Fundamentals of Photography: Taking Better Pictures

Take great photographs with whatever camera you have. While emphasis is on digital single lens reflex cameras, the majority of subject matter applies to photography with any camera, including smart phones and point and shoot cameras. Topics covered include: qualities of light, composition, creative use of camera controls, flash and portraiture. 


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 18 hours / 1.8 CEUs

    Where: Athens, fieldwork

    When: Sept. 14 – Nov. 9, 2015

    Cost: $215 plus $10 for supplies 

Includes field trip, class project, and evaluation of project photographs with introduction to digital image editing basics. This class is open to anyone. If you do not yet own your camera, you can receive camera selection advice from the instructor at the first session. Class size limited to 18. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about their camera and improve their picture taking skills. 

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2015 - Monday, November 9, 2015
Course Date Info: 

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Course Format: 
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info: 

Please check plasma screens located throughout the Georgia Center. 

Course Fee(s): 


A $10 supply fee is payable to instructor at first session. 

Continuing Education Information: 

1.8 CEUs

Jim Morgenthaler bought his first Nikon when stationed in Korea in the Air Force. Exploring Korea and Japan with that camera sparked the interest in photography that continues to this day. Jim has been teaching photography in Athens for 35 years and has been involved with digital photography for the last 20 years. He has been teaching for the Professional and Personal Development program at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education since his retirement from the University of Georgia. During his work life at UGA, Jim produced educational video, film, computer graphics, and still photography.  See the instructor's photos