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Studio Arts: Photography Classes

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 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. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

Whether you work digitally or in film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals. Sessions focus on lighting, composition, shooting techniques, and gear, and photo-editing software is also discussed. 

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Photographers who want better picture quality and more control of the process are moving away from their phones to either digital SLRs or mirrorless cameras. Both provide a full range of ISO, shutter, and aperture controls, which makes the process of taking pictures much more interesting, and provides results that are clearer, sharper, and enriched with more delicate tones and colors. Learning to use an SLR or mirrorless camera is not complicated.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 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. Topics include camera functions, exposure, metering, working with natural and artificial light, and composition.

Studio Arts Workshop
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of exposure, and how to manipulate each element to positively affect your histogram. Topics covered include in-camera exposure meters, exposure compensation, and ISO/film speed.

Studio Arts Course
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

In this workshop designed for intermediate photographers, participants develop a greater understanding of the complex relationship among aperture, shutter speed, and ISO and how a camera’s exposure meter views a scene. Topics covered in depth include exposure modes, exposure compensation, filter exposure factors, bracketing, metering modes, histograms, the zone system, dynamic range, eliminating camera shake, tripods, and flash concepts.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Put away your point-and-shoot camera and pull out your iPhone to create great images. Learn to make the most of your phone’s camera, starting with photography basics such as essential compositional skills and exposure, then moving on to an exploration of some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management.

Studio Arts Course
Monday, October 18, 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.  Topics include aperture, shutter speed, ISO, the exposure triangle, focal length, metering, white balance, composition and more.

Studio Arts Course
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

The balance of tension in an image is fundamental in photography: When achieved successfully, well-made visual relationships are created. This course offers participants a better understanding of compositional elements and how best to apply them.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

Delve into the fascinating history of photography as an art form in this unique program that combines a lecture with a hands-on project. Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists—Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, Hannah Höch and others—and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, October 26, 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
Monday, November 1, 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
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET

Move beyond the technical "how to's" of photography and shift your focus to cultivating and strengthening your artistic vision. In a small group discussions and critiques, explore ways how to pinpoint the idea, concept, and feeling you want to communicate with your work

Studio Arts Workshop
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

Are you an absolute beginner in photography? Consider this class the place to start: 26 topics in 180 minutes, from A (apertures) to Z (zebra stripes)—and in a relaxed atmosphere with a community feel.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Adobe Lightroom is the best program organizing and editing your photographs. You can work with either RAW or JPEG files. This two-session workshop offers users an excellent working understanding of the program.

Studio Arts Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Learn the basics of filmmaking from pre-production to shooting to post-production, working with your iPhone. Each participant creates a short video to share with the class.

Studio Arts Course
Tuesday, November 9, 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
Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

This two-part workshop focuses on the art of self-portraiture through photography and students will have the opportunity to create their own self-portraits.

Studio Arts Workshop
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

You don’t necessarily need great light to make a great photo. Understand the essentials of night photography and tripods as you learn to manage longer exposure times and exposure modes and compensation, choose the right tripod, work with remote shutter-release triggers, use your camera’s self-timer, and more.

Studio Arts Course
Sunday, December 5, 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
Saturday, December 11, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

Take your iPhone camera skills to another level in a two-day workshop that focuses on the ProCamera app and editing techniques; organizing, printing, and posting your photos; and a critique session on images.