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 16, 2021
    • March 17, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This will be a series of 7 sessions.  The first 2 will be lecture only, followed by 5 hands-on sessions, during which students may work on their laptops in class.  

    Emphasis will be on using layers and layer masks to do selective editing of photos.  Some familiarity with layers would be beneficial.   Learning how to use layers well is essential to taking full advantage of Elements’ many features.  Other topics include:  processing camera raw images, mono conversion, resizing, borders and frames.

    Instructor: Peggy Boike

    Experience Level: Familiarity with and use of Elements 

    Registation: REQUIRED

    This class will be open for registration October 1, 2021

    • January 10, 2022
    • February 10, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This is an introductory 4 session hands-on class for Club members with Mirrorless or DSLR cameras who want to understand Exposure and the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO as well as why one would be favored over another.

    Prior to class, participants are expected to:

    ·      Watch a recommended You Tube video specific to their camera (the appropriate link will be provided to you prior to the class) 

    ·      Know how to:

    o   Change the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings on their camera

    o   Set their camera on automatic 

    o   Review a photo including the exposure details on the screen on the back of their camera

    There will be homework assignments between the classes to practice what has been covered in class.

    This is not a class on how to use your camera.  That information can be read in your camera manual or  viewed in the recommended You Tube video

    Instructors: Jim Barbour, Max Harper, Margaret Maione, Richard Coles

    Experience Level: Introductory Level

    Equipment: Mirrorless or DSLR camera

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2021


    • January 11, 2022
    • February 22, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    4 twice monthly Sessions January 11 – February  22 10am-12pm

    A class for those who are interested in learning the basics of photoshop and how it applies to your style and workflow. Do you even need Photoshop? How do layers work? What are  basic tools I can use to enhance my photos.  All this and more.

    Instructor– Colby Rumback

    Experience Level - All levels; a knowledge of Photoshop would be useful

    Equipment: A laptop computer with Photoshop brought to class would be beneficial

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2021

    • January 13, 2022
    • January 25, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    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.  This is a two-session class for Apple Smartphone users

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Apple Smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2021

    • January 14, 2022
    • January 28, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The goal of this 2-session class is to provide the techniques, tips, and resources needed to capture landscape images that “stand out.”  We will discuss:  types of landscapes, composition, camera settings, 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 incorporate ideas from the class and bring them in to share with our group in session #2.  

    Instructor - Steven Miller

    Experience: All Levels

    Equipment: All cameras welcome

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class is available for registration December 1, 2021

    • January 17, 2022
    • January 24, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This class will help you to see photography in black and white, where the subject has to carry the photograph. You will be encouraged to appreciate the beauty and drama of black and white photos.  Mike will demonstrate how to turn your pictures into fine art photographs.

    Instructor: Mike Smith

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2021

    • January 26, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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 Prograf Printer.  Small group hands-on printing instruction will be scheduled following this class

    Instructor: Pam Careau

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December 1, 2021

    • January 31, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Register

    If you haven’t attended a SIG, you may be missing a good thing. SIGs go beyond classes by delving deeper into specific areas of photographic interest.  They provide an open and friendly forum where everyone can participate and share in exploring and discussing camera technique, composition, post processing and other ways to improve your images.  They have an open agenda that generally includes time to share your creations with others. This orientation will describe the current SIG’s sponsored by Grand Photos, how each operates and what activities you can expect if you participate. 

    Instructor: Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration December  1, 2021

    • February 01, 2022
    • February 08, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 7
    Register

    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: Gary Jann

    Experience level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Android smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration January 1, 2022


    • February 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Register

    This informational session is intended for the entry level photographer or new member interested in exploring the possibilities of entering into Grand Photos semi-annual competitions. Efforts will be taken to navigate the process, focusing on explanation of the entry procedure, category definitions, formatting requirements, and judging concerns. Time will be taken to explain and demystify the Competition Web page and answer any questions that the class may have. Come with questions!

    This class will not focus on actual techniques for print and/or digital as those courses are offered as separate offerings already being taught.

    Instructors: Dennis Hilgar and Bill Stuart

    Experience Level: New members and entry level members who have not yet entered competition

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class is available for registration January 1, 2022

    • February 10, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Register

    We have learned the basic enhancement tools in Snapseed.  These tools included brightness, clarity and sharpening.  Advanced Snapseed is a new class where we will explore a variety of other tools - Expand, Selective, Healing and Lens Blur -  that will allow you to correct and change your photo to your liking. 

    Instructor: Jerry Weinstein

    Experience level: All Levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Smartphone or Tablet with Snapseed downloaded

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2022

    • February 10, 2022
    • February 21, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    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 reveal your creativity.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience level: All levels

    Equipment: Something to write with and your camera

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class is available for registration January 1, 2022

    • February 11, 2022
    • March 11, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Tim Christie, a professional wildlife and bird photographer, will be instructing this class.   This class will meet three times; first birds, then wildlife and thirdly sharing and review.   Tim will explain and share his techniques used to photograph birds and wildlife.  He will also offer some tips, equipment needed, camera settings and much more for the beginners as well as those who have been photographing birds/wildlife.   After each class the attendees will be asked to try out photographing birds and wildlife.   During the third class participants will be encouraged to share their photos and discuss their adventures in photographing wildlife and birds. 

