Photography Summer/Fall 2015

‘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

‘You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.’ unknown



Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera (formerly Basic Level 1)

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.

NEW SECTION ADDED!!!! October 8 – October 29 (Thursday) 6:00-9:00PMFee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street Bristol Instructor: Eric Dreeke

Applied Creative Photography (formerly Basic Level 2)

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.

October 17 – November 7 (Sat.) 10 AM – 1 PM Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol Instructor: Eric Dreeke 

Photoshop For Photographers

Have you wanted to use Photoshop but didn’t know where to start? In this Photoshop course you will learn to navigate the program interface, how to properly use Photoshop tools, discover how to re-touch and color correct images as well as an introduction professional image overflows. Learn techniques used to create professional looking images using Camera Raw, layers, masks, filters, and blend modes. Advanced Photoshop users with no formal training will also benefit from this class as tips, tricks, keyboard short cuts and essential foundation skills are covered. Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills are necessary. Students will need to bring a Flash Drive to class.

October 14 – November 15 (W) 6 PM-9 PM Fee: $179 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 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. Please note that Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Bridge will be the primary software for class examples and we strongly encourage students to take this class in conjunction with Photoshop for Photographers.

October 13 & 20 (T) 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.

September 22 & 29 (T), 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.

October 10 – 31, (Sat.) 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT, FIRST CLASS IN BRISTOL WHILE OTHER CLASSES AT OUTSIDE VENUE 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.

November 9 – 30 (M) 6-9 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $145 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main St. Bristol. CT Instructor: Eric Dreeke

Advanced Photography

Combine all your photography skills through the courses you have taken at Tunxis and challenge yourself to continue farther and explore and develop your personal photography style. This course with begin with a quick basic review on shooting in manual settings and editing in Photoshop. Other topics include: shooting environmental portraits, sports, events, finding features, discussing the ethics and copy write responsibility of photography, and completing a photo story package. Prerequisite: Completed other Tunxis classes, or, approval of the Instructor.

November 3 – December 8 (T) 6-9 PM, 6 sessions, Fee $219 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main St. Bristol, CT Instructor: Kristen Hines Baker

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 Fall 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

The Art of Black and White Darkroom Photography

Black and White is regarded by many as the truest expression of the photographic art! Our beginner-friendly course will instruct you how to develop traditional B&W film while learning how to make fine art B&W prints. Train to the techniques of the masters using contrast filters and burning & dodging as you express your creative vision. A 35 mm film camera is required, preferably an SLR with manual-exposure controls.

September 23 – October 28 (W) 6-9 PM, 6 sessions, Fee $219 plus $ 15 payable to Instructor for chemicals, plus photo paper. Location: Room 6-242 Darkroom, Farmington Campus. 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 1-860-606-9722.
Register in Person:

  • Monday – Friday: 8AM-4PM

Register by Mail: Registration form and check (made out to Tunxis Community College)
Mail to: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010
Register 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.