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Photography

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ 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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314-984-7777

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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.

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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. Any make or model is acceptable.

Core Classes

Introduction to Digital Photography

If you want to take memorable photos but don’t understand how your camera works, this course is designed for you. Each session, you’ll learn two or three principles of photography and how to apply them to your camera. Between classes, you’ll put those principles to work by shooting a weekly assignment and returning with your photos for a personal, detailed critique. Gain an understanding of technical terms (e.g., aperture, shutter speed and ISO), and artistic terms (e.g., rule of thirds, leading lines and depth of field.) This course meets the curriculum requirements for the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-720 | 4 sessions | $74 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
June 7-28 | MC-SW 207
S02 W 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
June 9-30 | MC-SW 207
PHOT-720 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S03 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
May 25-June 22 | Online
S04 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
July 1-29 | Online

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. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-721 | 4 sessions | $74 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 M 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
July 12-Aug. 2 | MC-SW 207
S02 W 6-8:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
July 7-28 | MC-SW 207

Field Classes

Nature and Photography

Improve 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. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-708 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S02 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
May 27-June 24 | Online

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Learn to tell a story using photos. Create 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. Extend your photojournalism skills, 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 learn how to put their award-winning techniques to work! Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-731 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S01 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
June 29-July 27 | Online

Portrait Photography

Create compelling “on location” portraits at home, work or play without the need for a studio or expensive equipment. Uncover why a long lens makes faces look great. Discover how to adapt your existing lenses for portrait shoots and choose angles to make your subject look their best. Replicate the aesthetic of a Hollywood motion picture using shallow focus. Explore 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. Course meets the curriculum requirements for Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT-710 | 5 sessions | $68.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
S02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
July 12-Aug. 9 | Online

Enhanced Skills

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 | $78 AGE 60+ | $115 REG
S01 F 6-8:30 p.m. | Cheryl Petrovic
May 21-June 25 | 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 and 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 35mm 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 B&W Photography: Part I or equivalent experience.
PHOT-705 | 5 sessions | $60.50 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
S02 F 6-8:30 p.m. | Cheryl Petrovic
July 9-Aug. 13 | FP-F 411
• NOTE: No class Aug. 6.

Wild Animal Photography

Discover the wild side and learn how to get an awesome photograph of a non-domesticated animal. Class topics will include selecting the image you want to take, understanding the importance of angles and aperture, and evaluating background and lighting. You must provide your own camera.
PHOT-708 | 4 sessions | $99 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
S01 Sa 10-11:30 a.m. | Marian Brickner
June 5-26 | Online

Architecture and Real Estate Photography

Whether you are interested in the commercial applications of architectural photography for real estate or building documentation, or simply have an appreciation for architecture, this course is for you. Learn the methods and techniques of photographing interiors and exteriors of buildings, homes and landscapes. Get hands-on and discuss equipment, lighting, exposure, wide field panoramic photography and virtual tours. You must provide own camera and transportation. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction.
PHOT-710 | 4 sessions | $60.50 AGE 60+ | $85 REG
S01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Gary Hesse
June 5-26 | MC-SW 207

Close-Up and Macro Photography Workshop

Explore the hidden world of close-up photography from the macroscopic to the microscopic. Delve into selecting lenses and accessories and grasp exposure and lighting techniques to achieve professional results. Recommended: Bring your camera and tripod (if available).
PHOT-730 | 1 session | $48 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
S01 Th 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Gary Hesse
July 10 | MC-SW 207

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. “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Make the most of the one you already carry!
PHOT-720 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
S06 Th noon-3 p.m. | Gregory Ray
June 12 | STLCC-Corp 210
S05 Th 5-8 p.m. | Gregory Ray
July 15 | STLCC-Corp 210


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