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.


Flower Impressions Photography Workshop
January 19-20, 2019

Morean Arts Center
719 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Online Registration

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. Explore light by working with light boxes and windows in a simple studio set-up. Challenge yourself at a local botanical garden. Learn ways to take your photographs to a different level of expression with this workshop.

Requirements: Participants should be familiar with exposure and focus controls on their cameras and bring their own tripods.


September – December 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 (1 hour lunch break), September 29
  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), November 17  Top

Creative Camera Techniques

Expand your creative photography skills in this course! Review the basics of exposure and contrast. Then experiment with creative techniques such as selective focus and zooming a lens during long exposures. Explore taking pictures after dark and the effect color has on your image. You will leave this class with great pictures and renewed confidence in your photographic abilities. Prerequisite: Familiar with shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera

  • Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm, October 2-30  Top


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), October 6  Top



NEW! Photographing Fall Colors

As summer changes to fall, trees, bushes and grasses around Missoula turn from green to gold. But it takes more than vibrant color to make an effective photograph of autumn’s palette. In this class you learn techniques for getting vibrant pictures of autumn trees and leaves under various lighting and weather conditions. You get suggestions for working with light, adjusting exposure and color settings in the camera, and framing the color for a strong composition. And you discover how to bring out the best of your images with some basic photo editing steps. Two Saturday afternoon field trips give you the chance to practice what you learn in class. A camera with controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and a tripod are recommended. Prerequisite: Familiar with shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera

  • Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, October 11-25
  • Saturday, 5-7pm, October 13-20   Top

Introduction to Lightroom — Classic Edition

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.

  • Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm, October 13-20  Top


NEW! All About Lenses

One of the advantages of advanced digital cameras is all the different lenses available. In this one-day course, you learn about different types of lenses, their common uses and how to care for them. You become familiar with important lens characteristics and features to help you with buying a new lens. And you find out about useful lens accessories. This class will help you know what lenses you have and how to get the most from them. Please bring your camera, lenses and any accessories with you to class. Prerequisite: Familiarity your camera controls recommended

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), October 27  Top


Exploring Photo Ideas 3

Focus your attention on discovering the world around you anew in this playful class. In this course we return to a student favorite with all new topics. Each week you photograph a different theme, such as metal, texture or sparkle. You see suggestions for making pictures of these topics both outdoors and inside. The next week you share your results and see what everyone else created. Come expand your ideas of what subjects make good photographs and have fun! NOTE: This class meets every other week, so you have two weeks to complete each practice. Prerequisite: Familiarity with your camera controls recommended

  • Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, November 1, 15, 29, December 13   Top


NEW! Window Light Photography

For centuries artists have used natural light coming through a window to create all kinds of masterpieces. Everything from close-ups to still life and portraits can all look beautiful by window light. Even the light itself and the shadows it creates in a room make fascinating pictures. Explore the beauty of natural window light for a variety of subjects in this class. With colder winter days approaching, you can continue practicing photography in the comfort of your home. Prerequisite: Familiarity with your camera controls recommended

  • Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, November 27-December 18  Top



Better Photo Composition

Improve your pictures using simple composition techniques for better photographs. Learn how getting closer to your subject, placing the subject within the frame, using lines to lead the eye and shooting from different angles can enhance your pictures. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, November 28-December 19  Top





NEW! Photoshop for Photographers

Learn efficient, effective techniques for organizing and editing your digital images with Adobe Photoshop. Use Adobe Bridge and Adobe Downloader (included with Photoshop) to organize, copyright and rate your pictures. Then learn to adjust overall exposure, contrast, color and sharpness using Adobe Camera Raw (also included with Photoshop). This process works for both JPEG and raw files. Finally, prepare a copy of your photo to share on social media or for printing by a photo lab. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

Required Textbook: Photoshop CC Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks by Stan Sholik (Visual, 2013) ISBN: 1118643763

  • Saturdays, 9am-12pm, December 1-15  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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