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 08, 2019
    • October 11, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 6
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    In this 2-session class we will discuss the purpose of photo shoots, what they are, how they are developed, the social fun involved, and numerous locations visited locally in Arizona and the Southwest.  Session 2 will involve participation in a mentored short photo shoot and will schedule time to share your results with other participants as a way of discovering first hand why photo shoots are a social and photographic highlight of Grand Photos membership. 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, 2019

    • October 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 8
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    An introduction to our new computer programs (PIMS & Store Front) for “swiping” members into the studio and for collecting monies from members and guest for supplies, prints, etc. Monitors, please try to attend this class before your next scheduled date.

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1

    • October 10, 2019
    • October 15, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 9
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    In this 2-session class learn quick, easy steps to better Smartphone photos including the basics of image composition.   As a part of the class the group will participate in a mentored photo walk that enables participants to practice their new skills.  There is the option of a third session to share photos from the photowalk.

    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

    Experience Level: Smartphone photography beginner

    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone

    Registration: REQUIRED

    The class will be available for registration September 1, 2019

    • October 10, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 13
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    Regardless of the camera you use, whether DSLR, Mirrorless, 4/3rds, or Smartphone, this class will discuss (demystify) the purpose and advantages of competitions, the steps to prepare for a competition, the various levels the Club uses to “level the playing field” for our members and how images are judged.  Under the guidance of the instructor’s, participants will discuss why they enter competitions and factors which hold them back from participating.

    Instructors: Arnie Becker and Audrey Pavitt

    Experience Level: All levels

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2019


    • October 11, 2019
    • January 09, 2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 2
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    seven-session class designed to interactively explore and demonstrate various art related topics and concepts that will foster more insightful every day “Seeing” and when applied to photographic image-making, will result in the creation of more personally expressive photographs.   The artistic application of mindfulness as well as the compositional Elements of Design and the Principles of Design will be covered.


    How: 

    Through: 

    • Lively, interactive classroom discussions of ideas, topics, and images presented by the class leader.  Topics are intended to inspire and, sometimes, challenge what you might think about art in general, and photography as art in particular.
    • Assigned participant photographic exercises for further self-exploration and practice in concepts discussed in sessions: 6 bi-weekly exercises; the 7thexercise is a short slide presentation that participants work on throughout the class length.
    • Slide presentations of participant photo exercises that were assigned after each session (“real-time” photos). Slide reviews of the assignments are presented at the beginning of each session (6) and the seventh exercise is a final short program slide presentation of participants’ projects presented in an evening program.
    • Optional walk-abouts– one-on-one exploratory shoots for anyone who might experience uncertainty about a specific concept/element presented in an assigned exercise

    Requirements:

    • Camera– any type; participants should have good working knowledge of camera functions.
    • Commitment– ability and willingness to make the time commitment for attending all sessions (to the best of one’s other known commitments) as each session builds on the previous one.  Equal commitment to completing assigned exercises as well as sharing ideas and inspiring each other is an important and integral component of this class.
    • Open mind– eagerness to be challenged; willingness to experiment with new ideas and approaches to image-making; keen to adventure outside one’s comfort zone; fearless in risking to be your authentic self.
    This class will be available for registration September 1, 2019


      • October 21, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 0
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      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: Arnie Becker and Margaret Maoine

      Experience level: All levels

      Equipment: Fully charged tablet or smartphone would be useful

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class is available for registration September 1, 2019

      • October 22, 2019
      • October 29, 2019
      • 3 sessions
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 1
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      Composition, the mindful arrangement of parts into a whole, is key to all effective photographs.  So far, no software, app or camera can do it for you.  It’s entirely up to you.  This interactive, upbeat class aims to hone your skills in creating more well-composed, compelling images.  Emphasis will be on identifying, placing, simplifying and enhancing in camera “subjects” chosen.  Sharing results is always a vital and encouraging aspect of the class.  Plan on bringing new life to your photographs and enjoying the process.

      This is a three-session class.  The first session is an introduction and walkabout; the second session (Oct 23) is a mini Photoshoot.  There will be two small groups - one from 10-11:30 and one from 3-4:30; the third session is sharing your images.  This class offers ideal opportunities for new members, participants with smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.    

