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Beginning Photography

Class Registration Details:
Instructor:Denise Russell, Howard Stickler
Location: Main Campus, Fort Pierce, BCIE Building Y, Room 102
Dates:September 27, 2021 - December 13, 2021
Times:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Class will now start Sept. 27, 2021
Cost: $229.00
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Course Description:

    This is a class about the basics of photographyIt is designed to be a concise introduction to photography for new camera owners, along with being an enlightening refresher course for seasoned photographers and professionals.  

In this class you will learn:

- How to use the manuel settings on your camera to properly expose a photo quickly and easily. 

-What the aperture is and how to use it creatively. 

-What shutter speeds to use for effect and how to prevent common mistakes.  

-What your ISO means and how to keep from getting unwanted noise

-Basic composition rules that will improve your photos almost immediately.

-Fill Flash and how to put a sparkle in your subject's eyes!

Plus many other basic settings and rules that good photographers have to learn, sooner or later. We don't care about the type or make of your camera, just that you are able to use it on (M) Manual.

You will be expected to participate in weekly projects and assignments, and a final project and exam before recieving a Certificate of Completion.  

                          Click here to see past student's work!

                        "It's the photographer that takes the picture, not the camera!"

For questions specific to this program, please call the Instructor at 772-340-4443 or email drussell@irsc.edu.

About the Instructors:

Both Denise Russell and Howard Stickler are Florida Certified Photography Instructors teaching at Indian River State College for over 20 years.  Professionally, they have a combined 50+ years experience in the business of photography as freelancers and at Stickler's Commercial Photography in Port St. Lucie, FL.   Denise Russell is an International Award Winning Photographer, and in 2009 was awarded the IRSC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

What Students are saying about this class:  

"Teachers Denise Russell and Howard Stickler are awesome.  They are truly passionate about photography and do an excellent job helping you blossom and refine your skills." 

         Rachel "Sharkbait" King; Fins & Lens Photography


Dear Ms. Russell,

I loved your class today!  I always do.  In spite of the fact that it's far for me.  I am adoring the projects, and I profoundly appreciate your "frankness" about my boring two doors.  I look forward to the next semester, and always, with a smile.  I like your style. 

Howard kills me!  His knowledge on the specifics regarding cameras and lenses, how to make 'em work, makes the class so worth the distance. 

Very best regards,

Jose Luis Beristain Larraza


Target Audience:
Individuals interested in learning how to use their manual camera

Course Details:
  • Course Type: Continuing Education Institute, Licensing & Certifications
  • Length: Minimum of 24.00 hours
  • Format: Classroom
  • Requirements: 35mm Digital camera
  • SIGN UP TODAY! Limited Seating! For more information Call Toll FREE 1.888.283.1177
  • Classes presented by the CCTI@IRSC are for personal enrichment, professional certification and licensing or continuing education purposes only. They do not qualify for college credit and therefore are not eligible for discounts, Florida pre-paid, State tuition waiver programs or funding for college level classes.

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