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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

CPTO 2 Smartphone Photography

The best camera you own is the one you have with you at the time. Let’s face it, even if you own a fancy schmancy DSLR with all the shiny bells and whistles, you probably don’t lug all of that gear around 24/7. But you probably DO have a smartphone with its built-in camera. Sadly, most smartphone images stink—and it’s not the camera’s fault. Whether you take dozens of selfies, like photographing your meals, or enjoy snapping hundreds of shots on vacation, knowing how to use that smartphone camera properly will set your images above the pack. Professional photographers, Mike Caplan and John Petrovic will show you how to use good techniques of lighting and composition to capture an image. Finally they will show you how to finish that image using various apps and create a work of art every time. Bring to class your fully charged iPhone or Smartphone and power cord. Students are welcome to repeat the class.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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CPTO 8 Photography Basics for Beginners

Just beginning to explore photography? Get the most out of your digital camera by learning how it works and discovering how to use some of its basic functions. Learn to compose your shots and begin to understand the difference between a so-so picture and a good photograph. Part of the course will be driven by your input -- what you want to learn or discuss. Plan to provide your own transportation to one class which will meet at an outdoor location (TBD). Bring your DSLR to class each week. Students 14-17 may register for this class through the Explore program and attend with a registered parent or other authorized adult. Call (847) 543-2615 for more information.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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CPTO 31 Introduction to Fine Art Photography

Creativity begins with the vision of the photographer. Realize and expand your vision through a better understanding of your digital camera’s capabilities. Through lecture, demonstrations, critique and shooting assignments learn how technical aspects of your camera impact the image, how to use multiple exposure, how to execute interval timer shooting. You will also get an introduction to the potential of photo editing software. Bring your digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens to class. Students 14-17 may register for this class through the Explore program and attend with a registered parent or other authorized adult. Call (847) 543-2615 for more information.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: No

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CPTO 33 Photographing City Lights at Night

Fascinated by the city at night? Explore the world after dark, discovering the marvelous colors hiding in plain sight, and learn the basics of photographing streets, city lights, stores and windows at night. Required for each class: a laptop with photo editing software pre-loaded (e.g. Lightroom 6 or later, Adobe Photoshop or Coral Paintshop), your Digital SLR with interchangeable lens and a tripod. Experience interactive learning through lecture, demonstrations, critique and post-processing assignments. Discover what you have been missing after dark. Two of the nights we will shoot on location. You will need to provide your own transportation. This class is for intermediate to advanced photographers. Students 14-17 may register for this class through the Explore program and attend with a registered parent or other authorized adult. Call (847) 543-2615 for more information. No class October 17.

Typically Offered: Offered fall only

Offered Spring 2018: No

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CPTO 54 Introduction to Photoshop

Explore the world of creativity that photo editing software opens up to the photographer. Learn to use the basics of Adobe Photoshop and how it can work with Lightroom and other independent products. Intended for photographers who have a good understanding of camera functions and have experience creating compositionally strong photos but who have little experience with Photoshop. Build a strong foundation for exploring the possibilities that Photoshop offers to improve your images. Coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CC software but Mac users should not have any issues. Bring your laptop (Mac or PC) with Adobe's Photoshop CC or later updates (2014 or newer) installed and functioning. Specific shooting assignments will provide images for practicing specific techniques.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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