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Basic Digital Photography

Ever wonder about all the features of your camera? This "start at the beginning" course will teach you how to capture great-looking images with your DSLR or mirrorless camera. Basic Digital Photography is a broad introduction to digital photography geared towards a simple understanding of the fundamentals without too much science. You will learn techniques to improve your photography of any subject right away for social media or any other use you may have.

Instructor: John Reed


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Basic Digital Photography II

Learn more about your camera and get creative! The second in the basic digital photography series, Basic Digital Photography II is designed to build upon the basics. This course will move deeper into the basic concepts to teach you exactly what the camera is doing, which will allow you to gain more creative control over your images. You will learn in further detail the shooting modes so you can find the one that works best for you. Learn how to move beyond the camera default settings in metering, focus, and exposure as well as working with all aspects of depth of field.

Instructor: John Reed

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How to Take Professional Photos with Your iPhone

Learn how to take your iPhone photos to a professional level. With advancements in smartphone technology, you can take amazing pictures with your smartphone camera; this course will teach you how to use the camera's features and where to look. With a focus on using your iPhone, you will learn tips and tricks that you can use every day such as composing your scene to create depth, optimizing your iPhone camera settings, telling a story in your photos, utilizing light sources, and professionally editing photos on your iPhone. Make your iPhone photos stand out from the rest!

Instructor: Tim Robinson

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Jaguar on a tree

Digital Photography – Photo Safari at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Hone your wildlife photography skills with a morning at the Jacksonville Zoo. This is a hands-on, in-the-field workshop so bring all the gear you wish to use or want to learn more about. Lessons and individual help will be given along the way. All camera types are welcome. We will cover several varied types of photo situations, so you can take home your own "safari" photos — just as if you'd gone to Africa!

Instructor: John Reed


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Woodland trails

Digital Photography – Photo Safari at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens

Join us for a full morning of hands-on photography work in the field at the beautiful Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens. The focus is on capturing the flora, nature, and landscape in the 120-acre urban woodland. Both structured lessons and a time to shoot on your own with expert help will guide you through the process of taking stunning images of nature. The class size is small to ensure ample one-on-one help. All camera types are welcome. Bring your manuals for reference. Enjoy the cooler weather in the outdoors and take home some wonderful photos.

Instructor: John Reed

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Fernandina Beach sunrise

Digital Photography – Fernandina Beach Center Street and Marina

Enjoy a morning of photographing the picturesque streets in Fernandina Beach. You will focus on the Fernandina Beach Center Street and Marina which abounds with a variety of coastal subjects. All camera types are welcome. Bring your manuals for reference. The workshop includes group lessons on techniques and exercises to help you find creative shots.

Instructor: John Reed


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Southbank Riverwalk

Digital Photography – Jacksonville Riverfront: Southbank Riverwalk

Join us for a view of your hometown while strolling along the Southbank walk. This workshop will help you capture new perspectives of the skyline across the river and how to incorporate additional subjects like boats, bridges, buildings, and more. In group lessons on photography fundamentals, learn techniques to expand your vision to go beyond the “usual” shots, regardless of the camera you use. The class size is small to ensure ample one-on-one help.

Instructor: John Reed

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Downtown Jacksonville

Digital Photography – Urban Art & Photography: Downtown Jacksonville

Art is in the eye of the beholder and can be found everywhere. Join us in this workshop that will demonstrate finding art in an urban setting. Lessons include photography fundamentals, recognizing arrangements in subject matter, and techniques with your camera, no matter what type of camera you are using. Learn to see beyond what is before you. The class size is small to ensure ample one-on-one help. Spend a quiet and relaxing morning in downtown Jacksonville and go home inspired.

Instructor: John Reed

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Photo Editing Courses

Using Adobe Photoshop

Digital Photo Editing with Photoshop

Enhance your photography skills with our Digital Photo Editing with Photoshop course. You'll become proficient in Adobe Photoshop and learn key techniques for improving digital photos, including adjustments in color, brightness, and sharpness, as well as combining images, cloning, and retouching. Understand the differences between RAW and JPG formats. This interactive workshop includes live demonstrations by the expert instructor. Bring your laptop to participate actively, using pre-selected images provided in class for hands-on practice.

Instructor: John Reed

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Woman using Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom Classic for Digital Editing

Digital photography produces an explosion of images and keeping track of them can be a real challenge. Learn how to make order out of chaos using Adobe Lightroom Classic. The Library Module lets you import, catalog, and add keywords to your photos. The Develop Module provides powerful editing tools for color adjustment, cropping, red-eye removal, and making other corrections. With Lightroom’s non-destructive feature, you can edit the photo without altering the original file.

Instructor: John Reed


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