Photography Classes


PRACTICE DISTANCE LEARNING: TAKE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES!

Due to the need to maintain social distance and safety during these unprecedented times, we are offering our classes online. What better way to wile away your days but then to take a photo class!


Double Exposures

Double exposures are a technique used to add depth and layers to an image. When done successfully they create a dreamy portal into a new world. This workshop will explore techniques for creating in camera multiple exposures. We will discuss methods for achieving the best results to create these surreal photographs. Students will then utilize this information to create film, double exposures. The opportunity to share and swap photos will also be an option.

Participants will need a 35mm film camera for this class. We will send the film to be used along with the necessary materials to send back to us for processing.

DATE:  Wednesdays, July 8 and July 22 and August 5. 7:00-8:30pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

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PHOTO COMPOSITION

This workshop will introduce participants to the design elements that can make the difference between a great and a not-so-great photograph including, the elements of design, rule of thirds, the golden rectangle, focus/depth of field, perspective, lighting, color versus black and white, and cropping. Sessions will consist of presentations, discussion of example images, and review of individual assignments.

NEW DATES:  Saturdays, July 11 & 18, 10:00-12:30

AGES:  16 years of age and up

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Smartphone Photo & Video for Entrepreneurs

For those who don’t have a budget for a fancy camera, guess what? One of the most powerful capturing tools could be right in your purse or your back pocket! This 5 day virtual course will take you on a creative journey and will teach entrepreneurs how to capture stories, enhance, and share images/video in order to support engagement on social media. Students will also explore a variety of free and low cost applications that can support editing images and video right on your phone.

Dates: Will be rescheduled at a later date

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The Digital SLR Camera

Designed specifically for beginner photographers, this course will walk you through the essentials of how to use your digital mirrorless/SLR camera and all the key functions. You will learn photography tips about everything from shutter speed to aperture, depth of field to ISO. You will get a primer on how to compensate for bad lighting and how to compose your shot for maximum effect and better photos. By the end of the course, you‚ will be ready to take your photography skills to the next level and continue your education with a more advanced photography course. This class will help you: • Learn the most essential functions of your camera. • Gain confidence in putting new features into action. • Understand basic photographic terminology including the rule of thirds and the exposure triangle. • Get a solid understanding of lighting and composition techniques. • Figure out how to position yourself and your subject for optimal results. • Learn to take great photos with the camera you have without extra gear.

DATE:  Saturdays, Jun 20 and 27. 11:00-1:00

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Peter Meszynski

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Classes below will be scheduled when we are able to have in person classes.


Digital Photography – The Point and Shoot Camera

A point-and-shoot camera is any camera that lets you take pictures fast, without worrying about focusing the lens. Most have built-in flashes and a variety of automatic settings. The lens may zoom in and out, depending on the model, but generally can’t be removed from the camera body. Having solid knowledge on how to operate your point-and-shoot camera is the key to making great photos. You will learn how to unlock the “DSLR-like” capabilities of your point-and-shoot camera:  forget Auto Mode – you will take advantage of various shooting modes (M, A, S, P, C), learn about image quality settings, white balance, how to get around not using your flash, how to best use the pre-set shooting modes, and more! Class will include a photo shoot in the downtown neighborhood, allowing you to try out your new knowledge with the instructor available at your side.

DATE: May 2, 2020, Noon – 4:00pm
AGES:  16 years of age and up
INSTRUCTOR: Megan Switala


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IPHONE (AND OTHER SMARTPHONE) PHOTOGRAPHY

Learn how to be a smartphone photographer! One of the common photography misconceptions about using a phone’s camera is that the phone can’t be used for serious photography. While DSLR cameras are technically superior, the quality of any photo mostly depends on the photographer’s intent and creative vision. As photographers we often get caught up buying the latest photo gear thinking that it will help us take better photos. However, no camera can take a good photo without the photographer’s ideas. That’s because your phone – just like any other camera – is a tool. And it’s a tool that can be used to take both poor and outstanding photos. But with the right knowledge and the right techniques you can use your phone to take photos that are so great that nobody would even believe they were taken with your phone!
 
In this class, through discussion and practical hands-on exercises, you will learn about your phone’s (camera) settings, composition, light, primary and the additional brightness, as well as other significant photo editing features of your phone.

DATE:  Saturday, April  25,  2020, 11:00am – 2:00pm
AGES:  16 years of age and up
INSTRUCTOR:  Peter Meszynski


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Computer Programs

Photoshop & Lightroom – An Introduction

This class will cover basic concepts of colors; color calibration tools; scanning, importing and exporting images; editing, fill, and type tools; using layers, masks, filters, and color correction. Additional topics of student interests will also be explored.

DATE:  Session 1:  Saturday, March 7,  2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Session 2:  Saturday, April  18,  2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Victoria Everett


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Lightroom Basics

Lightroom Basics will focus on the Library Modulewhich will cover the best workflow practices of importing, organizing, renaming, using stars and color labels for rating, and keywording and metadata for search simplicity. Another focus will be the Develop Module, which will cover all of the editing tools including cropping, color correction, curves, split toning and much more. The remaining modules; Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web will be briefly touched on.

