Developed with input from industry professionals, the Schoolcraft Certificate of Photography provides a comprehensive learning experience for budding photographers and those currently working in the industry. To complete the Schoolcraft Certificate of Photography, students take six core classes and four electives, capping their experience with a FREE one-on-one portfolio analysis with one of our notable photographer-instructors.
This program is made possible in part by funding from the Schoolcraft College Foundation.
Photography Class Offerings
Required Core Classes:
- DSLR Photography Techniques 1
- DSLR Photography Techniques 2
- Fundamentals of Lighting
- Adobe Photoshop for DSLR Photographers 1
- Photo Composition – Learning to See Creatively
- Develop Your Photography Business
How will the certificate benefit me?
- Certificate provides a professional credential to use when applying for positions or looking for clients.
- Improves proficiency in the craft of photography through study with master professionals.
- Offers tools needed to create a business plan including :
- Starting a business.
- Pricing, insurance, accounting.
- Creating a marketing plan.
- Preparing a professional quality portfolio.
- Provides insight into different careers and skills needed within the photography industry.
- Finishes with an individualized, free portfolio analysis. Use your completed portfolio to gain clients and get hired.
Do the classes need to be taken in a certain order?
Classes can be taken in any order. However, many of them require CES 3697 DSLR Photography Techniques 1 as a prerequisite.
I have already completed photography classes at Schoolcraft College. Can those classes be applied to the certificate program?
Any class listed in the Schoolcraft Certificate of Photography that was completed after September 1, 2015 can be counted towards the certificate.
What equipment will I need to complete the certificate program?
A recent DSLR or mirrorless camera, a zoom lens or a set of lenses spanning moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto, a cable release, a tripod.
Are there assignments that need to be completed outside of class?
Yes, many of the classes require you to complete photo assignments to bring to the next class.
Who should register?
Students interested in exploring photography as a career or hobbyists who would like to expand their photography skills.
What is the cost?
The cost to complete the certificate program will vary depending on the electives you choose to take. The cost for the core classes is approximately $2,000. The cost for the electives varies from $299 to $49 per class.
How long will it take for me to earn my certificate?
Required classes are offered frequently. Students pursuing the certificate are encouraged to complete within three years. When a student enrolls in the Portfolio Review, their transcript is reviewed for eligibility.
Will the classes be graded?
Some classes, including DSLR Photography Techniques 1 and 2, will be graded.
When/how do I get my certificate?
When you have successfully completed all of the core classes, four elective classes and the portfolio analysis you are ready to receive your certificate. At that time please call the PPL office at 734-462-4448. We will confirm that the classes have been completed and send your certificate.
How can I find out more information?
If your question is not answered on this website, call PPL at 734-462-4448 or e-mail [email protected].
John Campbell states, “I don’t photograph subjects. I photograph the way they make me feel.”
John’s 40 year photographic journey began as a young boy; he was fascinated by the images from National Geographic, Life, Look and other publications. As a student at the University of Michigan, he added to his photographic repertoire. Upon graduation, he continued to learn the mechanics of the dark room and the “perfect photo.” He studied photography with Monte Nagler and Howard Bond and took numerous workshops. John also has years of teaching experience as a high school biology teacher. He feels fortunate to be able to teach photography, finding joy working with students and colleagues.
Bill Gemmell is a commercial photographer with 40 years’ experience working on location, in the studio, and in the darkroom (both traditional and Adobe Photoshop).
He received a New York State Education Department certificate in Commercial Photography in 1977 and has taught Digital and Black & White photography at Macomb Community College since 2010.
Bill started his career as staff photographer for the Times-Herald Newspapers in Dearborn. He has since worked for over a dozen newspapers and magazines and spent 11 years working freelance in New York City. His work as a commercial photographer includes people, real estate/architecture, and small products.
In May of 1981 he started showing his work in galleries, first appearing in the Detroit Photo Gallery’s “Inaugural Exhibit”. Since then his work his work has appeared in more than 50 exhibitions and juried shows. In February 2018, he judged the 23rd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the Padzieski Gallery for the Dearborn Community Arts Council.
You can see Bill’s work at www.flickr.com/billgemmell/sets.
Photography has been part of Tim’s life since he was 12 years old, when his father let him try out a 126 Brownie box camera.
While studying business and computer technologies at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University, Tim discovered digital photography, which led to the excitement of exploring this new method of photography. He has said, “I think I understand how past photographers must have felt when they were given their first roll of film instead of a stack of film plates.”
His mission as a photographer is to capture subjects in a setting and manner that show the person in a natural state. He enjoys helping people step out of their shell in front of the lens.
As an instructor, he’s been able to pass along both his passion for creativity and technical knowledge to make great photographs.
“How could someone catch such incredible beauty in a simple photograph?” – Dave Haupt on Ansel Adams
Ever since he was a small child, Dave was interested in pursuing a career as an artist. This interest was nurtured by his talented mother who was an incredible multi-media artist. Under her tutelage Dave excelled as an art student. Seeing his first Ansel Adams print inspired Dave to move into photography, incorporating his art training into a new media.
Professionally Dave has participated in nine multi-artist gallery events and has held five solo exhibits. His photos also have been published. In 2010 he created vonHaupt Photography, and began teaching photography classes and on location photography workshops. In 2016, Dave co-created Creative Vision Photography Workshops to further developed high-quality photography education through Meetups, as well as classes and on-location workshops. His teaching style is one of understanding, mentoring, and of course, having fun.
John Sobczak, Lorien Studio/Lorien Books
“I have never found anything more challenging than photographing people,” John Sobczak has said. “During the brief moments we are allowed access to an individual we must discover something of his or her true nature and capture it on film. Often we must overcome the individual’s own preconceived idea of themselves to do it.”
John has been a professional photographer based in Detroit for over 30 years. His images have graced the pages of Time, Newsweek, USA Today, as well as many local publications including Hour Magazine, Ambassador Magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business. His commercial work has included billboards, brochures & annual reports for such clients as General Motors Corporation, AT&T, Chrysler, Lear and Ford Motor Company.
His work has been featured in many exhibitions including solo showings, and he has won numerous awards, including a regional and district Addy for a portrait of Jeff Daniels that appeared on the cover of Hour Magazine. An ongoing theme in his work has been his pursuit of recognition for the many talented, creative individuals among us. This led to the creation of two portfolios; the first being a series of portraits of jazz musicians, including Marcus Belgrave, Earl Klugh and Geri Allen, for the Graystone Jazz Museum. The second portfolio was a series of portraits of some of the area’s funniest comedians, including Tim Allen, Dave Coulier and Soupy Sales, for the MS Society of Michigan.
His books have included “The Vision of Words,” a collection of works by Michigan writer with photo-illustrations by John; “Motor City Memoirs,” portraits and stories from notable and interesting Detroiters; “Cleveland Classics, Great Stories from the North Coast,” and “A Motor City Year.” His book of dance photography, “Dance / Box / Lens, Portraits in Motion,” was published in 2016.
In 2007 portfolios of his work became part of the permanent collections of two of the most prestigious museums in the country, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art.