Workshops

 

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, workshop 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 workshops you plan to attend. This will allow instructors to adequately prepare workshop materials and available workshop space. PLEASE NOTE: Workshops 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 04, 2018
    • May 02, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio – Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Creative Editing Techniques:

    A series of monthly sessions. If you would like to try new creative ways to interpret your photos, this course is for you. The course is about making photos more “artistic” or “impressionistic” using the editing tools in Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Topaz plug-ins and the new Topaz Studio and other apps that use layers.  

    The  session topics are as follows:

    • October will include a short slide show of images created using these techniques as well as a YouTube video on the basics of layers.  
    • November- Texturizing  and creating images using a technique  called “Line and Reveal”.
    • December- Using Topaz Simplify with one of my favorite workflows.
    • January - Creating “watercolor”  and other “painterly”  images using Topaz Simplify.
    • February -Using textures in a variety  of ways.
    • March - Frames, borders and edges.
    • April and May - These sessions are freeform, responding to needs, wants and new ideas from members.

     While digital art is the objective learning more about the use of layers and other editing tools will be useful for “normal” editing as well. There’s a lot to learn and it’s a lot of fun!


    In this session I’ll do an introduction that will include a short slide show of some of the images I’ve created using the techniques that I’ll be demonstrating . I’ll show a YouTube video on the basics of layers to build a foundation for the creative techniques.


    Experience Level - Intermediate; Advanced


    Equipment - none


    Registration - REQUIRED




    • October 12, 2018
    • January 04, 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio – Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    A seven-session workshop, in an intimate small group setting, to guide photographers in discovering their inner creative vision by using the elements of design to effectively convey that vision through classroom photographic exercises.


    This course includes 7 sessions, every 2 weeks starting Friday, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Dec. 7, Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 from 10 am -12 pm


    Instructor: Pam Careau


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting Sept 1, 2018



    • December 13, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Learn some tips and techniques to capture the magic of holiday lights followed by some time capturing lights in the community and celebrated with holiday treats in the Photo Studio.  


    Instructor: Sue Penney


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: A tripod will come in handy


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration November  1

    • January 08, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 16
    Register

    New members are encouraged to attend an orientation meeting designed especially for them.  Learn about the range of creative opportunities, resources, social and educational activities at Grand Photos. Speak with members of the Board and other enthusiastic Club leaders  interested to hear what you would like to gain from the Club as well as what you hope to learn and contribute. 


    Instructor: Audrey Pavitt


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermeduate.Advanced


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 10
    Register

    The goal of the class is understanding how to use camera controls to obtain a proper exposure.  What is generally considered a proper exposure and why?  Discussion will include automatic. semi-automatic 

    (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program or Manual with Auto ISO) as well as full Manual.  How to override the camera's exposure decision and why you need to do it.


    Instructor: Stan Bormann


    Experience Level: Beginner or Intermediate


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 10, 2019
    • January 15, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    Register

    In this two-session workshop learn quick, easy steps to better photos with your smartphone including the basics of image compositions.  As a part of the course the group will participate in a mentored photo walk that enables participants to practice new skills.


    Instructor: Margaret Anne Coles


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018 

    • January 11, 2019
    • January 25, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    A two-session workshop 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.


    Instructor: Audrey Pavitt


    Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: A Macro Lens and shutter release cable are recommended.  A tripod is a must


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 16, 2019
    • January 30, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Register

    The goal of this two-session workshop 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: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 17, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 7
    Register

    Learn how to process your Smartphone or tablet pictures using "Snapseed" (free program).  Basic techniques and workflow will be demonstrated.  You will have the opportunity to process your photos with the guidance of mentors.  A good companion class to "Basic Smartphone Photography".


    Instructor: Jerry Weinstein


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: Fully charged smartphone or tablet


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 17, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 10
    Register

    Understanding how to use Layers is key to successful editing in Photoshop Elements.  With layers you can add components to an image and make adjustments, such as color, contrast and brightness, and work on each component or adjustment one at a time, without changing your original image.  In this one-session class you will be introduced to layers and also layer masks for selective editing.  


    Instructor: Peggy Boike


    Experience Level: Some experience with using Elements in Expert mode is required to get the most of this class


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be open for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 22, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    Hands-on experience.  Bring a photo (8x10 or less) and learn how to measure and cut a mat to frame your picture.  Leave with your photo ready to frame.


    Instructor: Ron Pescitani


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: An 8x10 (or less) photo


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration December 1, 2018

    • January 29, 2019
    • February 12, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photo Studio - Village Center
    • 7
    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.  For the second session, you are encouraged to bring a flash drive with 2 or 3 still life photos to share.


    Instructor: Peggy Boike


    Experience level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be open for registration December 1, 2018

Page Author: Mel Whaley

Posted Sept. 3, 2015

Revised  Feb 2, 2018

 

 

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