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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Photography 


Use the fundamentals of photography to explore the world around you. 


Demonstrations, lectures, and assignments will take place in the traditional darkroom, digital lab, lighting studio, and during field trips to various locations.

Students will gain knowledge through technical training in camera controls, darkroom and inkjet printing, basic studio lighting, digital editing, and gallery installation techniques. In addition, the class will focus on the rules of composition, contemporary concepts, and examples of historical and contemporary photographic works of art. Students will engage in a collaborative studio environment, contribute to and receive constructive critique, establish critical thinking skills, and form a photographic vision while developing personal projects.

No previous photography experience required. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own digital SLR camera with the ability to set their cameras to raw. An external hard drive for digital file storage is a must-have.


The first week of this course will include an introduction to the darkroom and the processes related to it. Visits to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and other organizations in the area will act as sources of inspiration for photos. During week two the focus will shift to digital photography, including editing images and large format printing.

Projects and topics that will be explored include darkroom processes and safety, pinhole cameras and cyanotypes, composition and design as they relate to photography, best practices when saving and editing images, studio and lighting set up, and shooting and editing video.  


Deborah Pinter received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art where she majored in Photography and minored in Drawing. She then went on to receive her MA in Photography from the International Center of Photography/New York University. After graduation, she worked as a photographer’s assistant and studio manager in New York City. After moving back to Cleveland, she worked as an educator teaching studio classes and giving tours at the Cleveland Museum of Art, taught Photography in the Continuing Education Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and worked as an artist in resident throughout the state of Ohio. She eventually became a full-time educator at the Akron Art Museum. In 2016 after 11 years as an arts administrator she went back to focusing on making her art and picking projects to work on that are fun and rewarding. Currently, she is teaching Digital Photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Baldwin Wallace University. You can view her work at