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Low Light Photography

Advanced Photography - Low Light Photography Certification

Enhance your photography skills by understanding low light photography. This certificate brings hands on practice in various conditions of low ambient light. Don't get caught in the dark when you can't use a flash.

Topics include:

  • Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
  • Preparing for a low-light shoot
  • Shooting in dimly lit rooms
  • Using the flash indoors
  • Shooting in the shade 
  • Taking flash portraits at night
  • Controlling flash color temperature
  • Focusing in low light
  • Light painting
  • Manipulating long shutter speeds
  • Correcting white balance
  • Brightening shadows
  • Sharpening and noise reduction

The 20 hour certificate consists of 5 classes and can be completed in one semester. Classes are open to students who have completed the Roving Photographer certificate or with permission from instructor. A DSLR or MILC camera is required for use in each class. Students need to have experience using their cameras and have a basic knowledge of manual exposure, manual control of shutter speed and aperture. See on line section notes for specific equipment that may be needed for individual classes.

Students may take individual classes if not seeking the full certificate.

When are Courses Offered?

Course Name Summer I Summer II Fall Winter Spring
PHOTO401 - Exposure Fundamentals      
PHOTO402 - Shade Photography      
PHOTO403 - Indoor No Flash Photography      
PHOTO404 - Golden Hour & Night Photography      
PHOTO104 Lightroom Basic Lab      

*Prerequisite courses or permission by instructor.

^ Electives (1 of 3 required- each 4 hours)

If you are not looking for the certificate and have an interest in photography you may take individual courses.

Additional information:

Recommended purchase: Better Photo Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos like a Pro by Jim Miotke available at and other retailers.

Students must have a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera) with manual controls.

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