      Instructor: Brady Conn

      Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

      Equipment: Students must bring their camera of choice to each class

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration September 1, 2019

      • October 22, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • 0
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      As more and more of us use our smart phones 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 September 1, 2019

      • October 29, 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 0
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      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: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

      Equipment: Fully charged Smartphone or tablet with Snapseed and TouchRetouch downloaded

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration September 1, 2019


      • October 30, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio
      • 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

      Instructor: Pam Careau

      Experience level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration September 1, 2019

      • November 05, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 20
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      This class covers the basic duties for monitoring at the Grand Photos Studio. Our monitors open and close the studio, check members in and out, collect fees for supplies and print sales and foremost greet guests. Monitoring does not require knowledge about cameras, photo processing, or the various equipment capabilities in the studio, other members, mentors, and the studio manager help with these. To be a monitor, you only need a smile, a pencil, and basic office skills. Monitoring at the Grand Photos Studio is one of the best ways to engage with other members and SCG residents. (Current monitors may attend to refresh their brain.)

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration October 1, 2019

      • November 06, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 21

      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 to share their work.

      Instructors: Jim and Vicki Barbour

      Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

      Equipment: Fully charged smartphone

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration Oct 1, 2019

      • November 07, 2019
      • November 14, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 16

      Are you comfortable using your smartphone to take photographs but would like to improve the results? This 2-session class will include discussion on focus, exposure, HDR, finding the light, filters and some imaginative ideas on shooting photos with your phone.

      Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles

      Experience level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

      Equipment: Fully charged smartphone

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration October 1, 2019

      • November 12, 2019
      • November 19, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
      • 16

      An interactive discussion, slide presentation, and practical exercises in creating photographic images and narrative essays that create a sense of place, “… the lens through which people experience and make meaning of their experiences in and with place.”  (Adams, 2013)  

      In this three-session class we will discuss how to communicate our feelings and perceptions about places we visit in order to give our viewers a more compelling narrative.  We will also introduce ways for making creative presentations and an opportunity to share your presentation with the class (date for the third session to be determined by the class). 

      This will be done through: 

      • Review and discussion of past and current photographic works that provide examples of a sense of place
      • Participation in simple classroom exercises to further instill concepts discussed
      •  A group campus photoshoot to demonstrate and practice tips and techniques discussed
      • Creation of an individual “Sense of Place” photo essay of your individual perceptions of SCG for sharing. 

      This class offers ideal opportunities for new members, participants with smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.   

      Instructors: Pam Careau and Naomi Brown

      Experience Level: Beginner, intermediate, advanced

      Equipment: You will need a flashdrive for downloading images for your essay creation. 

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will open for registration October 1, 2019

      • November 12, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Stuido - Village Center
      • 20

      What is sharpening and how does it work? What do the different sharpening controls like radius, detail, masking do? What about noise reduction – how does that interact with sharpening? How should images be sharpened for best creative impact? These questions will be addressed during this class.  While the workshop is Lightroom oriented, the principles – and in many cases the tools – are applicable to all photo editing software. 

      Instructor: Sheldon Wecker

      Experience Level: Intermediate, Advanced

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration October 1, 2019

      • November 12, 2019
      • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 30

      Join us for dessert! New members are encouraged to come to an orientation meeting designed especially for them. Hear from members of the Board and other club leaders and learn all that Grand Photos has to offer.  You will be encouraged to provide feedback and 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 1, 2019

      • December 04, 2019
      • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 20
      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

      Experience Level and Equipment: This class offers ideal opportunities for new members, participants with smartphones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019 


      • December 09, 2019
      • December 17, 2019
      • 2 sessions
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 20

      The hallmarks of high key are images that convey a sense of energy, lightness, and happiness due to the high proportion of whiteness in relation to the amount of mid and dark tones (shadows) present in the image.  A distraction-free background for a (usually) well detailed subject is also a hallmark of high key images.  The high key style is appropriate for all photographic categories including landscape, nature, wildlife, portraits, and still life.

      This two-session class will include classroom review and practical exercises in environment and subject selection; in-camera manipulation; and post-processing techniques to create images in a high key style. The first session will also include a participant exercise with instructors’ assistance.    A slide review presentation of your images created the first session and on your own will be shared during the second session. 

      Instructors: Pam Careau and Margaret Maione

      Experience Level: Intermediate and Advanced

      Equipment: This class is best suited for cameras that have the ability for manual exposure adjustment/manipulation. Post processing programs with highlight, shadow, and single-color adjustment tools are required. (Note: Lightroom is available on Grand Photos computers for member use in processing their images).

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019

      • December 10, 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
      • 16

      Hands- on experience. Bring a photo (8x10 or less) and learn how to measure and cut a mat to frame your photo.  Leave with your photo ready to frame.

      Instructor: Ron Pescitani

      Experience Level: All levels

      Registration: REQUIRED

      This class will be available for registration November 1, 2019

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