Exploring Digital Photography and South Florida: Miami & Key West


Exploring Digital Photography and South Florida: Miami & Key West


In this Photography + Destination Combination class, you will learn about basic digital photography and apply your new knowledge and skills during a trip to Miami and Key West in Florida. This course is for anyone who loves to travel, learn about new places, and is interested in improving their photography skills, using any digital camera or smart phone, so that you can take exceptional pictures when you travel. During this 4-day hands-on class, you will get to experience the culture, art, history, literature and marine life of South Florida.

We will meet with a photographer with whom you will explore the concept of exposure, color balance, and composition. You will look into shooting macro (close up) photography and landscape. For the post-assignment, we will also focus on basic editing and retouching techniques.

Home to historic buildings, state-of-the-art green spaces and the city’s best museum, Downtown Miami is far more than the 9-5 neighborhood it was once known for. You will get to see Freedom Tower, visit the HistoryMiami museum and Bayfront Park, just to mention a few places.

During a visit to Wynwood Art District, you will be able to take pictures of beautiful art and murals. Wynwood is an outdoor museum showcasing large-scale works by some of the world’s best-known street artists. This is also where world-famous Art Basel takes place every year.

You will tour Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District, which boasts colorful buildings, interesting décor elements, intricate details and a century-old history that offers a glimpse into a bygone era. This will be a great opportunity to take some fabulous pictures.

While in Little Havana we will learn about the Cuban influence in Miami, as it is present everywhere: in the cuisine, the music, the bars and overall vibe of the city. You will visit important landmarks such as its Walk of Fame, the Bay of Pigs Invasion memorial, Domino Park and many more.

We will escape to the wilderness of the Everglades National Park and explore some wildlife. The Everglades is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. Often compared to a grassy, slow-moving river, the Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species.

During a day trip to Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, we will visit historic sites such as Key West Museum of Art & History, Ernest Hemingway House and Mallory Square. You will be able to take stunning pictures of the pastel colored, conch-style architecture and you will also learn about the Florida Reef System, which is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the continental US.

There will also be time to explore Key West a little bit on your own, and if time allows, there might be an option to go snorkeling (extra cost of $50-60) and explore the crystal-clear waters of Key West, discover the natural wonders of the beautiful coral reef and enjoy a close-up look of its vibrant marine life. **Snorkeling is not guaranteed.**

**Make sure you bring comfortable shoes (there will be plenty of walking), a towel, swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and roof course camera!

Your post-assignments will consist of editing your pictures from the trip as well as assignments demonstrating your knowledge of Miami, Key West and all the places you visited.



This class will include pre-assignments, which will be posted on Google Classroom TWO WEEKS BEFORE class, and a follow-up assignment, which must be submitted no later than FOUR weeks after class has concluded. You must complete these assignments successfully in order to receive your course completion certificate. Course completion certificates will be emailed to all students after class has officially concluded. If you have a deadline and need your certificate earlier, please indicate it during the registration process. You may receive your certificate as early as two days after the trip portion finishes, however you must have completed all assignments successfully.



Attendance IS MANDATORY all days during the trip in South Florida. If you are late or leave early, your will risk not receiving your certificate. Please note, that this is a long weekend intensive class and the days are long. Bring comfortable shoes, water, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen and of course your camera/phone. We expect you to come to class rested and ready to participate, learn and have fun!


$995 | **IN-PERSON** | 72 hours (equivalent to 6 credits)
Thursday: 9:00AM – 8:00PM (hostel check in 9:00AM – 10:00AM)
Friday: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM – 10:00PM (Key West)
Sunday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

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Contact Information

Office of Continuing Education
161 Newkirk Street, Room E504
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4224