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.


February – April 2019

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 (1 hour lunch break), February 23 
  • Price: $57 Register
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Mastering Manual Exposure

Take charge of your pictures by learning to set the exposure controls yourself. In this advanced class, you learn to master manual exposure using the camera’s built-in light meter and the shutter, aperture and ISO controls. Learning to use manual exposure gives you complete creative control over the appearance of your images under any lighting conditions. Prerequisite: Familiarity with your camera controls recommended

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), April 20
  • Price: $55  Register
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Better Photos with Built-in Flash

Are you disappointed with the pictures you get when the built-in flash goes off automatically? In this class, you learn to control the built-in flash so your photos look natural and bright. Learn to get good results using the flash outside, inside, and at night. Discover solutions for common flash problems like unwanted reflections and shadows. Find out about simple accessories that help improve your flash photos. Bring your camera, complete manual, and spare batteries to class. People whose cameras have aperture and shutter priority exposure modes as well as adjustable flash controls will get the most from this course.

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), March 16
  • Price: $31  Register
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Creating Flower Impressions

Move your flower pictures beyond records of successful blooms to impressions of color, form and light, using a variety of creative techniques with both cameras and software. Discover what happens with extremely shallow focus, intentional motion blur, and multiple exposures. Challenge yourself at a local greenhouse. Learn ways to take your photographs to a different level of expression with this class. Prerequisite: Familiar with focus, shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera. A tripod is recommended for the field shoot. Familiarity with photo editing software, such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, recommended but not required.

  • Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, April 4, 11
  • Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm, April 6
  • Price: $44  Register
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Black & White Photography from Start to Finish

The best black and white photographs come from recognizing interesting light, distinctive shapes, and detailed textures in the world around us. By capturing these features in color, we can convert them to dramatic black and white images using photo editing software. In this course, we work in the field to capture the raw material we need to produce monochrome masterpieces. Then we use Adobe Lightroom Classic to adjust exposure and contrast, lighten and darken parts of the image to improve its visual impact, and apply special effects such as sepia toning and traditional borders. These techniques also work in Adobe Photoshop. Experience with the exposure controls on your camera and with Adobe Lightroom Classic are recommended.

  • Thursday, 6:30-9:00pm, January 31-February 28
  • Price: $103  Register
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Photos in a Series

Too often we take just one shot of a subject and move on. Or we think that if we create one good photo from an afternoon of shooting, we are “done.” This approach often leaves a story or idea incomplete. Nearly every photographic situation has more than one right photographic answer. In this class you explore a variety of topics and share multiple images illustrating them instead of just one. Challenge yourself to explore more photo compositions of your chosen subject and see what you can create. Included is a demonstration of ways to combine related photos in one file using photo editing software. NOTE: This class meets every two weeks.

  • Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 1
  • Price: $41  Register
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Introduction to Photo Editing

In this class you learn to bring out the best in your favorite pictures. Using Photoshop Elements, you start with organizing your photos so you can easily find the best ones. You continue with cropping along with changing brightness, contrast and color to make your pictures stand out. Then you fix common problems such as removing red-eye and spots and straightening horizons and buildings. You finish by properly sizing and sharpening pictures for sharing on social media and in print. NOTE: Photoshop Elements works on both Windows and Mac computers. You do not have to own Photoshop Elements to take the course. All work is done in class with the school’s computers.

  • Tuesday, 6:30-9:00pm, March 5-April 2
  • Price: $75  Register
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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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