UCLA Extension photography courses provide an opportunity for adults of all backgrounds and experience levels to study photography in a structured classroom setting, producing weekly creative assignments which are critiqued by the instructor and fellow students. Most of our classes meet during the evening or on weekends. While we offer intermediate and advanced level courses, many students come to us because they own a DSLR and want to learn to use it more confidently and effectively.
For a list of fall quarter course offerings (beginning Sept. 21), click here.
Most students start out with Photography I (we offer several sections each quarter). The class is appropriate for people who have never picked up a camera before, but also for those who may have been shooting on their own for a while but want to have a better understanding of how to achieve successful images. Class cover aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, focus, ISO, file management (including coverting files, tagging, file batching and archiving), basic lighting skills (including contrast, direction, color, white balance, histogram) and composition (including framing and perspective).
There are twelve meetings in total. The goal is for students to get comfortable shooting totally on manual, and manipulating various elements in their photography.
Students can take classes individually, but we also offer a Certificate in Photography. It’s a ten course program that includes work in portraiture, lighting, history, and concept development, and concludes with a final portfolio-building workshop and review. The schedule is flexible – students have two years to complete the program, and can take courses in any order and at the pace that suits them. The certificate, like our courses, is open enrollment, so there is no official application process; anyone who is interested in completing it can enroll.
For questions about our program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (310) 206-1422.
Images by instructor Craig Havens.