Lifelong Learning Digital Photographer Series

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Go from Digital Dabbler to Photo Phenomenon

The Digital Photographer series is for the amateur photographer who wants to push themselves to new creative heights. Through instruction and practice with technical skills and creative thinking, you will develop a wide range of artistic vision as you establish your expertise and passion for photography. Thanks to partnerships with photographers from around the Salt Lake Valley, students will get hands-on experience with studio equipment, keep up to date with the latest technologies, and gain an understanding of the world of photography.

  • Beginning classes teach you to operate your camera, basic image editing, a vocabulary around digital photography, and basic skills and confidence through hands-on learning.
  • Intermediate classes dig deeper with more skills in shooting the perfect image, photo editing software, and conceptual thinking and pre-visualization.
  • Advanced classes prepare you to practice independently and continue growing on your own after you complete the program.

Curiosity Becomes Passion

Lifelong Learning believes in you and is here to support you in the next step of your self-actualization.

Our SERIES program is designed to develop your curiosity into your passion and help you in your journey to realize your greatest potential. Psychologist Abraham Maslow called this self-actualization and he placed it at the top of his hierarchy of needs. All of us are working towards it—pursuing peak experiences, self-acceptance, and learning to love the journey as much as the destination.

The SERIES is meant to provide in-depth instruction and community connections to the adult student wanting to build knowledge and develop skills as they turn a curiosity into a passion. We provide the instruction, expertise, and structure. You bring the curiosity, drive, and commitment.

How Does It Work?

Each SERIES has three tiers: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Complete three classes in a tier to move to the next level. Once you complete three classes in the advanced tier, then you have officially completed the SERIES.

Start the SERIES with any class in the beginning tier. Your progression is self-paced and self-monitored. You decide when they are ready to move levels, but you need to complete three classes before advancing. Need some guidance? Give us a call at 801-587-5433 or email lifelong@continue.utah.edu and we will gladly help you decide on your next step.

With the completion of a tier, students can apply for a digital badge of achievement in recognition of their commitment to creative-thinking, personal development, and self-actualization. A digital badge connects to your social media profiles so you can show your family, friends, and colleagues that you are committed to being curious, to becoming more, and to developing yourself.

Not sure you want to fully commit? That’s okay. You can take any class in a SERIES at any time even if you aren't trying to complete the series.

What Do You Learn In Each Tier?

  • Beginning
    • Classes for the student that has a curiosity for a topic, is eager to try it, and thinks they will want to develop that curiosity but isn’t quite sure yet
    • This level builds basic skills and uses basic, lower-cost materials
  • Intermediate
    • Classes for the student who is moving from curious to dedicated and passionate
    • They are ready to devote more time and money to developing their skills
    • This level builds more technical skill and critical thinking knowledge and can potentially use more costly materials
  • Advanced
    • Classes for the student who is passionate and blossoming in their newly-built skillset and knowledgebase
    • They are preparing to leave the structure that LL provides and do more independent exploration and put their skills to use
    • This level continues to build technical skill and critical thinking knowledge and potentially needs no new materials as students have already acquired what they need to accomplish the work
  Course Student Supplies
Beginner Teaches basic concepts, skills, and vocabulary. Builds student confidence in subject matter. Curious about or interested in subject matter but has little to no experience. Small investment for student. Materials list is mostly the same for all beginner classes. *Student may invest in low-quality supplies or high-quality supplies*
Intermediate Teaches technical skills and critical thinking. May explore special interests within a subject. Possesses basic skills. Ready to devote more time and money to advance. Curiosity has grown into a passion. Can require a larger investment from student. Student will invest in high-quality supplies.
Advanced Prepares student to work with less structure. Encourages independent exploration. Deep dive into special interests. Passionate about subject matter, confident in skills, striving for mastery. Most already acquired, some special materials may be required.

*New classes are added every term. Check back here to see what's new!

Level 1 - Beginning

Class Title Start Date(s)
Beginning Photo Editing (LLART 346) 11/02
Digital Photography: An Introduction (LLART 115) 9/27, 9/28
Digital Photography: Nuts and Bolts for DSLR (LLART 193) Notify me!
Landscape and Adventure Photography: An Introduction (LLART 168) 8/30
Smart Smartphone Photography (LLART 277) 11/01

Level 2 - Intermediate

Class Title Start Date(s)
Adventure Media and Photography (LLART 348) 10/18
Darkroom Photography: Hike, Shoot, and Print (LLART 165) 9/10
Develop Your Photographic Eye (LLART 245) 8/24
Digital Photography II (LLART 131) 11/02
Digital Storytelling 101 (LLART 159) Notify me!
How to Organize Your Digital Photos (LLART 158) 11/15
Introduction to Studio Lighting: Off-Camera Flash (LLART 96) Notify me!
Lightroom: An Introduction (LLART 297) 9/10
Natural Light Portrait Photography (LLART 94) 10/05
Outdoor Photography: Boot and Shoot (LLART 180) Notify me!
Photography As Activism (LLART 357) 11/09
Photoshop for Photographers (LLART 286) 10/22
Right Brain Photography (LLART 323) Notify me!

Level 3 - Advanced

Class Title Start Date(s)
Portfolio Assembly and Review (LLART 300) Notify me!
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