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Fall 2018 

Camera Boot Camp: Introduction to Manual Settings

Instructor: Judith Soule
This class presents an introduction to manual settings on your digital SLR camera, so you can get out of auto and start shooting in manual. We’ll discuss shooting modes, image storage capabilities, file types, menus, exposure, light, shutter effects, and the resulting creative possibilities. A digital SLR camera is preferable but any camera with manual capabilities will work as well for this class. No previous camera knowledge or experience is required. Photo editing skills will not be covered in this workshop. Please bring the manual that came with your camera to class.
Members $75, Nonmembers $90

October 12
Friday, 9:30 -4:30pm 
1 Day Workshop; Beginner
F1816

Beyond the Snapshot: Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

Instructor: Jennifer German 
Capture your family’s story by taking photographs of your children that go beyond a snapshot and truly document the moment. Learn the basic techniques of informal portraiture and candid action shots as well as how to see and use available light to your advantage. All levels and all camera’s welcome including DLSR, point and shoot, and smartphone cameras
Members $35, Nonmembers $40

November 3
Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm
1 Day Workshop
F1822

Capturing Natural Light Portraits, Ages 13 -17

Instructor: Jennifer German
Understanding light is the key to a great portrait. Learn to use available light sources to go beyond the basic snapshots and create images that express emotion and depth. Please bring your own digital camera (either point-and-shoot or digital SLR) to the class.
Members $25, Nonmembers $30

October 13
Saturday, 1:00 – 4pm
1 Day, Teen Workshop
F1823

The Science of Photography

Instructor: Jim Setzer
This course is dedicated to the science and technologies of photography and videography. Delve deeper into the mechanics, optics, physics and the other facets that make up the technical aspects of digital imagery. Students of any level can benefit, from beginning photographers who would like to have a more in depth understanding, to experienced photographers wanting to take their art to the next level. The course will cover exposure, lenses, camera systems, lighting, and printing.
 Members $100, Nonmembers $115

October 4 to November 8
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
6 Weeks; Beginners
F1821

Lightroom I: Introduction to Lightroom

Instructor: Judith Soule
Adobe Lightroom is essential software for both amateur and professional photographers wanting to manage and edit their photographs. The focus of this class will be on learning to download, organize, manage, develop, and present your photography, ensuring a smooth transition to a managed photography workflow. Students will need to bring a laptop computer to class loaded with the latest version of Lightroom as well as the book The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition by Scott Kelby.
Members $115, Nonmembers $130

October 3 to November 14 (No Class October 31)
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm
6 Weeks; Intermediate to Advance
F1820

Photo I: Introduction to Photography

This class presents a solid foundation of digital SLR camera use through in-class demonstrations and lectures as well as hands on classwork and homework. Lectures and assignments cover manual shooting modes, image storage capabilities, file types, menus, exposure, light, shutter effects, and the resulting creative possibilities. A digital SLR camera is preferable but any camera with manual capabilities will work as well for this class. No previous camera knowledge or experience is required. Photo editing skills will not be covered in this class. Please bring the manual that came with your camera to the first class. The book Understanding Exposure, 4th Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson is required.
Members $115, Nonmembers $130

October 2 to November 6
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
6 Weeks; Beginner
Instructor: Judith Soule
F1814

October 4 to November 15 (No class October 18)
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am
6 Weeks; Beginner
Instructor: Lauren Keim
F1815

Photo II: Beyond the Basics

Instructor: Lauren Keim
This course will build upon the material covered in Intro to Digital Photography I and meets at MOCA. Students will use the technical knowledge from the first class to deepen their understanding of how camera settings can artistically impact the final image. Learn how to manipulate light and create compositions that strengthen your images. Through discussion, photo critique and weekly assignments, we will explore a combination of technical and creative elements designed to create stronger, more intentional photographs. In-class videos as well as hands-on activities will further reinforce concepts presented throughout the series. It is recommended that students have a white balance 18% gray card for class, and a 50mm prime lens. Please bring your camera to the first class. Participants must have taken Introduction to Digital Photography or have permission from the instructor to take the course.
Members $115, Nonmembers $130

October 2 to November 13 (No class October 16)
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am
6 Weeks; Intermediate
F1817

Photo II: On Location

Instructor: Judith Soule
This course is a continuation of the Introduction to Digital Photography class and meets off site at designated location. Students will learn how to be more creative with their digital photographs by further exploring light and composition as well as additional camera settings and shooting in black and white. The emphasis of this class is shooting photographs. Students will be given shooting assignments during class to help them learn new techniques. Students must have taken Intro 1 or have permission from the instructor to take this class. Knowledge of photo editing software is helpful but not required. The book Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David DuChemin is required. This class meets at various offsite location and primarily on Thursdays, with the exception of Saturday, October 20.
Members $115, Nonmembers $130

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00pm
October 4, 11,18, 25
November 1
Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30am
October 20
6 Weeks; Intermediate to Advance
Offsite
F1818

Photo III: Shoot Outside the Box

Instructor: Lauren Keim
Expand your skills as a photographer and apply them practically in this newly designed class.  Shoot Outside the Box will combine a mix of classroom experiences and location shooting to strengthen your abilities in making stronger images. This class will provide opportunities to practically apply information on light, location, and composition as you work toward creating images that truly reflect your vision no matter the situation. Explore street, portrait, and landscape photography, among other genres, as you learn to see the scene before making images that begin to reveal your own personal style. Week one meets at MOCA, while other weeks will meet either at MOCA or outside the classroom, depending on the weather. Please bring your camera to the first class. Participants must have taken Photo I and/or Photo II or have a solid knowledge of the manual settings of their DSLR, as these things will not be covered in class.
Members $115, Nonmembers $130

October 3 to November 14 (No class October 17)
Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am
6 Weeks; Intermediate
F1819

Private Lessons

Having trouble matching your schedule with our current photography offerings? Get one-on-one instruction in Photography and/or Photoshop related areas that meet your specific photographic needs and goals. Date and time of lessons to be determined by the student and instructor.  Lessons must be scheduled for a minimum of one hour, but may be billed in 1/2 hour increments thereafter. Private lessons should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance if possible. Payment is required as soon as the lesson is scheduled. In the event of a cancellation students must notify instructor at least 4 days (96 hours) prior to the scheduled lesson or will be charged for the session. Also, no refunds will be given if a student fails to attend a scheduled session. 

Members $45 per hour for one person or $60 per hour for two people 
Nonmembers $60 per hour for one person or $75 per hour for two people

For more information or to schedule, please contact the education department at 425.0000 x. 329 or email Truly@virginiamoca.org