Photography Club of Sun City – Studio Classes for Winter 2015

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 PCSCHH Class Schedule
January, 2015 –March 15, 2015
December 18, 2014

# 001              All Level Critique Session
Victoria Levy
10 seats         Tue         1/13        10:00 am – noon

Each class member should bring two to four unmatted and unframed 8 x 10 photographs to be studied by the group.  This will be done in a relaxed venue which will enable participants to study and learn to improve their own photos.  Everyone from novice to expert is welcome to join in this process.


# 004              Competition Guideline Review
Rich Matheny
12 seats         Thur       1/15        1:00 – 3:00 pm

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. Everything you need to know to get started and feel comfortable entering the competitions.


# 009              Mat Cutting - Part 1 (Needed for certification)
Gracene Peluso
5 seats            Tue         1/20        10:00 am – noon
5 seats            Mon       2/16        1:00– 3:00 pm
5 seats            Tue         3/17        10:00 am – noon

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
4 seats            Fri           1/23        10:00 am – noon
4 seats            Wed        2/18        1:00 – 3:00 pm
4 seats            Fri           3/20        10:00 am – noon

This class is a hands-on instruction on learning to cut double and/or triple mats. You MUST bring an 8x10 photo. Prerequisite - Mat Cutting 1


# 012              Monitor Training and Studio Certification
Elaine Garcia
12 seats         Wed        1/14        1:00 – 3:00 pm

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.


# 015              Epson Scanner Instruction
Gracene Peluso
6 seats            Tues       2/10        1:00 – 3:00 pm

Scanning lets you put the whole world on your computer. IT'S SO EASY! Instruction will be hands on and handouts will be provided to help you remember the next time you want to do some scanning for yourself. You will learn how to scan pictures as well as text which you can then format as you wish. Bring photographs, slides or negatives to practice during the class. This is a certification class that will allow you to use the scanner on your own.


# 022              Landscape Photography, Parts 1 & 2
Chuck Thomas
10 seats         Mon       2/16        10:00 – noon (Part 1)
10 seats         Tue        3/10        10:00 – noon (Part 2)

Since the mid 19th Century, photographing the natural beauty of landscapes has been a popular pursuit of photographers at all levels, from documenting the scenic lands of the American frontier by early explorers to the family vacation albums and slide shows from the Grand Canyon or Appalachia.  While landscapes are a favorite subject for many of us, capturing the scene as we see it can be one of the more challenging and frustrating experiences of photography.   This course will be offered in two classroom segments with a break for individual fieldwork in between.

Part 1 will include a brief look back at the evolution of landscape photography in the US and how it promoted awareness of our natural resources and creation of the National Park System.  Also, an overview of techniques the pros use for getting eye-catching landscape photos, such as being in the best location at the best time, and taking full advantage of the moment.  We will look at post-processing techniques and equipment choices of experienced landscape photographers, and show examples of award-winning photos by our own members as well as working professionals.  Upon dismissal, students will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned by venturing out to one or more locations appropriate for landscape photography, in the Lowcountry or beyond.  The instructor will not be leading a class field trip, but will be available for consultation if scheduling permits.  Each student will be free to choose where and when to go and how to get the best result, and may collaborate with fellow students if desired.  Specific ground rules will be provided during the class.

Part 2 will bring us back to the classroom where each student will present and discuss his/her favorite photos from the field, displayed on the monitor.  This is intended as a learning experience, not a competition. (NOTE: the field exercise and Part 2 are optional, but completion of Part 1 is required.)


# 025              Essential Camera Terms
Bob Kampwirth
12 seats         Tue         2/17        10:00 – noon

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
5 seats            Mon       1/26        10:00 - noon
5 seats            Tue         2/10        10:00 - noon
5 seats            Mon       3/9          10:00 – noon

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 Training
Rich de Asla
5 seats            Wed        1/14        9:30 am – noon
5 seats            Wed        1/28        9:30 am – noon
5 seats            Wed        2/4          9:30 am – noon
5 seats            Wed        2/18        9:30 am – noon
5 seats            Wed        2/25        9:30 am – noon

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.


# 037              Studio Strobe Lighting – Advanced
Corky Burt
5 seats            Fri           1/30        9:30 am – noon

This is a hands- on continuation of BASIC and will show the advantages of strobe lighting for a variety of subjects, especially individual portraits or groups. Bring your camera to this session!!

# 106              Get to Know Your Camera – Digital Camera Basics
Stan Abrahamson
12 seats         Mon       1/19        10:00 am – noon
12 seats         Thurs     2/12        1:00 – 3:00 pm
12 seats         Tue        3/10        1:00 – 3:00 pm

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.


