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Continuing Education Programs

Intermediate Digital Photography

Course Description

Bring your point and shoot or SLR camera to class as we discuss some of the most common elements that help to create images that have impact.  What is an fstop?  Shutter speed?  ISO?  Auto exposure vs. manual exposure?  Learn the primary exposure controls of the camera and how the play a vital role in creating a great image.  Learn to "see the light" and when to use a flash.  Learn how to compose your images that make your subject stand out.  Basic photoshop elements will be discussed to further enhance your images.  This is a highly interactive class with photo assignments that will be reviewed by all participants.

Scientifically - We learn more advanced concepts and techniques that will help you use your camera more effectively to control and manipulate light. 

Artistically  - We recognize and learn the elements of art that make an image more interesting. We strengthen your artistic ability by intentionally integrating these artistic elements into your images. This is the same concept as a dancer who practices movements repetitiously to develop muscle memory. Eventually, the photographer will develop a personal artistic style naturally. 

Important Information

  • It is recommended that you take the Introduction to Digital Photography course before enrolling in Intermediate Digital Photography.  Otherwise, you are expected to have a working knowledge of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and your personal camera's controls including manual exposure and aperture priority exposure modes.
  • This course is limited to 24 students.
  • Bring Point and Shoot and SLR cameras with manual and auto exposure modes only.

Course Fee - $120


Meet Your Instructor

John Wrightenberry

John Wrightenberry

John Wrightenberry is an award winning professional photographer with over 100 awards recognizing his photographic talent.  Graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1987 with a degree in Media Arts, John began his professional photography career shooting freelance assignments and managing Columbia Photo Supply's color, B&W and E6 photo labs.  He has taught numerous portrait and lighting classes at professional photography workshops.  Through the years, John studied with some of photography's greatest nationally known talents.  His photography experiences and education allows him to create portraits and document weddings that combine traditional methods mixed with fashion and photojournalism.  John's work has been published in Professional Photographers of America's Loan Collection, The New York Times, The State, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, numerous wedding publications, and he is currently the cover story photographer of Columbia Home and Garden Magazine.  John was also one of five photographers chosen to document "A Day in the Life of USC" year after year.  John has served as President and Chairman of the Board of The Professional Photographers of South Carolina.  He currently serves as one of three appointed South Carolina Counselors for Professional Photographers of America and as School Director of South Carolina's Lamaar Williamson School of Professional Photography.



Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
Intermediate Digital Photography
08/11/2021 – 09/15/2021

6 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: Class location/directions will be emailed one week before the course starts.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM$120.00


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: UofSC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.

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