Full Slate of Photography Courses at Rockbridge Regional Center This Fall

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Categories: adult learning     /     Tags: adult education, non-credit, rrc

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College has scheduled a full slate of non-credit photography courses this fall at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista with professional photographer Chuck Almarez, owner of “Fire and Light Gallery” in Clifton Forge, as the instructor. All classes will meet from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

A brand new course, “iPhone Magic,” is the first offering, and includes two sessions, on Wednesday, September 13 and 20. Students will learn seven tips and tricks to get the best results from their iPhone cameras, including how to use the different modes, controlling DSLR camera exposure controls, shooting with dark shadows and bright highlights, and even close-up and panoramas. Students are asked to  bring their phones to class; Android cameras may also be used. Tuition is $50.

Beginning Digital Photography (four class sessions, Thursdays, September 14 through October 5) will familiarize students with the features and capabilities of modern digital cameras, including hands-on explanations of lenses, shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO settings and how each can affect the final image. Students will have a good understanding of how to use their camera controls for best results, especially for exposure, and how composition plays a critical part in art and photography. Tuition is $90.

Adobe Lightroom Orientation (one session, Thursday, October 12) This free one-night workshop is an introduction and orientation to Lightroom. Students will learn why they should be using Lightroom and how it fits into the image editing workflow. There is no tuition fee.

Intro to Adobe Lightroom (four class sessions, Thursdays, October 19 – November 9) Lightroom is an organizational tool with significant editing and output capabilities. It has become the industry standard for serious photographers from around the world. Students will learn how to import, organize, rate and tag images, and then output them in a variety of ways: print, slideshow, books, and web galleries. By the end of this course students should understand how to import their images into Lightroom; how to edit, refine, or get creative using Lightroom tools; and how to output images from Lightroom to a variety of destinations. The tuition fee is $180.

Beginning Photo Editing (five class sessions, Thursdays, November 16 through December 21) will familiarize students with image editing and refinement techniques using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students will  understand how the camera captures a digital image, how that image is processed in-camera, how to output the image to a computer for further refinement and processing, and the various methods for processing using Elements. Output and sharing options are also covered including output to print, slideshow, books, and email. Tuition is $90.

Intermediate Photo Editing (four class sessions, Thursdays, January 11 through February 1 ) provides students an in-depth look at the tools needed to create realistic photo compositions, how to restore damaged or faded photos, and how to colorize a black & white photo. In addition to understanding and using Layers, masks, & modes, students will also learn to use the various methods of selecting elements from one image and introducing them into another. In order to be successful in this class, students should have a good working knowledge of basic Photoshop functions including opening, closing, and saving a file. Completion of the “Beginning Photo Editing” course is strongly recommended. Tuition is $90.

Students are asked to bring their own cameras to class, as well as a laptop.

To register, contact Doug Jones, Programs Coordinator, at (540) 863-2870 or For more information about these courses, contact Almarez at