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Digital Photography Certificate Program

Boulder Digital Arts presents the Digital Photography Certificate Program!

This one-week Certificate Program will introduce students to the art, science and business of photography to help prepare them to be a professional photographer. We will cover many disciplines of photography, learning both universal concepts and specific techniques. From the creative power of exposure and composition to the nuance of identifying and modifying both natural and artificial lighting; from understanding how to enhance photos in Lightroom to building an effective digital workflow; and finally an introduction to the business concepts that will separate you from the rest.

Program Description
This one-week certificate program will prepare you with a wide range of essential and practical skills as you begin your path to being a professional photographer. Starting at the beginning you learn practical technical skills that will allow you to use and master a professional digital camera. You will learn hands-on to use professional lighting equipment. You will shoot photos in a studio and then edit those photos in Lightroom to produce high-quality finished images. You will learn the basics of running a photography business covering retail, commercial and fine-art business concepts. Many different disciplines will be covered, including portrait, wedding, editorial, product, advertising, landscape and more.

- You will have the ability to set proper exposure in both automatic and manual shooting modes.
- You will understand how to light your subject in a variety of shooting situations.
- You will understand how to edit your images in Lightroom and prepare them for printing or delivery.
- You will learn the fundamentals of running a photography business.
- You will begin building a portfolio of images in a variety of photographic disciplines.
Students should have some very basic experience shooting photographs, as well as basic, fundamental computer skills. You may contact us if you are unsure.

You should bring your own camera and its user manual. A prosumer or professional camera is required and if you do not own one the instructor can help you make arrangements to rent one to use during the course. If you own them, it is recommended you bring your flash, tripod, any lenses you own, and any other accessories you might have.
BDA will provide an iMac workstation when necessary. However, we invite you to bring your own computer if you prefer. If you do, it must have the current version of Adobe Lightroom installed (trial versions are available on and the ability to move photos from your camera to your computer (SD card reader, etc.). You will only need your computer on Thursday for the workflow section . For field sessions, bring clothing appropriate for any kind of weather – it is Colorado after all! Field sessions and studio work often involves long periods of standing around, so be prepared to dress twice as warmly as you think you might have to.

After You Register
BDA is committed to making learning process as enjoyable as possible and making sure that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who answer questions you might have and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns.

Presented by Matthew Davies
Monday-Friday, February 1st-5th, 9am-5pm
$1299 Non-Members, $1249 BDA Members
Boulder Digital Arts - 1600 Range Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301

Remember, you need to sign up via the BDA website to be fully registered for this course.

Monday, February 1st - Friday, February 5th