Photography Club of Sun City – Studio Classes for Winter-Spring 2016

January 26 - May 6, 2016

Online registration for these classes is required - click the Eventbrite logo below and follow directions.  Registration begins Wed, Jan. 20th @ 1:00pm.

 Eventbrite - Photography Club 2016 Winter & Spring Class Registration

003      Choosing a New Camera
Robert Kampwirth
003 – 1  Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 12 seats.
With so many cameras available, how do you pick the correct one? In this course we will cover the important considerations in making the right choice depending on how you want to use your camera. These include: point & shoot vs SLR, wide angle vs telephoto, when more optical zoom is important, image stabilization and it's importance, face recognition, flash considerations, the myth surrounding megapixels, taking high quality movies, etc. This course is primarily for people who are considering buying their first digital camera or who are thinking about upgrading to a more versatile camera.


004      Competition Guideline Review
Tom Mills
004 – 1  Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 – noon.  12 seats.
This review of the Competition Guidelines will prepare you for the monthly Club competitions. It will cover the current year rules, photo selection, printing and mounting options. This is everything you need to know to get started and feel comfortable entering the competitions.


009      Mat Cutting - Part 1 (Needed for certification)
Gracene Peluso
009 – 1  Tuesday, January 26, 1:00 – 3:00pm.  5 seats.
009 – 2  Monday, February 22, 10:00 – noon.  5 seats.
009 – 3  Tuesday, March 8, 10:00 – noon.  5 seats.
009 – 4  Monday, April 11, 10:00 – noon.  5 seats.

This class is a hands-on instruction of the basic single-mat cutting only. Learn to dry mount your photo, measure correctly, do proper cutting for a single mat and do finish trimming of mat. You must bring an 8 x 10 photo.


010      Mat Cutting - Part 2
Jeannine Rowe
010 - 1  Friday, January 29, 1:00 – 3:00pm.  4 seats.
010 – 2  Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 – noon.  4 seats.
010 – 3  Friday, March 11, 10:00 – noon.  4 seats.
010 – 4  Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 – noon.  4 seats.

This class is a hands-on instruction on learning to cut double and/or triple mats. You MUST bring an 8 X 10 photo. Prerequisite - Mat Cutting 1


012      Monitor Training and Studio Certification
Elaine Garcia
012 – 1  Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 – noon.  12.seats.

The Studio Education Committee recommends that every member receive instruction on Studio procedures including training to monitor classes. Participants will learn how to access and secure the Studio, perform class monitor duties, register members for classes, register new members, and complete emergency procedures. This is essential training for the many members who volunteer to monitor classes. The Club continues to have a strong class schedule only with the assistance of the volunteer monitors and instructors.  In addition, any member who would like to reserve the studio must take this training. Members who have taken classes that provide equipment certification in matting, lighting, printing, scanning, etc. can take advantage of reserved Studio time once they complete this training session. This assures that all members of the Photography Club take responsibility for the effective and safe use of the Studio.


022      Landscape Photography – Enjoy the View

Chuck Thomas
022 – 1 Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 12 seats.

Since the mid 19th Century, capturing the natural beauty of landscapes has been a popular pursuit of photographers, artists and explorers, to illustrate the scenic lands of the American frontier and making the argument that these lands be protected for future generations.  With 2016 marking the centennial of the National Park Service – labeled by film-maker Ken Burns as “America’s best idea” – we photographers can take part by visiting or re-visiting one or more National Parks and monuments and capturing great photographs of their spectacular beauty.  While landscapes are a favorite subject for many of us, capturing a scenic spot as we see it can be one of the more challenging and frustrating experiences of photography.  The intent of this course is to introduce or reinforce the skills and attitudes that should lead to satisfying results for the landscape photographer. We’ll review principles of composition, lighting and subject selection, and discuss techniques used by the professionals to obtain those eye-catching landscape photos that are featured in magazines and art galleries.  Ultimately, it comes down to the photographer’s planning and making a conscious effort to be in the best location at the best time, taking full advantage of the moment.  We will also look at the growing list of post-processing techniques and controversies relating to digital manipulation, and briefly discuss types of equipment that can make a difference in your landscape photos.  Examples of award-winning landscaspe photos by club members as well as prominent professional photographers such as Ansel Adams and South Carolina’s Richard Bernabe will help illustrate these techniques.


