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Photography

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Wildwood | South County Education Center | Corporate College

If taking pictures is your passion and you have an artistic flair, our photography classes will help you build new skills, focus on your strengths, and learn the tricks of the trade necessary to take your passion to the next level. From introductory classes to field photography to lighting, you’ll gain an understanding of all facets.

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Phone

314-984-7777

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Core Classes

Digital Photography: Introduction

Learn how to use your digital camera and the basic skills of photography. Gain a greater understanding of camera functions and settings like exposure modes, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, image quality and white balance. Explore the creative use of light, exposure, depth of field and composition to improve your photographs. Other camera equipment and accessories such as lenses, tripods and flashes will be discussed. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-720 | 4 sessions | $72 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
May 26 – June 16 | STLCC-Corp. College, 207
S02 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
May 28 – June 18 | MC-SW, 207
S03 W 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
June 24 – July 15 | STLCC-South County, 104

Digital Photography: Intermediate

For students who have a fundamental knowledge of camera functions, expand your understanding of light, color and exposure in this intermediate course. Improve your skills as a photographer by learning how to photograph in more challenging lighting situations and to correct and enhance your images. Special emphasis will be placed on RAW image file support. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-721 | 4 sessions | $72 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
June 23 – July 14 | STLCC-Corp. College, 209
S02 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
June 25 – July 16 | MC-SW, 207

Field Classes

Event Photography: Sports, Concerts, Weddings and More

Learn how to shoot events as a participant – not an observer – and create images that put your audience at the center of the action. Discover how to pick the best lens for each event, choosing from wide angle, normal, portrait or telephoto. Explore how professionals harness natural light to achieve great images and master the basics of bounce flash to get expert results with just one light. Learn how to use a shot list to ensure that you capture all the images that each job requires. Get acquainted with legendary field photographers and learn how to put their techniques to work for you. Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-765 | 4 sessions | $72 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | John Kerans
May 30 – June 20 | MC-HE, 123
S02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
June 29 – July 20 | MC-SO, 206

We have more!

Ready to take high-quality photos of your food creations? See "Introduction to Food Photography and Food Styling."

Nature and Outdoor Photography

Improve outdoor nature and photography skills and expand your creativity in this class. Transform your work with thorough instruction coupled with classroom sessions and image critiques. Learn what makes a great photo, the techniques required and the tips and tricks professional photographers use. Complete weekly assignments and bring photos to each class for critique. Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-708 | 4 sessions | $72 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
June 1 – June 22 | MC-SO, 206
S02 Sa 9:30 a.m.-noon | John Kerans
June 27 – July 25 | MC-HE, 123
• NOTE: No class 7/4.

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Learn to tell a story using photos, either through single images that capture a decisive moment or a series of images that illustrate unfolding news. Complete real-world assignments and receive immediate constructive feedback equipping you to contribute photos to organizational publications and websites and to illustrate personal projects. Analyze images taken by legendary photojournalists including Pulitzer Prize winners, and learn how to put their award-winning techniques to work! Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-731 | 5 sessions | $76 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
July 7 – Aug. 4 | MC-SO, 206

Studio Lighting, Portrait and Indoor Photography

In this introduction to basic techniques of studio and location lighting, understand how to use flash as a primary and secondary light source; the use of multiple flashes, reflectors and other light modifiers; and the pros and cons of flash versus continuous light. Learn effective and economical tips and techniques to achieve professional results, building knowledge through discussion and demonstration in a hands-on environment. Field trips required, must provide own transportation; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to first class. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-711 | 4 sessions | $64.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Gary Hesse
July 25 – Aug. 15 | MC-BA, 105

Enhanced Skills

NEW! Weekend Photographer

From photographing products to sell online and postcard-worthy travel photos, to website headshots and cool backyard nature shots, learn how to take amazing photographs! Learn the basic functions of your digital camera and how to quickly adjust and export photos using editing software to take great photos for the real world. Bring digital camera and flash drive to first class.
PHOT-723 | 4 sessions | $74 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Kris Dysert
July 20 – Aug. 10 | WW, 204
• NOTE: Final session held at WW, 206


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