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New classes ready for sign-ups! Cell phonography, Travel and Photog 101

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Blog, Featured, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

New classes ready for sign-ups! Cell phonography, Travel and Photog 101

I’m excited about three new classes scheduled this spring at the Village Gallery of Arts. Located just north of I-26 next to the Cedar Mills Library (Portland Oregon).  The gallery is easy to get to with plenty of free parking. 

Registration for all of these classes is through the Village Gallery of Arts @ 503.644.8001


Cell phone image processed in Snapseed appCell Phonography: from SoSo to So Fabulous!

Date: Saturday, March 17 2018
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $60
Level: Beginner
Limit: min. class size 4 / max class size 12
Supplies: Bring fully charged cell phone and/or iPad or
Tablet with Snapseed app installed

This class will explore tools in your camera that you probably didn’t even know it had such as adjusting focus, exposure, burst mode, white balance and using HDR. We will also cover fundamentals necessary to create juicy photos such as composition, exposure, focus and lighting and how to use the tools in your phone to make the most of these variables.

We’ll also play with some fun accessories such as magnetic wide angle, macro and telephoto lenses and explore Snapseed, a terrific, free image editing/sharing app

 

Monk in yellow robesThe Yin and Yang of Travel Photography

Dates: Saturdays April 7 AND April 14
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $120 members, $130 non-members
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Limit: min. class size 4 / max class size 12
Supplies: Bring fully charged camera

Learn to capture interesting, meaningful travel images without breaking your back (or your bank) or taking away from the enjoyment of the trip.

We’ll discuss researching your destination for ideas on what to shoot, camera equipment selection, tools and techniques for backup and sharing images. We’ll also cover basics of good lighting, composition, and focus.

 

Photography 101

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Cost: $80
Level: Beginner
Limit: min. class size 4 / max class size 12
Supplies:
• Your camera (ANY type or size as long as it
has a Manual mode)
• CHARGED battery and spares if you have
them
• Media (memory cards) with room on them
• Your camera manual – printed out or
downloaded on your phone (recommended!)
• BYO sack lunch or eat nearby on the break

Cameras these days are really smart, but they still don’t always get it right when it comes to exposure, color, focus etc. Beyond that, a big part of the fun of photography is being able to be creative and for that, you really need to know how your camera works.

The morning session will cover the basic ‘exposure triangle’ – shutter speed, aperture and ISO – what they are, how they work together, when to use what settings and how to change these settings on your camera. We’ll also talk about how to get the right focus points, select shooting modes (Manual, Program, Aperture Value, Time Value), drive modes (timers, burst etc.), file formats and more.

In the afternoon, we’ll talk about general concepts of good photography – as in – learning the rules so that you can break them! Topics will include basics of composition, lighting, focus, perspective, scale, shooting beyond the tripod holes and more.

There will be an hour break for lunch from noon – 1pm.

Registration for all of these classes is through the Village Gallery of Arts @ 503.644.8001


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Add or Update Your Lightroom Copyright Year!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blog, Learn, Lightroom | 0 comments

Add or Update Your Lightroom Copyright Year!

Happy New Year all, it’s time to create or update your Lightroom copyright year in your Import preset!

Why add copyright?

Copyright information in your image metadata lets people viewing images that you have shared online contact you to pay you a million dollars to use your image. (more…)

Use Lightroom Collections to track art show submissions

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blog, Learn, Lightroom | 0 comments

Use Lightroom Collections to track art show submissions

I’m in the process of selecting images to submit to a local show and wanted to share my process for using Lightroom Collections to keep track of what I consider for submission, submit, have juried in and sell (hopefully!). 

Note that even if you don’t use Lightroom Collections for this purpose, this five-minute video may be of value to you to learn how to organize images from trips or events too, so take a look! (more…)

Travel Photography – Five Tips to Get Images Meaningful to YOU!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

Travel Photography – Five Tips to Get Images Meaningful to YOU!

So you’ve gone on a big trip of a lifetime, brought home thousands of images.

Turns out the ones that you want to print and hang on the wall, or that your friends and family want to see are not the ones you expected. (more…)

Snow is White, not Gray

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Great Outdoors, Photography | 0 comments

Gray snow because of underexposure

Gray snow because of underexposure

White snow because of overexposure

White snow because of overexposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you take control, when your camera looks at a bright snowy frame, it thinks – whoa! That’s too bright! I need to darken it down!

And so it does, making your snow turn out gray. (more…)

Lightroom to Gmail setup

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Blog, Lightroom, Sharing Photos | 0 comments

One of the best things about Lightroom is being able to send images directly to your email client without exporting/opening  your client/attaching the file etc etc.

Unfortunately, setting this up to work with a Gmail account can be problematic because, unless you use this workaround, you need to lower your Gmail security settings (never a good thing) to make it work.

Here’s how to set up the workaround: (more…)

Lightroom: Remove Graduated and Radial Filter Effects with Brushes

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Blog, Learn, Lightroom | 0 comments

Lightroom: Remove Graduated and Radial Filter Effects with Brushes

I love Lightroom’s graduated and radial filters, but sometimes they affect areas that I don’t want to be changed – such as a bird in a sky that I’ve darkened.

Erase brushes are available in Lightroom 6 and CC for both the graduated and radial filter that can undo that effect for selected areas.

Here are the instructions in a nutshell as well as a 6-minute video where I show how to use the Erase brush in the graduated filter, plus tips on using the brushes in general.

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Springing into Flower and Blossom Photography

Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Blog, Photography | 0 comments

Springing into Flower and Blossom Photography

Spring is surely a glorious time for photography – everywhere you look there are amazing things happening!

Tips for springtime photography
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Rookie (and Pro) Mistakes

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Learn, Photography | 0 comments

Rookie (and Pro) Mistakes

I recently went on a shoot with a group of mostly amateur photographers to one of my favorite places to shoot here in Portland – Hippo Hardware. This eclectic collection of vintage hardware, lighting, plumbing supplies and paraphernalia is a photographer’s delight.

Oops!

I was careful to charge my battery, even had a spare, but somehow I neglected to check if I had a media card in the camera, which, in fact, I did not. (more…)

Phone Photos to Lightroom – Automatically!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Blog, Learn, Lightroom, Sharing Photos | 0 comments

Phone Photos to Lightroom – Automatically!

I know I’m easily entertained, but discovering how to have my phone photos load automatically into Lightroom has to count as one of the highlights of my month – maybe year! Takes a few minutes to set up – but works like a charm thereafter! (more…)