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  • Dale Longacre | experienced photographer and instructor    

Level 1
Picture This: Basics of Digital Photography

This newly updated program begins with an introduction to digital photography terminology and camera types. While concentrating more on the automatic compact cameras it is a good primer for interchangeable lens models as well.

Topics discussed include |

  • camera styles
  • shooting modes and their benefits
  • camera features and their functions
  • file types
  • file storage
  • image enhancement on the computer

Also discussed are techniques and ideas for improving your pictures.

Bring your camera and your questions for discussion.

5 hours | 0.5 CEU
$145 

MC-1C-4179A
2 Tues. | Feb. 4 & 11 | 6-8:30 p.m.
South Bend         [register online]        

MC-1C-4179B
2 Tues. | Mar. 4 & 11 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Elkhart Center               


Level 2
Digital Photography

Taking great digital pictures requires more than point-and-shoot. Learn to take “wow” digital photos in this beginner’s class.

Learn basics of exposure, composition, and capture. Discuss advanced techniques: creative lighting, flash, angles, action control, and depth-of-field control.
Techniques discussed relate to the more advanced cameras that offer shutter speed and aperture controls. This class teaches the operational aspects of the camera so you will understand how to achieve the results you want by taking control of the camera.

Bring your camera to class to follow along as we cover camera controls.

Note | Students will receive a photo assignment each class to complete and bring to the next class. Results may be reviewed in class.

Prerequisite | Students must provide their own digital camera and be comfortable with its operation. See “Picture This” class if you do not have experience.

7.5 hours | 0.75 CEU
$165 

MC-1C-4626A
3 Thurs. | Mar. 20-Apr. 3 | 6-8:30 p.m.
South Bend         [register online]        

MC-1C-4626B
3 Thurs. | Apr. 24-May 8 | 6-8:30 p.m.
Elkhart Center         [register online]            


Level 3
Introduction to Portrait Photography

This one-night class will give you a basic knowledge of simple portrait photography. It is aimed at indoor simple portrait style lighting. Many businesses need photographs of employees for press release, ID, or recognition purposes and this class teaches simple techniques to obtaining quality images for these purposes. This is also suitable for the home photographer wanting to do family portraits.

This is a hands-on class best suited for advanced cameras with user adjustable controls, preferable SLR interchangeable lens models. Bring your camera equipment to class.

Topics covered |

  • types of lighting
  • color and exposure control
  • setting up a portable studio area
  • light placement
  • using reflectors
  • controlling shadows
  • basic poses

Prerequisites | Digital Photography or equivalent camera knowledge, cameras with user adjustable controls, preferable SLR.

3 hours | 0.3 CEU
$165

MC-1C-4729A
Tues. | May 20 | 6-9 p.m.
Elkhart Center          [Register Online]


Level 4
Close-up and Macro Photography

This one night class is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to produce quality photographs when dealing with small items and close-up details. Anyone needing to photograph small products, floral arrangements, coins, stamps, and table top sized items will gain helpful skills in attaining high quality images.

This is a hands-on class best suited for advanced cameras with user adjustable controls, preferable SLR interchangeable lens models. Bring your camera equipment to class.

Topics covered include:

  • photographing for catalog and web uses
  • eBay photos
  • understanding depth of field sharpness
  • using auxiliary lighting
  • working with and without flash
  • using a light tent
  • controlling shadows
  • photographing flat art work [paintings etc.]

Prerequisites | Digital Photography or equivalent camera knowledge, cameras with user adjustable controls, preferable SLR.

3 hours | 0.3 CEU
$165

MC-2C-4728A
Tues. | June 10 | 6-9 p.m.
Elkhart Center         [Register Online]