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Our digital photograph classes are taught by working photographers and unite vision, style and technical proficiency to clarify students’ ideas. The college uses a real-world hands-on approach to teaching students the technique, aesthetics and conceptualization skills needed to create a photographic portfolio that all students can be proud of.

Digital Photography

The six-course continuing education certificate in Digital Photography documents that you have the basic skills and knowledge required to enter the competitive market of digital photography.  The courses focus on building your technical skills and enhancing your creativity. 

To earn this certificate successful completion of the following classes is required:

 Digital Photography the Basics,  

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12:  Part 1 ** 

 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12:  Part 2 ** 

Introduction to Photoshop CS6, ** 

Advanced Photoshop CS6,  ** 

Light the Essence of Photography,   

Using Lighting to Create Spectacular Portraits, and  

 Presentation and Display Techniques for Photographs  

** Please note that you only need to complete either Adobe Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS6

 Upon successful completion of these courses please call 301-322-0873 or e-mail itcerts@pgcc.edu to request your certificate.

CRE-383 Digital Camera Basics Workshop 

Start from the very beginning! Learn digital camera operation, photographic principles and get some hands-on experience with your camera. Lunch talk on basic composition principles. Bring your digital camera (charged or with fresh batteries), its manual and a bag lunch with you. Enroll early; class size limited to 16. 

1 session, $84 

 83168        S             10/25-10/25     9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   CAT-105

87467        S             2/14-2/14         9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   CAT-105

87468       S             4/11-4/11         9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   CAT-105

PHO-300 Digital Photography the  Basics   1.8 CEUs 

In this class students will be shown how to use a digital camera. Topics will include the fundamental elements of aperture, shutter speed and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) speed. Students will be introduced to composition and lighting, digital pixel displays of images and controlling the composition of depth. Please bring your own camera to class. Students will have the opportunity to have their own work evaluated by the instructor. There is a $10.00 fee for printed materials payable to the instructor.

6 sessions, $250*(includes a $125 lab fee) 

82622   TTH    11/4-11/20        6:30 -9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

87463   TTH    2/3-2/19            6:30 -9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

 87466   TTH    4/7-4/23           6:30 -9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

*****PHO-326 Digital Photography:  Beyond the Basics******  NEW CLASS   1.8CEUs

This continuation class is designed for digital SLR camera owners who have started using the manual modes (aperture priority, shutter priority or manual) and who want to learn more and take their photography a step further.  We will learn fine tune expsore and focus, and introduce you to the more advanced settings to get the most out of your camera and grown your photograpy.

6 sessions, $250*(includes a $125 lab fee)

83170  MW     11/24-12/15             6:30 - 9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

87469 TTH     5/1-5/19                  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

PHO-340 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12: Part 1     1.2 CEUs   NEW 

Tired of red eyes in your photos? Then this is the course for you. Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 is the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software. In this course, the first of a three-part series, you will be shown how to create extraordinary photos and
how to quickly share your memories in online albums and unique print creations. You will be shown how to easily organize and protect all your photo and video clips. Students should have basic PC and Windows skills. Students are required to bring a USB
portable drive to each class. Note: $20 fee for printed materials payable to the instructor at the first class. 4 sessions, $165* (includes a $55 lab fee)

87470  MW   2/2-2/11            6:30-9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

PHO-341 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12: Part 2   1.2 CEUs     NEW

This is the second course in the three-part series on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software. In this course, you will be taught how to use theadvanced features of the software including layers and masks.
Students are required to bring a USB portable drive to each class. Note: $20 fee for printed materials payable to the instructor at the first class. 4 sessions, $165* (includes a $55 lab fee)

87471  MW   2/23-3/4           6:30-9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

PHO-342 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12: Part 3   1.2 CEUs     NEW

This is the third course in the three-part series on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software. This course will take your photography to the next level while creating results for your business.  Get creative using tolls such as color fills, gradients, patterns, and over lays.  Create layer masks, grayscale masks, and clipping masks to show or hide various parts of your image.  Students are required to bring a USB portable drive to each class. Note: $20 fee for printed materials payable to the instructor at the first class. 4 sessions, $165* (includes a $55 lab fee)

80064 TTH   12/2-12/11        6:30-9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

87472 MW   3/16-3/25        6:30-9:30 p.m.         CAT-105

PHO-315 Light-The Essence of Photography   1.2 CEUs

Light establishes mood, defines character, and creates a setting. Discover how professional photographers manipulate natural and artificial light sources to enhance and strengthen an image. Prerequisite: PHO-300: Digital Photography: The Basics. A $5 fee payable to the instructor is due at the first class session for the text

2 sessions, $160* (includes a $35 lab fee) 

83171   Su       11/2-11/9  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MH-1004

87458   Su       3/8-3/15   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MH-1004

 PHO-317 Presentation and Display Techniques for Photographs      0.6 CEU

The presentation of printed digital images is critical to its appeal. Topics will include: cutting and matting, color and material selection, archival preservation, gallery and museum hanging, and lighting display methods. Bring in original prints and artwork for matting, as well as, ready-to-be framed prints or art work to both sessions.

2 sessions, $85* (includes a $30 lab fee) 

83183    SU      12/7-12/14    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MH-1004

87462    SU      4/26-5/3       9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MH-1004

PHO-316 Using Lighting to Create Spectacular Portraits      0.6 CEU 

Study the lighting techniques that are needed to create spectacular portraits. Topics include: lighting ratios, props, gels, lamps, backdrops, multi-spot use and creating atmosphere and mood. A $5 fee payable to the instructor is required for the text. Prerequisite: PHO-300: Digital Photography The Basics.

1 session, $85*(includes a $30 lab fee) 

83173  Su     11/23-11/23  9 a.m.-4 p.m.   MH-1004

87461 Su     4/12-4/12      9 a.m.-4 p.m.   MH-1004

 PHO-321 Introduction to Photoshop CS6   2.4 CEUs 

Create powerful images with the professional standard Adobe Photoshop CS6 using the format MAC. This is the first course in a two part series designed for professional photographers or those hobbyists that want their images to have that professional look. This software redefines digital imaging with powerful new photography tools and breakthrough capabilities for complex image selections, realistic painting, and intelligent retouching. Students must have basic computer skills. Students are required to bring a USB portable drive to each class.

8 sessions, $288*(includes a $50 lab fee)  

87464     TTH       3/3-3/26     6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  CAT 103

PHO-322 Advanced Photoshop CS6   2.4 CEUs  

This is the second of a two part series on Adobe Photoshop CS6 using the format MAC, the industry standard for professional photographers and graphic designers. In this course, you will be shown how to use the more advanced features of this powerful software including special effects, blending modes, layers, master selection tools and the Save-for-Web tool.  Students are required to bring a USB portable drive to each class. Prerequisite: PHO-321: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Part 1.

8 sessions, $288*(includes a $50 lab fee)   

83187    TTH        10/21-11/18   6:30 -9:30 p.m.  CAT-103

87465    TTH        4/7-4/30        6:30 -9:30 p.m.  CAT-103

*****PHO-327-Introduction to Sports Photography*****    NEW CLASS    1.2 CEUs

Learn the tolls and techniques for taking great sports images with your DSLR camera.  We will discuss shooting sports using semi-manual and full manual exposure modes, preset and custom white balances, the elements of exposure value, and much more.  This class includes classroom instruction, location shooting of the PGCC Owls sports teams and a follow up critique.  You will be photographing the mens soccer games

 4 sessions, $165*(includes $55 lab fee)

87145   S  1/12-1/26     9:00 A.M. - 2:15 P.M.    CAT 105