This non-credit digital photography course is for the person who has invested in a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with a wide angle and telephoto lens and shoots good photos but wishes to shoot more like a pro. This non-credit course is taught by professional photographer, bill alkofer (http://www.alkofer.com/bio.htm)
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This 30-hour/5-week non-credit course is a study of the principals and applications of digital photography and photojournalism. Students will capture images using their digital cameras while emphasizing the use of camera controls, exposure, lighting, on and off-camera flash, essential imaging tactics and archiving images. At the end of the course students will understand the principles such as lighting and accurate light metering for digital imaging. They will be familiar with a variety of camera techniques and image preparation for online and continuous tone output. Other topics covered include:
- Basic camera properties. Students will learn such fundamentals as f-stop, depth of field, shutter speed, and frames per second. They will also learn when to use wide and telephoto lenses.
- History of Photojournalism- beginning and evolution of the industry, by looking at some of the influential individuals who worked at the beginning of the genre.
- Photo illustration: Students will be given a concept and will be challenged to come up with a dramatic illustration of that concept.
- Students will be given a photo caption (cutline) and will be asked to come up with a photo to illustrate said caption.
- Homage: students will study a favorite photographer i.e. Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Annie Leibovitz, Gregory Heisler, etc. They will then be asked to shoot a photo in that photographer’s style.
- Students will identify one subject (person or thing) and make at least 36 photos of that subject.
- Students will carry their camera for 12-hours and take pictures of at least one subject per hour.
- Different hours of the day will be drawn out of a hat and the student photographer will make images at that hour.
- Coverage of a sporting contest.
- Coverage of an event or situation.
- Students will also learn basic Photoshop skills as well as the talent of posting that photo to a website or blog.
Prerequisites for course
Participants should have a good DSLR camera with wide angle and telephoto lens. Strobe-flash that is separate from camera is a must. A laptop computer would be a plus. Being familiar with Photoshop a plus. Bring work for “show & tell” at first night of class!
Monday evenings - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday mornings - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Customized Training & Continuing Education
60 East Plato Boulevard
Drake Building, Suite 150
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107
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