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.


August – October 2018

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

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


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, September 29  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


Digital Camera Basics

Do you have a new digital camera? Whether it’s a small compact model or a bigger style with interchangeable lenses, there are lots of buttons and menus to figure out. In this class you become familiar with the basic controls on your camera so you can make better pictures. We explore focus, exposure, and flash controls and how to change them using your camera’s buttons and menus. Tips for portraits, landscapes, action, night and close-up pictures are also provided. Whether you are brand new to digital photography or just have a new camera, this course will help you make friends with your camera. NOTE: This class is not suitable for phone cameras. Prerequisite: none

  • Saturday, 2-5pm, September 22  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


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


NEW! Capturing Glorious Sunrises & Sunsets

Sunrises and sunsets are the most photographed nature subject. But it is challenging to record the colors in the sky and land as we experience them. In this class you learn locations and times that can improve your pictures, techniques to manage the brightness differences between the sky and land, ways to capture the best color, ideas for stronger sunrise and sunset compositions, and photo editing techniques to enhance your final image. In addition to classroom instruction, you have opportunities to practice on two Saturday field trips. A camera with controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and a tripod are recommended. Prerequisite: Familiarity with your camera controls recommended

  • Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, September 6-20
  • Saturday, 5-8pm, September 8
  • Saturday, 6-8am, September 15   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


NEW! Fall Photography Assignments

In this intermediate course, practice your photography skills while building a diverse portfolio of your best images. Each week you receive the name of a specific place or event at which to photograph along with a list of different images to create there. During class time, you get information on what to expect at each venue and feedback on your previous week’s images. At the location, I am available to help with camera settings, composition, and ideas. A variety of subjects and locations gives you plenty of chances to practice composition, challenge your creativity, and build a portfolio. By the end of the class, you will have a collection of great images from a variety of places around the Missoula area. 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

  • Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm, September 5-26
  • Saturday, 8-10am, September 8-22   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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