Class Reports: Photography-Beginner to Brilliant

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

If you’re interested in learning how to take beautiful pictures or you want to explore the functions of your camera, consider taking Mrs. Caroline Hurdt’s “Photography: Beginner to Brilliant” class. Mrs. Hurdt says throughout the year, students will learn “the building blocks of photography”, including working with natural light, shutter speed, the exposure triangle, the Rule of Thirds, and much more. Also, students will develop a portfolio of their unique photos, perfect for those who wish to pursue a career in photography.

This class is designed for students who enjoy photography and wish to hone their skills. Some concepts studied throughout the year include editing photos, portrait photography, posing, photo journalism, and conceptual photography. In addition, students will also learn fundamentals of photography, including shooting on manual and utilizing composition and light.

This class’s workload is not rigorous, as Mrs. Hurdt says that she hopes students will enjoy taking pictures as a way to relieve stress from their other assignments. Homework includes occasional articles from, exercises, and projects, but the majority of students’ time is utilized in snapping photos. Potential students should expect to spend approximately two to three hours per week taking photos, editing, and sending in assignments. Regarding special homework, there is a research paper and several photo projects, but students will have plenty of time to work on them. In addition, there is a fun Christmas-themed assignment where students take photos with bokeh, which is “the little circles of light that are out of focus when a picture has a shallow depth of field.”

This class requires no prerequisites, although it’s a building block for more advanced photography classes, like “Photography: Conceptual and Creative.” Also, it is important to note that prospective students must own a DSLR camera and lens in order to enroll in this class. Students should either purchase Lightroom 3 or a membership to Adobe Creative Cloud.

So if you are fascinated by the art of photography or wish to understand your camera better, consider taking Mrs. Hurdt’s “Photography: Beginner to Brilliant” class. Throughout the year, you will learn crucial skills of photography and how to take beautiful, unique photographs. In the worlds of Karl Lagerfeld, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”



  1. Love this article! Mrs. Hurdt is such an inspiring teacher. <3 Would also highly recommend this course.

  2. Mrs. Hurdt is an amazing teacher and this course taught me so much. It really grew my photography career and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone hoping to grow their photography skills!

  3. 10/10 would recommend!! This course helped me soooo much, definitely would recommend this to any aspiring photographer!! Not to mention the classes are always kept super fun with “Random Question’s of the Day” and lots of jokes!

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