Photography

At Southwest School of Art, we have an exceptional facility for teaching traditional and non-traditional imaging. Students receive a solid technical foundation in photography, combined with opportunities to learn innovative techniques, both historical and digital.

Photography Material List

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Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

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Course details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

Spring 2022 Photography Studios Course Descriptions

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 5000 | Darkroom Studio Rental

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Joe Harjo
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Friends: $325.00 | Sessions: Unlimited

The Lende Photography Studios are completely equipped photographic workspaces available to experienced photographers. The equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with photography classes and full-term students given priority. The fee includes access to the darkroom, traditional black and white chemistry, and dry workspaces; renters are responsible for all cleanup. Prerequisite: Must have taken a prior darkroom photography classes or equivalent experience. Before enrolling, students need to contact Department Chair Joe Harjo at jharjo@swschool.org.

 5006 | Introduction to Photography

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Javi Valdes
Dates: Mon, 1/24/2022 to 3/14/2022 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Studio: Gen Ed Classroom | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $175.00 | Friends: $160.00 | Sessions: 8

Make your photographs more dynamic by using simple techniques and compositional tools. Learn basic creative control of your manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera as well as focal lengths, composition arrangement, camera angles, creative camera controls, and other strategies for making successful photographs. The instructor will work with you individually to solve specific problems.

 5010a | Black & White Darkroom Photography

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender
Dates: Wed, 1/19/2022 to 3/23/2022 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends: $315.00 | Sessions: 10

This class is designed for photographers who have no previous darkroom experience or those who want to expand their knowledge of the darkroom. Learn about black & white film developing and printing, dodging and burning of prints, toning, print retouching, and print finishing. Essential elements of camera handling, metering, lens accessories, camera accessories, and composition issues will be explained and demonstrated. Intermediate-level photographers will be encouraged to achieve better mastery over their equipment, materials, and printing skills.

 5010b | Black & White Darkroom Photography

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Joshua Perez
Dates: Wed, 1/19/2022 to 3/23/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $330.00 | Friends: $315.00 | Sessions: 10

This class is designed for photographers who have no previous darkroom experience or those who want to expand their knowledge of the darkroom. Learn about black & white film developing and printing, dodging and burning of prints, toning, print retouching, and print finishing. Essential elements of camera handling, metering, lens accessories, camera accessories, and composition issues will be explained and demonstrated. Intermediate-level photographers will be encouraged to achieve better mastery over their equipment, materials, and printing skills.

 5034 | Studio Lighting Techniques

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Anthony Francis
Dates: Sat, 2/26/2022 to 3/5/2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $225.00 | Friends: $210.00 | Sessions: 2

An understanding of light is beneficial to any photographic creative. Explore the basics of studio lighting and techniques, gain the understanding and distinction of available ambient light and that of added studio lighting. Natural outdoor lighting, and general light discernment and metering will be the starting point to understanding studio lighting and the benefit lighting in a controlled environment-light quality (hard or soft sources), light intensity (brightness), light direction, lighting design and equipment. Also covered will be the use of soft-boxes, umbrellas, focusing parabolic modifiers, snoots, strobes, and continuous lighting. Hands-on shooting time will be available along the way. Includes some materials: please see SSA website for a materials list.

 5061 | Exploring Adobe's Creative Suite

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Todd Fichter
Dates: Tues, 1/25/2022 to 3/15/2022 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends: $260.00 | Sessions: 8

Explore the creative possibilities available using Adobe Creative Suite® for artistic purposes. Hands-on training with basic drawing/painting, word processing, electronic imaging, vector-based graphics, and desktop publishing application will be covered. Assigned projects will explore how to apply art, design, and computer knowledge in solving visual and conceptual problems. Adobe Creative Suite® includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. See SSA website for a materials list. Prerequisite: A working knowledge of computers is essential.

 5062 | Adobe Lightroom

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Amanda Dominguez
Dates: Thurs, 1/20/2022 to 3/10/2022 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $250.00 | Friends: $235.00 | Sessions: 8

Learn how to organize, manage, and edit your digital images like a pro with Adobe Lightroom® -the best all-in-one solution for photographers. You will build a foundational understanding of Lightroom's most powerful tools and learn that Lightroom may be a better alternative to Photoshop for your image editing workflow. This class will primarily focus on Lightroom Classic (desktop-optimized) with a general overview of Lightroom CC® (browser-based). Includes some materials: please see SSA website for a materials list.

 5063 | Mural Darkroom Printing

Level: Intermediate | Instructor: Joshua Perez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 3/26/2022 to 3/27/2022 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Lende Photography Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $250.00 | Friends: $235.00 | Sessions: 2

Have you ever wondered what the impact of your photographs would be if they were printed large-scale? This short intensive class will involve the art of making exhibition-quality mural prints. Slide presentations and demonstrations will provide an overview of the large-scale print and its applications. Bring your own black and white negatives and let's make some big prints. Mural paper will be provided. Prerequisite: Previous darkroom experience. Includes some materials: please see SSA website for a materials list.

 5202 | Photoshop 101: Essential Basics

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Nancy Cavender
Dates: Wed, 1/19/2022 to 3/23/2022 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Digital Imaging Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Friends: $280.00 | Sessions: 10

Through structured hands-on instructor-led training expand your skills in pixel-based photography and turn up the quality of your photographs through digital enhancement. Learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop® starting with the software interface and moving on to the foundational tools used in most projects. See materials list.

 

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