Class Schedules & Descriptions

While most of the training I provide is through the Flower City Arts Center, I do hold various independent workshops and will provide private one-on-one or small group training at your location. Listed below are the currently scheduled classes.

If there is a class the you are interested in please let me know and I’ll see if I can accommodate you.

If you’re interested in future classes, contact the Photography Department at the  Flower City Arts Center at (585) 271-5920

2019 Winter Classes  (all classes start at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm)

Hot-Shoe Flash: Tuesdays, Jan. 22 & 29 (2 sessions)
Studio Lighting: Tuesdays Feb. 5 – Mar. 19 (6 sessions)
Portrait Touch-Up: Mondays Feb. 18 – Mar. 11 (4 sessions)
Lightroom – Wedding Workflow: Tue & Wed Mar. 26 & 27 (2 sessions)


Portraiture Touch-up with Photoshop

Pre-requisites: Basic working knowledge of Photoshop

Goal: Learn the basics of touching-up & smoothing skin, enhancing eyes, subtle face & body sculpting and other techniques that will enhance your portraits.

To achieve the goal, you’ll learn to use layers and masks to achieve non-destructive modifiable adjustments that can be tweaked as you work. Learn how to Dodge & Burn using Curves and Overlay layers. You’ll learn how to use the paint brush to remove unwanted shine from skin and other portrait enhancing techniques.

Intermediate DSLR

Take your DSLR photography skills to the next level! From the camera to the computer you will gain a more thorough understanding of shutter speed, aperture, histograms, and white balance and learn how to process, edit, and manipulate your photographs in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Suggested: students should bring their own laptop loaded with Photoshop and/or Lightroom to class. Required: working knowledge of your Digital SLR camera.

Basic Studio Lighting

Create pleasing portraiture with our White Lightning strobe system. Instruction will include various techniques in the use of the Community Darkroom’s White Lightning studio strobes in multiple lighting configurations, as well as other equipment such as an incident/flash meter, soft boxes, umbrellas, and various other attachment and light modifiers. We’ll also explore the use of Hot-Shoe flash systems that can be used as an alternative to the more powerful studio flash devices, Basic knowledge of your film and/or digital SLR camera is required and a hot-shoe flash would be helpful. Fee includes unlimited access to studio for the duration of the 6-week class.

Using your Hot Shoe Flash

Have you ever taken a photo of someone where one side of his or her face is brightly lit while the other is darkened by shadows? Your flash can reduce this problem when properly used. This class will focus on the use of a hot-shoe flash for your DSLR. You will need to bring a hot shoe flash that is dedicated to your specific camera with TTL and Manual capabilities. Because there many different flash types with different controls and capabilities, this class will not show you how to change settings on your particular flash. You should familiarize yourself with your flash and bring the users manual for the camera and flash to class.

What you’ll need to know before taking the class. –  Flash Related: How to set the different controls on your hot-shoe flash, these include the various modes, power setting adjustments, manual zoom setting, switching between TTL and manual, 2nd curtain, high speed sync, etc. You don’t necessarily have to know how to use these setting but you should know where they are and how to select and change them.  Camera related: You should know how to set your ISO, adjust aperture and shutter speed, switch between manual, aperture priority, shutter priority. Select and switch between the various metering modes.

What you’ll learn: Flash guide number (we’ll actually measure it), what it means and how to use it.  Diffusers and their effect on the final image. Zone system and how to use it to adjust flash output. Relationship between the flash output and the selected metering mode. Using the manual pre-flash to set appropriate light output. How to adjust for background for exposure and compensate for heavy back-lit subjects. How to use it as fill-flash.

Object (product) Photography

This course will cover the fundamentals of product photography.  We’ll cover various lighting scenarios, the use of a translucent light table, strobe lighting, continuous lighting. Additionally we’ll cover the use of macro lenses and ring-flashes for those small objects.

Lightroom Revealed

Lightroom is a powerful tool that offers more than just basic photo editing. Lightroom incorporates Adobe Camera RAW and Basic Image Editing capabilities with a File Management system based on a real relational database (Lightroom Catalogs). Lightroom allows you to shoot your photos in your DSLRs RAW file format without the hassle traditionally associated with RAW conversion. This allows you take advantage of the superior image quality that the RAW file format afford you without having to worry about any conversions. Of course if all you have are JPG image files you can still use the editing features and image management system that Lightroom offers.

Topics include: Description of Camera RAW and DNG (Digital Negative) file formats. Structuring your computer’s drive to make using the Lightroom Catalog easier. Using Adobe’s XMP (sidecar) files to safeguard your editing changes. Image import functions, along with image editing, batch processing, export functions, and archiving. This is a demo class, so feel free to bring a laptop with Lightroom loaded to follow along, or download a 30-day trial version just a few days before the first class.

Lightroom – Wedding Photography Workflow

This class will demonstrate a workflow that can be used by wedding photographers. This would include setting up a folder structure, transferring files from a media card, creating an associated Lightroom catalog, synchronizing dates, culling images, editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ll end with manual sorting and renaming, indexing and exporting files. Required: basic computer skills.

Outdoor Portraiture

Learn to take pleasing outdoor portraits in harsh lighting conditions. Participants will need a hot-shoe flash with TTL and manual capabilities.  Learn to use reflectors, lighting diffusers, natural shading, full and fill flash.  Course will consist of two classroom sessions, one to cover specifics and techniques and one to share and critique your work. There will also be one weekend field trip sessions to put into practice what was covered in class.