Grand photos

 The Photo Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ


 

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". 

Occasionally, when some classes are posted on the website but are not yet open for registration you may notice that there are already people registered. Why is that? It is because these are registrants who were on the waiting list for an earlier session of that class. Because they were on the waiting list they are pre-registered for the added class prior to the class opening for registration to the general membership.

The waiting lists provide a means to determine demand for a particular topic and serve as a queue to fairly accommodate in the next class those who 'waited in line' for the first class.

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 10, 2022
    • November 29, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    This is a 3-session class.  The first session begins with the thought process of converting a color image to monochrome.  Factors that make a good monochrome image will be discussed as well as a brief overview of processing monochrome images in Lightroom, DxO (Nik) Silver Efex and Snapseed. Processing will be demonstrated using Lightroom.  Session 2 will be a photoshoot to demonstrate factors in the field that are important for good monochrome images.  Participants will be asked to bring images to the third session for sharing and discussion with the class.  This class is appropriate for any camera – DSLR to Smartphones.

    Instructor: Stan Bormann

    Experience level: all

    Equipment required: appropriate for any camera - DSLR to smartphone

    Registration - REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2022

    • November 16, 2022
    • November 28, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Using Adobe Photoshop Elements Brady will demonstrate...step by step...how to transform a single digital image into a digital quilt.  Written directions will be provided after the first session.  Session 2 will feature discussion and a slideshow presentation of participants’ digital quilt creations.

    Instructor: Brady Conn

    Experience level: basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop Elements

    Equipment required: laptop with Adobe Photoshop Elements installed

    Registration - REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2022

    • December 06, 2022
    • December 13, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 14
    Register

    What is creativity?  Where is mine?  How do I find it?

    Creativity is a key ingredient in artistic expression. As an art form, photography is all about the creative process and exploring ideas through images.  It requires the use of the imagination or original ideas to produce an artistic work.

    Come and explore a hands-on experience that will help you connect with your creativity.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience level: all

    Equipment required: whatever you like to shoot with - camera or smartphone

    Registration - REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2022

    • December 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 7
    Register

    In this class you will spend time in the Studio learning about factors to consider such as finding the light, composing the group and considering the background.  This will be followed by setting up a mock family shoot in both indoor and outdoor locations away from the Studio.  The group will then divide and set up their own images before returning to the Studio

    Instructor: Jim & Vicki Barbour

    Experience level: all

    Equipment required: whatever you like to shoot with - smartphone or camera

    Registration - REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2022

    • January 03, 2023
    • January 10, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Your best camera is the one that is always with you.  For most of us that means our smartphone.  So, what's the secret taking great pictures with your smartphone?  As it turns out, there are a few of them.  Come and learn about some of these tips to improve your smartphone pics.

    Instructor - Gary Jann

    Equipment required - Android Smartphone

    All Levels

    Registration - REQUIRED

    Class will be available for registration - December 1, 2022

    • January 05, 2023
    • January 12, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

     Your best camera is the one that is always with you.  For most of us that means our smartphone. So, what's the secret to taking great pictures with your smartphone? As it turns out, there are a few of them. Come and learn about some of these tips to improve your smartphone pics.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment Needed: Fully charged iPhone

    Registration:  REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration Dec1, 2022

    • January 10, 2023
    • January 24, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photo Club -Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Lightroom Classic is an image management and editing program designed especially for photographers.  It guides you through your workflow, including organizing, editing, and sharing your digital images.

    It is designed around a database, rather than a file browser, so it keeps a record of the photos even when the original files are offline.  This makes it quick to search and find photos.  Lightroom will help you manage all your photos, yes even if you have several hundred thousand photos stored on multiple hard drives.

    Lightroom's Develop module is a non-destructive editor. This simply means that your edits are saved as metadata (text instructions), rather than being applied to the pixels themselves, so it doesn't degrade the original image data.  You can experiment without fear.

    The class is divided into three sessions.  In the first session, we will introduce the library module, demonstrate how to add photos, folders, keywords, and tags to photos.  We also will introduce collections and tools used to help find any photo in the library.

    The second session will cover the development module and introduce the new features added during recent updates.  The last session will again cover some of the features for enhancing images and printing.

    After the 1st and 2nd sessions there will be an optional Zoom study hall where class participants will be able to work from their computers to practice techniques demonstrated during the class.

