Photography Classes

COCC Community Learning photography classes teach you the basics, enhance your understanding of what your camera can do and challenge the avid photographer to new levels.

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Basic Photography
Are you new to digital photography? Gain an understanding of what makes a good picture and how to take one no matter what kind of camera you use. This class is intended for photographers who have cameras with automatic settings. Learn camera basics, lighting, key shooting techniques and much more. Bring your camera and user's manual.
Robert Agli                     9:00am-4:00 Sa                 18069
1/31                               Bend PIO 114                    Cost $79
Cost $79

Intermediate Photography
Enhance the impact of your images by understanding the elements of composition. Take your camera off auto to discover how controlling exposure, motion, depth of field and focus will get you the shot you truly want. This class is intended for photographers using cameras with adjustable shutter, aperture and other advanced controls. You will especially benefit if your camera uses interchangeable or auxiliary lenses. Bring your camera and user's manual.  The second session includes a field trip.
Ralph Delamarter            8:00am-noon Tu               17964
2/3 to 2/10                     Bend CHLAB 301             Cost $79

Russ Schulz                  6:00pm-09:00 Th             18185
2/12 to 2/19                    Madras MDR 120           Cost $79

Robert Agli                     9:00am-1:00 Sa                                      18070
2/21 to 2/28                    8:00am-1:00 Sa         Bend PIO 114         Cost $79               

Timothy Park                 9:00am-1:00 F                17963
2/27 to 3/6                     Sisters DPL-SI               Cost $79

Timothy Park                  9:00am-1:00 Sa            17962
3/7 to 3/14                      Redmond RTEC 124      Cost $79

Advanced Photography
Discover composition elements that will help you create the WOW factor. Understand how to use your camera’s advanced controls and lenses as creative tools to modify detail, contrast, form and depth. Expand your knowledge of shutter speed, ISO and depth of field as compositional tools. Learn how to use supplementary light sources such as reflectors and flash. See demonstrations of specialty tools and software that can help you move to the next level.  Have your favorite images critiqued in a positive classroom environment. Make sure you bring your camera, lenses and manual.  A camera capable of manual exposure controls is required.
Robert Agli                        9:00am-1:00 Sa             18072
3/14 to 3/21                       8:00am-1:00 Sa             Bend PIO 114     Cost $79

Digital Product Photography I
This class will focus on introductory aspects of shooting product photos with digital cameras in-studio, outside, and on location. Basic studio lighting techniques, the use of props and staging to highlight products, maintaining clarity of detail and true-to-life colors, and a variety of simple but effective Photoshop editing techniques to help perfect your images will also be covered.
Michael Catanachapodaca     1:00pm-5:00 Su            18167
2/1 to 2/8                           Bend PIO 112              Cost $99

Digital Product Photography II
This intermediate class will focus on taking product photos with DSLR cameras using in-studio photography and retouching techniques. Topics will include: creating fine-detail extreme close up shots (macros), editorial staging of props, modern layouts for multi-product shots, maintaining clarity of detail and true-to-life colors, and a variety of retouching techniques to achieve modern popular post-processing looks. Prerequisite: Digital Product Photography I or some product photography experience with a DLSR camera.
Michael Catanachapodaca     1:00pm-5:00 Su             18166
2/22 to 3/1                            Bend PIO 112                Cost $99

Composition: A Key to Better Images
How do you make an image interesting? This class will help you make compelling images by understanding how to create and express your vision with the help of a camera. Class prerequisites: understanding of how to use your camera's controls to make proper exposures, and a passion to make your images reflect a vision. The class covers aspects of photography beyond basic gear, and how to employ composition knowledge and your creativity to make impactful images. The class may also enhance your perception of the world around you.
Abbott Schindler                   6:00pm-9:00 Th              18245
2/26 to 3/5                           9:00am-noon Sa             Bend BEC 154
Cost $89                

Photojournalism Basics
Discover how to tell stories with your photography. This course will teach you techniques to make your photographs convey an idea or tell a story. The focus will be on camera correct work with less emphasis on post-capture software. Learn to optimize your photo display to create great first impressions. A perfect course for wedding photographers, website designers, publishers and bloggers. Amateurs welcome.
Rob Kerr                              9:30am-11:30 M               17970
3/2 to 3/16                           Bend BEC 154                Cost $89

iPhone Photography Basics
Have an iPhone? Discover what is involved with taking a great picture with your phone. The class includes: how to use the camera more effectively, basic composition, editing images, and other apps that add features and benefits.
Timothy Park                      6:00pm-9:00 W                   17959
2/11                                   Redmond RTEC 124           Cost $59

Managing Your Digital Photo Collection
Organize, edit and share photos from your digital camera. Master a few easy photo management tools in Windows so you can stop stressing and start enjoying your photos.
Lars Cousineau                    6:00pm-9:00 MW                17965
2/23 to 2/25                         Bend BEC 156                   Cost $75
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Specialty Photography Classes -

We offer a wide range of photography classes including wildlife, composition, landscapes, sports and action, and much more.

No Limits! George Lepp's Best Techniques
George will demonstrate how to achieve unlimited depth of field in both high-magnification and landscape subjects; portray action, such as lightning strikes and subject movement, in panoramas; improve story-telling with high-definition DSLR video, time-lapse sequencing, and cinemagraphs; get closer while minimizing impact on wildlife subjects with remote camera operation and long lenses; reinterpret the black and white image with infrared capture; and apply high dynamic range to empower scenic work, all in the contexts of creative composition, environmental sensitivity, and photographic responsibility.
George Lepp                      9:00am-4:00 Sa             18236
4/11                                  Bend PCA                     Cost $15

Wildflowers of the Cascades Hiking & Photography
With the expertise of two instructors, you will learn to identify and beautifully photograph diverse wildflowers of the Cascades. Photography instructor Abbott Schindler will instruct in the photographic arts bringing his skills capturing nature with your camera. Damian Fagan will share his expertise in wildflowers and hiking. Your first classroom session will cover all you need to know for the hikes including outdoor ethics, safety and gear both hiking and photography You'll discuss wildflower identification and photographic principles and techniques. Three field sessions will get you into nature to practice your photography and wildflower identification with both instructors. Hikes will begin early in the morning for best light and will be approximately 4 miles in length. One field session may take place in the late afternoon or evening. Times will be discussed in the first classroom session. Your final classroom session, following your last hike, includes review and photo sharing. Many types of cameras will work for this class. The best results will come from cameras with interchangeable lenses with close up capabilities. This class does not cover how to upload images to your computer or how to post-process images. Hiking locations will be dependent on trail and wildflower conditions. Field sessions will take place rain or shine. Difficulty level 2. Liability form required.
Damian Fagan & Abbott Schindler
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