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Photography: Camera Settings and Features - Beyond Auto Mode
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Camera types: DSLR only (no point and shoot).
This module walks you through the key camera settings so you learn how and when to use them and take the camera off Auto. Skill-building exercises will get you up and off your chair to develop your skills with aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lighting, depth of field and more. Instructor Dan Tual is a portrait and event photographer with over 30 years experience and a past president of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association. He enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of photography in a fun and informative way.

2 sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Thur., 4/25 & 5/2 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School on 4/25 and Veterans Park School
on 5/2


Photography: The Art of Composition

Skill Level: All. Camera types: All. This module will introduce the artistic aspects of photography. Learn how to see a subject in different ways and create better images with confidence and creativity using elements of composition, like symmetry, lines, shapes, perspective, depth and dimension, color and more. Instructor Dan Tual is a portrait and event photographer with over 30 years experience and a past president of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association. He enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of photography in a fun and informative way.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Thur., 5/9 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School


People and Places Photography
Learn how to see the world like a professional photographer - the in’s and out’s of how to photograph your family and friends, techniques to capture the beauty and unique aspects of the places in your travels, and how to easily organize and enjoy your amazing images. Instructor Dan Tual is a portrait and event photographer with over 30 years experience and a past president of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association. He enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of photography in a fun and informative way.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Thur., 5/16 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
NOTE: Location change to East Ridge Middle School


Beginning Digital Photography
Knowing how your camera works and what is necessary to create a good exposure with correct focusing will ensure that you get the kind of pictures you want. We’ll start with the most basic things, assuming no one knows anything, and when we’re done, you’ll totally get it, including all the mysteries buried in your digital camera’s menus and options. All you’ll need is a camera which allows some kind of manual control over exposure. An SLR is great, but many pocket cameras offer full control as well. Look for controls, usually on a dial on top of the camera, labeled “manual” (M), “aperture priority” (A or Av) or “shutter priority” (S or Tv). Please bring your camera and manual to class.

Instructor Richard Rodamar holds a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt and has been a working photographer for many years. He has taught Photographyat Western Connecticut State University and at Silvermine Art School. While pursuing his own artistic endeavors, Rodamar gained experience as a commercial photographer. He has shot fashion and beauty, architecture, food and interiors, still life and portraits for an impressive list of clients including Ogilvy & Mather, Fairchild Publications, Mademoiselle, Playboy Enterprises and Random House, among others. Today he intertwines his commercial jobs with his gallery exhibitions. His works have been presented at the Art Director’s Club and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan Connecticut as well as at the Ridgefield Library.

Michael Serao, sadly, has recently passed away. He held a Master of Fine Arts degree and was a working painter and photographer for over 40 years. He taught Photography, Photoshop, Art History, and Painting at Ridgefield Continuing Ed. since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003. He taught many area residents through our program over the years and will be greatly missed.

5 Sessions $ 109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 87)
Mon., 4/29 and Wed., 5/8, 15, 22 & 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
NOTE: Add April 29 and drop May 1.


Outdoor Photo Safari



Photo Safari - On Location Photography
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate. Camera types: DSLR only (no point and shoot). Join your fellow photo enthusiasts for a new learning experience with hands-on teaching and real-world practice. Two professional photographers take you on a series of photo safaris in beautiful outdoor settings to learn and apply various principles, such as composition, lighting, and exposure. Each session includes a brief tutorial (at the Annex), on-location photography, image sharing and discussion. Beautiful settings are the perfect backdrop to improve your photography and inspire creativity. Instructor Dan Tual is a portrait and event photographer with over 30 years experience and a past president of the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association. He enjoys sharing his love and knowledge of photography in a fun and informative way.

3 Sessions $ 87 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 70)
Sat., 6/15, 22 & 29 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.; Town Hall Annex



Photoshop Elements

PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS NOTE: You are encouraged to bring your own PC or Mac laptop to class with a recent version of Photoshop Elements loaded. Instructor projects from an IBM Compatible laptop. Call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com if you do not have the software on a laptop to bring. We have computers available for those who don’t.



Introduction to Photoshop Elements
See all the great things you can do with your photos. Photoshop Elements has everything you need to make your photos look amazing, turn them into beautiful creations, and share them with family and friends. The work we’ll do on images in class will start with techniques to fix the most common photo problems and then we’ll explore some very cool tricks to enhance and transform your images. We'll explore all of the tools, ways to easily organize your images, and resize them for any purpose, including social media. Understanding these fundamentals will let you dive into Photoshop Elements and do whatever you like.  Photos will be provided by the instructor.  You can obtain a free 30-day trial download of the latest version of this program (2019) from the Adobe.com website. (If you have a recent version of the software that will suffice.). Purchase price is $100 from Adobe or upgrade from an earlier version for $80. Instructor Deborah Tual is a professional photographer with over 25 years of experience. She loves sharing her expertise about how images can be edited, enhanced, and used creatively to express an artistic vision.

6 hours $ 119 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 95)
Tue., 4/30; 5/7 & 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Town Hall Annex


6 hours $ 119 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 95)
Tue., 6/11, 18 & 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Town Hall Annex NOTE: time change to 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.