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In addition to the private and group classes I can custom tailor to your needs, I have a range of classes I offer throughout the year. These classes cover a range of topics and are hosted in Dallas, or as an online class from the comfort of your home.

Please contact me for further details on session pricing and bookings.

Lighting
[Webinar] Speedlight Photography and the Basics of Off Camera Flash
Photography 201: Building a Speedlight  Studio
Photography 201: Portable Portraits for the Practical Speedlighter
Photography 201: Advanced Speedlight Techniques, Special Effects Lighting
Photography 201: Outdoor Portrait & Headshot Speedlight and Flash Techniques
Photography 201: Nighttime Portrait & Headshot Speedlight Techniques

Software and Processing
[Webinar] Portrait Retouching in Lightroom
[Webinar] HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography Tips, Tricks and Processing

Business
[Webinar] Building your photo business: The art of Social Media
[Webinar] Building your photo business: WordPress Blogs

Macro
Macro Photography Workshop on Location

Travel
[Webinar] Travel Photography Tips, Tricks, Packing and Shooting

Product Photography
Product Photography 101, an Introductory Workshop
Product Photography 201 – Jewelery, Glass and other Reflective items

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[Webinar] Speedlight Photography and the Basics of Off Camera Flash

2014 dates – Jan 13, May 12, July 7

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot with off camera flash? This is a class for beginners. You will learn the basic idea behind Strobism, or off camera flash.

There will be a discussion about the different types of equipment available at different price points. We will cover the DIY aspects as well. There will also be a variety of equipment on display.

Topics to be covered

  • What is a “Strobist”
  • Can I do this with my equipment
  • The basics of off camera flash
  • Demonstration of Strobist tech
  • Strobist light modifiers
  • DIY aspects of Strobism

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Photography 201: Building a Speedlight Studio

2014 dates – Feb 18 & July 14

This class will teach the basics of building your own Strobist (off-camera flash) studio as an alternative to using studio lights. This is a hands on class where you will be shooting a model and I will present three different lighting setups, all using umbrellas and speed lights. The techniques you learn in class will allow you to set up your own studio anywhere.

This class is part of a series on Speedlight photography, so be sure to keep an eye out for the other classes – you can take one or take them all.

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Photography 201: Portable Portraits for the Practical Speedlighter

2014 dates – Feb 25 & July 21

This class will teach the basics of shooting portraits with off-camera flash (Strobism), which is a more versatile option than studio lights. The techniques you learn can be applied to shooting headshots with the use of a softbox or umbrellas. I will show you the difference between a one-light and two-light setup.

This is a hands on class where you will be shooting a model in the studio. This class is part of a series on speedlight photography, so be sure to keep an eye out for the other classes – you can take one or take them all.

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Photography 201: Advanced Speedlight Techniques, Special Effects Lighting

2014 dates – Mar 4 & July 28

This class will cover the use of snoots, gels, beauty dishes, and ring flashes for Strobist style lighting. This is a hands on class where you will be shooting a model and I will demonstrate the use of the different tools to achieve the effect you want.

This class is part of a series on Speedlight photography, so be sure to keep an eye out for the other classes – you can take one or take them all.

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Photography 201: Outdoor Portrait & Headshot Speedlight and Flash Techniques

2013 dates –  Nov 16

2014 dates – Jan 18, March 1, April 12, May 24, July 5, Aug 16, Sept 27, Nov 8 & Dec 20

Do you have a speedlight or two? Do you want to add more mood and options to your outdoor portraits? Have you ever wanted to add some detail to a model and needed more than a reflector? This class is for you. We will cover simple fill flash to balance the sun as well as more advanced techniques such as overpowering the sun and other special effects. This is a hands on class designed to teach you the basics of outdoor portrait and headshot lighting using speedlights.

Topics covered will include:

  • Single light
  • Two light
  • Overpowering the sun
  • Special effects

 

I will have equipment on hand and will demonstrate these ideas, so make sure to bring your  cameras as a model will be present and you will have the opportunity to photograph the model using the basic lighting set ups to help reinforce the material being taught. If you have your own speedlights and transmitters, feel free to bring them.

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Photography 201: Nighttime Portrait & Headshot Speedlight and Flash Techniques

2013 dates –  Dec 7

2014 dates – March 8, Jun 6, Oct 11 & Dec 13

Do you have a speedlight or two? Do you want to add more mood and options to your portraits? Have you ever needed to photograph a model at night? This class is for you. We will cover simple fill flash to balance the ambient as well as more advanced techniques and special effects. This is a hands on class designed to teach you the basics of night time portrait and headshot lighting using speedlights.

Topics covered will include:

  • Single light
  • Two light
  • Special effects

I will have equipment on hand and will demonstrate these ideas, so make sure to bring your  cameras as a model will be present and you will have the opportunity to photograph the model using the basic lighting set ups to help reinforce the material being taught. If you have your own speedlights and transmitters, feel free to bring them.

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[Webinar] Portrait Retouching in Lightroom

2014 dates – Apr 23 & Oct 13

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This class will be a webinar covering how to  edit portraits in Lightroom. I will begin the class with a brief overview of the pre-work, such as importing and keywording. Then we’ll move into the basics of editing your portraits including skin smoothing, blemish removal, eye brightening and sharpening and other elements for retouching portraits. I’ll also discuss the actual output from your retouching (ie once you’ve edited, then what do you do with it?). This is a great opportunity to see how easy editing is in Lightroom as opposed to other editing software.

