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

    • January 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    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 January 13, 2020

    • January 28, 2020
    • February 11, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Register

    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

    • January 30, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center

    Registration is closed

    The Photo Studio is reserved for the following activity:

    Third session of the January 8, 2020, Basic Smartphone Photography class. The purpose is to share photos from the photowalk.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles


    • February 04, 2020
    • February 11, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Photography, if one is to be successful, requires many elements. Technical competence comes first: exposure, focus and composition. Then comes the ability to capture meaningful images to you the photographer. How to isolate subjects, all the while making sure that the background is uncluttered and distracting from the subject. Then of course is the post processing journey; learning how to enhance the photo and then print it. In this journey, being mindful of what one is doing requires both persistence and focus. Without that, well, one’s journey to create the best photographic images possible will be a rocky and frustrating one.

    Instructor: Tim Christie

    Experience Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020

    • February 05, 2020
    • February 13, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    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.

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

    Instructors: Pam Careau and Margaret Maione

    Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020


    • February 06, 2020
    • February 13, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Are you comfortable using your smartphone to take photographs but would like to improve the results? This two-session class will include discussion on focus, exposure, HDR, finding the light, filters and some imaginative ideas on shooting photos with your smartphone.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020


     

    • February 18, 2020
    • February 25, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    A 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.           
                   A Macro lens and shutter release cable are recommended. A tripod is a must

    Instructor: Audrey Pavitt

    Experience level: Intermediate, Advanced

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020

    • February 20, 2020
    • March 05, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    Register

    Slideshows are a fun way to group and enjoy your thousands of iPad photos.  The first session will demonstrate how to assemble a slideshow with music on iPads for showing on your iPad, Apple TV, etc.  The second session will be an opportunity to share your slideshow with the class.  This class is for iPad users only. 

    Instructor: Don Boucher

    Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Equipment: Fully charged iPad

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020

    • February 24, 2020
    • March 03, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Adobe Photoshop Elements (Elements) is a photo editor, which has been in the market place for many years.  Over the years it has provided photographers with an ever-increasing number, and variety, of tools for editing their photographic images.

    Elements is used by photographers at every level of experience. However, this 2 session workshop has been designed specifically for those looking for a photo editor with some simple tools and features, which will have a significant impact on your images. The first session will identify and demonstrate some of these tools and features.  The second session will review images edited by workshop participants in the week between sessions.  For participants who do not own the Elements program, it is available on the computers in the Club’s Digital Darkroom at the Studio. With the Studio’s recently expanded hours their use has become even more convenient.

    Instructor: Arnie Becker

    Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020

    • February 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio
    • 4
    Register

    Digital photography is absolutely amazing.  In this class we will explore a range of apps to give you an idea of some creative opportunities that you have at your fingertips. We will explore three or four apps showing before and after examples and descriptions of how the apps were applied to the photos. 

    Instructor - Jerry Weinstein

    Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

    Equipment:  Fully charged iPad or iPhone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration January 1, 2020

     

    • February 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 1
    Register

    As more and more of us use our smartphones 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 January 1, 2020

    • March 04, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    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.

    Instructor: Pam Careau

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2020

    • March 05, 2020
    • March 12, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    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 Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2020

    • March 10, 2020
    • March 17, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    This class is intended for beginner and intermediate photographers.  In the first session, we will review what “Nature Photography” is, and see examples of suitable subjects, some of which might surprise you.  You will learn about the kinds of equipment needed, from simple point and shoot cameras and smartphones to cameras with interchangeable lenses appropriate for different kinds of shots.  Learn about proper focus and exposure, and appropriate depth of field.  We will also discuss different outdoor lighting situations; specifically, color, intensity and direction of light.  In the second session you are encouraged to bring a flash drive with 2 or 3 nature photos to share.

    Instructor: Peggy Boike

    Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2020

    • March 10, 2020
    • March 16, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    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.

    March’s class will focus on “color”.  First, we will look at some basic questions regarding color such as what it is, where you see it, different types of color and its impact and emotions on an image.  The second session will be a sharing of photographs participants have taken after exploring the use of “color”.

    Instructors: Margaret Maione and Brady Conn

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2020

    • March 24, 2020
    • March 31, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    In this class we will be exploring the world around us with an eye for patterns, light, color and texture. Abstract photography is about following your heart and your head. It is a great way to learn to look at the world in new creative ways. We will emphasize experimentation - there are no rules. We will be creating images that leave the viewer wondering what they are looking at.

    In the first session we will review simple techniques for seeing and shooting abstracts, shoot some images and review some simple post-processing techniques. During the week between classes everyone will be expected to shoot a few images to share during the second session.

    In the second session we will review the images people have created during the week and explore further abstract techniques involving manipulating light, filters, liquids, textures and post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

    Anyone can join this class from smartphones to DSLR's, from those new to photography to those with experience.  

    Instructor: Jim Barbour

    Experience level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration February 1, 2020







    • April 07, 2020
    • April 14, 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    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.

    April’s class will focus on “space”.  First, we will look at some basic questions regarding space such as what it is, where you see it, different types of space and its impact and emotions on an image.  The second session will be a sharing of photographs participants have taken after exploring the use of “space”.

    Instructors: Pam Careau and Margaret Maione

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration March 1, 2020

    • April 16, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    In this class you will learn how to control your flash output; how to bounce and reflect light; how to make a light diffusor and reflector.  You will also learn how to use slow sync for special effects. You will need to bring to class your camera with a flash, some rubber bands, a plastic milk container and some white card stock the size of a business card. The class is a combination of lecture, practice and discussion.

    Instructor: Bob Sorkin

    Experience level: All levels

    Equipment: Camera with a flash, rubber bands, plastic milk container, white card stock the size of a business card

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration March 1, 2020


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