# 108              Photo Enhancement with Picasa
Randy Bolduc
8 seats            Wed        1/21        1:00 – 3:00pm
8 seats            Wed        2/11        1:00 – 3:00pm
8 seats            Wed        3/4          10:00 – noon

Discussion of the fundamental applications of Picasa;  Demonstrations of how and when to apply Picasa techniques; How to create award winning photos, examples on hand; Creating art from a photograph;  Detail discussion of 16 Picasa enhancements; Follow-up individual assistance available on request .


# 111              Composition Guidelines and Camera Settings
Corky Burt
10 seats         Mon       2/2          9:30 – noon

The intent is to present the best practices for composing and photographing with the best camera technique. We combine guidelines for good composition and show what to expect from various basic and advanced camera settings so that rewarding photo experiences can be obtained.


# 112              Transferring Your Pictures
John Burrack
10 seats         Tue         2/3          10:00 am – noon

You've taken pictures with your camera.  This class will look at how to store your digital images and how to share your pictures digitally via e-mail, cloud storage or printing them on printers other than your home printer.  We will review the steps for electronic submission to PCSC monthly competitions.


# 113              Sharing Your Images in the Cloud
John Burrack
10 seats         Tue         3/3          10:00 am – noon

A survey and demonstration of using OneDrive, Flickr, ShutterFly or other Cloud services.  It would also be a tutorial for using the new Field Trips ShutterFly site.


# 203              Digital Camera Settings Workshop
Corky Burt & Rich de Asla
8 seats            Mon       2/9          9:00 - noon

This is a picture taking and analysis session to illustrate the use of a variety of camera settings. We begin with a quick overview and go outside to try out and see the effect of many of the most useful and powerful settings. We then return to the Studio and show your images to see how well these settings work. The Class is FUN!! BRING YOUR CAMERA & MANUAL ALONG TO THIS CLASS!!


# 217              Introduction to Lightroom
Rich de Asla
8 seats            Wed        1/21        9:30 am – noon
8 seats            Wed        3/11        9:30 am – noon

Many consider Lightroom a must have program for professional and amateur photographers.  It incorporates the same “Raw Engine” as Photoshop CS 6 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 Elements or Photoshop CS 5 or 6 will demonstrated.  The Map, Book, Slideshow and Web modules will be briefly described.


# 221              Macro Images with Small Cameras
John Burrack
8 seats            Tues       1/20        1:00 – 3:00 pm

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.


# 223              Photographing Flowers
Tom Mills
6 seats            Mon       3/2          9:30 am – noon

Taking a noteworthy flower photograph requires time and close attention to lighting, camera settings and background.  In this class we will demonstrate setting the camera for flower photography, positioning the blossom, and the use of light and close up settings to yield interesting images.  Bring your camera and a tripod (if you have one) and a flower you would like to photograph in the studio.  Must be fully familiar with your camera settings and able to make changes in shutter speed and aperture.


# 307            Photography Light Painting (NEW CLASS)

Tom Hanley & Rich Matheny

6 seats            Tues       3/17        6:30 – 9:30 pm


Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long-exposure photograph, either by illuminating a subject or by shining a point of light directly at the camera.  Light painting can also be created by moving the camera during exposure.  In this workshop we will discuss camera requirements, types of lights, examples and techniques.  We will then go outside and practice some of the things we learned.  If the class can agree on a date and time and we will travel to a remote structure (like Shelden Church) to paint a large building.

Course Requirements: You should be comfortable with the manual settings of your camera, and your camera should have a shutter that can stay open for at least 30 seconds (or bulb mode).  A tripod is required, and a variety of flashlights and a remote shutter release will be useful.


# 317              Lightroom Editing and Printing – Tips and Techniques
Rich de Asla
10 seats         Wed        2/11        9:30 am – noon

This class will explore in depth the “Develop Module” and the “Print Module” in Lightroom 5.7


# 320              Introduction to the Google Nik Collection
Tom Rhyne
10 seats         Tues       1/27        9:30 am – noon

This class provides an introduction to the Google Nik Collection.  These plugins can be used as extensions to Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements for processing digital images in both color and black and white.  Students should have at least a limited experience processing digital images using Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements in order to gain from this class.


Photography Help Sessions
Rich de  Asla
Thursday       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.


Photoshop Elements Users’ Group
No coordinator
Third Friday                  2:00 – 4:00 pm

No sign-up needed; just come into the studio on the scheduled dates!! Group will focus on processing digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements.


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
No coordinator
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 Wednesdays      3:00 – 4:30 pm

No sign-up needed; just come to Hidden Cypress 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.


Open Studio

Every Saturday 10 AM – Noon


A Studio Monitor is on duty so that members and friends can visit the studio to view the current photography exhibit. You can also use this time to work on personal projects, if you have taken classes to become certified on any of the studio equipment.