Potomac State to offer ‘Advanced Digital Photography’ class

Would you like to take your interest in photography to the next level? With Potomac State College’s 5-week special interest course in Advanced Digital Photography, you can unleash your creative potential while learning to use your camera to capture thoughtful, expressive works of art that you would be proud to display and share. The class will meet on Wednesdays from September 11 through October 9, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Academy Hall, Room 309.

   The digital age has made photography easier but course instructor and long-time photographer, Raymond Burner doesn’t think that it has necessarily made the results better. “Not too many years ago, when you had to buy a roll of film that was capable of capturing only a couple of dozen images, carefully load it into your camera, and then pay to have it developed, photographers spent more time thinking about what and why they were taking a picture before they pushed the button,” he argues. That thought process, he believes, led to better picture taking. Now, with a digital camera the photographer can fire off hundreds, even thousands of frames, with no consideration to the cost, and maybe there might be one or two real “keepers.”   The ease of digital photography has created a quantity over quality situation.

   Students in Advanced Digital Photography will learn to capture more “keepers” with the techniques and information that will be taught in class. Sessions will include topics like composition, available light portraiture, exposure, landscapes, nature, sports, macro, depth of field, artificial lighting, night photography, and much more.

Although the class is not Photoshop intensive, each session will also include some post-processing techniques utilizing the popular photo editor.

Students will shoot weekly assignments and then have their work subjected to a friendly critique by the instructor and fellow classmates.

     Photographers interested in enrolling in the class should already have a basic working knowledge of their camera and basic computer skills. Photoshop skills are not required. A DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera is recommended, although an advanced point and shoot is also acceptable.

     Students will earn one hour of college credit. Enrollment is limited and classes similar to this, taught by a professional photographer, cost many times the $75 enrollment fee at Potomac State. For additional information or to enroll, contact Enrollment Services at 304-788-6820 or click here.