Why Choose Professional Photography at PPCC?

Professional Photography students at PPCC learn from some of the finest professional photographers in the Pikes Peak Region. Through classroom work, intensive projects and internships, students gain a deep understanding of the photography field and the many options it offers for a creative, rewarding career.

What will I study?

The Professional Photography program at PPCC teaches students about the various technical, philosophical and creative aspects of photography. As a student in the program you will:

  • Study the history of photography, from its beginnings to the present.
  • Learn about the professional photography industry from experts who have real-world experience and their own professional photography businesses.
  • Develop a broader understanding of the field through internships with local photographers who specialize in different disciplines.

Example Classes I Might Take

Surveys the history of photography from its beginnings to the present. Emphasizes individual photographers who have made significant contributions to the field. Includes technical, artistic, commercial and social development of photography as a form of visual communication.
Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop.
This course is a continuation of View Camera and Lighting Techniques, emphasizing studio product illustration using color transparency film and digital capture. Advance techniques in lighting and further development of proficiency with the view camera and advanced aspects of commercial illustration photography are included.
Presents skills for the intermediate/advanced photo student interested in learning the professional techniques associated with events (venue) and wedding photography. There will be an emphasis on advanced camera and flash techniques, candid, formal and ceremonial photography. Business and planning aspects will also be covered. Topics covered will include Weddings, Bar mitzvah/Bas mitzvah, Music Concerts, Sporting Events, Graduations and similar occasions. Students will gain hands-on knowledge and learn practical shooting skills.

Career Options

Professional photography at PPCC prepares students for a variety of fun, exciting career options. Careers for professional photography graduates can include:

  • Outdoor Photography
  • Consumer Portrait Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Commercial Advertising Photography
  • Photojournalism/Editorial/ Documentary Photography
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