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Studio Arts: Photography Classes

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Students learn how to use their ISO settings to darken and brighten photos, and how this relates to other camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed.

Studio Arts Workshop
Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Light can make or break your photos. Understand the essentials of shooting in a natural-light setting as you learn to gauge the direction of light; recognize degree of diffusion; minimize (or emphasize) lens flare; control conditions with lens hoods, and more.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students will gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

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

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is 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.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Designed for those who have already taken a structured introduction to Lightroom class and are familiar with the Library and Develop modules, this class will help you leverage all of the Library functions.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Understanding how to fully utilize your camera’s flash is key for photographers wishing to take their photographic skill to the next level. This class, designed for digital photographers familiar with aperture, shutter speed, ISO and metering in manual mode, offers to do just that.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to take great photographs of architecture and public art. Class discussions include techniques and camera settings for cityscapes, individual buildings, architectural details, contemporary public art, monuments and memorials, and more. 

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Go beyond taking random photographs and develop a cohesive body of work that is uniquely yours. Review some contemporary photographers’ work and define the characteristics that are incorporated into their portfolios.

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to create a photo essay, a set of photographs that tell a story or evoke a series of emotions. Homework assignments are designed to encourage students to explore their own personal interests.