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. Sept. 18 – Oct. 9, Monday, 6 – 9 PM Fee: $149, Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT. Instructor: Eric Dreeke.

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 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: Basic Level 1 or permission of the Instructor after review.  Oct. 14 – Nov. 4, 12, Saturday,; 10AM – 1PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $149, Location: To Be Announced by Instructor, off-site of Tunxis, Instructor: Eric Dreeke

To register call 860-314-3700.

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. Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, Tuesday, 6 – 9 PM, 6 sessions, Fee: $219, Location: Farmington Tunxis Campus, room 6-227, MAC Lab., Instructor: Lisa Cherie

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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. Sept. 26 – Oct. 10, Tues. 6 – 9 PM, 3 sessions, Fee: $109, Location: Room 6-227 main campus Farmington Mac Lab, CT. Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker. 

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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. Sept. 27 – Oct 4, Wednesday, 6 – 9PM, 2 sessions, Fee: $79 Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT, Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker

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Dramatically increase the impact of your photos using the versatile and powerful light from a hot shoe flash (speed light). Cut right to the chase with hands on learning on how to use a speed light on- and off-camera. Classes include plenty of opportunity for students to get real-life shooting experience from products to portraits. No matter your current skills you will learn about lighting, camera settings, diffusers, and how to use your hot shoe flash with ease. Students must bring their own DSLR camera to class and a hot shoe flash if you have one. Off-camera flash equipment will be provided by the instructor for class use. Recommended Prerequisite: “Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera” or equivalent practical experience. A $20 materials fee to be paid to the instructor at the first class. Sept. 27 – Oct 4, (W); 6 – 9PM, 2 sessions. Fee $79 Location: Tunxis@Bristol 430 North Main Street, Bristol CT. Instructor: Lisa Cherie

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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. Oct. 23 – Nov. 13, Monday, 6-9 PM, 4 sessions, Fee: $149, Location: Tunxis@Bristol, 430 North Main Street, Bristol, CT, Instructor: Erik Dreeke

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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.Program will be offered Spring semester 2018. Instructor: Kristen Hines-Baker

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 10 – 12, 2018 Wednesday & Thursday 9 AM – 4 PM, Friday 9 AM – 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 Photography18 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.

‘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

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