Classes & Private Instruction

If you are interested in learning more about using your camera or editing and printing your pictures with a computer, take a look at the classes below. If none of these meets your needs or time-table, email me about personal instruction.


April – August 2018

Lifelong Learning Center
310 S. Curtis Street
Missoula, Montana  59801 USA

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera

Discover the power of your digital SLR camera in this introductory course. Learn about different exposure modes and when to use them for better focus and exposure in your pictures. Understand the various auto focus settings available and when to use them or switch to manual focus. Find out about megapixels, histograms and JPEG versus raw file formats. You’ll walk away with the skills to make the most of your digital SLR camera. NOTE: To get the most from this class, your camera must have Program, Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority exposure modes. Check your manual to see if these features are listed. Prerequisite: None

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm, April 28
  • Saturday, 8:30am-3pm, June 9  Top

NEW! Submitting Photos for the Fair Exhibition

Learn how to select, print and present your favorite images for the Western Montana Fair photography exhibition. We review the categories and requirements for submitting your pictures to the fair. Then we discuss how to choose appropriate pictures, how to crop and size your photographs for print, how the print surface affects the appearance of your photos, where to have prints made, and choices for presenting your pictures, including do-it-yourself matting and framing options. This class does not cover how to edit or print your images yourself. Awards are not guaranteed.

  • Thursday, May 17 & 24, 6:30-8:30pm  Top

NEW! Photographing Missoula’s Flower Gardens

Missoula has several beautiful flower gardens easily accessible to the public. In this class you learn techniques for making sharp, creative images of the blooms in their beds as well as close-ups of details. You explore ways to manage lighting, color and backgrounds to show off the blossoms. You wrap up by sharing your favorite photos from the day. Knowledge of your camera’s controls and access to a tripod are recommended.

  • Thursday, June 14 & 21, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, June 16, 7-9am  Top

NEW! Photograph in Garnet Ghost Town

Have fun making photographs at Garnet Ghost Town. In the classroom, you learn a brief history of the town before moving on to basic composition and lighting tips along with how to shoot color, black & white, or sepia pictures with the camera. You discover how to tell a story of the place by shooting wide-angle, normal and detail pictures. Then you meet at Garnet on Saturday morning to explore the buildings and artifacts. You wrap up by sharing your favorite photos from the trip. Knowledge of your camera’s controls and access to a tripod are recommended. A small entrance fee is required to visit the ghost town.

  • Thursday, July 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday, July 14, 9:30-12:30 field shoot  Top

Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair

Have fun making photographs at the Western Montana Fair. In class before the fair opens, you explore creative night photography techniques for capturing spinning carnival lights. You also learn tips and techniques for making photographs of people and animals, both candid shots and portraits of exhibitors and competitions. Then you meet at the fair on two days to practice. Students are welcome to spend more time at the fair as their schedule allows. You wrap up by sharing your favorite photos from the event. NOTE: You need a camera with the ability to choose the shutter speed, aperture and ISO and a tripod to photograph the carnival rides.

  • Tuesday, August 7 & 14, 6:30-8:30 – classroom
  • Wednesday, August 8, 7:30-10pm – fair
  • Thursday, August 9, 5:30-7:30pm – fair  Top

Introduction to Lightroom

Lightroom is Adobe’s “swiss army knife” software for digital photographers, addressing the needs of importing, filing, adjusting, organizing, converting, and displaying digital images. This workshop is for those new to digital imaging who would like to use Lightroom to organize and preserve their collection of digital images. You will also learn to crop, fix distortions, apply effects, and color correct your images. Prerequisite: Basic computer and file management skills.

  • Tuesday & Thursday, July 24 & 26, 9am-12pm  Top

Photoshop CS6: Basics

This course focuses on some of the basic features of Photoshop so that you can navigate the environment and use Photoshop tools to work with photographic images. You will navigate the Photoshop CS6 workspace, identify and use Photoshop tools to enhance photographic images, and organize files in Adobe Bridge. You will also define image size, resolution, and color modes, work with selection tool and layers, make image enhancements and adjustments, open and modify an image in Camera Raw, and prepare images for print and web. Prerequisite: Beginning Computer Fundamentals or equivalent skills.

  • Tuesday & Thursday, July 31 & August 2, 9am-12pm  Top

Private Instruction

If none of the above classes meets your needs or interest, consider scheduling a private session. Topics can include using a film or digital camera (compact or SLR), setting up your digital darkroom equipment, editing photos, and printing them with inkjet printers. Please email me for available dates and times.   Top

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