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Upcoming photo classes and workshops

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  May 28, 2010 04:32 PM

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Taking photo workshops are a great way to re-ignite your love for this passion of ours. Here's some information that has crossed my desk about some local classes; check your own towns and camera shops.

CALUMET PHOTO, 65 Bent St., Cambridge 617.576.2600

Saturday, June 5 / 1 to 4 p.m.
Funding your photographic projects with David Wells

Getting a grant or a fellowship for a project is a dream come true for any photographer. This class will explore three types of funding, how to apply for them, and what is expected of the photographer. The class will then focus on specific strategies in pursuing grants and how to write a project proposal. $49.

Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canon demos and technical advice

Canon technical representative Jim Ritter will provide advice, hands-on demos, and reviews of Canon's latest releases. Free.

Saturday, June 12 / 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Creative Lighting with Your Speedlights: Part One with Rick Friedman

Friedman will help participants learn how to control light with the color balances, reflectors, gels, grids, remotes, slaves, and all the gadgets that make up his personal gaffer kit. $149.

Saturday, June 19 / 10 a.m. to noon
Understanding your digital SLR

For those looking to buy their first digital camera or who want to better understand the fundamentals of their current digital camera. Topics will include digital vocabulary, camera controls, digital vs. film, what to do after taking photos, and color-management basics. $35.

Saturday, June 26 and Saturday, July 24 / 10 a.m. to noon
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

This introductory class covers the library module with image ingestion, editing and processing in the develop module, and output in both print and web modules. It will explore the major advantages of Lightroom in comparison with camera RAW in Photoshop with the latest workflows. Step-by-step instructions, videos, and handouts. $35

Saturday, July 17 / 10 a.m. to noon
Complete Color Workflow

Learn how to maximize your equipment while reducing many steps in the color-proofing process. The class will demonstrate how profiles for monitors, scanners, and printers can ensure that color accurately translates from one device to another across your entire workflow. Also will discuss proper Photoshop settings and various profiling products. $35.

Saturday, July 31 / 10 a.m. to noon
Digital SLR Photography: Past the Introduction

This intermediate seminar will teach about camera controls, metering, exposure, choosing the right lens, the basics of flash photography, when and how to use optional accessories, and the importance of depth of field and composition. $35.

Saturday, July 31 / 1 to 3 p.m.
Inkjet Printing Done Right

Learn how to make prints at home that look like they came from a custom photo lab. Discuss printer technologies, basic color management, and the proper use of the print driver. $35.


CAMERAS INC., 267 Elm St., Somerville 617.666.2700
Classes are held regularly; check here for the complete schedule.

Introduction to Digital Photography
Have a new point-and-shoot? Sometimes getting the photo just right takes more than pointing and shooting. This tutorial will teach basic operations as well as valuable tips, such as when and when not to use compulsory flash mode. $55.

Introduction to DSLRs
This tutorial will cover all the basics of digital photography as well as some of the more advanced features of SLRs, such as sensor care and spot metering. $65.

Advanced Lighting
Flash shouldn't hinder or impose upon your photos. Learn how to comfortably move from ambient light scenarios, to fill flash, and even to studio lighting scenarios. $85.

Adobe Lightroom: The Complete Program
At its basic, Lightroom is an extremely in-depth organizational tool to set up your photo library, but it is the photo adjustment tools that really shine. This tutorial will cover all aspects of the program. $85.


HUNT'S PHOTO & VIDEO, 100 Main St., Melrose 800.924.8682

Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 9 / 6 to 8 p.m.
Basic Photography

This class is a two-session lecture and hands-on interactive workshop, offered monthly, that teaches the basics of setting and adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get a proper exposure. Also covered is using aperture for depth-of-field and stopping action with shutter speed settings. $75.

Sunday, June 13 / 9 a.m. to noon
Lensbaby Event - Digital Photo Academy

Whether a studio shoot with a model on the premises, a still life set with professional lighting, or a photo walk in the vicinity of the store, each attendee will have access to a Lensbaby adapted to whichever digital SLR camera they own. A Digital Photo Academy instructor will include a Lensbaby slideshow to demonstrate the multitude of interesting effects achievable with the Lensbaby lens. Free.

Tuesday, June 15 / 6 to 8 p.m.
Shooting for the Final Result

Stop with the, “I can fix it in Photoshop”…. Learn the importance of getting the shot right at the time of shooting. This session discusses methods of viewing, framing, lighting, and positioning of the subject for the final shot, eliminating the need to make corrections (highlights, brightness, shadows, exposure, etc.) in post production. $50.

Wednesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 23 / 6 to 8 p.m.
Intermediate Photography

Building on the Basic course, this two-session Intermediate class expands on getting the proper exposure and focuses on interpreting the histogram to fine-tune exposure. Depth-of-field is also covered in-depth, along with using various light-metering and white balance settings to match and measure light intensity. $75.

Friday, June 25 / 5 to 8 p.m.
Nikon Creative Lighting System

Professional lighting does not have to be large studio lights with “miles” of cords. Nikon has developed a simple-to-use wireless lighting system using their current SB series of flash units that can rival studio lighting. This course introduces you to the Creative Lighting System and shows how to effectively integrate this system into a photo shoot. The course covers techniques for using these products for portrait, product, event and shoots where fill lighting is needed. $75.



Freelance photographer Andre Gallant will offer a full-day seminar in Hyannis on expressive photography, travel photography, and portraits. The seminar, sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club,, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at the Federated Church of Hyannis at 341 Main St. The cost is $45 for members and non-members.

Andre is the author of several books on photography, including "Photographing People at Home and Around the World," "Destinations: A Photographer’s Journey," "Dreamscapes: Exploring Photo Montages," and was the photographer for illustrated books "Winter," "The Great Lakes," and "Seacoasts," all written by Pierre Berton. (See all his books on

André teaches photography workshops with Freeman Patterson, with whom he co-wrote "Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image," as well as the revised edition of "Photography for the Joy of It." He lectures throughout the US, Canada, and overseas. A regular contributor to Photo Life, André’s work has appeared in numerous magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Camera, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Gardening Life, En Route, and others. He is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards for his photography. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Register online here or call the art association at 508-362-2909.



When the Bedford Center for the Arts held its spring series of photo workshops, a fair number of point-and-shoot owners attended -- and found some of the information geared for DSLR users. So organizer Julie McCay Turner asked a local photographer, Holly Bloomfield, to design workshops specifically for the point-and-shoot crowd.

The hour-long classes will teach you how to take better pictures, review your camera's functions, and explain digital terms. The workshops will be held on six Tuesdays, starting June 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bedford's Old Town Hall, 16 South Road. (There will be an optional photo review and discussion from 8 to 8:30 p.m. There is no class July 6.)

The cost is $60, plus another $20 for display materials. Please note that attendees pay separately for prints. The class is limited to 15 participants. All proceeds will benefit the center.

Holly Bloomfield is a portrait and event photographer who owns and operates Portraits by Holly in Bedford. She has studied with portrait, event, wedding photographers, and photojournalists. She has passed both the technical and artistic requirements for certification by the Professional Photographers of America, and is an active member of the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts.

For more information or to register, e-mail

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