‘Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.’ Ansel Adams

‘Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.’ Imogen Cunningham



Basic Level 1: Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera

Learn how to operate your 35mm digital SLR camera and the creative potential of this medium. Whether you are just beginning or have been ‘shooting’ for a while, you will benefit from this class. Learn how to take full advantage of your camera’s capabilities. Topics include: camera handling, use of different lenses, filters, depth of field, shutter speeds, flash photography, tripods, and composition. Join us in an informal atmosphere with emphasis on the individual needs of each student. Students will need a 35mm digital SLR camera with manual controls.

June 8 – 29 (Monday) 6:00-9:00PMFee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street Bristol Instructor: Eric Dreeke

Basic Level 2: Applied Creative Photography

In Basic Level 2 you learn how to use your camera. NOW, it’s time to practice what you’ve learned in this ‘hands-on’ course. The first class begins with a review of the 35mm digital camera and discussion of the indoor and outdoor locations you will be photographing. Practical field training and demonstrations of depth of field, aperture and speed priority settings, ISO control lens speeds, understanding telephoto vs. wide angle lens, image composition, understanding the ‘quality of light’ and how it effects the mood of a picture, time exposures vs. motion capture, capturing textures, surface reflections, and much more. Prerequisite: Basic Level 1 or permission of the Instructor after review.

August 1 – 22 (Sat.) 10 AM – 1 PM Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol Instructor: Eric Dreeke 

Photoshop For Photographers

This course provides hands-on activities that will get you started using Photoshop techniques used to create professional looking images starting with Camera Raw. Learn how to use selection tools, layers, and masks to make corrective adjustments, enhancements, and repairs. Combine filters, overlays, textures and blend modes to create exciting visual effects like the pros! Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills, Students will need to bring a Flash Drive to class.

May 13 – June 10 (W) 6 PM-9 PM Fee: $179 Location: Tunxis@Bristol Instructor: Lisa Cherie

Photoshop Elements 12: The Next Step

Digital Image Control using Photoshop Elements 12. Make your original image into a piece of art. Master the powers of layers along with selection tools to create borders for your photos and quick collages. Learn how to push a photo through text, the out-of-bounds techniques, and turn a photograph into an impressionistic image that looks as if it is painted. Discover how to simulate the Orton Effect and create artistic finishes. Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements Fundamentals/the Beginning or equivalent practical experience with the Instructor’s approval.
Students should bring a Flash Drive to class.

To Be Announced Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT Instructor: Lisa Cherie

Digital Asset Management for Photographers

Do you have 1,000′s of photos? Are you running out of space on your computer hard drive?
Learn how to organize, back up, and archive your digital photos. The class will teach you how storage hardware, file formats, metadata and software applications work together to keep your images safe and easy to find.

May 7 & 14 (Th) 6-9PM Fee: $75 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT Instructor: Kristen Hines Baker

The Art of Photographic Composition

Take more visually compelling photographs as you learn the importance of compositional elements, subject placement, geometry, and lines. This class will teach effective use of photographic concepts which students will apply through several photo composition assignments and discussions.

Check our Fall 2015 announcement, Fee: $75 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT Instructor: Kristen Hines Baker

Flash Photography Made Easy – Introduction to Off Camera Flash Techniques

The only way to understand how to add flash to your images is to do it! This class will give you hands on experience with how to use an accessory flash to improve your images and give them professional consistent quality. Learn the basic techniques of small flash photography, the most useful accessories, set-ups, and much more to photograph anything, anytime, anywhere. All you need is your DSLR and know your shutter, aperture, and ISO settings on your camera. If you have a hot shoe mount flash (Speedlight) you are welcome to bring it. Equipment will be provided by Instructor for use in class.Prerequisite: Digital Level 1 or equivalent practical experience and Instructor approval.

August 3 – 24 (M) 6-9 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT Instructor: Lisa Cherie

Basic Artificial Lighting

The program is designed to introduce the beginning photographer to various artificial light sources and modifiers through a series of presentations and hands on practice. Learn how to manipulate artificial light to produce professional looking images that convey a visual mood. Photographers will use: strobe lights, hot lights, umbrellas, bounce and translucent screens, hard edge and soft edge quality of light, color temperature, white balance, digital histogram, light modifiers, directional lighting, mood lighting, ;hair’ lighting, lighting ratios and more. Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Level 1 or the approval of the Instructor. Students are required to bring their own digital DSLR camera to class.

Check our Fall 2015 announcement 6-9 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main St. Bristol. CT Instructor: Eric Dreeke

Digital Photography Boot Camp

In this intensive two and a half day course you’ll learn how to use your digital camera, how to photograph indoors with available light, and how sunlight at various times of the day affects your photos when you shot on location. Understanding quality of light at different times of the day and knowing how to control camera’s settings at these times is tied directly to how your images of people, places and things will turn out. You will be guided through a series of easy to understand steps including setting menu options for specific situations, auto focusing, ISO settings, JPEG vs. RAW and so much more. This program is a great place to start your adventure in quality photography. Prerequisite: Own a digital camera.

Check our Gall 2015 announcement (W&T) 9 AM – 4 PM, April 17 (F) 9 AM – noon, 3 sessions, Fee: $169 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT Instructor: Eric Dreeke

To Apply

Open the Continuing Education Registration Form, print it, and follow these instructions:

Registration Information

Course fees are payable at time of registration. Confirmations are e-mailed. MC, Visa or Discover number and expiration date. Fax to 860.255.3680.
Register in Person:

  • Monday – Friday: 8AM-4PM

Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street Bristol, CT 06010, Register by Mail: Registration form and check (made out to Tunxis Community College) Mail to: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010Register by Telephone: Have all required VISA, MC or Discover info. ready and call 860.314-4700.

For more information, contact Tunxis@Bristol at 860.314-4700.