Course Description

You have the basics down but you want to do more with your photography. Maybe you even want to get a bit artistic? Advanced Photography will help you find your personal style. More creative than technical, the emphasis of the class will be on learning to tell a compelling and communicative story with your photographs. Advanced camera and lighting techniques to help you achieve your vision are discussed. Completion of Intermediate Photography or equivalent knowledge is recommended prior to registration. You must have a 35mm SLR digital camera with manual capability, zoom lens (or various focal length lenses), tripod and flash with tilting head.

Photo by Harold Rail 'Mondrian"


Chicago’s Best Photography Teachers
If you’re suspicious of photographers who want you to invest in a trip to Kauai in order to take beautiful landscape shots, you’re already more perceptive than most and perhaps you just need to get to Harper College. A photographer in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Columbia College, Harold Rail makes a living in photojournalism, commercial, and creative photography, so the man has the chops. A decade's long dedication to Zen Buddhist practice informs his images with knowing nano-second captures of infinity – and, honestly, where else can you get the combo of experience and artistry? Rail champions the art of photography teaching affordable classes for children, teenagers, and adults at Harper College. See the eccentricity and enthusiasm that blooms in his photographic work on exhibit at the new Hyatt Centric in Chicago, too.


I really enjoyed working with Jim, he was open about many techniques, and getting info about being in the profession was very interesting and eye-opening. He made us all feel comfortable and excited about us learning and moving forward. Barbara Linderman

I learned a lot in the photography class. He taught by example and we had a lot of hands-on experience in class. He was able to talk to the various levels of experience each student had in class and to the variety of camera models we each had. Sue Lech

Harold is a great instructor, who makes his classes very interesting and full of creative energy! Vince Walsh.

Thank you for your interest in this course. While we currently do not have a section open for enrollment, we invite you to join us the next time the class is offered. To ensure you don’t miss out, please complete a Course Inquiry and we’ll be sure to notify you as soon as the next enrollment opens.
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