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Amy Ramos

Custom training for 4 people from The Dallas Chamber at The Spot Studio.

$170/hr x 4 = $680

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BEGINNER COMPACT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

Various days and starting times, a three hour class
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum number to make a workshop is 8

Question: “What camera should I buy?”.
Answer: “Whichever one you’ll have with you the most!”.

Compact digital cameras have gotten better, smarter and cheaper. They are often the camera at hand, even if you have a bigger camera back at the house somewhere. In this class, you’ll get to know your camera’s functions and settings and discover techniques to help you make better pictures.

  • “My pictures are blurry”: learn the difference between motion blur and focus softness and what you can do about them
  • Shooting posture: stability
  • Getting the shot: learn why your camera sometimes takes forever to click the shutter and how to keep from missing those shots
  • Don’t just stand there: trying out some interesting angles to create more fun, dynamic photos
  • Composition: some simple concepts to add impact and grace to your pictures
  • Flash: when to turn it off, how to control it, red eye
  • Lighting: some simple ways to use available light to your advantage
  • Flower power: using the amazing macro capabilities of your little camera
  • Megapixels: how much is enough?
  • Sharing your photos: posting on a website and emailing
  • Cropping and editing: using software to enhance your photos
  • Printing: sizes, services and home printing

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BEGINNER DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY - 4 DAY WORKSHOP

A series of four classes, each two and a half hours long, meeting over a period of a week or two.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 6.

The material covered will be similar to the Beginner Full Day Workshop, but students will be given assignments after the first two classes and there will be more time for review, comments and discussion of the work. During the 3rd class we will meet at a location, weather permitting, to shoot photos or shoot in the studio.

$265.00Price:
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BEGINNER DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY - FULL DAY WORKSHOP

*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break on your own.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

This is for those novices who have a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera and want to learn how to shoot with more confidence and creative control. This is a hands-on workshop with a small group, live shooting demonstrations and time for your questions. In this beginning workshop you will learn:

  • Your new collection of stuff: batteries, chargers, memory cards, readers, filters, caps and hoods.
  • Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera
  • Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO
  • The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you.
  • Focal length and maximum aperture: deciphering the numbers on your lens.
  • Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
  • Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light.
  • Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!
  • Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M)
  • Built-in flash: when to just say no.
  • Focusing modes: if it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of how and where your camera focuses.
  • Techniques for  stability: stance, camera operation, holding the camera
  • Assignment: we will shoot photos together of a live model.
  • Assignment review: surprises and near-misses, we end the day with a live edit and slide show of your best shots.

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Competitive Cameras Presents: DSLR-1 Short Course

2-1/2 hours
*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person
Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

The Basics: A tour of your camera and a thorough demonstration of the fundamentals of exposure.

  • Your new collection of stuff: batteries, chargers, memory cards, readers, filters, caps and hoods.
  • Buttons and dials: locating and deciphering the physical controls on your camera
  • Basic menus & settings: file size, quality, JPG, RAW, TIFF, white balance and ISO
  • The viewfinder: what information is available and how it helps you
  • Why your camera is called a DSLR and what goes on when you take a picture.
  • Exposure: a thorough explanation of shutter speeds, f-stops and their relationship to ISO and light
  • Motion blur and depth of field: understanding these creative tools is the key to better photos!

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Competitive Cameras Presents: DSLR-2 Short Course

2-1/2 hours
*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person
Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

Taking Control: Exposure modes and focus control.

  • Exposure modes: getting off the green Auto mode and understanding the difference between P-A-S-M, (P-Av-Tv-M)
  • P*: the hidden Program exposure mode that allows quick, creative control
  • Built-in flash: when to just say no and how to keep the flash from popping up at the wrong times
  • Focusing modes: If it’s called auto focus, why do some photos still turn out blurry? Taking control of where your camera focuses.
  • Understanding when the camera focuses and the difference between AF-S/A/C (Nikon) and One Shot, Ai Focus, Ai Servo (Canon)

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Competitive Cameras Presents: DSLR-3 Short Course

2-1/2 hours
*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person
Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

Beyond the Basics: Light metering, exposure control, camera stability & sensor issues.