025      Essential Camera Terms
Robert Kampwirth
025 – 1  Tuesday, March 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 12 seats.
Confused about all the camera lingo such as aperture priority, focal length, f-stop, face detection, macro, image stabilization, etc?  These and many other terms associated with using modern digital cameras will be explained along with examples of how they are used in cameras.


030      Epson 3880 Printer Training
Corky Burt
030 – 1  Monday, February 29, 10:00 – noon , 5 seats.
030 – 2  Monday, March 28, 10:00 – noon , 5 seats.
Each Epson 3880 Printer training session is limited to five (5) participants so that each person can have a hands-on experience.  These sessions will be for members who have some knowledge of Photoshop/Picasa and printing experience.  Each participant should bring two (2) edited (ready to print) image files on a thumb drive or a CD.


031      Epson 7900 Cut Sheet Printing --
Rich de Asla
031 – 1  Wednesday, January 27, 9:30 – noon,  5 seats.
031 – 2  Wednesday, February 17, 9:30 – noon,  5 seats.
031 – 3  Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 – noon, 5 seats.
031 – 4  Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 5 seats.
031 – 5  Monday, May 2, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 5 seats.

Cut-sheet printing training sessions with the Epson 7900 printer are limited to five (5) participants so that each person can have a hands-on experience.  These sessions will be for members who have some knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom and who have printing experience with the Epson 3880 or equivalent.  Each participant should bring two (2) edited (ready to print) image files on a thumb drive or a CD.


038      Flash Photography with External Speedlites – Part I (On Camera Flash)
Corky Burt
038 – 1  Monday, February 15, 9:00 – noon,6 seats.
Flash photography does not have to be complicated and intimidating. This class is for users that have cameras with a “hotshoe” which accommodates an external speedlite such as Nikon, Canon, Sunpack or other flash manufacturers. Part I is a 3 hr. Class which covers the basics of speedlites and what they are designed to do when they are attached directly to the hotshoe. This is called “on camera flash’ and has many applications with different lighting situations. Since the speedlite is attached to the camera there are many ways to reposition the light which is incident on the subject and to soften the light quality to give more pleasing photos. This Class demonstrates the techniques and is followed by class member participation in a problem solving workshop to deal with difficult lighting situations.


039      Flash Photography with External Speedlites – Part II (Off Camera Flash)
Corky Burt
039 – 1  Monday, March 14, 9:00 – noon, 6 seats.
This is a 3 hr. class and is a continuation of Part I.  Here we emphasize moving the external speedlite off the camera to easily change the direction and angle of the incident light to further improve the quality of light especially for portrait and family or event photography.  In this case we are setting up studio lighting capability with portable, battery operated speedlites.  We begin by using a single speedlite followed by how to activate multiple speedlites to solve more difficult lighting situations.  Like Part I the class is mostly demonstration and class member participation.


106      Get to Know Your Camera – Digital Camera Basics
Stan Abrahamson
106 – 1  Tuesday, February 2, 10:00 – noon, 12 seats.
106 – 2  Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 12 seats.
106 – 3  Tuesday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 12 seats.
106 – 4  Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 – noon, 12 seats.
Even basic digital cameras can be a little intimidating for those who are not familiar with the modern day digital camera. This workshop is oriented to the first time user of a digital camera. Please bring your camera, batteries if not already installed, and the cameraʼs manual. By the end of the class participants will: 1) develop an understanding of the simplicity of using a digital camera in its manual modes and 2) will feel confident in their ability to take photographs under everyday conditions.  After completion of the class, participants should feel competent to submit a photo in the novice level of the next Photography Club of Sun City monthly competition.


