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Locals Invited to Explore Photography with UM Communiversity

Ole Miss Photographer will teach four sessions this fall.

UM Director of Photography Services Robert Jordan will be teaching several classes this fall as part of UM Communiversity's Photography Series. These courses include digital camera basics, taking the perfect Christmas card photo, iPhone photography, and Photoshop tips.

OXFORD—Famed Mississippi author Eudora Welty once said, “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”

Award-winning University of Mississippi Director of Photography Services Robert Jordan will show local residents how to capture their own memories during his special series of photography classes being offered through the UM Communiversity program this fall.

“It’s reinvigorating for me to see others learn something new and watch their enthusiasm for photography expand,” Jordan said. “There are so many ways to express your personality and view of life from behind the lens.”

Jordan will inspire class members to compose and take great photos with their digital camera during the “Digital Photography Basics” class offered on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

“People who attend this class have made a financial investment in their camera, and this course will teach them how to get the most out of it,” Jordan said.

Topics include efficient use of manual modes, quick-shooting techniques for more professional-looking shots, and most importantly, how to have fun with your camera. Jordan will touch on post-production editing and enhancing images, as well as hardware options for archiving and printing. The cost is $85.

“Most people struggle with the technology when they are learning about a new camera,” Jordan said. “Engineers usually write the manual books, so they’re not really written for the everyday person. I aim for this class to take the guess work out of getting started with your digital camera.”

If most of your photos are taken on your cell phone you might want to sign up for “iPhone Photography” meeting Sept. 20 and 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at UM’s Insight Park located off of Hathorn Road.

Jordan will share tips and tricks to improve your point-and-click phone photos and how to enhance your photos using applications like SnapSeed and Camera+.

Experiment with Photoshop on Saturday, Oct. 22, and learn how to change the size and resolution of photos, color correct, remove red eye, restore photos and so much more. Amanda Keys, owner of Bright Ideas and Solutions, will teach this course from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. in Weir Hall.

Participants will learn tips for restoring old family photos, as well as how to apply artistic and textural photo effects. The cost for this class is $89. A new class offering this fall that should be a great resource for the upcoming holiday season is Jordan’s “Capturing the Perfect Christmas Card Photo.” This class will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 12 noon- 1p.m., at UM’s Insight Park on Hathorn Rd. As part of the Holiday Happy Hour series, the cost is only $10.

From what to wear to camera settings, Jordan has rounded up some of his tried-and-true tricks for family photos, kids, babies, and even pets, plus some fun Christmas card photo ideas.

Click here to find out more about the Photography Series classes.