BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College next semester will offer a new cutting-edge advanced digital photography course.

The course, to be taught by Art Professor Michael Stein of Orange, will focus on photographic aesthetics, composition and printing techniques, and the history of photography. In doing this, it will make use of the latest image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Aperture and Lightroom.

Stein, a fine art photographer whose images of the 1970 shooting at Kent State were published worldwide, prepared for the course through extensive advanced study. In line with this, he was one of five students selected to study printing techniques with Joseph Holmes at the famed Ansel Adams workshops in Carmel, CA.  

Stein also was selected for an advanced digital printing workshop with John Paul Caponigro, who is perhaps the most important expert in this field.

The course, ART 280, will cover image adjustments, using Bridge and Lightroom for editing, color correction, montage/compositing techniques, darkroom effects, layer effects, Photoshop filters, digital capture, resolution, color management, and output for print.

Students are required to provide their own digital cameras (SLR preferred) and other equipment and materials.

For more information about the course, contact Stein at 203-332-5132.

Registration for the Spring semester is going on now. Students can register online through Jan. 30, or by mail, fax or dropping off completed paperwork in the lobby drop box near the Information Desk in Lafayette Hall through Jan. 9. Formal registration sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday. Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Late registration sessions will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 21,, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, , 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Classes start Monday, Jan. 26. For more information, contact Admissions at 203-332-5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203-332-5088.