109      Introduction to Picasa and Google Photos
Catherine Tracy
109 – 1  Monday, March 7, 10:00 – noon, 12 seats.
Both of these programs are designed to store, arrange and improve your pictures.  Although they are both Google products they are very different, however they complement each other.  Picasa is a free download for your computer, it is for one person on one computer.  Your photos from your camera, social media or mobile device can be imported, improved and shared.  Google photos, also free, is a cloud application for both your computer and your smart phone and/or tablet.  It requires a gmail address.  Once installed it takes all of your pictures where they can be searched, arranged and shared.  These programs are especially valuable for the new and intermediate user and for the person whose smart phone has 16 GBs.


116      General Photography Workshop – Beginner/Novice
Corky Burt
116 – 1  Monday, February 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 6 seats.
This is a hands-on, photo taking session where we use the best practices of composition and "basic" camera technique to photograph various subjects with creative lighting and optimized camera settings.  Our goal is to achieve well exposed, crisp photos which routinely show very good image quality.  As time permits we will compare our work in the classroom. Bring your camera to this session!


120      Looking, Seeing, Creating - Taking Better Pictures
Tom Mills
120 – 1  Tuesday, January 26, 9:30 – 11:30 am.  12 seats.

Taking good photographs is not a matter of luck.  The secret is employing a few basic rules of composition and eliminating background distractions.  This class will demonstrate how to use subject placement, cropping, leading lines, lighting and other techniques to tell the story or capture the mood.  This class presentation is not technical and is appropriate for all levels of photography.


204      Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Robert Kampwirth
204 – 1  Tuesday, April 19, 10:00 – noon, 12 seats.
This course will be oriented towards wildlife photography in Sun City. It will include basic principles and techniques, equipment needed and the importance of being opportunistic when taking photos. Examples using digital cameras mounted on small scopes and compact super zoom cameras will be presented. Bringing your camera to this session is optional.


216      General Photography Workshop – Intermediate/Advanced
Corky Burt
216 – 1  Monday, March 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 6 seats.
This is a photo taking session where we more aggressively use the best practices of composition and advanced camera settings.  This session assumes the student routinely uses "basic" settings and may have tried more advanced settings.  Much time is devoted to using Aperture and Shutter Priority and Manual settings to obtain the "look" we desire.  Please be prepared to set your camera to these three settings.  Bring your camera to this session!


217      Introduction to Lightroom
Rich de Asla
217 – 1  Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 8 seats.
217 – 2  Wednesday, April 6, 9:30 – noon, 8 seats.

Many consider Lightroom a must have program for Professional and amateur Photographers.  It incorporates the same "Raw Engine" as Photoshop and several experts have called the print module "the best in the business".  It has a more user friendly user interface (UI) than Photoshop and all the raw adjustments can be applied to jpg and tiff files directly, without having to do an "import as Raw."  The class will demonstrate ways to use the Library, Develop, and Print modules.  These three modules constitute the essence of what is needed to edit approximately 80 to 90% of photographs.  Interfacing and integration with Photoshop will demonstrated.


220      Macro Images with Removable-Lens Cameras
John Burrack
220 – 1  Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 8 seats.
Removable lens cameras (DSLRs, ILCs, Micro 4/3, etc.) offer many and diverse opportunities to capture high magnification or "Macro" images.  In this class we will define "Macro" and what to look for in the lenses already in your bag as well as techniques, other lenses and add-on equipment available to increase magnification.  Bring your camera and at least one lens and we will set up to capture some close-ups. 


221      Macro Images with Small Cameras
John Burrack
221 – 1  Monday, February 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  8 seats.
221 – 2  Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  8 seats.

Most Point and Shoot cameras have great Macro capability and in this class we will only discuss using these "fixed lens" cameras.  We will define what is meant by "Macro" and lead you toward using features of your camera to capture the images at their highest magnification.  Bring your camera as we will set up an opportunity to create Macro images.


224      Using Long Lenses – Techniques for Getting Images of Birds and Butterflies
John Burrack
224 – 1  Tuesday, March 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 8 seats.
We'll talk about issues of DSLRs attached to telephoto lenses, point and shoot cameras with long zoom ranges, and using almost any camera in conjunction with scopes.  The audience can be anyone with such equipment or those who are learning about long lens photography.  It is essentially about "getting close" without "being too close" to subjects.


