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Shooting photos on location with instructor Jerry Mennenga.

Sometimes when a person is out photographing, there are too many choices. At other times, it seems there are not enough.

This class is all about taking photographs on location. Its purpose is to help a student “see” the possibilities of what to photograph and how to react in the moment. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of their camera for this class and able to make exposures in the manual and aperture priority modes.

Information for learning and understanding technical details of operating a camera is offered in the Making Better Photographs class.

Rain or shine — or snow — four sessions of this class will be held outdoors so students can take photographs in natural settings. You’ll discover that it isn’t always the most pretty or perfect subjects that make the best photographs. Often, inspiration can be found in things that are unusual or imperfectly formed.

In the first session, Jerry will go over some basics of composition, lighting, and general thoughts about photography. He will also outline the time and location plans for the next four sessions. This will be an opportunity for Jerry to gather emails and phone numbers of students so they can stay connected once the class starts meeting on location.

Jerry will be present at each site to offer advice and guidance while students are photographing images that capture their attention. In the last session, students will deliver their chosen images of the four location shoots on a thumb drive for viewing by the entire class for discussion and appreciation. Classroom sessions will take place in the Advanced Sciences Building in Room L212 (Lot 4, entrance #13).

This class will meet six times on Saturdays. Class sessions are scheduled from 10 A.M. to noon.

Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSRL) cameras or compact cameras are necessary for this course. Students are responsible for supplying their own camera gear.

The location settings will take us out of Sioux City. Students are responsible for their own transportation. There will be walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Jerry Mennenga has worked for various newspapers as a photojournalist for over 25 years. He has photographed in a variety of settings and situations and knows the value and pressure of producing images on deadline for publication. And in doing this, learning to see beyond the obvious or using the obvious to make an interesting photograph of what lies before you. He still creates images for a blog he writes,

SATURDAYS, OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, 27, NOVEMBER 2, 10
Location: Location Varies
Fee: $60 / Max: 15 / Min: 4
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2732-01

OCTOBER 6, 10 A.M. TO NOON: Classroom session. WITCC Advanced Sciences Building, L212. We will discuss composition, lighting and future location shoots.

OCTOBER 13, 11 A.M. TO 1 P.M.: Meet downtown at the Cedar County Courthouse (101 S. Broadway) in Hartington, NE to check out the Cedar County Historical Museum (304 W. Franklin, 3 blocks away) first and then the down- town area.

OCTOBER 20, 10 A.M. TO NOON: Meet near the Calumet Shelter in Stone State Park for an easy walk and hike through part of the park’s many outdoor offerings to look at nature.

OCTOBER 27, 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.: Meet in downtown Le Mars near the Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor on Central Ave. for an evening walk around the small community and a chance to check out some of the murals decorating alley ways and other areas. The evening shoot will challenge photographers to check their ISO settings as well as white balance as the light changes from daylight to evening and maybe some night time shooting.|

NOVEMBER 3, 10 A.M. TO NOON: Meet at the Historical O’Connor House decorated for Christmas near Homer, NE. The house is located two miles east of Hwy 77 on Blyburg road near Homer, NE. (402-698-2288)

NOVEMBER 10, 10 A.M. TO NOON: Classroom session will meet in L212. We will share the best 25-30 images each student acquired on the four outings. 


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