to import, organize, and edit images as well as to share your images as prints, in slideshows, on the web, and even in book form -- all directly from within Lightroom.

Meets: Four Mondays, Oct 20 – Nov 10, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez and Steve Shires
Fee: $159
(#56381)

Introduction to Shooting Video with Your DSLR

Shooting video with a DSLR camera is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to create high-quality video. These new cameras have created a firestorm in the video production world with their ability to shoot footage similar to that of 35mm motion-picture film.

Meets: Two Wednesdays, Oct 29 & Nov 5, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Steve Shires
Fee: $109
(#56385)

Macro/Closeup Photography

Macro/Closeup photography lets you delve into the small world that exists all around us and bring out the beauty, color, and design of even the smallest of objects. The most basic digital cameras today have a Macro setting that will let you focus to within a few inches of your subject. Learn about special close-up photography tools and lighting techniques as you explore a new way of seeing and capturing this miniature world.

Meets: Two Wednesdays, Oct 15 & 22, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Steve Shires
Fee: $109
(#56384)

“Not Photography” Photography

Thanks to Photoshop, we’ve gone from “photos never lie” to “you can’t trust a photo” in just two decades! This new course is designed for photographers who want to learn advanced imaging techniques (layers, masks, modes); illustrators who want more control over lighting, shadows, and blending; and artists seeking a bit of technical help in bringing their creative vision to life. We'll cover advanced Photoshop techniques used to extract an image and seamlessly blend it into another. We’ll also discuss the creative process: concept to pre-visualization to production. Requires a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop or Elements.

Meets: Four Mondays, Nov 17 – Dec 8, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $159
(#56925)

Portrait Photography

Take better pictures of your family, friends and pets with appropriate lighting and posing. Learn fundamental portrait techniques and explore inexpensive lighting alternatives; then use image editing software (Adobe Photoshop Elements) to correct problems and to enhance the final image. Learn techniques that can be used to restore and retouch older images. The final touch is learning to share images in print or electronic format. 

Meets: Three Mondays, Dec 1-15, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $145
(#56330)

Secrets of Better Photography  NEW

This class will cover the tips, tricks, and techniques guaranteed to improve your photography. We’ll start with a basic understanding of your camera, how it works and how to control it. Then we’ll cover tips and techniques used when photographing specific subject areas: Landscapes, Portraits, Sports/Action, and Macro/Close-up. Any type of camera can be used for the class; however, a DSLR will provide more options for control and for producing a better photo.

Meets: Four Mondays, Sep 15 – Oct 6, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $159
(#56351)

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