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Focus on Photography Certificate Program

The Regenstein School is pleased to offer the Focus on Photography certificate program, enabling photographers of all levels to experience the wonders of the natural world, develop and sharpen their powers of observation, and to master their technical skills. This program is a unique opportunity to discover and enhance your creativity, learn from outstanding photography professionals, and enjoy the Garden as your studio.

Who Should Participate?

This program is designed to engage photographers of all skill levels. Whether you are just beginning your photographic journey or interested in developing your artistic voice, there is a place for you! Just take your first course and you are on your way! No prior experience is needed.

Program Design:

The Focus on Photography program has three tracks of concentration: Fine ArtNature and Landscape, and an advanced Master track. Before entering either the Fine Art or Nature and Landscape track, students must complete five introductory courses. If entering the program as an intermediate photographer, a proficiency test is available to waive the introductory courses. Please contact the program manager for more information. All other course curriculum builds off the foundations in these courses.

Fine Art
Creativity skills are developed with an emphasis on design and ways of seeing a subject to evoke a feeling or message with images. This track develops each student’s portfolio and use of their camera as an artistic tool.

Nature and Landscape
Through classroom study and field work, students will learn to use the camera as a tool for documenting flora, fauna, and other environmental subjects, while gaining an appreciation of nature.

The Master track is designed for advanced students who have completed either the Fine Art or Nature and Landscape track.

Current Courses

Online registration is unavailable 24 hours prior to the class start date. You may still register by calling (847) 835-8261.

Class Title Start Date
Photographing Signs of Spring Wed., Apr. 5 - 9:00 am
Lightroom Projects Wed., Apr. 5 - 1:00 pm
Art Fair and Exhibition Workshop Sat., Apr. 8 - 1:00 pm
Spring Photography in the Malott Japanese Garden Sat., Apr. 29 - 8:00 am
Photography Tools and Techniques: Filters Sun., Apr. 30 - 9:00 am
Photoshop: Special Projects Mon., May. 1 - 1:00 pm
The Fine Art Water Portfolio Tue., May. 2 - 9:30 am
Creative Fine Art Digital Photography Tue., May. 2 - 1:00 pm
Photographing in Natural Light Thu., May. 11 - 9:00 am
The Ins and Outs of Flash Photography Wed., May. 17 - 9:00 am
Abstracts in Nature: Spring Wed., May. 17 - 9:30 am
Urban Photography Fri., Jun. 2 - 10:00 am
Photography Tips and Techniques: Focus Sun., Jun. 4 - 9:00 am
Beginning Digital Photography Tue., Jun. 6 - 6:00 pm
The Emotional Landscape with Douglas Beasley Fri., Jun. 9 - 6:30 pm
Special Engagement with Douglas Beasley: Zen & The Art of Photography Fri., Jun. 9 - 6:30 pm
Photoshop 1 Mon., Jun. 12 - 1:00 pm
Photoshop 1 Mon., Jun. 12 - 6:00 pm
Photographing Butterflies and Blooms Thu., Jun. 15 - 7:00 am
Photographing Butterflies and Blooms Sat., Jun. 17 - 7:00 am