Photography

Photography

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Meramec | Corporate College

If taking pictures is your passion and you have an artistic flair, our photography classes will help you build new skills, focus on your strengths, and learn the tricks of the trade necessary to take your passion to the next level. From introductory classes to field photography to lighting, you’ll gain an understanding of all facets.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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Call 314-984-7777 to register for fall classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.



Click on the headings below to view available photography classes:

Core Classes

Digital Photography: Introduction

Come learn the basic skills involved in photography, such as camera skills and the use of light, exposure, and composition. Understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO, basic composition, depth of field and histograms. You will need a digital camera and memory card. Course meets curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials program.
PHOT:720 | $69 | Age 60+: $37
F01 | M 6:30 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Aug 27-Sep 24 | MC - SW, 208
NOTE: No class 9/3.
F02 | Th 7 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Sep 6-Oct 4 | Corp. College, 207
F03 | W 7 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Sep 12-Oct 10 | MC - SW, 108

Digital Photography: Intermediate

This class is geared for you to continue and expand on learning about composition and lighting techniques. You will learn how lighting and composition will change the way you take photos and enhance your skills as a photographer. This class is the next step for introductory photography students or those who have a fundamental knowledge of their camera functions. Bring your camera and accessories. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Introduction or Take Better Pictures: Introduction or equivalent experience. Course meets curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials program.
PHOT:721 | $69 | Age 60+: $37
F01 | M 6:30 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Oct 1-Oct 22 | MC - SW, 108
F02 | Th 7 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Oct 15-Nov 15 | Corp. College, 207

Digital Photography: Advanced

This class is geared for you to continue and expand on learning about composition and lighting techniques. You will learn how lighting and composition will change the way you take photos and enhance your skills as a photographer. This class is the next step for introductory photography students or those who have a fundamental knowledge of their camera functions. Bring your camera and accessories. Prerequisite: Digital Photography: Intermediate or equivalent experience. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Course meets curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials program.
PHOT:722 | $69 | Age 60+: $47
F01 | M 6 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Nov 5-Nov 26 | MC - SW, 108

Field Classes

Nature and Outdoor Photography

Improve your outdoor photography skills and expand your creativity. In this hands-on class, you'll learn the techniques to transform your nature and outdoor photography with infield, hands-on photo instruction coupled with classroom sessions and image critiques. Gain a greater understanding of what makes a great photo, learn the techniques required and pick up some tips and tricks professional photographers use. This class meets in a classroom and in a nature setting. You will need to have your photos developed or printed and brought to the last class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography Introduction or Take Better Pictures: Introduction or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to class. Field trips required on own. Details to be announced in class. Provide own transportation. This course meets the curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials Program.
PHOT:708 | $59 | Age 60+: $39
F01 | Sa 9 am-11:30 am | John Kerans | Sep 8-Oct 6 | MC - SW, 207
NOTE: No class 9/29.

Studio Lighting, Portrait and Indoor Photography

An introduction to the basic techniques of using flash as a primary and secondary light source. Flash and its effects on your imagery will be explored through projects, classroom discussion and image critiques. Bring your digital camera to class. Field trips required. Details to be announced in class. Provide own transportation. Prerequisite: Digital Photography Introduction or Take Better Pictures: Introduction or equivalent experience. Course meets curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials program.
PHOT:765 | $59 | Age 60+: $31.50
F02 | Sa 9 am-11 am | Gary Hesse | Nov 3-Dec 1 | MC - SW, 210
NOTE: No class 11/24.

Field Photography

Learn how to shoot events as a participant-not an observer-and create images that put your audience at the center of the action. Discover how to pick the best lens for each event, choosing from wide angle, normal, portrait or telephoto. Explore how professionals harness natural light to achieve great images. Master the basics of bounce flash to get expert results with just one light. Learn how to use a "shot list" to ensure that you capture all the images that each job requires. Get acquainted with legendary field photographers and learn how to put their techniques to work for you. Prerequisite: Digital Photography Introduction, Take Better Pictures Introduction, or equivalent experience. Bring digital camera to class. Course meets curriculum requirements of the Digital Photography Essentials program.
PHOT:712 | $59 | Age 60+: $31.50
F01 | Sa 9 am-11:30 am | John Kerans | Oct 13-Nov 3 | MC - SW, 207

Enhanced Skills

Architectural Photography

Whether you interested in the commercial applications of architectural photography for real estate or building documentation or if you just have an appreciation for architecture, this course will focus on the methods and techniques of photographing interiors and exteriors of buildings, homes, and landscaping. This hands-on course will include discussions on the choice of equipment, lighting, exposure, wide field panoramic photography, and virtual tours. Bring your digital camera to class. Prerequisite: Digital Photography Basic.
PHOT:710 | $69 | Age 60+: $36.50
F01 | Sa 9 am-11:30 am | Gary Hesse | Sep 29-Oct 20 | MC - SW, 210

Darkroom Developing and Printing for Black and White Photography

Students will learn to develop and print black and white pictures in a darkroom. Explore chemical mixture, exposure time and use of darkroom equipment. Students must provide film and 35 mm camera. Chemicals, developing equipment and some paper will be provided. This is a film developing class, not a photography instruction class.
PHOT:705 | $99 | Age 60+: $59.50
F01 | F 6:30 pm-9 pm | Cheryl Petrovic | Sep 21-Oct 26 | FP - F, 411

Copyright and Fair Use in Photography and the Visual Arts

What is intellectual property, copyright, creative commons, fair use, and public domain? What are legal differences between commercial, non-commercial, and personal usage of images? Come to this workshop to find out about legal forms and releases, copyright, and other issues photographers and artists need to know in order to properly protect themselves and their work.
PHOT:765 | $29 | Age 60+: $19
F01 | Tu 6 pm-9 pm | Gary Hesse | Oct 23 | Corp. College, 205

We also offer a variety of digital image editing classes using Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop and Lightroom... click here to discover more.

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