June 19, 2017

Calling Women Photographers


Are you feeling stuck in a photographic rut? Are you looking for a different workshop experience than just how to operate your camera or Lightroom? Are you seeking more of a retreat and less of an adventure atmosphere? Then consider joining Eileen Rafferty and Elizabeth Stone in Montana this fall for Creativity for Women.



During this week you will explore a variety of assignments and projects that will expand your ideas of what photography can be. Everything from combining words and pictures to photographing without looking as well as traditional techniques all become ways to start your creative juices flowing.


The workshop takes place at the E Bar L Ranch in western Montana, where the grounds are peaceful and the food outstanding. Between photographic lectures and exercises, you can take a horseback ride through the hills up to spectacular mountain views or relax with a private massage in your cabin.


I've attended this workshop twice and will return for my third visit this fall. It never fails to be enjoyable and rewarding. Come join the Creativity for Women group and see where photography can go for you!


P.S. All the images in this post I created on previous workshops.

May 24, 2017

Summer Photography Classes Filling Fast!

My summer photography classes at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, MT, are filling fast. There is still space in Hands-on People Photography as well as Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair. 

Want to make better pictures of your family and friends? Join me and co-teacher Bret Tate for Hands-on People Photography, June 6 & 10. We'll have a classroom session to help you with the best camera settings for proper exposure and how to make those blurred backgrounds. along with information about the best light. Then we will practice during a Saturday field shoot and critique. Come join us!



Expand what you can do at the fair by learning how to photograph carnival lights as well as presenters and fair goers in the dim light of exhibit halls in Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair, August 8-10 & 15. We'll meet in the classroom to get tips on both subjects and then practice two nights at the Western Montana Fair. The following week we'll share our images back in the classroom. It will be great fun!



Photography in the Field, June 1-22, is full, but you can add your name to the waiting list in case someone drops.

See you this summer!

May 17, 2017

Beyond What the Camera Captured

Many of my photography students have no experience with developing and printing their photos in the black and white darkroom. So it is difficult for them to imagine how an image that they like as it came from the camera could be improved or even transformed by using photo editing tools. If you are like them, then you may find this video illuminating.


Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork Publishing, illustrates the range of changes it's possible to make using Lightroom. Some images have very few edits and others have extensive work applied. The point is not how to use Lightroom (such adjustments could be accomplished with a wide variety of photo editing programs), but to illustrate the creative potential that comes after we click the shutter button. I hope you enjoy it.

Beyond What the Camera Captured by Brooks Jensen

May 15, 2017

Discovering Projects in Your Photo Library

After we've become competent with shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings on our cameras, one of our challenges is how to maintain our interest and passion for photography. One option is to move beyond making the "trophy" image and begin to work with photographic projects. A project results in a collection of related images (usually somewhere between 5 and 30 pictures) that tell a story, illustrate a concept or explore a technique. But how do you come up with a group of photos?

Dreams of Blue

In his podcast Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork Publishing, shares a technique he learned many years ago in a workshop with David Bayles (co-author of Art & Fear). It is so effective that Brooks has used it ever since to find the gems hidden in his photographic library.

The Bayles Exercise podcast

I had a similar experience from looking through my photos when I discovered a design that I'd been using without realizing it. I have frequently photographed a series of vertical lines in a horizontal frame. I have applied to a variety of natural and man-made objects.

Rhythm of Vertical Lines

If you are searching for a way to make projects out of the work you have already completed, take time to listen to Brooks' suggestion. I'm sure it will help you.

April 3, 2017

Summer Photography Classes Begin May 12

My summer photography classes through the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, are now open for registration.

On May 12 you can spend a day Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera. Learn about different exposure modes and when to use them for better focus and exposure in your pictures. Understand the various autofocus 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.

Late Light on the Mission Mountains
Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Montana
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March 27, 2017

The Grace of Trees #43

The Grace of Trees #43
Missoula, Montana

This is the final image from my first book of photos The Grace of Trees. I hope you have enjoyed this preview. There are still copies available for purchase. See my web site for details.