  • The light meter: understanding how your camera reads and measures light and how it can sometimes cause exposure problems
  • Exposure control: bracketing, exposure compensation and reading a histogram
  • How to get good exposures in tricky situations including backlight and high contrast settings
  • Support & stability: keeping your images sharp and vibration free through the proper use of tripods, monopods, stance, leaning & breathing
  • Dust & cleaning: when to worry about lens and sensor dust and how to get rid of it

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Competitive Cameras Presents: DSLR-4 Short Course

2-1/2 hours
*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person
Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

Creative intent: The world of lenses and the artistic, human side of photography.

  • Focal length and maximum aperture: deciphering the numbers on your lens
  • Lenses: creativity vs practicality (and cost!). How to select lenses as creative tools.  A look at ultra wides, telephoto, zooms, primes, macro and some surprisingly affordable options.
  • Sensor sizes: full frame vs. cropped sensor and what difference it makes to your photography and lens selections
  • Creative motion blur: using slow shutter speeds as a creative tool for both low light situations and to purposely blur movement
  • Composition: the architecture of a photograph, some rules and when to break them
  • The art of photography: stepping beyond the elements of exposure and focus and thinking about color, gesture, timing and other creative aspects of photographyTop of FormBottom of Form

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Dynalite 1000 Kit Rental

INCLUDES:

  • Dynalite 1000x or 500x pack
  • 3 Dynalite heads with fans & modeling lights
  • 3 Head extension cables
  • Set of grids
  • Wireless sync
  • 2 umbrellas
  • 1 soft box

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Dynalite 500 or 1000 Extra Power Pack Rental

With optical slave.

$15.00Price:
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Dynalite Equipment - Damage Deposit

Required on all equipment rentals. Will be fully refunded when undamaged equipment is returned.

$400.00Price:
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Dynalite Extra Head Rental

With fan, modeling light and extension cable.

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Erin Trieb Visual Storytelling 3 Day Workshop

  • Workshop dates:  March 28-30
  • Location: The Spot Studio in Dallas
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Early Registration: $585/person (through March 14)
  • Late Registration: $625/person (after March 14)
  • A $250 deposit is required to hold your seat until March 6 with the full payment balance due by March 7. Registrations made after March 7 will require full payment.  (See Terms and Conditions below)

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Get that flash off your camera! Half Day Workshop

Introduction to portable flash
4 hour workshop
$140
Maximum class size, 12

This workshop is about the creative power and flexibility of battery powered, shoe mounted flash units including the Nikon SB or Canon EX series. These little flash units have transformed the concept of what it means to light on location.

By learning how to shape and control the output of your portable flash, you can create pictures with high production value without lugging around cumbersome strobes and hunting for AC outlets on location. We’ll look at some of the auto exposure modes that let you work quickly with often great results. Then we’ll dig into manual control for those times when you want to light more creatively and your camera’s brain just doesn’t understand what your brain is up to.

The instructor, Peter Poulides, will work with a model, shooting with the camera tethered to a computer and projector so the class can follow along with the demos. The photos will be imported into Lightroom for viewing and comparison. Students will be invited to shoot with their own cameras on some of the manual exposure setups.

The workshop is limited to 12 people so there is time for interaction and questions.

Some of the gear we’ll cover:

  • Choosing a flash: compatibility, quality, power, size and price
  • External battery packs
  • Wired or wireless
  • Radio vs optical triggering
  • Umbrellas, boxes and reflectors
  • Clamps, adapters and brackets
  • Putting together a lightweight, portable kit

Some of the techniques you will learn:

  • Manual vs TTL exposure control
  • Hard light vs. soft light
  • Bounced and diffused
  • Mixing flash with ambient light
  • Single and multiple units
  • Front vs. rear curtain sync
  • White balance, gels and color correction
  • High speed sync

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Gift Certificate

This is a great way to help a friend or family member learn more about their camera and develop their photographic talent. Select the level you want from the drop down list.

All Gift Certificates expire one year from the date of purchase.

Additional DescriptionMore Details

When you make the purchase you will be able to download a printable Gift Certificate showing the amount of the gift. By email you will receive a Redemption Code which much be entered when using the Gift Certificate. If you have any questions please use the contact form.


