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.

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

    • October 09, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • October 23, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Looking but Not Seeing: (Re)Discovering the Joy of Observation

    “This then: to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.” Edward Weston

    In a small in-person group we will explore how to see better by first understanding the forces that may be limiting our creative vision and then discuss and practice approaches to overcome these forces in pursuit of uncovering our more authentic selves in relation to the making of our photographic images.

    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 (hopefully) 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 September 4, 2020




    • October 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Virtual Zoom meeting
    • 15
    Register

    New members are encouraged to come to an orientation  meeting designed especially for them.  Learn about the photographic opportunities and amenities provided by Grand Photos for you to learn and improve your images.  Meet some of the Club Leaders and other new members.  You will be encouraged to let us know what you would like to gain from the club and learn how you can become an active member.

    Registration:  Required

    Available for registration October 9, 2020


    • October 27, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • November 09, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom class
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Abstract Smartphone Photography 

    This class is meant 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. We will get together virtually afterward to share some of our images in the second session a week  via Zoom.

    Instructor: Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be open for registration Sept 4, 2020

    You will be provided with Zoom sign in information prior to the class




    • October 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Virtual Zoom Class
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Tabletop Photography 

    Tabletop photography, also known as Still Life, is photography you can do in your home at any time.  Learn 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.  This class is for photographers of all skill levels.

    Instructor: Peggy Boike

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be open for registration September 4, 2020

    Instructions for Zoom will be provided prior to class

    • November 10, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • November 17, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom Class
    • 1
    Register

    How to Make a Digital Quilt

    Using Adobe Elements Brady will demonstrate...step by step...how to transform a single digital image into a digital quilt.  Written directions and access to the Session 1 Zoom video (if possible) will be provided after the first meeting.  Session 2 will feature discussion and a slideshow presentation of participants’ digital quilt creations.

    Instructor: Brady Conn

    Experience level: Intermediate knowledge of Elements...its tools, menus and operations...will be necessary.

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2020




    • November 13, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • November 27, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Photo Studio - Outside Patio
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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 October 1, 2020

    • November 23, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • December 03, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom class
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Abstract Smartphone Photography 

    This class is meant 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. We will get together virtually afterward to share some of our images in the second session a week  via Zoom.

    Instructor: Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be open for registration Sept 4, 2020

    You will be provided with Zoom sign in information prior to the class

    • November 24, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Virtual Zoom Class
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Making Digital Frames for Your Pictures 

    Finish your digital art with a complementary frame.  In this class we
    demonstrate how to create a fun frame with colors from your image.  Using
    tools in Photoshop/Element we will make a unique frame for your art.
    Participants will have an opportunity to complete their own digital frame
    during the class.

    Instructor: Mel Whaley

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration October 1, 2020





    • December 04, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • December 18, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio Patio
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Personal Style: What Is It and Where Can I Get One? 

    Behind the perfection of a man’s style, must lie the passion of a man’s soul.” Oscar Wilde

    Everyone wants to be in a class by himself yet comfortably embraced by the herd.  While photography know-how emanating from so many sources may fit you into the herd it might also leave you without a personal vision and just-like-everybody-else’s images. In a small in-person group we’ll attempt to cut through this overload of advice to help you find where your true self – your “style” – as a photographer may lie and how to get there.

    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 (hopefully) 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 Careeau

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration Nov 1, 2020


    • December 08, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • December 21, 2020
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Zoom Class
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Smartphone Apps to Enhance and Create Abstract Images 

    After an abstract image is taken, one can continue the creative journey and produce new and totally different abstracts by using some of the cell phone apps. This can be done on your smartphone or iPad. I love the time spent adjusting and recreating images with the apps. You can do this anywhere. I enjoy working on images on airplanes, at coffee shops or on the back patio. I will show you 3 or 4 apps and how I like to use them in this creative endeavor. We will get together virtually afterward to share some of our images via Zoom.

    Instructor: Jim Barbour

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration November 1, 2020

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