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Beginning Photography

Class Registration Details:
Instructor:Denise Russell, Howard Stickler
Location: Main Campus, Fort Pierce, BCIE Building Y, Room 108
Dates:May 1, 2017 - July 24, 2017
Times:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: $229.00
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Instructor:Denise Russell, Howard Stickler
Location: Chastain Campus, Stuart, Building D, Room 110
Dates:May 4, 2017 - July 20, 2017
Times:6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost: $229.00
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Course Description:

Prerequisite - none required

This course is the first in a continuing series of studies in photography. The intent is to learn about the camera, how it works, and how it can work for you to take better pictures faster and more creatively.


Depth of Field, shutter speeds, apertures, ISO, correct exposures, basic composition, lenses, metering,  along with basic flash.

REQUIREMENTS:  A fully manual FILM or DIGITAL camera with Manual Exposure Mode; a camera with complete control over the shutter speed, aperture and ISO.    

A textbook is suggested but not required. 

Certificate of Completion  - In order to receive a certificate of completion each student will be expected to complete weekly assignments, a final project, and final exam.                        

Regular attendance by all students is required.  Missed work is the responsibility of the student.

Successful completion of the course is determined by attendance, out of class projects and final exam.

Click here to see past student's work!

                                              "It's the photographer that takes the picture, not the camera!"

For questions specific to this program, please call the Instructor at 772-340-4443 or email drussell@irsc.edu.

About the Instructors:

Both Denise Russell and Howard Stickler are Florida Certified Photography Instructors teaching at Indian River State College for over 20 years.  Professionally, they have a combined 50+ years experience in the business of photography as freelancers and at Stickler's Commercial Photography in Port St. Lucie, FL.   Denise Russell is an International Award Winning Photographer, and in 2009 was awarded the IRSC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

Student Feedback:  

"Teachers Denise Russell and Howard Stickler are awesome.  They are truly passionate about photography and do an excellent job helping you blossom and refine your skills." 

                                                                                    Rachel "Sharkbait" King; Fins & Lens Photography  


Dear Ms. Russell,

I loved your class today!  I always do.  In spite of the fact that it's far for me.  I am adoring the projects, and I profoundly appreciate your "frankness" about my boring two doors.  I look forward to the next semester, and always, with a smile.  I like your style. 

Howard kills me!  His knowledge on the specifics regarding cameras and lenses, how to make 'em work, makes the class so worth the distance. 

Very best regards,

Jose Luis Beristain Larraza


Target Audience:
Individuals interested in photography.

Course Details:
  • Course Type: Continuing Education Institute, Licensing & Certifications
  • SIGN UP TODAY! Limited Seating! For more information Call Toll FREE 1.888.283.1177
  • Classes presented by the CCTI@IRSC are for personal enrichment, professional certification and licensing or continuing education purposes only. They do not qualify for college credit and therefore are not eligible for discounts, Florida pre-paid, State tuition waiver programs or funding for college level classes.

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