DATE: Wednesdays, February 12 & 19, 2020, 6:00-9:00pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Christian Coronado


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Lightroom Classic Workflow

In this short workshop you will start with a one-light tether capture from your camera to computer and from there, you’ll learn how to “make” a Lightroom catalog, manage those files, editing, and exporting. You will also learn about redundancy, keyboarding, non-destructive editing, and file management. 

DATE: Saturday, April 25, 11:00am – 2:00pm  
AGES:  16 years of age and up
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Gabris


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Photoshop & Lightroom – Advanced

This class will cover more advanced concepts and tools of Photoshop and Lightroom. (Haven taken the beginner class or knowledge of the programs is important in order to keep the pace of the class). Topics covered will include importing and managing photos in Lightroom, using more advanced techniques in Photoshop, using Lightroom for Global and creative adjustments. We will go over typical editing of Lightroom — Photoshop Roundtrip work flow, Lightroom to Photoshop for combining photos, selecting and masking, retouching, special effects & exporting and showing off your work.  Additional topics of student interests will also be explored and discussed the first night. Due to the small classes, a lot of hands-on and instructor help will be given.

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Victoria Everett




Designing with Photoshop

Take control of design! Are you or someone you work with responsible for creating designed pieces like invites, brochures, flyers, posters, or any other kind of graphic presentations? Learn how to do it or do it better. Take control of the beauty of design around you! In this one-day workshop, graphic and advertising designer Nicholas Adams will teach you the art of creating powerfully designed pieces using Adobe Photoshop, covering key aspects of the design process including setting up a document, generating ideas, formatting text, editing and manipulating photos or other imagery and preparing the design for print.
 

DATE:  TBD

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Nicholas Adams


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Special topics

Art of Composition


Have you ever wondered why other photographs seem to capture the beauty and essence of their subject while yours feel less enticing and unexciting? It might simply be some compositional techniques that these other photographers are using. In this class, we will explore these basic compositional elements and you will learn how to see the visual aspects of photography and notice the things that often make the biggest difference in the quality and satisfaction people get from the photos they make. No matter the subject— people, events, landscapes, vacations—you too will soon be making photographs instead of just taking snapshots.

Peace Bridge photo by Megan Switala

DATE:  Saturday, April 4th, 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Megan Switala


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Seeing in Black and White

In this class, you will learn how to previsualize what works well in a black-and-white photograph. It’s this ability to form an image in your mind’s eye of what a finished photograph will look like before you ever release the shutter that allows you to hone in on subjects and compositions that will translate well into black-and-white. Once you’ve trained yourself to identify certain compositional elements that typically work well, it will become second nature to “see in black-and-white.” In addition to the visualization session, class participants will learn how to manipulate digital images to obtain desired B&W effect. Lab session will include image capture lab, so please bring your camera.

Date to be determined

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Peter Meszynski


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The Darkroom

The Black and White Darkroom

This 3-session class is directed to students who either want to learn basic skills printing their own black and white photographs, or students who would like to get back into the darkroom but need a refresher. This class can also be for those students who are comfortable in a darkroom but would like to print with someone nearby for advice or suggestions. No matter who you are – it’s time to get into the darkroom… Tools such as contrast control and dodging and burning will be emphasized. Students will be required to bring paper and negatives to each class. Suggestions for paper purchases and film processing will be given upon registration.

SESSION 1:  Tuesdays,  April 21, 28, May 5,  2020, 7:00 – 9:00pm 

PRICE:  $120 / $90 members

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Jeannine Swallow


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Darkroom Playground

This advanced darkroom class is for the truly enthusiastic darkroom lover who finds passion in the dark and hates to see the lights go on. Designed for those who know B/W printing basics but want to take their knowledge further. This class will include more serious tools and techniques for making good prints even better such as advanced dodging and burning and creative contrast control, plus more playful techinques like solarizing, selective development, paper negatives, and much more. Bring a supply of black and white photo paper and negatives to each class. Contact CEPA with questions or suggestions about purchasing paper.

DATE:  Wednesdays, April 1 & April 8, 2020, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
AGES:  16 years of age and up
INSTRUCTOR: Kim Sholly


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Introduction to Cyanotypes

This one day workshop gives participants an opportunity to create their own found object cyanotypes on watercolor paper. The session will include the opportunity to create two unique prints, and a break for lunch while our prints are processing.

This early photographic process was eventually used in making architectural blue prints. Often referred to as “sun prints,” exposure through sunlight is a key element in the procedure. Objects that have some translucency, as well as certain three-dimensional objects, will block the full exposure to create the imagery. 

Suggestions for what types and size range of materials to bring in for the workshop will be given upon registration.

DATE:  Saturday, May 23rd, 2020, 10:00am – 3:00pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Kate Stapleton Parzych


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Introduction to An Eco-Friendly Darkroom

This workshop is a totally hands-on experience, fun and low-stress. We start with a brief description of the basics of what developers are, and the steps of the photo process to a finished print. Next we measure our common household components, make the developer and process our film. In our second session we again create our developer from scratch, and make our first enlargement. Everything is done at room temperature, eco-friendly, and requires no special equipment to make, just a measuring cup and measuring spoons. You’ll have all the information printed in a convenient booklet prepared by Charlie exclusively for this workshop.