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Greece Travel Workshop

Early registration price $3,950 (ends January 26)
Late registration $4,250 (January 27 to March 16)
Rates are double occupancy, surcharge for single occupancy.
See full details above in Terms and Conditions

Payment of $500 deposit required online. Balance payments may be made online or by check. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION

I am available for tutoring for camera instruction, Photoshop, Lightroom, printing, lighting, or any area of photography in which I’m proficient. This is a great way to learn just what you want, whether it’s how to shoot and print panoramas, lighting for portraits, or getting your system color calibrated.

Do you have a big trip coming up and want to get comfortable with your new equipment, or maybe just brush up on your photographic skills? I have done a lot of travel photography over the years, both on assignment for travel magazines and as personal projects or stock shoots. (check the About page) A strong understanding of photographic concepts and techniques can help you move beyond shooting travel snapshots to creating the kinds of photos that you will be proud to print big and hang on your wall. A few great travel shots can solve most gift giving dilemmas! Beyond the camera equipment itself, there are many other details to consider as a travel photographer, like accessories, lenses, cleaning kits, bags, power issues, data backup, and equipment and personal safety.

Please note that the price is the same for one or two people. This way you can learn with a friend and share the expense. Prices for groups of 3 and up vary depending on the number of students. I am also available to travel to your location to tutor or teach classes. Hourly rates may be higher and travel charges may apply depending on your location.

Please email me to discuss your needs and to talk about scheduling before purchasing any time. Lesson times are flexible and are available most weekdays and some evenings and weekends, depending on my shooting and teaching schedule.

Rates for meeting at The Spot Studio:
1-2 students   $110/hour “a la carte”
1-2 students 6 hour package $540 ($90/hr)

Six-hour packages can be broken up into separate sessions and the sessions expire after six months.

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INTERMEDIATE COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA CLASS

Various days and starting times, a three hour class
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum number to make a workshop is 8

This is for those who have taken the Novice class or have equivalent experience. In this class we’ll delve into the creative options in your camera’s menu system and learn why a compact camera can sometimes be a better choice that a full size DSLR.

  • Megapixels and sensor size: what they mean, why it matters and when you can ignore the numbers
  • ISO & noise: the trade off and why some noise can be a good thing
  • Image editing : digging deeper into Picasa for image editing and cataloging
  • File management: Don’t bother shooting if you aren’t going to back it up!
  • Stills into motion: shooting video, using continuous or interval mode to create timelapse sequences
  • Printing: from wallets to gallery prints, understanding aspect ratio and cropping

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INTERMEDIATE DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY - 4 DAY WORKSHOP

A series of four classes, each two and a half hours long, meeting over a period of a week or two.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 6.

The material covered will be similar to the Intermediate Full Day Workshop, but students will be given assignments between classes and there will be more time for review, comments and discussion of the work. During the 3rd class we will meet at a location, weather permitting, to shoot photos or shoot in the studio.

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INTERMEDIATE DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY - FULL DAY WORKSHOP

*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break on your own.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

This workshop is for you if you’ve taken the beginner workshop, the first two evening courses or have the equivalent level of experience. In this workshop we’ll dig deeper into the equipment and get further into the creative choices and challenges of consistently taking, processing and displaying great photos.

  • Review: shutter speed, f-stops, DOF
  • P*: the hidden Program mode that allows quick, creative control
  • Motion blur: using slow shutter speeds and camera movement as a creative tool
  • Metering & exposure control: bracketing, exposure compensation, reading a histogram, using manual exposure mode creatively
  • Metering patterns: getting good exposures in tricky situations by changing metering patterns and using your spotmeter
  • ISO and noise: when to worry about it, why some noise can be a good thing
  • Lenses: creativity vs practicality (and $ !) we’ll look at the whole range from fisheye to super telephoto. How to get the most out of your glass
  • Composition: rules and breaking them, finding out what works and what you like.
  • Software: a brief look at Lightroom and the basics of digital workflow
  • Lighting: finding it vs. bringing it with you, an intro into working with off-camera flash, great lighting from a lightweight kit
  • Dust & cleaning: when to worry about lens and sensor dust and how to get rid of it
  • Shoot: we will shoot photos of a live model
  • We end the day with a live edit and a slide show of everyone’s best shots

$215.00Price:
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Intermediate Studio Lighting with Tony Corbell

Full day workshop
*Early Registration: $235/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $250/person

9am to 5pm
What’s included: Workshop registration, lunch, modeling fees
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum needed to make a workshop is 8

OVERVIEW

Building on Introduction to Studio Lighting, this workshop will explore numerous light shaping tools in detail. We will also concentrate on unique multiple light setups, colored gels for special effects, and will spend time on posing details for portraits, individuals and groups.  Also, we will demonstrate working with a mix of strobe/ambient lighting. Students will work in teams shooting a variety of setups.  In addition, we will introduce table top/still life lighting and show “painting with light” variations in detail.

