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

Introduces students to photography through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and critiques. Students will learn to see photographically via an exploration of the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of photography, with an emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, exposure, an overview of film and digital processing, and an awareness of the critical issues in contemporary photography.
Presents the fundamentals of Fine Art digital photography, including camera equipment and software used for image capture, management and manipulation. Topics include camera settings and exposure control, composition, working with light and time and creative image manipulation.
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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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Photography program, students should be able to:

  • Describe photography works and techniques using the appropriate vocabulary
  • Convey a message through a visual medium in a way that reflects mastery of artistic composition
  • Produce visual imagery that shows a mastery of technical knowledge in camera operation, lighting, and computer manipulation
  • Evaluate the creative and compositional aspects of photography using a variety of styles and genres
  • Critically analyze and interpret photographic images
  • Produce a professional-level body of photographic work