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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,

Old Car in Rural Nebraska

Location: Location varies 
Fee: $60 / Max: 15 / Min: 5
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2732-02 

MARCH 28, 10 A.M. TO NOON: Travel to Ida Grove and meet in the downtown district. 

APRIL 4: 10 A.M. TO NOON: Visit the community of Mapleton and check out the Museum of American History and another nearby site. 

APRIL 18: 10 A.M. TO NOON: Travel to Preparation Canyon State Park and the Preparation Canyon Overlook. 

APRIL 25: 10 A.M. TO NOON: Visit the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge and meet at the welcome center. Go south on I-29, exit at Missouri Valley exit, and head west. There is a fee to enter. 

MAY 2: 10 A.M. TO NOON: Classroom session will meet in L212 (Parking Lot 4, Entrance 13) where students’ photographs shot at the various locations will be viewed by the entire class. 


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