The instructor, Tony Corbell, will work with a live model, shooting with the camera tethered to a computer and projector so the class can follow along with the demos. Students will be invited to shoot many of the setups with their own cameras so they can study the photos later on for clues as to what worked and what didn’t.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to create, control and apply different qualities of light from diffuse to specular and in between
  • How to read and control the shadow edge and specular edge on your subject and background
  • Understanding the quality of light vs. quantity of light
  • How to interpret and use the histogram in digital photography
  • The use of light meters in complex lighting setups
  • The four types of light modifying tools: transmissive, reflective, additive and subtractive
  • The creative and appropriate use of color gels
  • How to set up a portrait and coach your subjects with posing suggestions
  • How to light product on table top to enhance volume, shape and texture
  • How to set up and use the Light Painting technique
  • Students will work with models in small teams to test and shoot the techniques learned

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS
You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. You should already know the basics of studio lighting by taking the Introduction to Studio Lighting workshop or equivalent. To participate in shooting photos with your own camera it must have manual exposure control and a hot shoe or PC sync connection. If you have a Sony camera, you may need the hot shoe adapter accessory. You’ll need a tripod to practice the table top light painting technique.

$235.00Price:
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Introduction to Studio Lighting - Full Day Workshop

Full day workshop
*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $235/person

9am to 4pm with a one hour lunch break on your own.
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum needed to make a workshop is 6

Are you interested in shooting in the studio, either your own or someone else’s? Are you curious about working with strobes or ramping up to start a portrait or wedding business? Whether you already own your own gear or are just thinking about buying or renting, attending this hands on workshop will teach you what you need to start making great photos for you to enjoy or sell to clients.

This is a thorough introduction to studio lighting. You will learn how the size, shape, color, quality, angle and distance of the light affect the subject, background and mood of the photo. These techniques apply to many types of lighting, but this class will use studio strobes. We will also look at using smaller speedlights like the Nikon SB series or Canon EX series instead of traditional studio strobes.

The instructor, Peter Poulides, will work with a live model, shooting with the camera tethered to a computer and projector so the class can follow along with the demos. The photos will be imported into Lightroom for viewing and comparison. Students will be invited to shoot many of the setups with their own cameras so they can study the photos later on for clues as to what worked and what didn’t.

You should already have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed and f-stops. To participate in shooting photos with your own camera it must have a hot shoe or PC sync connection. If you have a Sony camera, you may need the hot shoe adapter accessory.

The workshop size is kept to 12 people to allow time for interaction and questions.

Some of the equipment and techniques you’ll learn about:

  • Bare head with reflector
  • Monolights, studio pack and head configurations, camera speedlights
  • Umbrella, reflected and shoot through
  • Soft boxes
  • Reflecting light off of ceilings, walls and floors to create big, soft sources
  • Snoots, grids and foil
  • Color gels and white balance
  • Using reflectors, flags, scrims and cutters
  • Choosing equipment based on budget and need
  • Some ideas for DIY lighting gear and accessories
  • Stands, bags and booms
  • When and how to use a flash meter
  • Mixing strobe and ambient light
  • Working with backgrounds

$215.00Price:
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Introduction to Studio Lighting with Tony Corbell

Full day workshop
*Early Registration: $235/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $250/person

9am to 5pm
What’s included: Workshop registration, lunch, modeling fees
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum needed to make a workshop is 8

OVERVIEW
This workshop is a thorough overview of the basic concepts of studio lighting and is ideally suited for portrait photography. We’ll discuss both strobes and continuous light sources. We’ll show the need for modeling lamps vs. flash tubes and the different types of studio lighting available. Choice of type of light source and size as well as light shaping will be illustrated. We’ll cover one and two light setups and go over the specs and information needed to choose your lighting gear based on power, portability, needs and price.

