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Continuing Education Programs

Introduction to Digital Photography

Course Description

Learn the basic operation of your camera while recognizing why and how photography is combining art and science to write with light. Important core fundamentals are explained to form a firm foundation for future photographic skills.

Bring your point and shoot or SLR camera to class as we discuss some of the most common functions and features:

  • Focus
  • Zoom
  • Flash
  • Shutter speed
  • ISO
  • Resolution
  • White balance
  • Media cards

Once you’re familiar with the camera controls, we’ll move on to the key elements of taking better pictures: composition, exposure, lighting, and subject matter.

Once you’re taking better pictures and taken lots of them, we'll uncover what to do with all of these pictures.  Creating an efficient workflow is one of the most important aspects of digital photography. We will discuss importing, managing, storing, and printing your digital files. 

Important Information

  • This course is limited to 24 students.
  • Bring Point and Shoot and SLR cameras with manual and auto exposure modes only.

Course Fee - $95


Meet Your Instructor

John Wrightenberry

John Wrightenberry

John Wrightenberry is an award winning professional photographer with over 100 awards recognizing his photographic talent.  Graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1987 with a degree in Media Arts, John began his professional photography career shooting freelance assignments and managing Columbia Photo Supply's color, B&W and E6 photo labs.  He has taught numerous portrait and lighting classes at professional photography workshops.  Through the years, John studied with some of photography's greatest nationally known talents.  His photography experiences and education allows him to create portraits and document weddings that combine traditional methods mixed with fashion and photojournalism.  John's work has been published in Professional Photographers of America's Loan Collection, The New York Times, The State, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, numerous wedding publications, and he is currently the cover story photographer of Columbia Home and Garden Magazine.  John was also one of five photographers chosen to document "A Day in the Life of USC" year after year.  John has served as President and Chairman of the Board of The Professional Photographers of South Carolina.  He currently serves as one of three appointed South Carolina Counselors for Professional Photographers of America and as School Director of South Carolina's Lamaar Williamson School of Professional Photography.



Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
Introduction to Digital Photography
10/29/2020 – 11/19/2020

4 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: Class location/directions will be emailed one week before the course starts.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM$95.00


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: USC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.

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