Classes & Private Instruction

If you are interested in learning more about using your camera or editing and printing your pictures with a computer, take a look at the classes below. If none of these meets your needs or time-table, email me about personal instruction.

  • Missoula, Montana Classes
    • Fundamentals of Photo Composition – Zoom Class
    • Still or Sparkling – Photographing Water – Zoom Class
    • Outdoor Photography Explorations – Zoom Class
    • Using Layers and Masks in Adobe Photoshop – Zoom Class
  • Private Instruction



Lifelong Learning Center
310 S. Curtis Street
Missoula, Montana  59801 USA

Fundamentals of Photo Composition – Zoom Class

This class meets virtually on Zoom. Too often we expect a beautiful or favorite subject to automatically produce a great photograph. But strong images require selecting and arranging those subjects in the photograph—what we call composition. In this course, you learn to improve your pictures by deciding what your photo is about and using composition techniques to convey that idea. Find out when to shoot a horizontal or vertical frame, where to place the main subject for the most impact, how to employ lines to direct your viewer’s attention, what effect the background has on your photo, and why exploring different angles helps create unique images. By applying composition you can turn a snapshot into a photograph.

  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, September 9-30
  • Price: $44  Register
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Still or Sparkling – Photographing Water – Zoom Class

This class meets virtually. Missoula is surrounded by waterways. Explore creative ways to photograph water from rushing creeks to still ponds. Learn to turn fast water to milky streams and record reflections on the surface or details beneath the ripples. Any body of water from a puddle to a lake, a stream to a river holds the potential for interesting pictures. Learn techniques in the online classroom and practice them on your own to share with the class. A camera with controls for shutter speed, aperture and ISO and a tripod are necessary for this class.

  • Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, September 10-October 1
  • Price: $57  Register
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Outdoor Photography Explorations – Zoom Class

This class meets virtually through Zoom. Practice photography outdoors at a safe physical distance in a variety of locations in western Montana such as Kootenia Creek, Kim Williams Trail, Seeley Lake and the Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge. Get camera tips and suggestions for subject matter emailed to you before the shoot, A critique of everyone’s photos online with Zoom will follow on the next Monday. This class is open to all skill levels and cameras, including phones!
Saturday onsite dates: September 12-October 3, 6-9:20pm, Mondays on Zoom September 14-October 5, 6:30-8:30

  • Saturdays and Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm, September 12-October 5
  • Price: $109  Register
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Using Layers and Masks in Adobe Photoshop – Zoom Class

Must have Internet and be able to use Zoom to participate. In this intermediate Adobe Photoshop class, you edit images non-destructively, using adjustment layers to change exposure, contrast, color and sharpness. You learn to make changes to parts of your photos easily using a digital paint brush. You practice changing precise portions of your photos using selection tools and blending these changes with their surroundings. Then you learn to use selections with layer masks for maximum control of your changes. You also explore special effects, including combining images, adding text and applying creative borders. The techniques you learn in this class also apply to Photoshop Elements.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, October 5-21
  • Price: $83  Register
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Private Instruction

If none of the above classes meets your needs or interest, consider scheduling a private session. Topics can include using a film or digital camera (compact or SLR), setting up your digital darkroom equipment, editing photos, and printing them with inkjet printers. Please email me for available dates and times.   Top

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