About this Course
In this capstone course, you’ll learn additional skills needed to pursue a career in commercial or fine art photography. We’ll dive deeper into personal creativity and how to use Photoshop for making precise adjustments, layered compositing, combining exposures and controlling light and shadow for improved depth, dimension and personal style.
You’ll propose a themed photographic project and work throughout the quarter to produce a small body of related images. We’ll discuss, research and practice using social media and other current options to promote your work. The class will collaborate with the instructor to organize and present a mounted public exhibition of their photographic projects, and you’ll contribute to the printed anthology that follows the exhibition and concludes your studies.
Local professional photographers, artists and program alumni visit us to share their knowledge and life experiences, and they’ll answer questions about the creative, technical and business aspects of their photography.
Past guests have included:
- Phil Borges, cultural photographer, author, speaker and filmmaker
- John Cornicello, author, portrait and performance photographer and instructor
- Kevin Cruff, environmental portrait photographer and videographer
- Davis Freeman, fine art portrait artist and instructor
- Anita Nowacka, family and lifestyle photographer
- Alejandro Tomas, photographer and cofounder of Youth in Focus, Blue Earth Alliance and director emeritus of the Seattle Central Creative Academy
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.