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[Webinar] HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography Tips, Tricks and Processing

2014 dates – Jan 15, Aug 20

HDR is a post-processing technique that allows you to combine differently exposed photos of the same subject matter into one in order to achieve more intensity in your photos. HDR will give you a wider range of darks and lights in your photos, amazing detail, and more vivid colors.

This webinar will cover tips on shooting as well as post-processing instructions including how to edit using Photoshop, Lightroom and plugins.

 

 

 

 

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[Webinar] Building your photo business: The Art of Social Media

2014 dates –  Feb 5 & Sept 17

Do you have a photography business or a photo blog? Do you want to draw more traffic to your site? Are you confused about social media and what it can do for you? Well join us for another Photography 101 course, focusing on creating your own presence on the web and marketing yourself.

Whether you’re uploading pictures to show to your family, other photographers, or even prospective clients, you need some way to easily draw traffic to your website. This workshop will cover the basics of branding, creating an online presence, and marketing your business or personal site using free tools available to everyone. When we are done you will have the knowledge of how to tell the world about your photography, share images with family & friends, provide a way for you to promote your photography and much, much more!

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[Webinar] Building your photo business: WordPress Blogs

2014 dates –  Apr 21 & Sept 15

Have you ever wanted to share you photos on the web but just weren’t sure how to go about doing it?  Join us for another Photography 101 course, this one on creating your own presence on the web with a WordPress blog.

Face it, whether you are taking pictures that you wish to show to your own family, or show to other photographers, or perhaps to even show to prospective clients, you need some way to easily showcase these images on the web. This workshop will walk you through the steps of creating a basic WordPress blog for you to post images to, tell the world about your photography, share images with family & friends, provide a way for you to promote your photography and much, much, more! This class will teach you how to set up a WordPress blog and get started posting to share your photography with anyone!

 

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Macro Photography Workshop

2013 dates – Oct 26

2014 dates – March 22 & Oct 18

IMG_7255 by Eric Leuthardt PhotographyMacro photography lets you explore new worlds, and create exciting photos as you do so. You can zero-in on a small portion of a large subject to create an interesting abstract image, or fill the frame with a tiny subject. Either way, close-up photography enables you to produce images that you can’t see easily with your unaided eye.

This class will discuss the lighting and equipment you can use as well as several techniques to get better images.

We will have time to shoot after the presentation, so bring your cameras and tripods.

Supplies Needed:
Camera
Lens(es)
Tripod
Notepad
Pen/Pencil
Your own products (Optional)

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[Webinar] Travel Photography Tips, Tricks, Packing and Shooting

2013 dates –  Nov 12

2014 dates – May 21 & Nov 10

This class will be a webinar covering the basics of what you need to know about traveling from a photographer’s point of view.  You’ll learn what to keep in mind before you travel, such as what to bring and space saving tips.  Then we’ll move into traveling with your gear in different scenarios (national and international travel).  And finally, once you arrive at your destination, what to shoot.   This is a great class to get you thinking about your summer getaway plans and what you’ll need to know before you book your next trip. 20110120-_MG_5384

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Product Photography 101, an Introductory Workshop

2013 dates – Nov 14

2014 dates – June 16 & Nov 19

20110120-_MG_5384Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot products either on a black or white background, with lighting and strobes? This is a class for beginners. You will learn the basic fundamentals for lighting, shooting, minimizing shadows, getting clean lines, and most of all have fun with other photographers.

Product photography is probably one of the most important aspects of commercial photography. Products can be shot in many ways but if you want to have professional quality results there are some important aspects which must be followed to ensure results suitable for publication in top catalogs, brochures, and similar print media. Also, in the age of the web and on-line sales presenting products in the best possible way can be crucial in making a successful sale.

Attendees will walk away with knowledge on what is needed to set up a product shoot from materials to approximate costs. In addition, each attendee will have time at the end of class to shoot on a few different backdrops and stations. There will be different products at each, and you are encouraged to bring your own as well.

We will have 3 stations, from a basic home setup that you can shoot with your point & shoot, to a setup that could be used on a larger scale for cars and motorcycles.

Supplies Needed:
Camera
Lens(es)
Tripod (Optional)
Notepad
Pen/Pencil
Your own products (Optional)

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Product Photography 201 – Jewelry, Glass and other Reflective items

2013 dates – Dec 12

2014 dates – June 18 & Dec 3

20110120-_MG_5384 Building on the basic concepts of product photography; this class will cover how to shoot jewelry, glassware, chrome and other highly reflective items. There will be a short lecture followed by a chance to shoot.

Product photography is probably one of the most important aspects of commercial photography. Products can be shot in many ways but if you want to have professional quality results there are some important aspects which must be followed to ensure results suitable for publication in top catalogs, brochures, and similar print media. Also, in the age of the web and on-line sales presenting products in the best possible way can be crucial in making a successful sale.

Attendees will walk away with knowledge on what is needed to set up a product shoot from materials to approximate costs. In addition, each attendee will have time at the end of class to shoot on a few different backdrops and stations. There will be different products at each, and you are encouraged to bring your own as well.

Supplies Needed:
Camera
Lens(es)
Tripod (Optional)
Notepad
Pen/Pencil
Your own products (Optional)

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