Focus on NEW Photography Certificate

Published Nov 17, 2016

The work of local world-class photographers is all around you, from art museums to the news you read, from corporate advertising to fashion spreads. Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) offers serious photography students the chance to learn from some of these masters. The new Schoolcraft Center of Photography certificate program covers a range of core and elective classes.  The series culminates with the students creating their own professional portfolio, under the critique and guidance of the pro instructors.

Students will work with a who’s who of Southeast Michigan photographers, including Monte Nagler, David Haupt, Shawn Lee, Tim Griffin, John Sobczak and John Campbell. This roster of talented, award-winning lensmen have had their work featured in major publications and exhibited in museums, corporate headquarters and international galleries. In addition to their extensive teaching experience they have been featured speakers at photography conferences.

Nagler’s images have won numerous awards, and are found in many private, public and museum collections. He is a noted writer, lecturer and teacher of photography and is the author of six successful photography books. Sobczak has been a professional photographer based in Detroit for over 30 years.  His images have appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today and many local publications including Hour Magazine, Ambassador Magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business as well as several books

Haupt has participated in nine multi-artist gallery events and has held five solo exhibits. He has taught photography in the classroom and on location. Griffin studied business and computer technologies before discovering digital photography, which has led to the adventure of exploring and teaching this new method of photography.

Lee’s photos have been published and displayed numerous times​, including in an exhibition in London’s West End and on the cover of Rangefinder Magazine. He’s also been a featured speaker at photography conferences. He’s also the founder of “I SEE DETROIT,” an annual photographic tour that brings people from across the country to photography the jewels of the city.

Campbell’s 40 year photographic journey has included study with Monte Nagler and Howard Bond. John also has years of teaching experience as a high school biology teacher. He feels fortunate to be able to teach photography. 

Campbell said, “The Schoolcraft program will help photographers train their eye to find the best shot. They’ll improve their skills in choosing subject matter, composition, lighting, and editing. If they’re interested in making it a career they’ll learn more about the business of being a pro photographer too.”

The certificate program is designed for both the committed hobbyists and students pursuing a part- or full-time career. Required core classes will cover DSLR photography techniques, fundamentals of portrait lighting, Photoshop, photo composition and developing a photography business. Among the rich assortment of electives are courses in black & white photography, fine art photography with a master photographer, taking print-ready images with an iPhone, photographing Metro Detroit, Adobe Lightroom and various desktop design classes.

Program coordinator Michele Bialo said, “We’re excited to be a part of a new photographer’s journey.  I’m confident that the skills, networking and experience students gain through the program will open doors and enhance their careers.”

For more information, visit the Center of Photography website or contact the CEPD division at or 734-462-4448.

to Top