Digital Photography: the Image

Ready to take your photography to the next level? Review the basics of the digital camera functions and dive into the art of creating a photographic image. This online class will take you beyond the basics of photography and will explore more advanced uses of the camera as well as the techniques and strategies behind creating compelling photographs. Weekly classes will generally be a mix of discussions, presentations, review of student images, and demonstrations of Lightroom and Photoshop. Students should have consistent access to a camera for the duration of the course and will be highly encouraged to spend time outside of the class shooting projects to practice the skills covered each week. Most styles of cameras are welcome, though to take full advantage of the techniques that will be covered during the course a camera with an interchangeable lens is recommended. This includes any DSLR and many mirrorless cameras as well. Information about cameras including recommendations will be covered in the first class. You are also welcome to contact the instructor with questions ahead of time.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • Develop a greater mastery of basic photo concepts including: equivalent exposures; depth of field control; effects of focal length; shooting modes; and focus controls

  • Develop a greater understanding of digital imaging concepts

  • Develop a stronger ability to recognize compositional elements and and how to apply them purposefully

  • Learn how to recognize the more subtle qualities of light, how it changes constantly, how it can be manipulated, and how to use it effectively in photographs

  • Explore how adjustments using software such as Adobe Lightroom can be applied

Required supplies:

  • Digital single lens reflex camera, digital mirrorless camera, or a digital point and shoot camera with manual controls

  • Memory card

  • Flash/thumb drive