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Continuing Education

Digital Photography and Image Editing

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)

“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)

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

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, Feb 2 – 23, 1-4 pm BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $159 (#65747)

Creating a Home Studio

Find out what works, what doesn't, and what kind of costs you may encounter in setting up a home studio. Discuss equipment for backgrounds and lighting - and how to save money by making your own. From portraits to still life, from macro to special FX, this class covers them all with tips, tricks, and links to suppliers and resources.

Meets: One Monday, Mar 30, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $75 (#65754)

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, Mar 4 & 11, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Steve Shires
Fee: $109 (#65752)

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, Feb 2 – 23, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez and Steve Shires
Fee: $159 (#65748)

Landscape & Night Photography

Learn techniques for effective landscape photography including creating panoramas and 3-D images.  Experience the thrill of shooting at dusk and after dark, using starlight and moonlight.  A camera with manual mode and a tripod are strongly recommended.

Meets: Three Mondays, Mar 23 – Apr 6, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $145 (#65749)

“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, Apr 20 – May 11, 1-4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $159 (#65751)

Secrets of Better Photography 

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, Apr 20 – May 11, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Chuck Almarez
Fee: $159 (#65750)

Wedding Photography

Let a professional wedding photographer walk you through the wedding day to understand what is required to photograph this major life event. Learn what images are required, how to photograph these moments – and the extra steps to make sure you meet your wedding party’s needs. Discuss opportunities, logistics and challenges; examine how photojournalism and fine art photography styles can be applied to wedding photography. You’ll also touch on the business side of wedding photography: marketing, contracts, and copyright. Prerequisites: Nuts & Bolts of Digital Photography or equivalent introduction to digital photography class. This class is limited to 10 participants – sign up early!

Meets: Three Wednesdays, Mar 4–18, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Steve Shires
Fee: $145 (#65753)

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