Yesterday was the first day of pre-registration. Pre-registration allows current, degree-seeking students to sign up for classes before registration opens for everyone else, and defer payment until early January. Pre-registration goes until November 26th. Open registration is from December 2nd thru January 12th.
Find out more about attending CMC by visiting the Admissions Checklist. Once you are registered for classes, find out about payment and being ready for your first day of class. As of November 12th, books for Spring semester are not yet available from the CMC Online Bookstore, but you can add your name to an email notification list for when they do become available. You can also sell your old textbooks back to the CMC Online bookstore.
Next semester I’m taking a mix of photography, ski business, and management classes that I’m very excited for. But first I want to tell you a bit about the class I am taking this weekend in Steamboat.
The class is called Intro to Digital Video and the Colorado Mountain College course catalog describes it as “Students learn how to use digital video editing software to create, edit, and save movies. Students create movies using digital video clips, digital photos, and music. The basics of shooting good video, capturing video from a camera to a computer, creating movies for the web, and burning finished DVD’s will be covered.”.
The class is part of the Ski & Snowboard Marketing Media Manager certificate.
Video actually has a lot more to do with photography than you might think- the Professional Photography program requires that your camera be capable of recording video and right now in my Photo & Computer Orientation class we are working on creating 2 videos in Adobe Premeire Pro using still photos, audio from an interview, sound effects from the internet, PhotoShop, and (if we choose) video that we have recorded.
Plus, instead of leaving my house on Friday before the sun comes up, I’m going up on Thursday, which gives me the opportunity to hike to Fish Creek Falls. While it’s possible to limit your hike to a 1/2 mile roundtrip and only see the falls from the overlook, I’m hoping to hike the 4 miles round-trip to the falls, which are 283-feet high! It is also possible to hike to Uranium mines. I’m also excited for my weekend in Steamboat because of the change of scenery and having some new things to photograph.
3 of the classes I am taking next semester are required Pro Photo classes and the film class is an elective.
- Photo Image Capture 2
“This course is a continuation of Photo Image Capture I and further develops camera operation skills and an understanding of digital imaging terminology. A more advanced control and application of camera techniques such as exposure, depth of field, optical effects, and zone focusing will be emphasized. In addition to demonstrating technical competency in the aforementioned areas, students will be expected to utilize these techniques as visual communication tools in order to clearly convey their photographic intent. Additional topics include: macro photography, the effects of image compression, the advantages and disadvantages of shooting JPEG vs. RAW, and use of fill flash.”
- Digital Capture Processing 2
“This course is a continuation of Digital Capture Processing I and focuses on digital image processing and printing. Topics include: visual understanding of print quality, basic RAW processing, various digital workflows, further development of vocabulary of digital darkroom terminology, creating and utilizing actions in Photoshop, and further advancement of Photoshop technique.”
- Perception and Photo 2
“This course moves the foundation of aesthetic principles into a more advanced stage. Through the use of historical examples, students will create images that employ the same visual and philosophical concerns of their predecessors in photographic history. This course is fundamentally a photography history shooting class.”
- Film Photography 1
“Introduces black and white photography as a fine art medium and develops skills necessary for basic camera and lab operations.”
As I mentioned last week, I’m not about to become a film photographer, but I think it’ll be fun to play around with it some and learn how film is developed.
As Digital Rev put it, “The smell of the chemicals, the red lights, seeing an image appear from nowhere. There is something magical about being in a darkroom, processing your own film. It appeals to the inner scientist in us all; playing with chemicals and creating magic. If you are shooting black and white film the process is relatively simple too. This process makes you feel more attached to your own images, compared with processing sat at a computer, the tactile experiences involved in producing a print make it feel very special compared to pushing a button on a computer.”
Popular Photography also has a list of “12 Films Worth Shooting With Before They’re Gone“.
Ski and Snowboard Marketing and Media is one of the classes which is part of the Marketing Media certificate. “Presents the analysis of theoretical marketing processes and the strategies of product development, pricing, promotion and distribution and their applications to the snow sport business and the individual consumer.”
The last 2 classes I am taking are for personal interest.
Snowsports Promotions is part of the Ski and Snowboard Business program and is described as “The different roles and techniques used to develop, produce, and progress snowsport events will be explored. The course examines the needs of promotional representatives who act on behalf of manufacturing, retail, and ski area operations. Students will gain knowledge of management in the areas of facilites, professional organizations, and promotions as well as the different managerial styles that can be applied. This course will also provide the student with individual topics such as quality control, leadership, and strategic planning. Students will also demonstrate the role of management in producing events for the snowsports industry from a financial and legal standpoint.”
Small Business Management is described as “Examines the elements necessary for the successful formation of a new small business. It is also designed to enhance the skills of those already involved in the operation of a small business. The course includes the development of a complete small business plan.”. As I mentioned last week, I’m excited for this class because at the end of the semester, I’ll have a business plan- something I’ve yet to accomplish in over 2 years of trying to create one on my own.
Last Thursday evening I took a couple of pictures of Sopris. The following 2 images are the same image processed and cropped 2 different ways. I left the first image in color, cropped out “unnecessary” details on the bottom along with some on the top, and posted it to the CMC Facebook app. The 2nd image I maintained at a 2:3 crop so that it would print at the correct proportions and I split-toned it for an assignment due on Monday in Digital Capture Processing. To split-tone it, I converted the image to black and white in Lightroom and then used a red hue on the highlights and cyan on the shadows and then brought the saturations down so they weren’t too much. I picked those colors because they are considered complementary colors, which is something we learned about in class yesterday.
Look for another post later this week with more about this week’s classes and maybe even a report on my hike to Fish Creek Falls and the start of my video class in Steamboat.