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Here is a way to improve your photography skills
Sign up for a six-week short course and have fun.


Waukesha County Technical College

800 Main Street Pewaukee,Wisconsin

created and taught by

David L. Denemark


Wednesday, June 20,2018,
Meet at 1pm to 3pm
Location is Anvil Pub and Grill in Cedarburg,
WI N70 W6340 Bridge Road
Meet at the pub to discuss the assignment.
Weather should be good.


Frances Luedtke, a very talented student photographer put together this portrait collage of me while on a field trip for our Portrait Photography Course. Her unique eye for design and art has helped her become a better photographer overall. The art in photography is always improved through practice, practice and more practice. The more you create new images the easier it is, to get great high quality results that you can be proud of.

David Denemark celebrates his 48th year as a professional photojournalist and commercial photographer during 2017. His assignments have taken him to many visually dynamic locations around the world during his career. He knows and studies the light that creates great photography. To share his experience and knowledge, Denemark had led seminars on various photography topics around the country.

He has been a regular lecturer at workshops and conferences sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Extension, IABC, WHPRMS and many other national and local groups.

Previously, Denemark was a part-time instructor and Year Book advisor at Mount Mary University. Currently, Denemark teaches a variety of photography classes at WCTC, as part of his goal to increase the visual literacy and image-appreciation of the student photographer.

Learn how to use your camera better. Become more visually aware by signing up for a fun filled six-week course. Each class features two field trips in the Milwaukee area.





To see a Flash web gallery of photo collages produced by students enrolled in my Macro Photography Course
click here to allow it to download in another window.

Click on topic name below, to see a PDF file of the syllabus

Basic DSLR Photography

Landscape/Nature Photography

Handouts are copyright by the individual author and can only be used for non-commercial and educational purposes.

Travel Photography

Macro Photography Syllabus
Handout: Macro Location Field Tips

Portrait Photography Syllabus
Class starts 3-29-2017 for 6 weeks

Click on image to see portfolio


NOTE TO STUDENTS: All field trips listed on this page are only intended for students currently enrolled in my photography classes at Waukesha County Technical College.

All field trips will be held rain or shine. In the event of pending dangerous weather, check here the evening before the outdoor trip for final instructions. Students may choose to do their own version of the scheduled field trip if they are unable to attend. Please email me if you will not be joining the rest of the class.

Students must provide their own transportation and pay any fees associated with the field trips. Research for fee discounts are suggested to save money. Participation in these field trips is entirely up to the individual student, and not required to get a passing grade.

Important Note: The field trips are intended only for currently registered students in my classes at WCTC. Field Trip Participants must sign a WCTC release.


1. Camera Equipment: camera body and wide angle to telephoto lens

2. Auxiliary Flash or bright LED pocket flashlight

3. Spare charged batteries for camera and flash

4. Extra memory chips for camera (pre-format if possible)

5. Camera vest or bag with raincoat option

6. Lens hoods and cleaning supplies

7. Tri pod or mono pod with ball head

8. Polarizing and other filters as needed

9. Smart Phone or GPS and items needed for notes

10. Reflectors and umbrella for sunshade

11. White Balance card and camera operation manual

12. Other items you many need based on the weather


This information was complied from several sources including Popular Mechanics Magazine.

1) GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA. Spending time with the user's manual won't kill you. Many newer cameras even display tips on-screen while you're shooting, as pop-ups or in help menus. Use the advice; you'll be glad that you did.

2) KEEP IT CLEAN. Smudges, specks of dirt, and fingers in front of the lens ruin a shot. Keep your camera in a case when not in use. Clean the lens with a microfiber cloth, very carefully and with a light touch.

3) GET OUT OF THE GREEN BOX. Practice using all of the shooting modes and other features your camera has. See what difference it makes when you switch from Full Auto.

4) USE THE RULE OF THIRDS: Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid within your camera frame and set your subject at one of the intersections.

5) GET UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL. Capture one part of the body-eye, mouth, shoulder or back-because details can be telling. You don't need a zoom for this.

6) USE A PRIME LENS, which has a fixed focal length. With this type of lens, you zoom by moving a step back or forward to compose your shot within the frame. A prime lens will often produce sharper, cleaner contrast photos than a zoom lens because the lens groups don't move.

7) TO ACHIEVE A SHALLOW DEPTH OF FIELD. Dial down the F-stop and pull your subject into focus, and the background will blur, creating visual separation. Also regarding backgrounds: look at what is behind your subject and see if it is distracting, too dark or too light to provide good separation between the subject and background. Your subject should stand out in the photo.

8) AVOID CLUTTER. Look over the entire photo frame and move your vantage point around a little to keep the background simple and clean.

9) PLACE YOUR SUBJECT IN AN UNUSUAL SETTING. Shots that take people out of their comfort zone yield unexpected reactions. But don't go nuts: Asking your nephew to pose next to the bear is not okay.

10) USE YOUR FLASH AS A FILL LIGHT to illuminate faces on overcast days or in the shade. A LED light also works well.

11) GET A HOT-SHOE BOUNCE FLASH if your camera supports it. A bounce flash lets you manipulate light by reflecting it off a ceiling or other bright surface. You can also use reflector cards to bounce light around.

12) USE A SHEET OF WHITE PAPER TO DIRECT OR DIFFUSE LIGHT from a lamp or other source. Use black cards help control reflections in shiny objects.

13) AVOID HAVING YOUR SUBJECT LOOK INTO BRIGHT SUNLIGHT, unless you like squinty eyes and ugly shadows. Dark eye pockets make people look bad. If you shoot in a sunny setting, use reflector cards for backlighted subjects. LET THE LIGHT FALL AT AN ANGLE across the person's face that looks natural.

14) WHEN PHOTOGRAPHING KIDS OR PETS, GET LOW. They look even better when captured at their own height. Of course, you should also SHOOT HIGH OR LOW: Odd angles to add drama.

15) TAKE YOUR CAMERA EVERYWHERE—the best photos aren't planned. A good quality compact camera is always handy and is easy to carry around. It usually will take better photos than a phone camera.

16) BRING EXTRA BATTERIES AND MEMORY CARDS. Having a camera with you that can't do the job is worse than having no camera at all.

17) SHOOT MULTIPLE SHOTS AT A TIME. The second or third exposure or even the fifth one can be the best one- when your subject begins to relax.

Below are examples of the collage photos and arrangement I would like to see all student photographers attempt to reproduce in their own style. Use no more than 5-9 images for your completed project. You can also just bring in 3-5 images to discuss individually. Many students have used Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Picassa, and other online services like Walgreens. Other students had prints made and glued then to an illustration board

Click on image to see Gallery of Student Photo's

Digital Photography can improve your outlook on life!

I have taught hundreds of people how to improve their photographic skills through a series of six-week, non-credit, classes offered by Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), located in Pewaukee, WI.

Each class is offered several times a year and can be taken by anyone interested in becoming more visually literate while overcoming the usual technical problems so common to many newer photographers. Cost is around $50 per course.

Interested students can contact me or the WCTC web site for more information.

Just call or email us to find out more. Use link at bottom of this page

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David Denemark - Digital Services
Pewaukee, WI 53072
(262) 370-6200

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