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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.



Photographing People
The intimate portrait and the candid photo - two examples of what makes photography endlessly interesting. This class will cover famous photographers who made memorable photographs of people. There will also be weekly assignments. Basic photography and processing skills required.
Instructor: Harold Shapiro
Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Sep 15 - Oct 13
Facility fee: $15
5 sessions: $120; members: $108

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. This course is designed as part of a series; there will be a follow-up course offered in the following session that focuses processing and the digital darkroom. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge (Mac or Windows). Required: Digital camera with full manual control (usually DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera).
Instructor: Kurt Heumiller
Tuesdays, 7 - 9:30pm, Sep 16 - Oct 21
Facility fee: $15
6 sessions: $170; members: $153

Expanding Vision
This is a non-technical class is for those who have learned the basic digital workflow, and are ready to think about initiating or expanding a cohesive body of work. The emphasis is on portfolio development and a deeper understanding of the process. Students will show past work, discuss ideas, create new work, and formulate an ongoing practice of editing and sequencing. This course will help refine aesthetic and technical skills and take you to the next level of personal expression. Class will consist of critiques, readings, visual presentations, and assignments. Each student will present a body of work by the end of class. One class will be a field trip (date TBD). Any type of camera may be used, but students must be prepared to present finished prints in class. Bring prints to the first class. A portfolio review is required for admission.
Instructor: Phyllis Crowley
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Sep 24, Oct 8, Nov 5 & 19, Dec 3
Facility fee: $15
6 sessions: $144; members: $130

Lightroom and RAW Workflow
In this course, students will use Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit, adjust, and output their photographs. An emphasis will be placed 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 than Photoshop, it is very powerful, and students will learn controls ranging from color correction and black-and-white conversion, to advanced topics such as removing lens distortion. A camera that shoots in RAW is recommended but not required.
Instructor: Kurt Heumiller
Thursdays, 7 - 9:30pm, Sep 18 - Oct 23
Facility fee: $15
6 sessions: $203; members: $183

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.
Instructor: Tung Hoang
Facility fee: $15
a Mondays, 2 - 4pm, Sep 15 - Oct 20
   6 sessions: $162; members: $146
b Mondays, 2 - 4pm, Oct 27 - Dec 1
   6 sessions: $162; members: $146





Shoot Great Video with Your DSLR
Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras can now shoot high-quality video that was once impossible without high-end video cameras. Yet DSLR video has some challenges. This workshop will show students how to get the most out of their cameras without additional gear. We will also cover editing video with programs like iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Final Cut Pro. A list of additional learning resources will be provided. Students need not bring their DSLR cameras to class unless they have specific questions.
Instructor: Charles Landrey
9:30am - 12:30pm, Oct 18
Cost: $50; members: $45





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