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Photography

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Meramec | Corporate College | Online

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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STLCC's Digital Photography Essentials program combines classroom learning and hands-on assignments to hone your artistic and technical skills, improve your portfolio and gain knowledge in equipment and industry-leading software. Select classes on this page meet the curriculum requirements for this certificate program. Learn more and get started today.

The following courses may be taken individually and/or to meet curriculum requirements for STLCC's Digital Photography Essentials program.

Class schedules subject to change.

Classes offered in-person may be rescheduled, canceled or transitioned to an online format based on COVID-19 guidelines. Students are required to follow COVID-19 guidelines for classroom participation, which may include, but is not limited to, use of masks and social distancing requirements. For the latest requirements, review STLCC’s COVID-19 Information page.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

For all Core and Field classes, you must provide your own digital camera (DSLR) with interchangeable lenses, unless stated otherwise. Any make or model is acceptable.

∆ Class meets the curriculum requirements for the Digital Photography Essentials program. Classes may be taken for your own personal enrichment or as part of the program.

Core Classes

Digital Photography: Introduction

If you’d like to take memorable photos, but you don’t understand your camera, this course is designed for you. Each week, learn two or three principles of photography and how to apply them to the camera you own. Between classes, put knowledge to work by shooting a weekly assignment and returning with your photos for critique. Explore the technical (e.g., aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and artistic (e.g., rule of thirds, leading lines and depth of field.) ∆
PHOT-720 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Aug. 23-Sept. 27 | Online
• NOTE: No class Sept. 6.
F01 W 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Sept. 29-Oct. 27 | Online
PHOT-720 | 4 sessions | $63.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F03 W 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Sept. 8-29 | MC-HE 123
F04 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Sept. 13-Oct. 4 | MC-SW 207
F05 Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Oct. 19-Nov. 9 | MC-HE 124

Digital Photography: Intermediate

If you have a fundamental knowledge of camera functions, expand your understanding of light, color and exposure. Improve your skills by learning how to photograph in challenging lighting situations, and how to correct and enhance your images. Special emphasis will be placed on RAW image file support. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. ∆
PHOT-721 | 4 sessions | $63.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F01 W 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Oct. 13-Nov. 3 | MC-HE 123
F02 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Oct. 18-Nov. 8 | MC-HE 123

Digital Photography: Advanced

Expand your understanding of digital photography and explore more advanced camera and equipment features. Examine alternative and experimental methods and techniques for capturing and enhancing photographic images. This is a continuation of introductory and intermediate digital photography, and students are expected to have fundamental knowledge of camera functions and the basics of digital photography. Bring your digital camera to class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Intermediate or equivalent experience. ∆
PHOT-722 | 4 sessions | $63.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F01 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Nov. 8-29 | MC-HE 123
F02 W 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Nov. 10-Dec. 8 | MC-HE 123
• NOTE: No class Nov. 24.

Field Classes

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Learn to tell a story using photos. Create single images that capture a decisive moment, or capture a series of images that illustrate unfolding news. Complete real-world assignments and receive immediate constructive feedback. Knowledge gained from this class will equip you to raise your photojournalism skill, whether your goal is to contribute for publication or more effectively illustrate personal projects. Analyze images taken by legendary photojournalists, including Pulitzer Prize winners, and put their award-winning techniques to work! ∆
PHOT-731 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F01 W 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Aug. 25-Sept. 22 | Online
F02 W 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Nov. 10-Dec. 8 | Online
• NOTE: No class Nov. 24.

Nature and Outdoor Photography

Improve your outdoor nature photography skills and expand your creativity. Learn what makes a great photo and understand the techniques professional photographers use. Complete weekly assignments and bring photos to each class for critique. Field trips required independently; details will be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring your digital camera to first class. ∆
PHOT-708 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F01 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Oct. 4-Nov. 1 | Online

Portrait Photography

Create compelling “on location” portraits at home, work or play without the need for a studio or expensive equipment. Learn why a long lens makes faces look great, how to adapt your existing lenses for portrait shoots, and the angles to make your subject look their best. Replicate the aesthetic of a Hollywood motion picture by separating subjects from backgrounds using shallow focus. Learn how to take advantage of available and supplemental light sources. Complete weekly assignments and bring photos to each class for critique. Field trips required independently; details will be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. ∆
PHOT-710 | 5 sessions | $69.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F01 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Nov. 8-Dec. 6 | Online

Enhanced Skills

iPhone® Photography: Move Beyond Snapshots

Learn to take better photos and master basics of the iPhone camera app, including its multiple modes and options. After a primer, you’ll use what you’ve learned during a brief walking tour. Train your “photographer’s eye” through use of available light and composition techniques. Explore the lifecycle of a digital photo—from snap to edit to sharing—with tips for printing, organizing, backup and storage. Make the most of the camera you already carry!
PHOT-720 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
F06 Sa 12-3 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Aug. 28 | STLCC-Corp 207
F07 Th 6-9 p.m. | Gregory Ray
Oct. 7 | STLCC-Corp 207

Darkroom Developing and Printing for Black and White Photography: Part I

Develop and print black and white pictures in a darkroom. Explore chemical mixture, exposure time and use of darkroom equipment. (Note: This is a film developing class, not a photography instruction class.) You must provide film and 35mm camera. Chemicals, developing equipment and some paper will be provided. Please bring film to develop or negatives to print to first class.
PHOT-705 | 6 sessions | $72.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F01 F 6-8:30 p.m. | Cher Petrovic
Sept. 3-Oct. 8 | FP-F 411

Darkroom Developing and Printing for Black and White Photography: Part II

Expand your skills to develop and print black and white pictures in a darkroom. Further, explore chemical mixture, exposure time and use of darkroom equipment. (Note: This is a film developing class, not a photography instruction class). You must provide film and 35 mm camera. Chemicals, developing equipment and some paper will be provided. Please bring film to develop or negatives to print to first class. Prerequisite: Darkroom Developing and Printing for Black and White Photography: Part I or equivalent experience.
PHOT-705 | 6 sessions | $72.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F02 F 6-8:30 p.m. | Cher Petrovic
Oct. 15-Nov. 19 | FP-F 411

Scenic Photography

Nature photography is chaos and the opposite of portraiture (which done under very controlled conditions.) Nature photography requires patience, (sometimes) getting up before dawn, photographing in the elements and a differing use of lenses and camera settings. Share your own images and see images from the instructor as well. ∆
PHOT-723 | 5 sessions | $69.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F01 F 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Oct. 1-Oct. 29 | Online

Street Photography

Why is street photography different from other forms of photography? Learn how to deal with different lighting situations as well as share your images with others. Gain a better understanding of camera settings and what they do in controlling your images. Leave with a nice portfolio from what you have learned and practiced over the five-week series. ∆
PHOT-723 | 5 sessions | $69.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F02 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Oct. 6-Nov. 3 | Online

Candid Photography

Learn how to capture amazing candid images from family events through the use of natural light, flash, camera angles and spontaneity. Learn how to set your camera so you get the best images possible. ∆
PHOT-723 | 5 sessions | $69.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F03 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Stephanie Thurmer
Nov. 2-Nov. 30 | Online

Copyright and Fair Use in Photography and Visual Arts

In the visual arts, protecting your work is often as important as the work itself. What are intellectual property, copyright, creative commons, fair use and public domain? What are the legal differences between commercial, non-commercial and personal usage of images? Discover the issues photographers and artists need to know to safeguard themselves and their work.
PHOT-765 | 1 session | $27.50 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F01 Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Nov. 16 | MC-HE 124


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