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



    • October 23, 2018
    • October 30, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio – Village Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Composition 1A

    Improving your composition skills always leads to better pictures. In this two session course we’ll discuss the basics “rules” and apply them together in class. You’ll have an assignment to practice on your own with your results discussed during the Composition 1B class.


    Composition 1B

    In this session we’ll discuss some finer points of composition, share Composition 1A pictures and learn from each other’s efforts. Improvement in your photographs guaranteed!


    This course includes 2 sessions, starting Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 from 10 am -12 pm


    Instructor: Brady Conn


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting Sept 1, 2018


    • October 23, 2018
    • November 19, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio – Village Center
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    This 2-part workshop will teach you how to create a beautiful Photo Book using an online publishing company called Picaboo. 

    • Session 1 will introduce you to the many features that Picaboo offers and get you started on your own book. 
    • Session 2 will be hands-on assistance to finalize your book and submit it for publishing. 

    In between the two sessions individual mentoring sessions will be available during Open Studio hours for individual or small group assistance.


    Equipment:

    1. You must have a laptop computer that you can bring to class.
    2. You must be willing to prepare some photos in advance, according to the directions in the online handout.

    There are some prerequisites for this course, so that we can make the most of the classroom time.  Please download and review the prerequisites.


    This course includes 2 sessions, starting Oct. 23 and Nov 19 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


    Instructor: 


    Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting Sept 1, 2018



    • October 24, 2018
    • November 13, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio – Village Center
    • 9
    Registration is closed
    A series of four classroom sessions to familiarize participants with the various Google products, including Google Photos and Snapseed for photo processing, that are of great value to photographers of all skills. Advance your skills in photo processing and image sharing while improving your productivity (Google Maps, Calendar, Keep, Blogger and Translate)


    This course includes 4 sessions, starting Oct. 24, Oct. 31,  Nov 7 and Nov 13 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


    Instructor: Bill Graczyk


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting Sept 1, 2018



    • November 01, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos, Village Center
    • 5
    Register

    Have you ever wondered how to get all those special effects with your photographs - if so this is the course for you, as you will be introduced to several programs to spice up your photos. Come learn from the Master!


    Instructor: Jerry Weinstein


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment:: fully charged smartphone or tablet


    Registration REQUIRED.


    Workshop available for registration starting October 1, 2018



    • November 01, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 8
    Register

    Come and enjoy this panel discussion and interact with a diverse group of photographers as they share with us, in words and in images, their individual approaches to photography


    Instructors: Mary Gamble, Mort Berman, Richard Coles


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting October 1, 2018

    • November 02, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 2
    Register

    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 using the e-book “The Photographers Guide to Image Sharpening in Lightroom” by Robin Whalley and accompanying videos. 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


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop available for registration October 1, 2018

    • November 05, 2018
    • November 08, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 0
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    In this two-session course learn quick, easy steps to better photos including the basics of image composition using your smartphone.  As part of the course the group will participate in a mentored photo walk that enables participants to practice new skills.


    This course includes two sessions - Nov 5 and Nov 8 10am - 12 pm 


    Instructors: Margaret Anne Coles, Richard Coles


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: Smartphone with fully charged battery


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration October 1, 2018 

    • November 06, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 9
    Register

    If you would like to feel less nervous and more confident about photographing your family, this is the course for you.  We'll focus on helpful hints and each other, so bring your camera.


    Instructor: Brady Conn


    Experience Level: Beginner/intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: Bring your camera with a fully charged battery


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration beginning October 1, 2018

    • November 06, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 1
    Register

    Become familiar with the key components required to assist with or lead a Photo Shoot.

    Participants will be required to commit to either assisting or leading a Club sponsored Photo Shoot and shall bring to class a specific location for a Photo Shoot. During the class we will work through drafting up the outline of each participant's Photo Shoot, learn about the elements that go into preparing a Photo Shoot, including location selection and review useful application tools that make easy work of it. Work step by step to prepare the details for your Photo Shoot so it is ready to post on the Club website. A preparatory assignment will be sent to each participant prior to the workshop.

     


    Instructors:  Richard Coles


    Experience Level: Beginner/ Intermediate/ Advanced


    Equipment : Bring your laptop or a tablet.


    Registration: REQUIRED





    • November 08, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    Register

    If you are thinking about buying a new camera but find it all a bit confusing come and get the process demystified.  Topics will range from smartphones to mirrorless and DSLR cameras, not about brand but about capabilities to match your specific needs.  The panel will discuss their experience with cameras and why and when they choose to use specific types of  cameras.


    Instructors: Pam Careau, Gary Jann, Brady Conn, Mel Whaley


    Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED



    • November 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 6
    Register

    Come learn how to monitor at the photo studio. You’ll learn more about the studio and how it operates during this classOrientation is required for members who wish to become new monitors for the club. Current monitors are also encouraged to join in to refresh your training and get clarification of our new operating procedures. 


    Instructor: Sue Penney


    Registration: REQUIRED



    • November 12, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 5
    Register

    Learn how to process your Smartphone and/or tablet pictures using "Snapseed", a free, complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.  Basic techniques and workflow will be discussed and demonstrated.  You will have the opportunity to process your own 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 beginning October 1, 2018

    • November 13, 2018
    • November 21, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Grand Photos Studio
    • 8
    Register

    Composition 1A

    Improving your composition skills always leads to better pictures. In this two session course we’ll discuss the basics “rules” and apply them together in class. You’ll have an assignment to practice on your own with your results discussed during the Composition 1B class.


    Composition 1B

    In this session we’ll discuss some finer points of composition, share Composition 1A pictures and learn from each other’s efforts. Improvement in your photographs guaranteed!


    This course includes 2 sessions, Nov 13 and Nov 21 from 10 am -12 pm


    Instructor: Brady Conn


    Experience Level: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced


    Equipment: None


    Registration: REQUIRED


    Workshop will be available for registration starting October 1, 2018

    • December 06, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    A basic introduction to photo editing using the Apple "Photo' editing tool that comes with your iPhone, iPad and MAC computer.


    Instructor: Dennis Hilgar


    Experience level: Beginners Only


    Equipment:  Fully charged iPhone, iPad of MAC computer would be advantageous


    Registration: REQUIRED


    This workshop will be open for registration November 1, 2018

    • December 11, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    The presentation will cover the speaker's thoughts and quotes from other monochrome photographers on what is typical of strong mono images.  It will also cover monochrome conversion using the NIK Silver Efex (NIK, Google, and DxO are virtually the same) and touch on converting to monochrome with Lightroom.


    Instructor: Stan Bormann


    Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced


    Registration:  REQUIRED


    This workshop will be available for registration Nov 1

    • December 13, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grand Photos Studio - Village Center
    • 25

    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

Page Author: Mel Whaley

Posted Sept. 3, 2015

Revised  Feb 2, 2018

 

 

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