SPRING 2018: Photo Classes at City College

NOTE:  This page lists my upcoming photo classes at San Diego City College for Spring Semester, 2018.  I don’t yet have the specific CRN and time data but this will hopefully get you interested in taking one or more of them.

SPRING 2018: 


This is the beginning class down the digital track and is a prerequisite for many of our intermediate and advanced level courses.  In it we will introduce the students to the digital camera types and operations, history, nomenclature, etc. and will also be covering the foundational issues for all photographers of ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, depth of field, motion rendering, lenses, etc. plus composition/aesthetic issues to make your photos more powerful.  We will also be introducing Adobe Photoshop(tm) as the industry standard serious photo editor.  We’ll cover a proper workflow and process for shooting, editing, outputting.  Projects will include both technical and aesthetic based assignments.

You will need your own DSLR camera.  For classroom classes you can use our digital lab’s computers if you do not have one at home.  For online courses, of course, you will need to have tour own computer capability and at least a fairly recent version of Photoshop.  Although we will be following the general week-to-week pattern of topics and assignments there are no classroom meetings and you can work pretty much at your own pace so long as you meet the assignment and quiz deadlines.

I have two online sections of this class and we also have one classroom based section with Professor Gary Holley. This is an important course to make sure your grounding is solid for going on in our program.

“Introduction to Digital Photography”
Photo 143, CRN xxxxx (Fully Online)
Photo 143, CRN xxxxx (Fully Online)


The ability to use artificial lighting both by itself in the studio or in combination with natural or ambient lighting on location, is the hallmark of the top level commercial/professional photographer.  It is also the foundation for subsequent classes using studio techniques such as portraiture, fashion, advertising, etc.

The 4-credit hour class will cover the topic from light characteristics, lighting styles, lighting instruments (from studio-based units to portable flash including hot lights, cool lights, and electronic flash units), light modification, and selecting the right lighting equipment to deal with various various surfaces and materials.

You will need your own digital or film camera but you can complete assignments using our studios and lights.  We will also cover building your own light and location kits as well which you will need to do for your own work and after the class.

“Photographic Lighting Techniques”
Photo 200A CRN XXXX  Date TBA


The world is full of good photographers, but a small percentage end up making a successful career from their shooting skills.  One of the biggest reasons is a failure to understand the unique business issues in establishing and running a creative services business.  In this class we will cover those business operations issues from creating a business plan, to marketing, budgeting, bookkeeping, and basic legal issues.

This is a two unit class meeting once per week.  The Instructor listed in the schedule retired so I will be teaching it this coming semester.

“Photo Business Operations”
Photo 125 CRN xxxxx


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