Photography Classes

Painting with light photo

The courses are designed teach the basics of good photography and to take advantage of the leaps in technology that have put some amazing digital imaging within reach of darn near everyone.

In addition to learning traditional photographic techniques like effective use of shutter speed and how to work with depth of field, you’ll also learn to work using Photoshop as a “darkroom” to create digital photos that reflect classic photographic values. Most importantly, you’ll learn to see—and think—like a photographer.


  • What camera do I need?

    For the first two assignments almost any camera will work. But after those you’ll need an adjustable camera that allows you to set the f-stop and shutter speed. This is most likely a DSLR (digital single lens reflex). You don't need the latest and greatest camera. Many students have successfully completed this class with older, used DSLR cameras. 

  • What do I need if I take this class online?

    In addition to the camera (see above), you'll need a computer that can run Adobe Photoshop and a subscription to the Adobe Creative Suite, and of course, a connection to the internet.  For information about the online class contact:

  • Can I use my point-and-shoot or smart phone?

    The short answer: No.

    Most point-and-shoot and smart phone cameras don’t allow you to pick your shutter speed or f-stop. Many that do make the process so complicated that you have to be an expert to set things that should be simple. Though you can use one for the first two assignments, you’ll need a more advanced camera for later assignments.

  • Can I use a film camera?

    No, but that's a good thing. Digital is more cost effective and has a faster turn-around time than film. Students can produce a lot more work without the cost and time consuming nature of film and darkroom printing. 

  • Do you have a darkroom?
     No. For a number of reasons.
    • We have concerns for environment. We don’t want to dump chemicals down the drain.
    • We want to save students money. Film and photo paper are costly.
    • We want to use current technology.
  •  I’m already a really good photographer, can I sign up for Photo II?

     You are really better off starting in Introduction to Digital Photography. You’ll learn our workflow and get a chance to be a star. Plus, if you really love photography you’ll get to take two photo classes instead of just one. But if you really think you should be in Photo II, talk to the instructor about if it's the best choice for you.

  • Do I need to be good at Photoshop or computers already?
    Not at all. Experience is never a bad thing, but we’ll teach you what you need to know. That’s why it’s called “school” and not “work.” It helps to be comfortable with computer basics such as saving files and organizing them into folders, but it is not necessarily required.
  • How do I sign up?
    Visit our Welcome to Los Medanos College page for information on how to enroll. When you search the schedule look in the Art Department for Photography classes.
  • I still have questions, who do I ask?

Examples of First Semester photo students' work


By Briana Wheeler

Photo by Armida Salazar

Photo by Armida Salazar

Photo by Kathy Quezada

Photo by Kathy Quezada


Faris wheel

by Kelsy Rivera