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See, Shoot, Edit, Share: Photography Fundamentals for the Beginner

Date: 07/22/2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $125


This one-day immersion is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Do you enjoy taking photographs but find that the process is a mystery? If yes, this one-day immersion can greatly enhance your understanding of your camera, and teach you the principles and subtleties of exposure and the elements of good composition. In other words, you'll learn how to get your camera to capture what you see in order to produce better photographs. You'll begin the day by learning how your camera works, and receive detailed instruction about what settings are best for portraits, nature shots, or close-ups. You'll also learn how to photograph kids in action, sports, or other activities that involve rapid movement, as well as how to deal with difficult lighting situations such as hockey games, commencement ceremonies, or dark living rooms. These techniques aside, the primary discussion will be related to what makes for a good composition and how to see a photograph. 

During the second half of the day, you'll take photographs "in the field," using the gardens, architecture, and public art on the St. Paul campus to practice what you have learned. These photographs (one per participant, depending on class size) will be discussed as a group, so that everyone will benefit from individual critiques. Finally, you will learn how to properly manage—edit, print, share, and save— your photographs so they are around for generations.

No previous experience necessary, though participants should have a basic working knowledge of their cameras. Participants should bring to class any camera (point-and-shoot or digital) that has a manual override for exposure controls. Particpants also may bring a tripod and/or laptop computer with image-editing software, though these are not required.

Tuition includes meals and refreshments.

John Gregor graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree through University Without Walls. His thesis, "Documentary Expression of American Culture Through Photography," combined his studies in the social sciences and fine art photography. The founder and owner of Cold Snap Photography, Gregor's work has taken him to places across the globe, including Africa where he documented the first attempted kayak descent of the Blue Nile from Lake Victoria to Lake Albert. Closer to home, he was involved in the documentation of more than 75 scientific and natural areas in Minnesota. Funded by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy, this work resulted in numerous publications, including the book Worlds Within A World (Department of Natural Resources, 1999), which received the Minnesota Book Award. In addition to countless periodicals, Gregor's work also may be found in Growing Home: Stories of 32 Ethnic Gardeners (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), which received the 2000 American Horticulture Book of the Year Award; Northland Wildflowers (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); and Northern Treasure (Afton Historical Society Press, 2008), a book marking the centennial of the University of Minnesota's Landscape Arboretum. 



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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/dde

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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