The instructor, Tony Corbell, will work with a live model, shooting with the camera tethered to a computer and projector so the class can follow along with the demos. Students will be invited to shoot many of the setups with their own cameras so they can study the photos later on for clues as to what worked and what didn’t.

REQUIREMENTS
You should already have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. To participate in shooting photos with your own camera it must have manual exposure control and a hot shoe or PC sync connection. If you have a Sony camera, you may need the hot shoe adapter accessory.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • A review of basic camera settings for use with studio strobes
  • Mono lights vs. generator/pack lights
  • Types of light stands and other supports
  • A discussion on the often overlooked topic of safety in the studio
  • Common lighting modifiers including softboxes, umbrellas and reflectors
  • The proper and efficient use of a light meter
  • The one-light setup and the surprising results you can get from a limited amount of equipment
  • The flexibility and creative control of adding a second light to the mix
  • How to rent or buy gear that fits your needs and budget

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Lightroom 101

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this first class we’ll tackle the all-important subjects of image organization and backup and we’ll start looking at the Library module. You’ll learn how to get Lightroom set up to work best for your shooting style and workflow.

  • Intro: Why is Lightroom such a big deal? • Will I still need Photoshop? • Should I be shooting RAW?
  • Setup: Understand the Lightroom database concept • Where does Lightroom store its stuff? • Setting up your preferences
  • Organizing your images: What to do with existing folders of images • Moving from another program like iPhoto or Picassa • Some recommended folder structures to help keep your sanity
  • Importing: Getting your images loaded into LR from a drive or device • Basic file naming and tagging • What about DNG? • What are Smart Previews?
  • Catalogs: Backing up your precious data • Working with multiple catalogs • Synchronizing catalogs between computers • Working with external hard drives • What about LR for IPad?
  • Workspace, panels and menus: View modes, grid, panels, filmstrip, etc. • Customizing the interface • Working with dual monitors • Keyboard shortcuts

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Lightroom 102

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this second Lightroom class we’ll continue our tour of the Library module and start digging in to the Develop module.

  • Editing and culling your images: Making your first cut with Flags • Refining your edit with the color and star rating systems • Using the Compare and Survey modes for those tough editing decisions
  • Collections and Stacks: How to use collections to organize your images by just about any idea or criteria • Using Smart Collections to automatically group images • Working with image stacks
  • Develop Module: Making basic global adjustments • Nondestructive editing and why it’s such a great thing • Basic adjustments and global exposure controls, exposure, highlights, etc. • Working with RAW/JPEG and white balance • Using virtual copies as a creative sandbox, combine with stacking • Syncing and batch processing
  • Advanced global adjustments: Curves • Color controls, global and local • Creative black and white conversions • Sharpening and noise controls • Working with develop presets • Camera profiles
  • Corrections and special effects: Automatic and manual lens correction for distortion, perspective and color aberrations • Split toning • Vignetting

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Lightroom 103

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this third class we look at the powerful local editing tools and then move on to exporting and the world of metadata and tagging.

  • Local image editing: Cropping • Redeye reduction • Spot cloning • Graduated and radial filters
  • Local adjustment brush and masking: Retouching skin, eyes, teeth • Re-lighting images
  • Getting out of Lightroom: Exporting files • Presets for Email • Color space and resolution settings • Watermarking your images for protection
  • Publish Services: Connecting easily with printers, social media and other platforms • Using custom services
  • Keywording and metadata: finding the needle in the haystack: How to add keywords to your images • Searching by metadata • Finding your photos with a few keystrokes • Using the Library Filter to instantly search by date, lens or any other criteria

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Lightroom 104

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

In this last class we’ll focus on presentation by spending time with the beautiful Book and Print modules and we’ll take a look at the often overlooked but powerfully Map module. We wrap up with the Slide show and Web modules.

