Classes

The following educational programs are offered for members to develop their skills in photography and image processing.  Most courses are taught by volunteer club members who give their time and talents freely.  They prepare for their instruction periods so that you may benefit from them.  Some classes are presented in a sequence of parts. To gain the maximum benefit from the instruction, class participants should make an effort to follow through and attend each class session as it is scheduled.

This season we ask that you register for classes you plan to attend. This will allow instructors to adequately prepare class materials and available class space.  PLEASE NOTE: Classes will be available for registration on the first day of the month preceding the scheduled event date.  Prior to the registration opening date, a note in the left hand margin will have the message "Registration is Closed".  It does not mean that the event is "Full". 

To register you will need to be logged into the Grand Photos membership site and then scroll to the class and click on the register button below the class title.  Most classes are free; when there is a fee as part of the registration process, you may pay online using a credit card, or you may print out the invoice and take a copy of the invoice along with your payment to the studio and leave it with the monitor.

 


Upcoming Classes

    • November 21, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MST)
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    As more and more of us use our smart phones and mobile devices for photography, the confusion of where and what to do with our images often times leads to bewilderment and frustration.   Learning about the CLOUD, establishing a filing system and learning to use search will be the primary focus of this class. Both Apple and Android systems will be discussed. 

    Instructor: Dennis Hilgar

    Experience level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Equipment: Please bring your fully charged phones, tablets and/or laptops to class

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 23, 2019

    • December 04, 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 7
    Register

    Learn some tips and techniques to capture the magic of holiday lights followed by some time capturing photos in the community and celebrated with holiday treats in the Photo Studio

    Experience Level and Equipment: This class offers ideal opportunities for new members, participants with smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019 


    • December 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 9
    Register

    Hands- on experience. Bring a photo (8x10 or less) and learn how to measure and cut a mat to frame your photo.  Leave with your photo ready to frame.

    Instructor: Ron Pescitani

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019

    • December 17, 2019
    • December 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Register

    The hallmarks of high key are images that convey a sense of energy, lightness, and happiness due to the high proportion of whiteness in relation to the amount of mid and dark tones (shadows) present in the image.  A distraction-free background for a (usually) well detailed subject is also a hallmark of high key images.  The high key style is appropriate for all photographic categories including landscape, nature, wildlife, portraits, and still life.

    This two-session class will include classroom review and practical exercises in environment and subject selection; in-camera manipulation; and post-processing techniques to create images in a high key style. The first session will also include a participant exercise with instructors’ assistance.    A slide review presentation of your images created the first session and on your own will be shared during the second session. 

    Instructors: Pam Careau and Margaret Maione

    Experience Level: Intermediate and Advanced

    Equipment: This class is best suited for cameras that have the ability for manual exposure adjustment/manipulation. Post processing programs with highlight, shadow, and single-color adjustment tools are required. (Note: Lightroom is available on Grand Photos computers for member use in processing their images).

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019

    • January 08, 2020
    • January 16, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Registration is closed

    In this 2-session class learn quick, easy steps to better Smartphone photos including the basics of image composition.   As a part of the class the group will participate in a mentored photo walk that enables participants to practice their new skills.  There is the option of a third session to share photos from the photowalk.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2019

    • January 09, 2020
    • January 10, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Stuido - Village Center
    Registration is closed

    In this 2-session class we will discuss the purpose of photo shoots, what they are, how they are developed, the social fun involved, and numerous locations visited locally in Arizona and the Southwest.  Session 2 will involve participation in a mentored short photo shoot and will schedule time to share your results with other participants as a way of discovering first hand why photo shoots are a social and photographic highlight of Grand Photos membership. This class offers ideal opportunities for new members, participants with smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.  

    Instructor: Richard Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration December 1, 2019 

    • January 14, 2020
    • January 21, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Registration is closed

    This year Grand Photos is offering a series of classes in the composition of photographs using the elements of design (line, shape, form, color, space, texture and value).  We hope to engage the participants to think more about the creation of their images using these elements as we look closer at each one of them.

    January’s class will focus on “lines”.  First we will look at some basic questions regarding lines such as what they are, where you see them, different types  of lines and the impact and emotion of lines on an image.  The second session will be a sharing of photographs participants have taken after exploring the use of “lines"

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2019

    • January 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Registration is closed

    Learn how to process your Smartphone or tablet pictures using two free apps “Snapseed” and “TouchRetouch”.  Basic techniques and workflow will be demonstrated.  You will have the opportunity to process your photos with the guidance of mentors.  

    Instructor - Jerry Weinstein

    Experience level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone or tablet; download Snapseed and Retouch

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2019

    • January 28, 2020
    • February 11, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Registration is closed

    Tabletop photography, also known as still life, is photography you can do in your home at any time.  In the first session we will cover how to select and set up your tabletop, background, subject and light source(s). Learn about color, texture, lighting, and selecting and staging appropriate subjects.   The second session is a collaboration with the Studio Lighting Special Interest Group who will help you “light “your tabletop.  The third session, you are encouraged to bring a flash drive with 2 or 3 still life photos to share.

    Instructor: Peggy Boike

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2019

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