Register for Fall Photo Classes in Missoula

My Missoula, Montana, photography classes covering both cameras and editing are now available for registration through the Lifelong Learning Center either online or by phone at 406-549-8765. Whether you want to learn more about your camera's controls or enhance your picture editing skills, there is a class for you. Here's a brief overview. Visit the website for registration information.

Camera Classes

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
Saturday, September 28, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break)

Freezing motion with a fast shutter speed

Discover the power of your advanced digital 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.

Creative Camera Techniques
Tuesday, September 10-October 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Zooming a lens during a long exposure

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. NOTE: You should be familiar with shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera to get the most from this course.

NEW!! Photograph Historic Montana
Thursday, September 12-26, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, September 14-21, 8am-11am

Convert color to black & white for an old-time look

Have fun making photographs at the Moon-Randolph Homestead and Garnet ghost town. In the classroom, you learn exposure, composition, and lighting tips. You discover how to tell a story of the place by shooting wide-angle, normal and detail pictures. Then you meet at each location on two Saturday mornings to explore the buildings and artifacts. In addition, you use Adobe Lightroom Classic to adjust exposure and contrast, lighten and darken parts of the image to improve its visual impact, and change pictures to black & white or sepia. Knowledge of your camera’s controls, access to a tripod, and familiarity with Lightroom Classic are recommended. A small entrance fee is required to visit Garnet ghost town.

NEW!! Photographing Fall Colors from Start to Finish
Thursday, October 10-24, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, October 12-19, 4-7pm

Fall colors pop under overcast skies

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 learn how to work with light, adjust exposure and color settings in the camera, and frame the color for a strong composition. Two Saturday field trips give you the chance to practice what you learn in class. In addition, you use Adobe Lightroom Classic to adjust exposure and contrast, modify overall color balance and saturation, and fine-tune individual colors. A camera with controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO, a tripod, and experience with Adobe Lightroom Classic are recommended.

Photo Editing Classes

NEW!! Organize & Edit Pictures in Windows 10
Saturday, September 7, 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch break)

Are you new to digital photography and not sure how to manage the computer side of things? In this class you learn to use Microsoft Photos, a free app that comes with Windows 10, to organize and edit your pictures. You practice recommended downloading and filing methods. Then you crop, adjust brightness, and enhance color in your favorite images. And you discover various ways to share your favorite pictures. To get the most from this class, you should be comfortable with basic computer skills.

NEW!! Speed Up Your Lightroom Classic Workflow
Saturday, October 26, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break)

Learn to work more efficiently in Lightroom Classic (desktop-based version) so you can spend more time photographing. In this course, you learn time-saving tips for organizing and developing your photos using your own presets in the Library and Develop modules. Discover how to create presets to manage imports, apply copyright, add keywords and make standard editing changes, all with the click of the mouse. NOTE: To get the most from this course, you should already be comfortable using Lightroom Classic to organize and edit your photos.

NEW!! Clean up Your Lightroom Classic Catalog
Wednesday, October 7-28,6:30-9pm

Is your Lightroom catalog a disorganized mess? Do you have photos or folders with question marks on them? Do you have duplicate or misspelled keywords that make it hard to find specific pictures? Are there several different Lightroom catalogs on your hard drive and you don’t know which ones you can delete? In this course, you learn how to make order out of chaos in your Lightroom Classic catalog. Get answers to all these questions and more so you can make the most of Lightroom Classic’s image management tools.