Classes - John Patota

Sandhills Community College

Sept 10-Oct 17, Tue & Thur, 6-8 pm

Register at www.sandhills.edu/cereg

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Course Description

At the end of this class, students will be able to take their digital photography from good to great, understand their camera controls and learn to put a little bit of themselves into every photo. Classes will be made up of lectures, demonstrations, critiques and discussions. Students will be encouraged to share their work with the class. Each class will last 2  hours

1. Composition
What makes a good photo?
Strong subject and rule of thirds
Background and foreground elements

2. Camera Settings – Program Mode

3. Camera Settings – Shutter Priority Mode
Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO

4. File Formats – Jpeg and raw
White Balance and Histogram

5. Camera Settings – Aperture Priority Mode
Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO review
Light Metering Modes

6. Camera Settings – Aperture Priority Mode
Depth of Field
Lenses Fast, prime and wide angle lenses
Portrait, telephoto and macro lenses

7. Camera Settings – Manuel Mode
Exposure Triangle - Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO review
Expose for the Highlights

8. Focus Modes
Focus and Recompose

9. Flash - Indoor and outdoor

10. Flash – Fill in flash, off camera flash and diffusers

11. Field Trip – Photo Walk

12. Post Processing
Organizing, Storing and Backing Up Photos
Editing in LightRoom and SnapSeed

Oct 29-Dec 10, Tue & Thur, 6-8 pm

Register at www.sandhills.edu/cereg


The Art of Photography

Course Description

Raise your photography to the next level by learning how to capture amazing images. Students will learn by a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Everyone is encouraged to share their work with the class. Each class will last 2 hours.


1. Stunning Landscapes


2. Panorama Workshop


3. Bracket Your Exposures


4. High Dynamic Range Workshop


5. Capturing Low Light Images


6. Long Exposure Workshop


7. Take Interesting Candid Photos


8. Backlight/Silhouettes Workshop


9. Sunrise, Sunset and the Night Sky


10. Moon Workshop


11. Photographing the Mundane


12. Visual Story Telling