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Studio Arts: Photography Classes

Mastering Exposure

Live Streaming

Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this workshop designed for intermediate photographers.

Date of event
Monday, July 6 to August 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

Live Streaming

This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to August 5, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Photography

Live Streaming

Whether you want work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics.

Date of event
Wednesday, July 8 to August 12, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Live Streaming

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this two-day class, which discusses the technical elements of composition, light, and other aesthetic considerations.

Date of event
Sunday, July 12 and 19, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs

Live Streaming

You’ve got a great portfolio of photos. What’s next? This valuable session covers how to prepare your images to exhibit or sell, get them seen by the public, and effectively market your work.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Custom Digital Printing and Mat Cutting

Live Streaming

Shooting a great photo is just the beginning. Get ready to show off your work by learning how to get your digital images printed accurately and how to cut custom-sized windows in mat board.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Introduction to Lightroom

Live Streaming

Adobe Lightroom is now the most useful (and user friendly) software for organizing and editing images, usable for both RAW and JPEG image files. This two-session workshop offers users an overview of the program, with a focus on working with the essential Library and Develop modules for organizing and editing your files.

Date of event
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Build Your Photographic Portfolio

Live Streaming

Show off your photos like a pro and learn how to assemble a personal portfolio that reflects your best work and your distinctive vision as a photographer.

Date of event
Tuesday, July 28 to August 11, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Developing Black-and-White Film at Home

Live Streaming

Processing your own 35mm or 120mm black-and-white film is cost-effective, and typically provides better results. Get all the skills you need to begin at this information-packed session.

Date of event
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET