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For digital photography classes, the Workshop’s photo department has 6 computers: 3 Mac and 3 PC. When signing up for these classes, please state your preference. Students with laptops may bring them instead of using CAW’s computers. Photoshop CS4, CS5 or CS6 is recommended. Students must provide their own paper for printing. For darkroom classes, tuition includes the use of the lab during class hours.



Color Digital Photography
This course will discuss the importance of color in photography. The history and theory of color will be covered, and famous color images will be considered. Students will work on images in monochrome, exploring different techniques of converting appropriate color images to black and white. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of basic Photoshop skills and camera controls.
Instructor: Harold Shapiro
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Mar 16 - Apr 6
Facility fee: $15
4 sessions: $100; members: $90

Digital Process: Lightroom and RAW Workflow
In this course, we will use Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit, adjust and output photos. An emphasis will be placed on using the RAW capture that most SLR and Mirrorless digital cameras offer in order to have the most control of the images. While Lightroom is designed to be a much simpler, intuitive program that the Photoshop, it is very powerful and students will learn controls ranging from color correction and black & white conversion to advanced topics such as removing lens distortion. A camera that shoots in RAW is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge (Mac or Windows).
Instructor: Kurt Heumiller
Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30pm, Mar 17 - May 5
Facility fee: $15
8 sessions: $271; members: $244

Digital Capture: Digital Camera Technique
This course will focus on understanding the digital camera and rules of composition. Students will learn to use their camera’s controls to express their vision, to use compositional techniques to draw interest and gain an understanding of lighting to make the most impact with their photos. Through demonstrations, assignments and critique, students will develop as photographers. This class is NOT a Photoshop class, as the main goal is getting the most out of your camera. There will be another course offered in the following session that focuses processing and the digital darkroom using Lightroom. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge (Mac or Windows). Required: Digital camera with full manual control (usually DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera).
Instructor: Kurt Heumiller
Thursdays, 7 - 9:30pm, Mar 19 - Apr 23
Facility fee: $15
6 sessions: $170; members: $153

Expanding Vision
This class is for students ready to think about initiating or expanding a cohesive body of work. The emphasis is on portfolio development and deeper understanding of the photographic process. Students will show past work, discuss ideas, create new work and formulate an ongoing practice of editing and sequencing. We will meet every other week to allow time for making new work. The course will refine aesthetic skills and deepen personal expression with critiques, readings, presentations, and assignments. Each student will present a body of work by the end of class. Any kind of camera can be used, but student must be prepared to present finished prints in class. Bring prints to the first class. A portfolio review is required for admission. A field trip may be substituted for a class.
Instructor: Phyllis Crowley
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Mar 18; Apr 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27
6 sessions: $144; members: $130

Individual Instruction
Instructors are available for individual critiques or instruction on an hourly basis. Cost: $60 per hour.



Introduction to Photoshop
Learn to use the computer as a graphic arts tool. Students will learn simple color correction, photo retouching, illustration and photo manipulation. This course will also cover capturing and enhancing student’s images from a variety of sources, including digital cameras and scanned prints and photographs. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge.
a Instructor: Tung Hoang
   Mondays, 11am - 1pm, Mar 16 - Apr 20
   Facility fee: $15
   6 sessions: $162; members: $146
b Instructor: Tung Hoang
   Mondays, 11am - 1pm, Apr 27 - Jun 1 (except May 25)
   Facility fee: $15
   5 sessions: $135; members: $122
c Instructor: Tung Hoang
   Mondays, 11am - 1pm, Mar 16 - Jun 1 (except May 25)
   Facility fee: $25
   11 sessions; members: $248





iPhone Photos: Photographing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Explore the possibilities of making visually beautiful yet challenging photographs with the iPhone! We will begin with an illustrated lecture on iPhone photography and projects. Then we will download and introduce some exciting applications for image processing before photographing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown New Haven. After lunch, we’ll return to CAW to download and further edit images. We’ll continue editing images and upload them to tumblr to view a slideshow of everyone’s work. Smartphone, preferably iPhone, required. Please bring USB cable. Some previous experience with image capture and editing highly recommended. Please bring your lunch to class.
Instructors: Meredith Miller & Rob Rocke
Sunday, 10am - 5pm, Mar 15
Facility fee: $5
Cost: $123; members: $111

Tabletop Studio: Small Product Photography
Higher quality images and better composition bring in more sales and generate more revenue from online shops. This workshop will go over basic techniques for lighting and photographing small objects on a budget. These techniques are useful for photographing pottery, jewelry, vintage and thrift store goods, or any small item for listing on ecommerce websites such as Etsy and eBay. Bring an object to be photographed (nothing too large, it must fit on a table) and a camera. Any type of digital camera is sufficient as long as you are comfortable using it (DSLR, point and short, smartphone or tablet).
Instructor: Jonathan Weekes
Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm,
Apr 18
Cost: $50; members: $45

African American Photographers
Explore the role of African American photographers throughout American history. This lecture will highlight the role of iconic African American photographers such as James Vander Zee, Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, Renee Cox, Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson. We will examine early daguerreotypes of African slaves and the transformation of photographic representation with the emergence of African American photographers. This course will provide a critical examination of the role of photography as a tool of documentation as well as its formation of social constructs.
Instructors: Lachell Workman
Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm,
Apr 11 Cost: $50; members: $45





Creative Arts Workshop   80 Audubon Street   New Haven, Connecticut 06510   p) 203.562.4927   f) 203.562.2329