Are you a picture taker or a picture maker?

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on photography, award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach this workshop that will empower you to take control of your camera and unleash your creativity.

Class will reinforce the technical aspects of photography as well as provide techniques to improve the artistic elements of your photography.

Learn when and why to shoot in the various camera modes and how to use exposure compensation.

On-location shooting will provide opportunities to fully utilize directional light, learn how and when to add flash outdoors, use photo reflectors, and exploit depth of field.

You will learn to incorporate the rule of thirds, use power points and leading lines, as well as control depth of field to create effective and dramatic compositions.

Throughout the class we will analyze histograms and review/critique photographs.

Class wrap-up will include a discussion of printing options, organizing and archiving images, photo resources, and follow-up questions.

Each participant will receive photography handouts to keep for future reference.

What to bring? Camera(s), battery charger, instruction manual, digital media, tripod (not required), laptop (not required), a few good and “not so good” photos you have taken, and your questions.

Expect to leave this class with the confidence to take control of your camera and create more dynamic photographs.

Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography Suffolk

Wednesdays – February 20 and 27, 2019
Wednesdays – March 6 and 13
Times: 5:30pm ‐ 7:30pm

Saturday – March 2, 2019
Time: 10:00am ‐ 2:00pm

PDC Hobbs Suffolk Campus
271 Kenyon Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434
Room: TBA

Tuition: $135

Wednesday, February 20: Classroom; Camera operation
Wednesday, February 27: Classroom; Camera operation and composition
Saturday, March 2: Downtown Suffolk / Lone Star Lakes Park: on location
Wednesday, March 6: Classroom; Still life and close up
Tuesday, March 13: Classroom: Review / Critique / Discussion

Beginning to Intermediate Digital Photography Smithfield

Dates: Tuesdays – January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Date: Saturday – February 9
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

PDC At Smithfield
253 James Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Cost: $160

Tuesday, January 29 Classroom: Camera operation
Tuesday, February 5 Classroom: Camera operation and composition
Saturday, February 9 Colonial Williamsburg and Kingsgate Resort: on location
Tuesday, February 12 Classroom: Still life and close-up
Tuesday, February 19 Classroom: Composition and on-location in Smithfield
Tuesday, February 26 Classroom: Review/Critique/Discussion

Registration Deadline for Non-credit Classes:
Participants enrolling into a non-credit class must have all registration documents and tuition fees submitted by 4:00 p.m. two (2) business days prior to class start date.

You can register and pay for either class at

For more information, please contact Workforce Development at or call 757.569.6050.