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.


April – August 2019

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

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera

Discover the power of your digital SLR 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. Prerequisite: None

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), May 18
  • Price: $57 Register
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Learning More About Your Digital SLR Camera

Once you are familiar with the fundamental controls on your digital camera, it’s time to explore the additional features that can help you make better photos. After a review of exposure and shooting modes, you learn how to control the built-in flash, adjust the colors the camera records to improve both sunset and indoor shots, select a metering mode to measure the light, and choose different lenses and accessories when shooting landscapes and portraits. You also learn how to clean lenses and the camera sensor to prevent dust spots in your photos. Learning to use these additional features help you make better pictures in challenging situations. Prerequisite: Familiar with shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera

  • Saturdays, 9am-12pm, May 4-11
  • Price: $44  Register
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Mastering Manual Exposure

Take charge of your pictures by learning to set the exposure controls yourself. In this advanced class, you learn to master manual exposure using the camera’s built-in light meter and the shutter, aperture and ISO controls. Learning to use manual exposure gives you complete creative control over the appearance of your images under any lighting conditions. Prerequisite: Familiarity with your camera controls recommended

  • Saturday, 8:30am-5pm (1 hour lunch break), April 20
  • Price: $55  Register
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Creating Flower Impressions

Move your flower pictures beyond records of successful blooms to impressions of color, form and light, using a variety of creative techniques with both cameras and software. Discover what happens with extremely shallow focus, intentional motion blur, and multiple exposures. Challenge yourself at a local greenhouse. Learn ways to take your photographs to a different level of expression with this class. Prerequisite: Familiar with focus, shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls on your camera. A tripod is recommended for the field shoot. Familiarity with photo editing software, such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, recommended but not required.

  • Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, April 4, 11
  • Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm, April 6
  • Price: $44  Register
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Photography in the Field

Have fun taking pictures outside with an experienced photographer to answer your questions! In the classroom you learn techniques for improving your outdoor photos using light, composition and focus. Then we visit nearby locations to photograph a variety of subjects. Back in the classroom we share pictures and discuss the results. Bring your camera and manual to the first class. Prerequisite: None

  • Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, May 30, June 6, 13
  • Saturdays, 10am-12pm, June 1, 8
  • Price: $34  Register
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Night and Low Light Photography at the Fair

Have fun making photographs at the Western Montana Fair. In class before the fair opens, we will explore creative night photography techniques for capturing spinning carnival lights. We will also learn tips and techniques for making photographs in low light conditions such as inside exhibit halls or barns as well as early evening outside. Then we will meet at the fair on two evenings to practice. Students are welcome to spend more time at the fair as their time allows. We will wrap up in the classroom by sharing our favorite photos from the event.

  • Tuesday, August 6 & 13, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 7, 8-10pm
  • Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Price: $32  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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