March 26, 2017

The Grace of Trees #42

The Grace of Trees #42
Alberton, Montana

March 25, 2017

The Grace of Trees #41

The Grace of Trees #41
Missoula, Montana

March 24, 2017

The Grace of Trees #40

The Grace of Trees #40
Missoula, Montana

March 23, 2017

The Grace of Trees #39

The Grace of Trees #39
Missoula, Montana

March 22, 2017

The Grace of Trees #38

The Grace of Trees #38
Missoula, Montana

March 21, 2017

The Grace of Trees #37

The Grace of Trees #37
Frenchtown, Montana

March 20, 2017

The Grace of Trees #36

The Grace of Trees #36
Missoula, Montana

March 19, 2017

The Grace of Trees #35

The Grace of Trees #35
Missoula, Montana

March 18, 2017

The Grace of Trees #34

The Grace of Trees #34
Frenchtown, Montana

March 17, 2017

The Grace of Trees #33

The Grace of Trees #33
Missoula, Montana

March 16, 2017

The Grace of Trees #32

The Grace of Trees #32
Ovando, Montana

March 15, 2017

The Grace of Trees #31

The Grace of Trees #31
Frenchtown, Montana

March 14, 2017

The Grace of Trees #30

The Grace of Trees #30
Missoula, Montana

March 13, 2017

Putting Pictures on Paper: A Printing Workshop

I'm pleased to announce my first printing workshop, Putting Pictures on Paper, to be held in Missoula, Montana, May 19-21, 2017.


This workshop is for anyone who wants to know how to get the best prints from a print lab or a home inkjet printer using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. You practice with your own images, using your laptop computer and our Epson desktop printers. You should already be comfortable with Lightroom's Library and Develop modules because they will not be explained in detail in this course.


We'll cover the following topics and more:
  • Ensuring the colors you see on screen are the colors in your prints
  • Setting resolution and dimensions for the best quality
  • Sharpening for crisp prints
  • Selecting the best paper for your subject
  • Making color and black & white prints
We will meet at the Center for Creative & Healing Arts, 2935 Stockyard Road, Unit #K-5, Missoula, Montana 59808.

Class begins at 7pm on Friday evening for introductions and orientation. The workshop concludes by 5pm on Sunday evening.

Tuition costs $150/person, including ink and paper samples. A minimum of 4 participants is needed to hold the class with a maximum of 10 students to ensure everyone gets individual help.

I have been printing and teaching others how to print for more than 15 years. I use a clear, practical approach to help you get great prints with a minimum of effort.

To enroll, please complete the registration form here. I hope you can join me!

The Grace of Trees #29

The Grace of Trees #29
Missoula, Montana

March 12, 2017

The Grace of Trees #28

The Grace of Trees #28
Cushing, Maine

March 11, 2017

The Grace of Trees #27

The Grace of Trees #27
Cushing, Maine

March 10, 2017

The Grace of Trees #26

The Grace of Trees #26
Cushing, Maine

March 9, 2017

The Grace of Trees #25

The Grace of Trees #25
Cushing, Maine

March 8, 2017

The Grace of Trees #24

The Grace of Trees #24
Cushing, Maine

March 7, 2017

The Grace of Trees #23

The Grace of Trees #23
Rockford, Illinois

Another view of the same old oak.

March 6, 2017

The Grace of Trees #22

The Grace of Trees #22
Rockford, Illinois

This old oak tree (200+ years old) is on the land where I grew up.

March 5, 2017

The Grace of Trees #21

The Grace of Trees #21
Asheville, North Carolina

March 4, 2017

The Grace of Trees #20

The Grace of Trees #20
Hendersonville, North Carolina

March 3, 2017

The Grace of Trees #19

The Grace of Trees #19
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

March 2, 2017

The Grace of Trees #18

The Grace of Trees #18
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

March 1, 2017

The Grace of Trees #17

The Grace of Trees #17
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

February 28, 2017

The Grace of Trees #16

The Grace of Trees #16
Huson, Montana

February 27, 2017

The Grace of Trees #15

The Grace of Trees #15
Asheville, North Carolina

February 26, 2017

The Grace of Trees #14

The Grace of Trees #14
Missoula, Montana

February 25, 2017

The Grace of Trees #13

The Grace of Trees #13
Missoula, Montana

February 24, 2017

The Grace of Trees #12

The Grace of Trees #12
Missoula, Montana

February 23, 2017

New Classes Beginning March 1

I have a new slate of photography classes beginning next week at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana.

Starting March 1 is the Photo Challenge course. We will explore three different types of photography: portrait, landscape and artistic impression. You'll have the chance to spread your creative wings and see what ideas your classmates came up with for each topic.

Illustrating "red"

Starting March 2 is Creative Camera Techniques. In this class we'll further explore the effects of changing shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance on your pictures. You'll go beyond just recording your subject to interpreting it with these skills.

Zooming during a long exposure
 
Photoshop Elements Workflow begins on March 6. In this course you learn a basic photo editing process that you can apply to any pictures, whether they came from your digital SLR or phone. Even the best photos out of the camera can often be improved with a series of simple steps. The school provides the computer and the software so you can try out editing without having to purchase any special supplies.


Before and after editing

Finally, Mastering Manual Exposure begins on March 7. In this course you learn to control the entire exposure triangle yourself: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. This gives you the most control of any shooting mode and enables you to create consistent exposures in any lighting situation.

Making pictures at night

You can register online or by phone at 406-549-8765 during normal business hours. I hope to see you in one of these spring classes!