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Camera Classes
Specialty Topic Classes


Camera Classes

Operating Your Digital Camera

So ... you’ve switched from film to digital photography. What are all those buttons and settings and when should you use them to get the best images? Learn to understand the camera and how it works, distinguish between automatic settings, and determine the best type of settings to use for different situations. Hands-on practice during class provides deeper understanding, familiarity and ease of camera operation. Bring your digital camera and manual to class. Take pictures with confidence and consistency! Instructor: Steve Solomon

Total Cost: $39 (includes $39 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-358-A4
Thursday, May 1, 6 – 9 p.m.
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Course #: XXZ-358-B4
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. - noon
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Course #: XXZ-358-C4
Thursday, May 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
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Course #: XXZ-358-D4
Thursday, June 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
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Beyond the Snapshot: For Point and Shoot Cameras

Point! Shoot! And Presto! ... Great pictures! Or so you thought. Operating your camera was supposed to be easy, but you need help. Learn the difference between the Auto and Program settings and why the photo turned out too dark. Examples of everyday photo situations are given to show how to use the automatic settings. Bring your point-and-shoot digital camera and manual to this hands-on class. Prerequisite: Operating a Digital Camera. Instructor: Leslie Blauhut Chesley

Total Cost: $61 (includes $61 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-477-A4P
Monday and Wednesday, May 5 and 7, 9 a.m. – noon (2 sessions)
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Crafting the Photograph

Use your SLR camera to the max! Learn the basics of 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) photography though hands-on digital and film SLR experiences. Use your own 35mm digital or film camera to familiarize yourself with aperture settings and shutter speed, meter functions, lenses and accessories, light and composition. The course includes an additional session for mid-course review of student work! Note: not for point-and-shoot cameras. Bring your camera to class to take photos to discuss. Prerequisite: Operating a Digital Camera. Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ

Total Cost: $139 (includes $139 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-566-A4P
Tuesdays, May 6 - June 17, 7 – 9 p.m. (7 sessions)
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Applied Photography

Learn how and when to apply basic camera techniques to create accomplished photographs of people, animals, landscapes, plants and still life. Explore depth of field, shutter speed, filters, lenses and more. Bring your loaded single lens reflex (SLR) digital or 35mm film camera to each class. Prerequisites: Crafting the Photograph or a basic photography class or experience with an adjustable camera. Instructor: Walt Calahan

Total Cost: $95 (includes $95 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-478-A4P
Wednesdays, May 7 - June 4, 7 – 9 p.m. (5 sessions)
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Specialty Topic Classes


NEW! Landscape Photography

Step outside and discover real world solutions to landscape photography. First meet in the classroom to discuss the basics of landscape photography, then go out to shoot on location in Carroll County. The second class meets on location (directions are given in first class). Learn practical, hands-on solutions in the field. Bring your digital camera, manual and charged battery. The course is for all digital cameras. Prerequisite: Beyond the Snapshot or Crafting the Photograph. Instructor: Walt Calahan

Total Cost: $89 (includes $89 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-127-A4PT
Saturdays, June 7 - 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (3 sessions)
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Available Light Photography

Learn to take pictures without a flash at concerts, sporting events, by candlelight, of fireworks or holiday lights. Use your digital camera in this hands-on class to explore lens speed, apertures, shutter speeds and ISO, and other settings where a flash just won’t work. Take photos in and out of the classroom. Returning students are welcome. Bring your digital camera, manual and charged battery. Tripods welcome but not necessary. Prerequisite: Operating Your Digital Camera. Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ

Total Cost: $55 (includes $55 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-201-A4P
Wednesdays, May 21 and 28, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (2 sessions)
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Focus on our Instructors

Walter P. Calahan, nationally-known freelance photographer for various advertising agencies, corporations and national magazines, brings his unique talent and 23 years of experience to his teaching.

Leslie Blauhut Chesley, owner of Bluehat Studios Photography, helps business clients easily get from headshot to marketing collateral. She constantly explores how to blend the traditional values of photography with modern technology and digital demands for both business and personal clients. She shares her years of experience running a small business as an instructor and project developer for Carroll Community College.

Daniel Humphries-Russ, a professional photographer, has over 30 years’ experience including 18 years’ experience with digital photography. He worked for the Pittsburgh Press and was the master printmaker for Allied Photo Industries producing marketing materials for Fortune 500 companies, including United States Steel (USS), Alcoa, Mellon Bank, PNC Bank, Gulf Oil, Koppers and Westinghouse. Since 2008, he has concentrated on producing large format, limited edition, original fine art prints. His website is http//www.humphries-russ.com.

Steve Solomon, professional photographer and owner of S.V. Solomon Photography, brings 14 years of photography experience to his teaching to help students understand and create strong photographs, using the latest techniques.

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