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United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Public Affairs

Photography Class Schedule Overview

Eligible Attendees:
Any member of Team Coast Guard regardless of skill level. You can attend the classes live on the scheduled dates or you can view the recordings and PowerPoint presentations after the class session.  You can audit the class(es) for personal learning.  You can attend and participate in all of the scheduled/recorded classes, submit the homework assignments, and get a certificate of completion at the end of the course. There are 4 courses that were meant to be taken consecutively but they can be taken out fo sequence if you wish to take subjects a la carte without getting a certificate. 

 PA Photography Class 101

  • Session 1.1 - Improving contest success. Minor items that make a huge difference!
  • Session 1.2 - Telling a story. Focus viewer's attention.
  • Session 1.3 - Composition. Rule of thirds, near far.
  • Session 1.4 - Blue skies and bright eyes.

PA Photography Class 201

  • Session 2.1 - Using lighting to help the story. Repurposing old "FREE" stuff.
  • Session 2.2 - DIY rigs for getting the image.
  • Session 2.3 - Drama. Drawing the viewer into your image.
  • Session 2.4 - Setting the shot.

PA Photography Class 301

  • Session 3.1 - Conveying motion to evoke emotion!
  • Session 3.2 - Adding excitement to slow subjects.
  • Session 3.3 - Working with water.
  • Session 3.4 - Why faster isn't better. Helo's and high speed.

PA Photography Class 401

  • Session 4.1 - Portrait Power!
  • Session 4.2 - Debunking photography myths and learning the secret technical keys to a powerful photo.
  • Session 4.3 - Open lens and close your bank account.
  • Session 4.4 - Develop your portfolio, organize your photos, have fun and be creative.
You only have to register once for the entire series of classes and mentoring sessions. For those only seeking artistic improvement, you can attend the classes and mentoring session of your choice.  

If you have any questions, please email our Chief of Photography, Mr. Robin Priestley 



We do not endorse any manufacturer, company, brand, authors, books, videos, operating system, software or works outside of the members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Copyrights and Intellectual property right are respected.

USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. 

USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs including but not limited to: Brochures, Invitations, Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Television, Websites, Etc. 

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian on our photographic release form

A person attending a USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs at in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph.  USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence. 

By participating in a USCG Auxiliary Public Affairs event or by failing to notify USCGAUX PA, in writing, your desire to not have your photograph used by USCGAUX PA, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify USCGAUX PA from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness. 

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