Academy of Lifelong Learning


Steven Kane


Tuesdays, March 21 – April 25 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:30 pm



During this hands-on course, you will learn to convert what your eye literally sees into a photographic image that reflects a particular emotion, personal impression or perception. You will learn to use the many rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds and leading lines, as guiding organizing principles to create your artistic photographic vision. You will also learn how to best use light and shadow, proper exposure, focusing techniques, and many tips and tricks to help make your photos become works of art and attract deserved attention. Students will have the opportunity to submit photos each session after the first for gentle critique. During one or two sessions, local award-winning photographers will talk about particular types of photography, such as nature, landscape, and street photography. At the last session, Bob Ramsey, owner of The Finishing Touch, will talk about printing, matting and framing photographs for gallery exhibitions. This course is especially useful for beginning and intermediate photographers who want to go beyond “Instagram photography” to develop a personal artistic vision. Users of DSLR or compact cameras will get the most out of this course, but owners of smartphones are welcome to attend and will learn much as well.


STEVEN KANE is an avid photographer who in his retirement has become especially fond of doing close-up flower photography. He is the director of the Chestertown RiverArts Photo Club and has exhibited his work in the RiverArts gallery. He will curate the RiverArts Photography show in August 2017.