Digital Photography and Photo Editing

Learn How to Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera

HCC offers photography classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and specialty courses as well.  Digital Photography I and II are available all year round. Also offered are Digital Photo III (Advanced), Portraiture, Photo Editing Techniques, and more!

Digital Photography I

  • Learn about the controls on your camera and how to get out of AUTO.
  • Learn how to see like a photographer (portraits, landscape, macro, action, and more!)

Digital Photography II

  • Take great photos using more advanced manual exposure and compositional techniques.
  • Learn how to see and use existing light in different ways, more advanced portrait and landscape/sunset techniques, and specialty shots, like fireworks.

Photo Editing Techniques

  • Learn how to make exposure and color corrections, color balance, sharpening and more using Lightroom and Elements!
  • Learn how to organize your photos so you can find any photo in 60 seconds, using Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. 

Photo Editing II

  • Learn about Layers, Adjustment Layers, more specific selection tools and techniques using Lightroom and Elements.
  • Make collages/composites, panoramas and High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, and more!
  • B&W and editing in RAW
  • Old photo restoration

Portraiture I 

  • Learn how to interact with portrait subjects to make them comfortable and get the best from them.
  • Basic posing techniques for corporate executives to kids, indoors or out.
  • Learn how to shoot great candid shots, which lenses to use, and more! 

Portraiture II

  • Learn more advanced portrait posing techniques for single and family shots.
  • Put together an affordable lighting system.
  • Learn shooting with 1,2 and 3 light setups in a studio situation.
  • Put together teams to run a smooth photo shoot and start on path to earn money from your photography.
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About the Instructors

Jack Douglas has been a photographer since the mid-70’s. He started as a hobbyist while in the Army stationed in Hawaii. Jack started teaching Digital Photography at Harford Community College in 2005. Since then he has taught photography courses at several colleges and continues today. He shoots weddings, formal and senior portraits, and other types of events. He also conducts weekend photography workshops and tours in local state parks, Washington DC, New York, and Ocean City, May through October each year.

José Rosado is a Baltimore-based photographer specializing in fashion, editorial, and lifestyle photography. He has a background in communications, with a Bachelor's in advertising and an MBA in marketing. Along with being the owner/creative director of his own freelance photography business, he also conducts 1-on-1  workshops around the country with working photographers and aspiring photographers alike.

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Student Testimonials

The only reason I took Digital Photo I was because I needed it as a prerequisite for the portrait class in the future. I thought it would be a breeze. After all, I have been "snappin" for nearly 60 years. Boy was I wrong. You taught me things about my camera alone that has opened my eyes. Anyway, thanks for your well organized, well presented, informative classes.-- Skip P

My skills have increased significantly by taking these classes and my pictures are turning out great.   --Sharon  

I learned all the functions of my DSLR camera, when and how to apply them. Now when I look at something I look at it from a photographer's point of view, what makes a good photo, the lights, the colors, the angles and my personal photos have improved immensely! --Cathy

...I was intimidated by manual mode, but I left the class with a better understanding of my camera modes, aperture, and shutter speed.  -- Kristen

For more information, email or call 443-412-2376.