Photography Class Descriptions



Core classes:
Photo Basics 1, Photo Basics 2, and Natural Lighting

Photo Basics 1
Have a nice camera and don’t know how to use it? Come learn all about how to shoot in manual mode and take control of your camera. Learn how to choose your focus and get the right metering using ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Creatively choose what you want sharp in your images to create dynamic pictures that you will love. This class will push your brain with a lot of information, so be prepared to learn. Don’t take this class if you can’t practice with your camera throughout the week!

Prerequisites: None! Handy if you’ve played with your camera before, but not necessary. Requirements: DSLR Camera (Nikon and Canon recommended, inquire about other models), come with charged battery. Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 75-90 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $125

Photo Basics 2
So you are getting a handle on making tough choices on exposure, knowing when to choose what ISO, and what shutter speed is necessary so you don’t have big blurs for arms or legs! Your images are looking right more often—congratulations! Photo Basics 2 is the next step to getting consistent images—no matter if you’re shooting in your kitchen, school gymnasium, or out in an open field. You will learn how to shoot with a calibration target, paying attention to your histogram and learning how to shoot with custom white balance. We go on location together one of the weeks to shoot together as a class, with models, and you’ll get lots of feedback each week on your images—helping you see things in your images that you didn’t see before!

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 1 or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary) and Calibration Target (Strongly recommended) Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Lighting Basics
This is the sweetest class yet. No longer are you feeling burdened and confused by which way your shutter speed needs to go, now we get to focus on making your images shine. I like to call this our “pinterest” class – creating images that catch your eye like amazing pinterest images. You start to understand light and see how to place your subject in that light, using light modifiers as necessary. Just like Photo Basics 2 we have great specific feedback on the images you create and submit, as well as an on-location shoot together the third class. We will have reflectors for you to play around with before you decide what to purchase, so you can choose the best fit for you. This is the third class of our core classes, completing your foundation to understand shooting on manual with natural light. (But of course we have more awesome courses for you to take!)

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary) and reflector (if desired) Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Additional Classes:


Posing
Do you a handle on getting correctly exposed pictures, but struggle with getting clients or friends to relax and look natural in front of your camera? Do you come home from a session with images that feel stiff or awkward? Are you ever shooting and at a loss of how to pose people? Maybe you wish you could have a smoother transition between poses. This class will take you through each type of session: high school seniors, couples, family, and children, and see great before and after posing fixes from Amber’s past sessions. And of course you’ll get to shoot together as a class to try out your new-found knowledge!
Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary) and Posing Card Set (if desired) Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Lightroom
This program is my absolute favorite when it comes to editing an entire session. Learn how to begin getting your well-shot images to look even better with simple editing techniques! Warning… don’t take this class if you’re only wanting to learn how to fix bad images—I want you getting it right in camera first! Learn how to edit and entire session in a short amount of time by batch processing, how to use presets, as well as fine-tuned editing such as getting rid of stray hairs and blemishes. This program can integrate with photoshop, smugmug, flickr, blogs, and much more. Feel free to get the trial for duration of class, and sign up for Adobe’s Photographer program to get PS and LR for only $10/mo. if you’re like me and can’t live without it!

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: Laptop computer (yours or borrowed!), Lightroom 5 (or other versions)—30 day trial for during class is fine! Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Photoshop
A great companion editing program to Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop allows you to use layers and masks to create even more possibilities with your images. You can get rid of pesky trees growing out of heads, create card designs and other graphic products, change shirt colors, and much more. Feel free to get the trial for duration of class, and sign up for Adobe’s Photographer program to get PS and LR for only $10/mo. if you’re like me and can’t live without it!

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: Laptop computer (yours or borrowed!), Photoshop CC (not PS Elements!)—30 day trial for during class is fine! Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Location Hunting
Ever feel like you’re shooting the same place over and over and your images are looking identical? How do you find new places to shoot? Location Hunting class takes you through the process of what to look for in choosing a location for your session and how to maximize a location to the fullest. Traveling together in Amber’s minivan, you’ll learn together how to scout locations and have a fun hands-on experience shooting a model in multiple locations. This class is helpful to all levels—whether you have shot client sessions of your own, or just finishing taking Photo Basics 2 class.

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary) Length: Most often 1-day workshop, 2-3 hours long. Snacks and water included. Cost: $100

Macro
Welcome to the world of macro photography, where you focus on shape and detail to a whole new level. You’ll learn about design and composition, and techniques to get a macro look even without having a macro lens. This hands-on class is a great experience to shoot together on-location as well as get feedback on your images each week. If you have a macro lens, you’ll be able to take your images even further, but the class is geared for anyone with a DSLR, not just macro owners.

Prerequisites: Photo Basics 2 or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary). Macro lens NOT required. Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $150

Advanced Lighting
You’ve mastered shooting with natural light, and now you can learn to use artificial lights as a whole new dimension to the aperture triangle! Whether you’re wanting to shoot receptions with a hot-shoe flash or shoot portaits in a home studio, in Advanced Lighting class you get to learn hands-on how to achieve different lighting techniques. With studio time after each class, you’ll have plenty of practice time using our equipment. Don’t take this class if you’re wanting to use flash to fix bad shooting exposures—you want to be solid with our Core Classes first!

Prerequisites: Natural Lighting or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary). Flashes/strobes NOT required. Length: Once a week for 4 weeks, 60 minutes each. If more than 4 weeks in a month, instructor’s choice when to hold class. Cost: $250

Workflow and Client Care
Ever wonder how all the steps of working with a client fit together? This class takes you from start to finish: booking a client, planning your session, making your client at ease while shooting, editing your images, making the sale, and delivering your product. This class is perfect for you if you have started shooting fairly often and want to streamline your session workflow and improve your client’s experience. Better workflow means less time worrying and more time doing other things you love!

Prerequisites: Lightroom or Photoshop or instructor approval Equipment: DSLR (Canon or Nikon recommended, but not necessary). Laptop optional to follow along. Length: Most often 1-day workshop, 2-3 hours long. Snacks and water included. Cost: $100

Need a refresher? Take any of our courses for a second time at a discounted rate! Just let us know what course you are interested in retaking.

Private Lessons

Is the class schedule not matching with your life? Ask about taking private lessons to cover class material, or extra attention in something you’re struggling with. Subject to availability.