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". 

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

    • October 05, 2021
    • October 12, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    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.  This is a two-session class for Android Smartphone users.

    Instructor: Gary Jann

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: Fully charged Android Smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2021

    • October 12, 2021
    • October 18, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 8
    Register

    In this 2-session class we will discuss the purpose of photo shoots, what they are, how they are developed, the social fun involved, how to participate and numerous locations visited locally in Arizona and the Southwest.  Session 2 will involve participation in a mentored short photo shoot.  Time will be scheduled   to share a variety of images  with  participants as a way of discovering first hand the  social and photographic benefits  of photoshoots.  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

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2021



    • October 14, 2021
    • October 21, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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 September 1, 2021

    • October 19, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    Register

    Resizing a photographic image for personal use, exhibiting or competing is often thought of as a difficult task.  This class will demonstrate methods of resizing images for both digital and print use.  Consideration will be given to resizing on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

    Instructors: Dennis Hilgar and Margaret Maione

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2021

    • October 25, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 3
    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: Larry lindner

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2021

    • October 26, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    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 September 1, 2021

    • October 27, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual Zoom presentation
    • 24
    Register

    A peek into how Sherry Weinstein visually documents the culture she visits.  When possible, she enjoys capturing interesting styles of dress, dwellings, work environments, house of worship et al.  This presentation focuses on visits to Asia and Europe

    Instructor: Sherry Weinstein

    Registration: REQUIRED - $10 for Non-Members

    This will be a virtual Zoom presentation.  Instructions to connect to Zoom will be sent to attendees prior to the webinar

    This webinar will be available for registration September 1, 2021


    • October 28, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Join us for dessert! New members are invited to attend an orientation event designed especially for them. Learn all that Grand Photos has to offer from members of the Board and other Club leaders.  You will be encouraged to share what you would like to gain from the club and learn how you can become an active member.

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2021


    • November 02, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio- Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    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

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021 

    • November 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    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.

    Instructors: Jim and Vicki Barbour

    Experience level: All levels

    Equipment:  All types of cameras from smartphone to DSLR

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021

    • November 09, 2021
    • November 23, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    This class focuses on using natural sunlight without camera filters or flash.  We will discuss how to see light and assess the quality of available light.  We will talk about how to manipulate light to create unique photos with various moods.  We will become comfortable to shoot any time of day and under any weather conditions using the available natural light.  The end objective is that this course will enable you to read, observe and utilize light and adjust your subject accordingly to create magical moments with your image.

    Instructor: Gary Jann

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: All types of cameras from Smartphones to DSLR

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021

    • November 09, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    This class is intended for new monitors. This class will review the procedures for opening and closing the studio. We will discuss the 'Store front' functions used to process supplies, artwork and event sales. The PIMS program which processes the attendance into the studio. Also, we will review emergency procedures.

    Instructor: Peter Gransinger

    Experience Level: New Monitor

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021



    • November 12, 2021
    • December 03, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Together we will review the basic principles of color and how they impact our perception of what we see through the camera lens.   We'll discuss ways manipulating color can lead to more dynamic & vibrant photos using color to create images that can evoke emotion & excite the eye

    Instructor: Judy Quimby

    Experience: All levels

    Equipment: All cameras from Smartphones to DSLR

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021 

    • November 15, 2021
    • November 29, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    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 October 1, 2021

    • November 15, 2021
    • December 20, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio = Village Center
    • 12

    Night photography is a great way to expand your photo opportunities.  In this class we will: 

      • Review a variety of nighttime photo ideas.
      •  Discuss camera equipment needed to create an interesting photo after the sun     has gone down  
      • Demonstrate some easy-to-use light painting techniques
      • Share tips and camera settings to shoot light and star trails.

    And, weather permitting, we will plan and do a star trail photo shoot and share results.

    Instructor: Mel Whaley

    Equipment: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera with a wide angle lens (24 mm equivalent or wider), tripod and cable release

    Experience: Should be familiar with their equipment

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021

    • November 16, 2021
    • March 03, 2022
    • 7 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    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

    • November 23, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Are you curious about photo processing software programs and wish you had someone to answer your questions?  This evening is an opportunity to explore DXO, Studio 2/Topaz and Luminar AI with Club members who are using these programs.  Just enough to whet your appetite!

    Panel Members: Richard Coles, Rich Manalis, Klaudia Jurewicz

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021

    • November 30, 2021
    • December 14, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    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 Levels

    Equipment: A pencil and your camera from DSLR to smartphones

    Registration: Required

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2021


    • December 09, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    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.  Smartphones and DSLR welcome.

    Instructors: Brady Conn and Richard Coles

    Experience Level: All levels

    Equipment: All types of cameras from Smartphones to DSLR

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration Nov 1, 2021


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