Picture Perfect Photography

Specialty Courses




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 a deeper understanding, familiarity and ease of camera operation. Bring your digital camera and manual to class. Take pictures with confidence and consistency.

Total Cost: $39 (includes $39 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-358-A2
Thursday, Sept. 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ

Course #: XXZ-358-B2
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ


Course #: XXZ-358-C2
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Steve Solomon

Course #: XXZ-358-D2
Thursday, Oct. 9, 6 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ
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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). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-477-A2P
Saturdays, Oct. 4 and 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (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 35 mm digital or film camera to familiarize yourself with aperture settings and shutter speed, meter functions, lenses and accessories, light and composition. Includes an additional session for mid-course review of student work! This class does not focus on point-and-shoot cameras. Bring your camera to class to take photos and discuss. Prerequisite: Operating a Digital Camera.

Total Cost: $139 (includes $139 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-566-A2P
Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Nov. 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (7 sessions)
Instructor: Ken Corbran

Course #: XXZ-566-B2P
Tuesdays, Oct. 14 - Nov. 25, 7 – 9 p.m. (7 sessions)
Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ
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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, a basic photography class or experience with an adjustable camera. Instructor: Walt Calahan

Total Cost: $95 (includes $95 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-478-A2P
Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 22, 7 – 9 p.m. (5 sessions)
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Specialty Courses

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 welcome. Bring your digital camera, manual and charged battery. Tripods are welcome but not necessary. Prerequisite: Operating Your Digital Camera. Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ

Total Cost: $55 (includes $55 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-201-A2PT
Wednesdays, Oct. 1 and 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (2 sessions)
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Digital Photo Artistry

Turn your photos into masterpieces using Adobe Photoshop! Regardless of your artistic abilities, you can attain: black and white images with impact, watercolor effects, photo collages, and many more creative interpretations. Working with your own digital photographs, learn to use filters, digital brushes and Photoshop framing techniques to produce a picture that matches your vision. Some experience with Photoshop is helpful but is not required. Instructor: Cathy Gilleland

Total Cost: $119 (includes $119 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-480-A2
Thursdays, Oct. 9 - Nov. 13, 7 – 9 p.m. (6 sessions)
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How to Control Depth of Field

Utilize your camera and lens capabilities to emphasize your photographic vision. Understanding depth of field enhances expression and draws attention to your photos by isolating and emphasizing the scene, subject or action. Bring a tripod or other device for stabilizing the camera and charged batteries. Class may be held indoors or outside. This class focuses on SLR cameras only. Prerequisite: Crafting the Photograph. Instructor: Steve Solomon

Total Cost: $30 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-140-A2P
Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. - noon
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Create art from your iPhone photos! Take a standard photo and apply artistic filters, combine multiple images to create layered effects, add textures, and develop artwork that was never before possible. Explore the different apps available and how to use them. Artistic training is not required; just bring your imagination! This class focuses on iPhones only. Instructor: Cathy Gilleland

Total Cost: $30 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-176-A2
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 – 9 p.m.
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New! Portrait Photography

Create distinctive photographic portraits. Learn the basics of available and controlled lighting techniques that provide the foundation for making portraits with psychological depth and impact. Learn to set up a simple portrait studio. Photograph a live model. Use various backgrounds, props, reflectors, posing techniques and lighting arrangements. Bring your digital SLR with medium length (18-55mm or longer) zoom lens and manual to class. Prerequisite: Crafting the Photograph. Instructor: Walt Calahan

Total Cost: $77 (includes $77 fees); includes modeling fee. MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-953-A2P
Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 19, 7 – 9 p.m.(3 sessions)
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New! Lighting on a Shoestring

Great lighting can make your photography subjects shine. Learn tips and tricks on how to use existing lights, create your own “lighting landscape” for each subject and create some tools such as light modifiers from everyday objects to supplement your gear bag. Bring your digital camera, manual and battery charged. Prerequisite: Beyond the Snapshot or Crafting the Photograph. Instructor: Sue Izard

Total Cost: $79 (includes $79 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-885-A2MP
Tuesdays, Oct. 7 - 21, 9:30 a.m. – noon (3 sessions)
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New! Nikon DSLR: Advanced and Functions

Learn to operate the advanced features and functions of Nikon DSLRs. Review the menus, buttons and dials of your Nikon. Topics include Active D-Lighting; metering modes including program, guide and scene modes; focusing modes; setup, shooting, playback and custom setting menus; color space and noise reduction. This class focuses on Nikon DSLR cameras only. Bring your Nikon DSLR with memory card, User’s Manual and charged battery to class. Prerequisite: Operating the Digital Camera or significant experience with a Nikon DSLR camera. Instructor: Daniel Humphries-Russ

Total Cost: $61 (includes $61 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-578-A2P
Wednesdays, Oct. 22 - Nov. 5, 7 – 9 p.m. (3 sessions)
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Focus on 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.

Ken Corbran has more than 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and teaching photography classes. He started as a freelance sports photographer photographing PGA golf and USCF Cycling events, and youth soccer, hockey, and baseball leagues. Corbran’s photos capture live-action images rather than static portraits” giving the viewer a sense of involvement in the sport. He has also shot corporate events, executive portraiture and architectural landscapes, and has operated photography businesses in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Cathy Gilleland has been working with Adobe Photoshop for more than 10 years. A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, she teaches and leads workshops on digital imaging, as well as selling her own work and using it to promote wildlife habitat restoration through non-profit organizations.

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. Learn more by viewing his website.

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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