C.A.L.L. summer series has Roy Pope giving sermon on digital photography July 11 & 18

June 12, 2009

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – Digital cameras may be more forgiving than traditional spools of film, but the multitude of buttons and optional settings make programming a VCR seem comparable to lowering a thermostat.

Enter Roy Pope, the Apache Junction resident, Chandler-Gilbert Community College adjunct professor of photography, and nationally-accomplished photographer to unravel that Rebel XTi Rubik’s Cube into a digital photographer’s best friend.

Pope will join the Central Arizona College Lifelong Learner’s summer program series for a pair of Saturday morning classes entitled Digital Photography – The Basics in mid-July.

The class will be held from 9-11 a.m. on July 11 and July 18 in Room 441 of the Superstition Mountain Campus in his hometown. The fee for the class is $25 for C.A.L.L. members and $40 for non-members.
Pope presently serves as the full-time coordinator of video production at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He teaches traditional and digital photography classes as an adjunct, and he has lent his expertise to community and continuing education courses in photography and photo production throughout the East Valley.

While Pope has a wide range of photographic experience, black and white photography in the spirit of Ansel Adams is his first love.

“I try to capture the depth of black and white photography,” Pope said. “I think my deep passion for photography allows me to capture the four seasons of nature. I see the beauty in things we often overlook - twisted knots in an aged tree or the sun-weathered paint of an abandoned house.”

Whether on black and white film, Kodachrome, or digital memory sticks, Pope is inspired by his passion for nature, and he passes along that passion to his students through encouragement and patience. The recipe for playing with digital cameras inherently requires patience.

“My black and white prints are handcrafted using traditional photographic printmaking techniques,” Pope explained. “This craft is becoming a lost art form, but for me there is nothing more breathtaking than a black and white photograph.”

Pope’s photos have been published in America 24/7 - A Nation Tells It's Own Story, used by Getty Images – a worldwide leader in providing stock digital media – and are featured in The Ansel Adams Gallery. The cover photo for the National Geological Survey book Verde River Headwaters was a photograph snapped by Pope of the Verde Valley.

For more information about Digital Photography – The Basics at the Superstition Mountain campus, or to register for the class, please contact the C.A.L.L. Office by phone at 480-677-7721, or by e-mail at call@centralaz.edu.

C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program for adult learners of any age without regard to previous education. C.A.L.L. provides members of the community an opportunity to participate in a variety of informal, low-cost, high-quality classes, study groups and field trips.


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