Photography

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Meramec | 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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314-984-7777

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Core Classes

Digital Photography: Introduction

Learn the basic skills of photography and how to use your digital camera. 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 your digital camera to class. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:720 | 4 sessions | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Jan. 21-Feb. 11 | MC-SW, 207
P02 W 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
Jan. 22-Feb. 12 | STLCC-Corp, 207
P03 Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
April 16-May 7 | STLCC-South County, 104

Digital Photography: Intermediate

This class is the next step for introductory photography students or those who have a fundamental knowledge of camera functions. Expand your understanding of light, color and exposure. Special emphasis will be placed on RAW image file support. Improve your skills as a photographer by learning how to photograph in more challenging lighting situations, and to correct and enhance your images. Bring your digital camera to class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:721 | 4 sessions | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
March 3-31 | MC-SW, 207
• NOTE: No class 3/17.
P02 W 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
March 4-April 1 | STLCC-Corp, 207
• NOTE: No class 3/18.

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. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:722 | 4 sessions | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
April 14-May 5 | MC-SW, 207
P02 W 6:30-9 p.m. | Gary Hesse
April 15-May 6 | STLCC-Corp, 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. 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. Bring a digital camera to first class. Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:765 | 4 sessions | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | John Kerans
Jan. 25-Feb. 15 | MC-HE, 123
P02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
Jan. 27-Feb. 24 | MC-HE, 123
• NOTE: No class 2/17.

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. Bring digital camera to first class. Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:708 | 4 sessions | $44.50 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
P01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | John Kerans
Feb. 29-March 28 | MC-HE, 123
• NOTE: No class 3/21.
P02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
March 2-30 | MC-HE, 123
• NOTE: No class 3/16.

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! Bring a digital camera to first class. Field trips required on own; details to be announced in class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:731 | 5 sessions | $48.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | John Kerans
April 4-May 2 | MC-HE, 123
P02 M 6:30-9 p.m. | John Kerans
April 6-May 4 | MC-HE, 123

Enhanced Skills

Darkroom Developing and Printing for B&W Photography: Part I

Develop and print black and white pictures in a darkroom and explore chemical mixture, exposure time and use of darkroom equipment. Students must provide film and 35mm camera. Chemicals, developing equipment and some paper will be provided. This is a film developing class, not a photography instruction class. Please bring film to develop or negatives to print to first class.
PHOT:705 | 6 sessions | $72.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
P01 F 6:30-9 p.m. | Cheryl Petrovic
Jan. 31-March 13 | FP-F, 411
• NOTE: No class 2/14.

Darkroom Developing and Printing for B&W 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. Students must provide film and 35mm camera. Chemicals, developing equipment and some paper will be provided. This is a film developing class, not a photography instruction class. 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 | 6 sessions | $72.50 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
P02 F 6:30-9 p.m. | Cheryl Petrovic
March 27-May 8 | FP-F, 411
• NOTE: No class 4/17.

Studio Lighting, Portrait and Indoor Photography

This class serves as an introduction to the basic techniques of studio and location lighting. Learn 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 through discussion and demonstration in a hands-on environment. Learn effective and economical tips and techniques to achieve professional results. Bring your digital camera to class. Field trips required; details to be announced in class. Provide own transportation. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience.
PHOT:711 | 4 sessions | $45 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P01 Sa 9-11:30 a.m. | Gary Hesse
Feb. 22-March 14 | MC-BA, 105

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Interested in photographing culinary creations and finds? Be sure to check out "Introduction to Food Photography and Food Styling."


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