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It's a snap to improve your photos

Written On: 11 September, 2015
Category: Continuing Studies
Related programs:  Photography

Looking to go from shutterbug to lens leader? We have short workshops and extensive photography courses that will put you on a roll!

Throughout this fall, you have many options to improve your picture-taking skills, whether you're looking to improve your holiday portraits, share better selfies, take classy product shots, or pursue professional post-processing.

You'll find evening and weekend courses in Brandon, Dauphin, Russell and Gimli over the next few months, with more coming this winter. Here's a sample:

BRANDON

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
CRAF-0232
Tuition: $69 (plus GST)
Instructor: Darlene Perkin
Duration: 3 hours
Start: Nov. 5, 2015
Thursday 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Want to take better photos but not sure where to start? This is the course for you! No matter what type of camera you have, you’ll learn a lot in this fun course. Starting with your camera’s features and some basic composition techniques, you’ll soon master your camera settings, be inspired with creative techniques and explore the potential of your flash.
• Bring your DSLR camera and its manual. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged as you will be using it.

PHOTOGRAPHY 1
CRAF-0013
Tuition: $219
Instructor: Jim Atkinson
Duration: 6 weeks/18 hours
Start: Jan. 2016
This course is designed for people who are beginners with a single-lens reflex camera. Your SLR camera must have interchangeable lenses or have settings you can change to manual mode. The course covers camera controls, how to get the proper exposure, auto focus, lenses, composition, filters, special effects, closeup photography, matting and flash.
• This course welcomes 35 mm film cameras as well as digital cameras

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
COMP-0535
Tuition: $69 (plus GST)
Instructor: Colin Corneau
Duration: 3 hours
Start: Oct. 8, 2015
Thursday 6 - 9 p.m.
Discover how to capture the best possible images using your smartphone. Learn about the basics of framing, lighting and holding your phone to make the best use of the small lens. Find specific apps for shooting, editing and sharing your photos. Some of the apps discussed in class may be purchased online for a small fee, but they are not required. Class will include a practical component with instructor feedback. Whether you just like to snap pictures with your phone or you’re ready to leave your bulky camera at home, our experienced photographer will teach you to take great photos on-the-go!
• Please bring your phone and charger.

PHOTOSHOP 1
CRAF-0152
Must have: Some computer experience
Tuition: $219
Instructors: Jim Atkinson &
Darlene Perkin
Duration: 6 weeks/18 hours
Start: Sept. 22, 2015
Tuesdays 7 - 10 p.m.
Snapping a photo is just the start! Learn basic ways to manipulate your images and how to print great prints using Adobe Photoshop and your imagination. You will learn about resolution, file formats, how to adjust levels, resize images, include text and many exciting and fun ways to enhance your images. Make prints to take home of your work in class (a small charge to cover ink and photo paper costs may be paid to the instructors at the end of each class). Bring your own pictures on a jump (flash) drive, camera memory card or CD. In order to take your pictures home, please bring a jump (flash) drive.
• This course is held at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School; enter through the north doors on the west side.

PHOTOSHOP 2
CRAF-0181
Prerequisite: CRAF-0152 Photography — Digital 1
Tuition: $219
Instructors: Jim Atkinson &
Darlene Perkin
Duration: 6 weeks/18 hours
Start: Nov. 3, 2015
Tuesdays 7 - 10 p.m.
Now you can build on what you learned in Photoshop 1. Learn how to work with RAW files, how to write and use Actions to streamline your workflow, how to simulate the infrared effect, and other fun things. You’ll also make an impressionist photo using the art history brush plus try many other exciting new techniques to make your pictures stand out. Bring your own pictures to work on each week. Make sure you have some scenic photos for the first week. In order to take your picture files home, please bring a jump (flash) drive. Make prints to take home of your work in class (a small charge to cover ink and photo paper costs may be paid to the instructors at the end of each class).
• This course is held at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, north doors on the west side.

PARKLAND (Dauphin)

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
CRAF-0232
Tuition: $69 (plus GST)
Instructor: Todd Pederson
Duration: 3 hours
Start: Sept. 30, 2015
Wednesday 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Want to take better photos but not sure where to start? This is the course for you! No matter what type of camera you have, you’ll learn a lot in this fun course. Starting with your camera’s features and some basic composition techniques, you’ll soon master your camera settings, be inspired with creative techniques and explore the potential of your flash.
• Bring your DSLR camera and its manual. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged as you will be using it.

PHOTOGRAPHY – PORTRAITS
CRAF-0247
Tuition: $59
Instructor: Todd Pederson
Duration: 2½ hours
Start: Oct. 7, 2015
Wednesday 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Get useful tips on creating better portraits. Topics include lighting, posing and color harmony. Bring your cameras, lenses and other equipment you may have.

PHOTOGRAPHY 1
CRAF-0013
Tuition: $219
Instructor: Todd Pederson
Duration: 6 weeks/18 hours
Start: Oct. 14, 2015
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9 p.m.
This course is designed for people who have limited knowledge of an SLR camera and how to use it. Your camera (35 mm film or digital SLR) must have interchangeable lenses or have settings you can change to manual mode. The course covers camera controls, how to get the proper exposure, auto focus, lenses, composition, filters, special effects, closeup photography, matting and flash.

RUSSELL

PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS WORKSHOP
CRAF-0308
Tuition: $59 (plus GST)
Instructor: Andrea Gorda
Duration: 3 hours
Start: Nov. 7, 2015
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m.
Improve your snapshots! Move beyond Automatic Mode into Manual Mode; basics of aperture and shutter speed; composition basics. Students are welcome to bring their own camera, however, the instructor will be using a DSLR. Students should also bring the instruction manual for their camera.

GIMLI

BEGINNER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
CRAF-0232
Tuition: $99 (plus GST)
Instructor: Caroline Groot
Duration: 3 weeks/9 hours
Start: Nov. 5, 2015
Thursdays 6 - 9 p.m.
Want to take better photos but not sure where to start? This is the course for you! No matter what type of camera you have, you’ll learn a lot in this fun course. Starting with your camera’s features and some basic composition techniques, you’ll soon master your camera settings, be inspired with creative techniques and explore the potential of your flash.
• Bring your DSLR camera and its manual. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged as you will be using it.