About this Course
This class offers ideas for creative expression and inspiration while building your technical competence. In the lab, you’ll explore the essential digital production tools beginning with Adobe Lightroom and progressing to Photoshop later in the quarter. You’ll learn efficient workflows and options for importing photos, organizing photo files, culling and rating, color and tonality adjustments, basic retouching, black-and-white conversion and printing. You’ll also learn RAW workflows to move between Lightroom and Photoshop to harness the power of layers and masks and allow pixel-precise corrections and creative image compositing.
Alongside technical skills, our interactive discussions cover experimentation, tackling creative blocks, discovering a personal style, visual storytelling and meeting real-world creative challenges. Homework assignments encourage exploration, research, problem-solving and sharpening your skills. Each student will propose a themed photographic project and produce a small series of related images for presentation and review the last week of class.
Local professional photographers, artists and program alumni will visit us to share their knowledge and life experiences and answer questions about the creative, technical and business aspects of their photography.
Past guests have included:
- Patrick Bennett, corporate, advertising and editorial photographer and videographer
- Phil Borges, globally recognized ethnographic photographer and filmmaker
- John Cornicello, portrait, theatrical and event photographer
- Kevin Cruff, corporate, advertising and editorial photographer and videographer
- Chris Jordan, acclaimed photographic artist, author, speaker and filmmaker
- Mary Dee Mateo, fashion, beauty, portrait and lifestyle photographer
- Rosanne Olson, portrait and corporate photographer, instructor and author
- Daniel Silverberg, outdoor lifestyle and product photographer
- Mukul Soman, landscape, wildlife and wedding photographer, and CGI artist
- Matthew Villenueva, multi-faceted photographer, filmmaker and educator
Note: This course is divided into two sections based on the students’ self-assessed level of experience with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop workflows. Each section meets one evening a week. Six class sessions take place in the lab and four consist of classroom lectures where students in both sections are combined.
An optional regional class outing encourages you to practice and experiment with your photography.