225      Telephoto Lenses  CANCELLED
Paul Thaxton
225 – 1  Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 10 seats.


315      The Lightroom Develop Module
Rich de Asla
315 – 1  Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 10 seats.
315 – 2  Monday, April 18, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 10 seats.
This class will explore in depth the Develop Module in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.


316      Seminar for Lightroom Users
Rich de Asla
316 – 1  Wednesday, March 23, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 10 seats.
316 – 2  Monday, April 25, 1:00 – 3:30 pm, 10 seats.
Class discussion for experienced Lightroom users who will share their favorite processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom.  Additional minor features of Lightroom will be covered.


325      Travel Photography – The Best Souvenir
Chuck Thomas
325 – 1  Monday, March 21, 10:00 – noon, 12 seats.
As photography enthusiasts, we want more from our travel photos than the typical snapshot of grandkids lined up in front of a scenic roadside overlook or the idiot photo we’ve all been shown of a companion bracing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  At this stage in life, we can do better with our travel photos, and fortunately we can draw from our accumulated photography knowledge and skills and a range of equipment choices that enable us to bring back truly memorable images from our destinations – and have a more enriching experience while traveling.  With varying degrees of effort, we can discover that every locale has worthy photo ops: the natural scenery, historic sites, unique architecture, colorful festivals and - last but not least - the people we meet.  The intent of this class is to help students at all skill levels bring home photos that capture the true essence of the places to which they’ll travel – photos that they’ll be proud to call their own and to share with others, as well as re-living that once-in-a-lifetime experience.  We’ll cover pre-trip planning and research, equipment choices, application of basic photographic principles, seeking out the unusual or spontaneous opportunities, photographing people, and special considerations regarding foreign travel and respecting cultural differences.

We are photographers and, thus have a sharper vision and heightened appreciation of our surroundings and the moment, which, after all, is what separates us from the typical tourist.


Photography Help Sessions
Rich de Asla
Thursdays        9:30 – noon
Every Thursday morning from 9:30 until noon, Rich de Asla or one of the other expert photographers from the club will be available in the Studio to help answer your photography questions.  No registration is needed; just bring your questions related to photography – your camera, your photographs, or storing and editing your photographs and computer issues related to photography.


            Black and White Users’ Group
Tom Mills
Fourth Thursday      2:00 – 4:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates.  Group will focus on digital black and white photography.


            Lightroom Users’ Group
Rich de Asla and Jim Wilson
Second Monday       2:00 – 4:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates (2nd Monday). Group will focus on processing digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.


            Creativity Workshop
Group coordinators
Alternate Wednesdays       7:00 – 9:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates.  Group will focus on creativity in photography; what is a good photograph, what we look for when we take a photograph, what attracts us to a scene, how to make our photographs better, and taking it to the next step. Each session will consist of critiques (of our photographs and of famous photographs), reading assignments and photo assignments.


            Canon DSLR Users’ Group
Corky Burt
Third Thursday        7:00 – 9:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates.  This is a forum for Canon DSLR Camera users to learn and share their knowledge about the capabilities of Canon DSLR Cameras, Lenses, Speedlite Flash Units and other Accessories. The Group meets monthly (3rd Thurs.) in the Studio to discuss predetermined Topics of Interest and other Q&As.


            Nikon DSLR Users’ Group
Jim Wilson
First Thursday          7:00 – 9:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates.  This is a Forum for Nikon DSLR Camera users to learn and share their knowledge about the capabilities of Nikon DSLR Cameras, Lenses, Flash Units and other Accessories. The Group meets monthly (1st Thurs.) in the Studio to discuss predetermined Topics of Interest and other Q&As.


            Panasonic Users’ Group
Bob Kampwirth
Third Wednesday    3:30 - 5:00 pm
No sign-up needed; just come to the studio on the scheduled dates.  This is a forum for Panasonic Lumix Camera users to learn and share their knowledge about the capabilities of Panasonic Lumix Cameras. The Group meets monthly (3rd Wed.) to discuss pre-determined Topics of Interest and other Q&As.