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 workshop title.  Most workshops are free; when there is a fee as part of the registration process, you may pay online using PayPal or 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 Workshops

    • October 08, 2019
    • October 11, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 15

    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
    • 20

    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.

    Instructor: Pieter Burggraaf

    Registration: REQUIRED

    This class will be available for registration September 1

    • October 10, 2019
    • October 15, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 20

    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
    • 20

    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
    • 12

    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
      • 20

      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
      • 16

      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 is a Photoshoot; 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
      • 16

      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
      • 20

      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
      • 20

      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

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