    Instructor: Tim Christie

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be open for registration January 1, 2022

     

    • February 14, 2022
    • February 23, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 4
    Register

    This class is for both beginners and advanced photographers. Using the smartphone frees us from worrying about camera settings and heavy equipment. Abstract photography doesn’t bind us to strict photographic rules we are fee to explore. It is fun, creative and rewarding. There are abstract images all around us if we begin to look for them.   Together, the style and the phone allows us to experiment, to see the world differently, and to capture interesting compositions of light, texture, form and color. We are creating an image that expresses our unique vision and captures our emotions. We are producing an image of something which no one can identify.

     In class we will review some abstract images of everyday things around us. This will help you look at the world differently. We will consider elements that make an abstract image more appealing. We will also consider ways of creating images rather than finding them - inks, colored paper, etc..

    Instructor; Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Smartphone

    Registration:REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2022

    • February 17, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 2
    Register

    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 Prograf Printer.  Small group hands-on printing instruction will be scheduled following this class

    Instructor: Pam Careau

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class is available for registration 

    • February 22, 2022
    • March 01, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This class will help you to see photography in black and white, where the subject has to carry the photograph. You will be encouraged to appreciate the beauty and drama of black and white photos.  Mike will demonstrate how to turn your pictures into fine art photographs.

    Instructor: Mike Smith

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January  1, 2022

    • March 01, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    This class will focus on understanding and learning how to resize your images to the 1400x1050 format that will assist you in submitting digital images for the Grand Photos Monthly Slide show and for possible competition if you so desire.

    This time slot is for Apple products only  

    Registrants are asked to bring 3 images to submit to the slide show. 

    Instructor: Dennis Hilgar

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2022



     

    • March 01, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    This class will focus on understanding and learning how to resize your images to the 1400x1050 format that will assist you in submitting digital images for the Grand Photos Monthly Slide show and for possible competition if you so desire. 

    This time slot is for PC/Android  products only

    Registrants are asked to bring 3 images to submit to the slide show. 

    Instructor: Margaret Maione

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration February 1, 2022





     

    • March 02, 2022
    • March 10, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    After an abstract image is taken, you can continue the creative journey and produce new and totally different abstracts by using some smartphone apps. You can do this on your smartphone or iPad. I love the time spent adjusting and recreating images with the apps. You can do this anywhere - airplanes, at coffee shops or on the back patio.   We will review  3 or 4 apps and how to use them.  The second class will be sharing some of our images.

    Instructor - Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged iPhone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2022

    • March 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Wonder how to shoot videos on your smartphone? We are going to share 7 tips to help you to create better videos. Whether you are making videos for your family or for your YouTube channel, here you will learn several aspects of the video creating process.

    Instructor: Klaudia Jurewicz

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2022

    • March 08, 2022
    • March 23, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    two-session class that will explore the world of tiny things. 
    Session 1 will discuss the technical challenges associated with Macro photography and some tips on taking photos "up close and personal". Some practice time will get you started, and you'll have an assignment to complete for the second session.
    Session 2 will provide time to share your assignment results with the class and discuss the challenges you faced.

    Instructor: Audrey Pavitt

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: A Macro lens and shutter release cable are recommended. A tripod is a must.

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2022

    • March 10, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    This class for beginning or intermediate level photographers will provide a series of "What not to do's" to enable attendees to bypass common mistakes when starting out in photography. 

    Topics will include choosing location, subjects, equipment and mages

    Instructor: Peter Brown

    Experience level: Beginner or intermediate

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for Registration February 1, 2022

    • March 14, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM Workshop
    Registration is closed

     The image analysis workshop is a video. There are a number of places where an image comes up on the video and at this point the participants will write their comments about the image according to the instructions. provided by the facilitator.  We will discuss the comments and then move on.   

    The workshop covers topics such as: what is image analysis; analyzing an image using elements such as impact, composition, lighting, and creativity; and identifying trouble areas such as distractions and split interest. It also covers eye movement

    The first part of the workshop incorporates example images corresponding to the topic being discussed.  Each participant will analyze an image related to the subject just covered.  The second part of the workshop uses images submitted by the participants who then discuss and critique each other’s images.  This workshop has been an effective tool in providing information to improving one’s photography.

    Each participant will email one image to the facilitator.  At the end of the program each participant will practice what they learned by analyzing an image from one of the other participants.  

    Each person should have paper and a pencil ready.

    The workshop is limited to eight active participants and unlimited observers who do not participate in the workshop.  

    Instructor/Facilitator: Heide Stover, PSA

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration:REQUIRED

    This workshop will be available for registration February 1, 2022

    ZOOM coordinates to follow

    • March 15, 2022
    • March 29, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 3

    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.  This is a two-session class for Apple Smartphone users

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Apple Smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February  1, 2022

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