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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). Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.

5 Sessions $ 109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 82)
Mon., 5/7, 14, 21; 6/4 & 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



More Photography: The Next Step
We’ll study creative lighting, one of the primary tools of a good photographic image. Methods will include lighting the subject with available light, both indoors and outdoors, sometimes using modifiers such as reflectors, gobos and scrims, as well as various ways of using flash to produce a soft, pleasing quality, rather than the harsh, flat, direct, bleached look that is so common. Studio portrait lighting will be demonstrated, with instructions on how to produce the same results at home, with no investment in any additional equipment. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.

5 Sessions $ 109 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 82)
Mon., 3/26; 4/2, 16, 23 & 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Outdoor Photo Shoot
This class will be an opportunity to explore all the techniques you learned in class, but with my assistance and suggestions during the actual shoot. We’ll be doing outdoor portraits with available light and with various modes of flash fill light, as well as landscapes, street shooting and some architecture. All of these subjects will give us a chance to shoot close-up and overall, using a variety of focal lengths, apertures and angles, so that we can really explore the subject and experience the many ways a subject can be approached, aside from the expected “snapshot” view. Time to use our acquired knowledge to make beautiful images! Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Wed., 7/11 & 18 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Venus Bldg.


Capture the Magic of Your Travels with Photography
Master Photographer, Alison Wachstein will teach you how to take wonderful photographs of your travels. Bring your cameras and any questions. This program combines two of Alison's passions . . . photography and traveling. Instructor Alison Wachstein, Master Photographer and Life Member of the Professional Photographers of America, has owned a portrait studio in Weston for over 30 years, has taught at several colleges, and traveled extensively. Her work is part of the International Center of Photography collection.

1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $24)
Wed., 5/2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
NOTE: New Date


Photoshop Elements 18

PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS NOTE: You are encouraged to bring your own laptop or Mac 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 18
We start with an overview of the amazing ways you can completely transform your images using Photoshop. We’ll review all the tools and most importantly, selections, layers and masks. Image size and image, print and screen resolution will be demystified so whether you want to post a small image to the web or make a large print, you’ll know how to save images in the right format. Understanding these fundamentals will let you dive into Photoshop and do whatever you like. And we will dive right in. 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. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.
6 hours $ 122 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 97)
Tue., 5/15, 22 & 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)
Mon., 6/25; 7/2 & 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


Photoshop Elements 18: The Next Step
Prerequisite: Good computer skills. We will explore the more advanced creative capabilities of Photoshop. You can replace the bad expression, closed eyes or pose of a person in a group shot with a better shot of him/her from another photo. Eliminate unwanted objects. Place people on an entirely different background. Improve portraits through skin softening and by removing flaws. Selectively replace colors, colorize an entire image or color a single object in a black and white picture. And a lot more. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003.
6 hours $ 122 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 97)
Tue., 4/24; 5/1 & 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)

Mon., 7/16, 23 & 30 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


Photoshop Elements 18 ~ Advanced Projects
Prerequisite: Students from prior classes. We’ll continue learning sophisticated techniques to make use of the remarkable possibilities of Photoshop on a tutorial basis. Combining parts of different pictures can make a spectacular image that never existed. A damaged heirloom photo can be repaired and reconstituted. You can turn a frown into a smile or take 20 lbs. off of a person (giving them something to smile about?). Just one of the things we’ll work with is the phenomenal type tool. Not only can you control the size, color and font, but you can add lighting effects, drop shadows, textures, transparency, make another image show through the letters or place part of an image in front of a headline. With these techniques you can create beautiful greeting cards, web pages, posters, newsletters or ads like a true professional. Instructor Michael Serao holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and has been a working painter and photographer for over 35 years. He has been teaching Drawing, Painting, Photography, Photoshop and Art History at Ridgefield Continuing Education since 1997, and Design at an area university since 2003. Call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.