January 2, 2017

Missoula Camera Classes for Winter 2017 Now Registering

My classes at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, resume this month and there is still space available in all sections.
  • Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
  • Black & White Photography
  • Advanced Black & White Photography
  • Making Better Close-up Photos (macro)
  • Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files 
Thoroughbred Park sculpture, Lexington, Kentucky

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Did you or someone you know get a new camera? Learn to make the most of it in Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera Wednesday nights beginning January 11. Learn to shoot in dim light without flash, freeze or blur motion, and make sharp or soft backgrounds, all techniques to take your pictures to the next level.

Jacobson Park Sunset, Lexington, Kentucky

I'm also offering a basic Black & White Photography class where you learn to make monochrome images in the camera. This class meets Tuesday evenings starting January 10. Learn to imagine how colors translate to shades of gray, look for interesting light to add mood, and focus on lines, shapes and textures for strong black and white images. This course includes a field shoot to practice with instructor help.

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

To take your black and white imagery to the next level, explore Advanced Black & White Photography and learn to edit your existing black and white images as well as a variety of techniques for converting color images to monochrome. You use Photoshop Elements on the school's computers to practice these skills but the same techniques apply to Photoshop and other image editing programs. This course meets on Tuesday nights beginning February 7.

Taos, New Mexico, Storm

Winter is also a good time to work on close-up photography by window light. In Making Better Close-up Photos you learn to use the equipment you already have to make macro shots of small subjects, create complimentary light and backgrounds, and ensure sharp photos of all those details. Class meets Thursdays beginning January 12. This course also includes an indoor field shoot to get help while you are photographing.


If you've always wondered what a raw image file is, learn the flexibility of this picture format in Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files. You'll learn how raw is different from JPEG and how to expose raw files for the best results. Using Adobe Camera Raw, a program included with Photoshop Elements, you learn to adjust exposure, contrast, color and sharpness to make your images look their best. Class meets Thursday evenings beginning February 2.

Taos, New Mexico

For class details or to register online, visit MissoulaClasses.com and click on the Take a Class link. You may also register by phone at 406-549-8765.