Photography

Photography

Our digital photography 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 Certificate

Earn our continuing education certificate by successfully completing the following courses:

  • Digital Photography the Basics
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements Part 1 **
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements Part 2 **
  • Introduction to Photoshop CC **
  • Advanced Photoshop CC **
  • Light: The Essence of Photography
  • Using Lighting to Create Spectacular Portraits
  • Presentation and Display Techniques for Photographs

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

Our courses

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.
1 session, $100* (includes a $15 lab fee)

20912 Sat 11/4 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CAT 105
27771 Sat 2/24 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CAT 105
27773 Sat 4/7 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, $270* (includes a $135 lab fee)

20910 M/W 11/27 - 12/13 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 105
27272 T/Th 1/30 - 2/15 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 103

PHO-326 Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics    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 exposure and focus, and introduce you to the more advanced settings to get the most out of your camera and grow your skills.
6 sessions, $250* (includes a $125 lab fee)

27777 M/W 4/30 - 5/16 6:30 - 9:30 pm CAT 105

PHO-346 Adobe Photoshop Elements 15: Part 1
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).
5 sessions, $240* (includes a $100 lab fee)

27774 M/W 2/21 - 3/7 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 105

PHO-347 Adobe Photoshop Elements 15: Part 2
This is the second course in the three-part series on Adobe Photoshop Elements 15, the #1 selling consumer photo-editing software. In this course, you will be taught how to use the advanced 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).
$240* (includes a $100 lab fee)

27775 M/W 3/19 - 4/2 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 105

PHO-348 Adobe Photoshop Elements 15: Part 3
This is the third course in the three-part series on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12. This course will take your photography to the next level while creating results for your business. Get creative using tools such as color fills, gradients, patterns, and overlays. 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).
$240* (includes a $100 lab fee)

27776 M/W 4/9 - 4/23 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 105

PHO-343 Introduction to Photoshop Creative Cloud     2.4 CEUs
This continuing education course is designed for professional standard Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 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.   Topics include working with image selections and layers, adjusting, retouching, resizing and preparing finished images for Web and print use. No text.
8 sessions, $325 (includes a $95 lab fee)

27781 T/Th 2/27 - 3/29 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 103

PHO-344 Advanced Photoshop Creative Cloud     2.4 CEUs
This is the second of a two-part series on Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 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. No text.
8 sessions, $325 (includes a $95 lab fee)

27782 T/Th 4/10 - 5/3 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CAT 103

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 $40 lab fee)

27778 Sat 2/17 - 2/24 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CAT 103

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, $90* (includes a $35 lab fee)

27780 Sat 4/14 - 4/21 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CAT 103

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, $90* (includes a $35 lab fee)

27779 Sat 3/24 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CAT 103

PHO-327 Introduction to Sports Photography     1.2 CEUs
Learn the tools 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 Prince George's Community College Sports Teams. This semester you will be photographing both the basketball and baseball teams.
4 sessions, $180*(includes $65 lab fee)

28099    This session will be photographing the men's and women's basketball team .  Please meet the instructor in CAT 105 and then you will go to the field where the game is being held.

  • The class will meet on Wednesday 1/10 at 6 pm in classroom for men's game at 7 (6-9)
  • The class will meet on Friday 1/12 at 6 pm in classroom for critique of photos (6-9)
  • The class will meet on Wednesday 1/17 at 5 pm in the gym for women's game at 5 and men's games at 7 (5-8)
  • The class will meet on Friday 1/19 at 6 pm in classroom for critique of photos (6-9).

28100    4/27-5/5  This session will be photographing the men's baseball team.The schedule may change once the actual games have been set. The dates should be determined by the end of February 2018.

Upon successful completion of these courses please call 301-546-0873 or e-mail itcerts@pgcc.edu to request your certificate.