Intermediate Digital Photography: Improving Composition

Dates: Tuesdays – July 9 and 23, 2019
Times: 5:30pm ‐ 7:30pm
Location: PDCCC Workforce Center – Franklin VA.
100 N. College Dr.
Date: Tuesday – July 16, 2019
Time: 5:30pm ‐ 7:30pm
Location: Downtown Franklin
Cost: $90

Award‐winning photographer, Shirley Whitenack, will teach this class consisting of lecture, demonstration, and on‐location photography, with emphasis on improving composition. Students will learn to see and read light, how to effectively use exposure compensation, add flash outdoors, and use reflectors. Although the first class will be a review of camera functions, participants should have a comfortable working knowledge of their cameras.

On‐location session in downtown Franklin will emphasize learning how to fully utilize directional light, determine proper exposure, exploit depth of field, and experiment with adjusting ISO and shutter speed. Bring your camera, instruction manual, film/digital media, and your questions. Tripod is recommended; instructor will bring a few extra.

Class wrap‐up will include image critiques and follow‐up questions. Each participant will receive photography handouts to keep for future reference. Expect to leave this class with the confidence to take control of your camera and create more dynamic photographs.

Beginning Digital Photography: Get More from Your Camera

Dates: Tuesdays; September 10 – October 1, 2019
Times: 5:00pm ‐ 7:30pm
Location: PDCCC at Smithfield
253 James St.
Smithfield, VA 23430
Cost: $115

Are there way too many buttons on your digital camera? Are you stuck in auto mode? Get out of auto and learn how to take control of your images. In this class you will learn to shoot in all the modes, including manual. Learn all the amazing things your camera is capable of that you never knew were possible!

This class covers basic camera mechanics, the selection of a file type, shooting modes, and flash. Photographers will learn about the fundamentals of exposure with the relationship among shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO settings explained. White balance, metering modes, and focus will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Opportunities for outdoor shooting and take-home assignments will reinforce the classroom instruction. You can expect to leave this class with a deeper understanding of the capabilities of a DSLR camera and ability to fully utilize your camera to capture outstanding images.

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. three (3) business days prior to class start date.

You can register and pay for the photography class at

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