The Tunxis Photography Camp for teens camp will immerse students in the art and craft of digital photography. Students will research, compose, and capture digital photographic projects while expanding their techniques with light as they work with various lighting techniques.  Our hands-on camp is comprised of  fun  yet challenging curriculum dedicated  to educating today’s aspiring photography students.  Students will learn professional techniques on location and in the classroom. Understanding manual settings, compositional elements, Photoshop editing skills, documentary photography and the art  of  photographic composition will be covered.

Prior experience in photography is not needed to enroll in this camp.
All photography students are required to bring a digital camera with manual exposure control to camp.

Age Group 12 – 14

July 29 – August 1, (M – TH), 9AM – Noon     $129

Age Group 15 – 17

August 12 – August 15, (M – TH), 9AM – noon    $129

Age Groups will be enforced.

Location: Tunxis Community College, Farmington CT
Instructor: Kristen Baker-Hines

To register, call 860.314.4700
Space is limited

Learn how to operate your digital SLR camera and discover its creative potential. Whether you are just beginner or have some experience, you will benefit from this course. Take full advantage of your camera’s capabilities. Topics include: camera handling, understanding ISO ratings, lens choices, creative filter use, working with aperture and shutter controls, when to use flash, and demystifying your camera’s menus, plus, much more. Join us in an informal atmosphere with emphasis on the individual needs of each student. Students will need a digital (DSLR) camera with manual control capability. September 16 – October 7, 2019, 6 – 9 PM Fee: $149, Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT. Instructor: Eric Dreeke.

To Register for the class call 860-314-4700

In “Understanding your Digital SLR Camera” you learned how to use your digital camera. Now it’s time to practice what you’ve learned in this hands-on outdoor course. The class meets every week at four different photogenic locations, all within easy driving distance of the college. Each session will highlight particular camera skills learned in the classroom, and apply them to that week’s location. Every location will offer different challenges for the beginning and experienced photographer! A few of the many skills covered are as follows: choosing the right ISO for the lighting conditions, should aperture, shutter priority, or manual exposure settings be used, would a CPL filter be appropriate, is a tripod necessary, is depth-of-field a concern, what would be the best lens choice for the location, and much more. Plus, one session will be devoted to using shutter-priority to “freeze” or “blur” the motion of falling water. In another session, using aperture-priority, you’ll learn to take better outdoor portraits using reflectors and fill-flash. You’ll gain confidence in your camera skills with each session, in a fun-filled informal atmosphere. Prerequisite: Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera or permission of the Instructor before the start of class.  October 19 – November 9, 2019, Saturday,; 10AM – 1PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $149, Location: To Be Announced by Instructor, off-site of Tunxis, Instructor: Eric Dreeke

To register call 860-314-4700.

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 retouch and color correct images as well as an introduction to 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. Basic computer skills are necessary. Students will need to bring a flash drive to class. October 29 – December 3, 2019, Tuesday, 6 sessions, 6 – 9PM, Fee: $219, Location: Farmington Tunxis Campus, room 6-227, MAC Lab., Instructor: Lisa Cherie

To register call 860-314-4700

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. This class will teach you how storage hardware, file formats, metadata and software applications work together to keep you images safe and easy to find. Bring a USB drive or external hard drive with a group of photos you would like to use for a class example. Please note that Adobe Bridge will be our primary software for class examples. We recommend you take this class prior to Photoshop. Prerequisite: computer skills. October 10, 17, 24, 2019, Thursday 6 – 9PM, Fee: $109, Location: Room 6-227 main campus Farmington Mac Lab, CT. Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker. 

To register call 860-314-4700

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. December 12 & 19, 2019, Thursday 2 sessions, 6 – 9PM, 2 sessions, Fee: $79 Location: Farmington main Campus room 6-227, MAC Lab, Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker

To register call 860-314-4700.

One of the most useful tools to take your photography and be creative to the next level is learning how to use your external flash unit off the hot shoe of your DSLR camera.In this class you will learn the fun and easy way to create stunning pictures and portraits without the use of complicated equipment. Feel comfortable, confident, and excited about using a small portable off camera flash unit off camera to create studio lighting in any location. Off camera flash equipment will be provided by the Instructor for the class. Recommended Prerequisite: “Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera” or equivalent practical experience. A $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor at the first class. December 4 & 11, 2019, (W); 6 – 9PM, 2 sessions. Fee $79, Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT. Instructor: Lisa Cherie

To register call 860-314-4700

Back by popular demand, the first of several photo courses on lighting. You can’t get this anywhere else!

This course 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. Demonstration and practice of: hot lights, strobe 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” light, lighting ratios, mixed source lighting, portrait, full figure, and group lighting, lighting on a “shoestring,” studio strobes – large and small. Prerequisites: Completion of “An Understanding of Your Digital SLR Camera” and “Applied Creative Photography” or approval of the instructor. Students are required to bring their digital SLR camera to class. Lighting equipment is not required but may be brought to class for personal use by the student. October 28 – November 18, 2019, Monday, 6-9 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $149, Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT, Instructor: Erik Dreeke

To register call 860-314-4700.

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. Spring 2020, 6 – 9PM, 6 sessions, Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT, Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker. A $25 materials fee will be paid to the Instructor at the first class.

To register call 860-314-4700.

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. January  8 – 10, 2020, W&Th. 9AM – 4PM, Fri. 9AM – noon; Fee: $169; Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT; Instructor: Eric Dreeke.

To register call 860-314-4700.

Non-credit Photography students who complete the following classes and have their portfolio reviewed and accepted by our Instructors will earn a non-credit certificate in creative photography from Tunxis Community College.

Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera
(Formerly Level 1)**Digital Photography Boot Camp can substitute for this class
12 hours
Applied Creative Photography
(Formerly Level 2)
12 hours
Photoshop for Photographers
(Formerly Photoshop Elements)
18 hours
Basic Artificial Lighting or Flash Portraits
(Formerly Flash Photography)
12 hours
Advanced Photography 18 hours

To request a review you will need to contact Victor Mitchell, Director of Business and Industry Services for Tunxis Community College. He will arrange a time the drop-off your  material for review.

Tunxis Community College non-credit Creative Photography Certificate will be presented in May. Please allow 30 days for the review process to take place.

To register call 860-314-4700.

Expand your vision from photo enhancement for business to seniors having fun turning photos into photo paintings!  If you use photographs in your work or play this class will help you with both!

  • Find out how to edit your photos so they look phenomenal.
  • Learn tips on photo composition.
  • Discover how to use creative photo apps.

This class will benefit any endeavor, from small businesses to restaurants, start-ups to senior citizens, from inspiring artists to photo sharing with family and friends. Learn how to turn your photos into works of art that can be used in your blog, on your website, or in your social media posts.  Learn how to create your own photo art gifts and tell a story using photo collage.

You are required to have an iPhone 6/6S or later &/or an iPad with the option to purchase photo apps for a few dollars (average $2-4) for your devices.

Bring your iPhone &/or an iPad (batteries charged and remember your Apple id/passwords for downloading apps). Please download the free app Snapseed on your devices before the first class.

October 16 – November 6, 2019, W, 6 – 9PM, Fee: $149

Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street, Bristol

Instructor: Andy Mars

‘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