    Instructor - Mel Whaley

    Experience Level: Beginners/intermediate/Advanced

    Equipment:  None

    Registration: Required

    This class will be open for registration - December 1, 2022

    • January 16, 2023
    • January 23, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    The goal of this 2-session class is to provide techniques, tips, and resources needed to capture landscape images that "stand out."  We will discuss: types of landscapes, composition, camera setting, filters, locations, and the best times to capture those "special moments."

    All attendees will be assigned to go out to a favorite nearby location and take photos which will incorporate ideas from the class and bring them in to share with our group in session #2.

    Instructor - Steven Miller

    Experience Level - All

    Equipment Required-None

    Registration - Required

    This class will be available for registration  December 1, 2022


    • January 19, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    This hands on class is designed for Club members who are interested in framing their photos at home, who submit to display on the wall at the Studio, or who want to mount their pictures on foam board.

    Instructor - Jerry Weinstein

    Experience Level - All

    Registration - Required

    Please bring an 8X10 photo with you to work with in class and $5 to cover the cost of any materials that you may use.

    This class will be open for registration December 1, 2022

    • January 24, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    In this hands-on, in-person class, we will explore how to create stunning images using simple tools of paper and light. Whether you are a smartphone user or prefer a camera body, you’ll find this technique quite fun and easy to learn. We’ll have a couple of stations to rotate through in small groups to try out different ideas. What do you need to bring? An inquisitive mind and your smartphone and/or camera-body of your choosing (flash or filters are not needed). For those with a camera body, a macro lens can produce some stunning images. 

    You will need to know the basics of your camera body or smartphone app you use to shoot photos but beyond that no real experience is needed. There will be tripods and table-top tripods available that use Arca Swiss plates but if you want to bring your own tripod, please do. Smartphone users are generally fine without a tripod but we will have phone mounts available for the tripods as well. The reflective materials and lights will be provided. 

    Instructor: Cokie Lepinski

    Experience level - all levels

    Equipment required: smartphone or camera body (and if you have a macro lens all the better but you can do fine without) 

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration on December 1, 2022



    • January 25, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Photographic Papers and Printing

    Create inexpensive high-quality prints of your best photographs.  A hands-on beginner's guide to understanding and selecting photographic print papers and printing on the Club's Canon Program Printer.  Small group hands-on printing instruction will be scheduled after this class.

    Instructor - Pam Careau

    Experience - Beginner

    Registration - Required

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2022

    • January 27, 2023
    • February 03, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Composition Basics for Beginners

    What makes a good photograph? What exactly is meant by good composition?

    This class will identify and explore some simple concepts that will help you to produce better photographs. You will then have fun taking pictures that will demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and you will share your photographs in the second session.

    Instructor - Audrey Pavitt

    Experience Level: Beginner

    Registration - Required

    The class will be available for Registration - December 1, 2022



     


    • January 31, 2023
    • February 14, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Making Memorable Pictures through Analysis - Sheldon Wicker

    What makes a picture memorable?  Do you just know it when you see it, or is it the result of a combination of things that can be identified?  Together, we will explore what makes pictures great, and how to use what we've learned to take better pictures.

    In the first session we will identify those elements that combine to make a picture, or any work of art, memorable.  In the second session, we will share our own images and discuss how those elements attract us to them.

    This class is suitable for photographers using either,  - Digital or Smartphone


    Instructor - Sheldon Wicker

    Experience Level - All

    Equipment Required - None

    Registration - Required

    Registration for this class begins - December 1, 2022

    • February 28, 2023
    • March 07, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    In this hands-on, in-person class, we will explore how to create stunning images using reflections and light with a wide-variety of reflective objects. Whether you are a smartphone user or prefer a camera body, you’ll find this technique quite fun and easy to learn. We’ll have four unique stations to rotate through in small groups to try out different ideas. What do you need to bring? An inquisitive mind and your smartphone and/or camera-body of your choosing (flash or filters are not needed). For those with a camera body, a macro lens can produce some stunning images. 

    You will need to know the basics of your camera body or smartphone app you use to shoot photos but beyond that no real experience is needed. There will be a few full-size tripods and table-top tripods available but you are encouraged to bring your own tripod if you think you'll use one especially for those with a camera body using a macro lens. Smartphone users are generally fine without a tripod but we will have phone mounts available for use with table top tripods. The reflective materials and lights will be provided. 

    Instructor: Cokie Lepinski

    Experience level - all levels

    Equipment required: smartphone or camera body (and if you have a macro lens all the better but you can do fine without). If you have a smart tablet like an iPad and have pictures on it, that makes a great, reflective surface at one of our work station assignments

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration on January 1, 2023


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