This is a great opportunity for educators as well. You can offer an Eco-Friendly Darkroom to your students to not only encourage their rapidly growing green-consciousness, and address the concerns parents and guardians may have about what their children come in contact with. Your negatives and prints have full tonal scale with a look unlike anything digital. Use your favorite traditional B&W film and any RC enlarging paper.

This is an excellent opportunity to become a CEPA member! An individual membership at $40 pays for itself after registering for two workshops, and for a student at $25 it practically pays for itself after one workshop, or just gift a friend to join you!

For additional information about preparing for this class, please email instructor Charlie Stiffler: morethancaffenol@gmaiI.com. You can also follow him as “morethancaffenol” on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

DATE:  Mondays, February 3 & 10, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Charlie Stiffler


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An Eco-Friendly Darkroom: More Than Caffenol, sequel to “Intro To An Eco-Friendly Darkroom”

In this two-session very fun and hands-on workshop, we pick up where we left off in, “Intro To An Eco-Friendly Darkroom.”

Gone are the measuring cups and teaspoons. Everything is proportioned by weight per milliliters using digital scales and magnetic mixers. You can get your own scale and mixer for under $50! You’ll have a better understanding of what everything is doing, and customize for your needs! We concentrate on the negative, as well as a review of RC paper developers.

We’ll cover formulas from the original Caffenol, to Charlie’s latest formulas for T-Grain emulsions (Kodak TMax and IIford Delta etc.), to his formulas for push-processing. We’ll start with reducers and activators and add, accelerators. We’ll address processing for typical results, speed inducing and sheet film techniques. All chemicals are still from the local supermarket, drugstore, or online suppliers. We assume experience in developing film, using an enlarger and general darkroom use.  If you participated in “Intro To An Eco Friendly Darkroom”, or any basic B&W film photography class with darkroom use, you’re all set! It all begins with the negative!

This is a great opportunity for educators as well. You can offer an Eco-Friendly Darkroom to your students to encourage their rapidly growing green-consciousness.

This is an excellent opportunity to become a CEPA member! An individual membership at $40 pays for itself after registering for two workshops, and for a student at $25 it practically pays for itself after one workshop, or just gift a friend to join you!

For additional information about preparing for this class, please email instructor Charlie Stiffler: morethancaffenol@gmaiI.com. You can also follow him as “morethancaffenol” on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

DATE:  Mondays, March 23 & 30, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Charlie Stiffler


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Advanced Eco-Friendly Darkroom

In this third in our series on Eco-Friendly Darkroom strategy, we continue concentrating on the film. Our very hands-on approach from selecting the formula/e you’ll be using for your film, to the opportunity to share a growing number of options, to the strategy of what to do with your film before, during, and after the exposure.

We’ll be introducing several new organic developing agents (reducers), and formulae that utilize them. You could process dry-to-dry up to four batches of film budgeting your time, each in a different formula during these two sessions. You can experiment with four different formulae, four variations of the same formula, and everything in between. We must assume you’ve completed some level of preparing chemistry by weighing the constituents and combining in water in the proper sequence, or at the very least have processed film and can use a digital scale. You’ll understand how to customize these formulae to optimize your results before loading your film into the camera.

This is a great opportunity for educators as well. You can offer an Eco-Friendly Darkroom to your students, not only encouraging their rapidly growing green-consciousness, but also address the concerns some parents and guardians may have about what their charges come in contact with. Your negatives and prints have full tonal scale with a look unlike anything digital. Use your favorite traditional B&W film and any RC enlarging paper.

This is an excellent opportunity to become a CEPA member! An individual membership at $40 pays for itself after registering for two workshops, and for a student member at $25, it practically pays for itself after one workshop, or just gift a friend to join you! If you participated in “Intro To An Eco Friendly Darkroom”, or any basic B&W film photography class with darkroom use, you’re all set!

For additional information about preparing for this class, please email instructor Charlie Stiffler: morethancaffenol@gmaiI.com. You can also follow him as “morethancaffenol” on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.

DATE:  Mondays, April 27 & May 4, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Charlie Stiffler


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Pinhole Photography

Since the time of Aristotle, it has been known that light passing through a pinhole will form an image. In fact, camera-like devices employed pinholes long before the advent of lenses. Today, making photographs using only a pinhole is a refreshing change from conventional photography. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the principles of pinhole photography and will build working pinhole cameras from ordinary household items (oatmeal canisters, Pringles cans, cigarboxes, shoeboxes,etc.)—the design of which will determine the size, quality, and effect the final image will have. Students will then shoot and process their own pinhole photographs in the black and white darkroom. (No experience necessary.) Pinhole images have a soft, dreamlike quality that will appeal to both beginners and advanced photographers. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent, adults can be accompanied by friends (just for more fun…). Students will be contacted upon registration to discuss pinhole box possibilities.

DATE:  Saturday, May 30, 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm

AGES:  16 years of age and up

INSTRUCTOR: Kim Sholly


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