Grand photos

 The Photo Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ



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.

Guidelines for Grand Photos Online Classes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Grand Photos Fall education classes (October-December) will primarily be offered virtually via Zoom videoconferencing. Each month there will also be a small class that will be offered in person outdoors with appropriate safety measures (masks and social distancing).    Read complete guidelines

Upcoming Classes

    • April 07, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • April 13, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom Class
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Bird Photography for Beginners

    The great thing about photographing birds is that they are an easy subject to find – they are literally everywhere! In addition, you will see different types of birds in different locations so finding and photographing them is always an adventure. However, be prepared for a challenge, because our little feathered friends rarely sit still! This class will teach some techniques to get you started, some tips to help you succeed and, hopefully, a new way to have fun with your camera.  (Be aware that this subject does not lend itself to smart phone photography.) 

    Instructor: Audrey Pavitt

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class is available for Registration

    • April 09, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • April 23, 2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Photo Studio - Outside Patio
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    What Artists Can Teach Photographers: it’s Not What but How

    Photography is about finding things. …painting (is) different – it’s about making something.” Saul Leiter

    While painting and photography may initially appear worlds apart in an art sense, the fundamental approach to design (composition) and artistic mindset might suggest otherwise. In a small in-person group we will explore what photographers as artists of equal but different media can learn from traditional arts to create more enduring work.

    We will attempt to do this through robust group discussions on various topic-related subjects introduced in the session as well as group participation in active on-site exercises. Short photo exercises will be assigned as well as possible references to web sites and videos for further personal study on the relevant subjects.

    The follow-up session 2 will be photo sharing  and further discussion of session subject.

    This is not a “tips and techniques” session but geared towards photographers interested in developing their skills in a contemplative way

    This class will be held outdoors observing social distancing and mask wearing

    Instructor: Pam Careau

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration March  1, 2021

    • April 19, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Virtual Zoom Webinar
    • 33

    Through Their Eyes Webinar - Cultural Portrayal  

    A peek into how Sherry visually documents the culture she visits.   When possible, she enjoys capturing interesting styles of dress, dwellings, work environments, houses of worship, et al. 

    Instructor: Sherry Weinstein

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This webinar is open for registration March 1, 2021

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