Even though the current semester of photography classes isn’t over yet, it’s already time to start thinking about what you want to take this summer! Amanda, at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art just released the schedule for summer 2013 classes. Whether you are interested in painting, pottery or photography, there is truly something for every artistic longing! I definitely recommend you check out all of the classes that are being offered, but for my part, I’m excited to announce the classes that I will be teaching.

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Photography 1: Introduction to Digital Photography

Learn how to make the most of your digital camera and create better photographs by taking control of image creation and learning the basics of manual digital camera functions such as ISO settings, white balance, image resolution, shutter speeds and aperture settings. Classes will include hands- on assignments and students will look at historical and contemporary photographers to better inform their own process and learn about image aesthetics. A digital camera with manual capabilities is required for this class, please bring your camera manual to the first class. No computer or photo editing skills will be covered in this class. The book Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson is required.

July 9 to August 13
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm

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Introduction to Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is an essential software for both amateur and professional photographers wanting manage and edit their photographs. The focus of this class will be on learning to download, organize, manage, develop, and present your photography, ensuring a smooth transition to a managed photography workflow. Students will need to bring a laptop computer to class loaded with the latest version of Lightroom (Version 4) as well as the book The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby.

July 10 to August 14
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

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People Pictures: Renew Your Passion for Capturing the People in Your World

Over the course of this class we will look at 30 photographic exercises to renew your passion for capturing the people in your world. The goal is not flattery, but connection and depth. With inspirational introductions and step-by-step instructions, you will explore street, lifestyle, candid, and environmental shots using natural light.
The projects in this course are structured to help you build a strong foundation, tell a story, connect with your subjects, and stretch your abilities to discover your own style. Each one is meant to change how you see and the pictures that you make.
A digital SLR camera is required and students must be familiar with basic manual camera settings. The book People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig is required.

July 11 to August 15
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm

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There are lots of awesome classes, in addition to those that I will be teaching. I definitely recommend you check them out { HERE }, so you can find one that is suited to your schedule and tastes.
Registration will begin online, by phone, and in person at 9am on Monday, May 20th for MOCA members and Tuesday, May 21st at 9am for non-members of MOCA. I suggest calling as soon as possible to reserve your spot in the class you want!