  • Map Module: Automatically map photos taken with any GPS enabled device • Using inexpensive hardware or a $2 app on your smartphone you can map all of your DSLR photos
  • Tethered shooting: How to shoot with your camera connected directly to your computer for automatic import into LR • Precision color profiling for shooting product or other subjects
  • Web Module: Using the Web  module to build galleries • Flash templates • FTP from inside LR or in another utility
  • Slide Shows: Making a client presentation or just showing pictures to your family • Customizing your slide show • Creating an MP4 movie with a soundtrack
  • Putting it on paper: Working with the Print Module • Print packages and custom layouts • Printer settings and profiles • Printing yourself or sending to a service
  • Self publishing a high quality book: Learn how to lay out, edit and print professional books from within Lightroom • Some easy tricks for creating custom page layouts

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Lightroom Shoot and Edit - Full Day Workshop

Lightroom Shoot and Edit Workshop

*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person
9am to 5pm
maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

Outline:
We will meet on location  and spend about 3 hours shooting photos together. Depending on weather and local events, subjects may include the Farmer’s Market, Thanksgiving Square and downtown architecture, Fair Park or another suitable location. We’ll have lunch together and then head to the studio for an afternoon of Lightroom tips, editing your own photos and a group slide show.

Details:
This is half photo workshop/half Lightroom workshop. The idea came from talking with students of the Lightroom evening classes who thought it would be great to have a chance to shoot and edit as a group and work through the whole process. Instructor Peter Poulides will work with the small group while we’re shooting in the morning. He will answer any questions, help with settings and equipment issues, and offer tips on composition, perspective, exposure and lighting. Depending on the number of people signed up, Peter may be working with an assistant who will help with explanations and make sure that everyone has plenty of one-on-one time.

After lunch, we’ll meet back at the studio and everyone will set up their laptops to begin editing. There will be a review of the import process in Lightroom and help wherever needed to get everyone’s images loaded and begin the rating and culling process.

Once you’ve selected your favorite images, maybe making some collections along the way, you’ll be encouraged to try some of the processing tools in Lightroom to make adjustments to your best photos. Depending on your skill level with Lightroom, this could include everything from cropping and exposure changes to black & white conversions, split toning, cloning and local adjustments. Near the end of the day each student will select a dozen of their best shots and they’ll be put together with everyone else’s favorites into a slide show for us all to sit back and enjoy.

What you’ll need:

- A digital camera with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to take pictures. Taking one of the evening classes or beginner DSLR workshop first would be helpful but not necessary.
- Any lenses or accessories you want to use
- A tripod could be handy depending on the location and what you like to shoot
- An umbrella if it looks like rain
- A laptop with the latest version of Lightroom loaded. A 30 day free trial is available from the Adobe site. You should have a basic understanding of how to get images into Lightroom  and taking the Lightroom 101 and/or 102 class first can be helpful. You could also spend some time viewing a few of the many free online tutorials for getting started with Lightroom. Try Youtube, the Adobe site or Lynda.com.

What’s not included:

- Cost of lunch
- Parking (if necessary)
- Entry fees (unless covered in the description above)

An email will be sent out a couple of days before the workshop with details on where we will be meeting.

$215.00Price:
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Location Flash Lighting Workshop with Tony Corbell

Full day workshop
*Early Registration: $235/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $250/person

11am to 7pm
Location: The Spot Studio and at a downtown location to be announced
What’s included: Workshop registration, lunch, modeling fee
Parking fees at location is not included
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum needed to make a workshop is 8

OVERVIEW
Learning to use compact, portable strobes can transform your photography and open up unlimited possibilities, but using these little light machines can often be mysterious and frustrating. Location strobe lighting is often an exercise in background control. Understanding the relationship between camera controls and the role they play in working with strobe light in an ambient light situation will be heavily explored and discussed.  We will work in direct sun, shade, in window light situations and more as we dig into one of the most fascinating, mysterious and important aspects of photography.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • We’ll begin with a strobe/ambient lighting slide show and discussion
  • Triggering devices from simple to complex, including the Pocket Wizard Flex system
  • Choosing and using portable speedlights off-camera
  • How to set up and use the Nikon and Canon optical, infrared and radio speedlight systems.
  • When to consider more powerful monolights with battery packs
  • Choosing/adapting light shaping tools for location photography
  • Scouting a location for usable backgrounds, available light and reflective surfaces.
  • Determining what the end result will be before starting, then start with the end in mind
  • Importance of insurance, permits and business details
  • Determining the right portable light kit for you
  • “The Usable Range of Contrast” in-depth
  • Working with models including etiquette, model releases and using the images
  • Students will work side by side with instructor at numerous locations

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS
You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. You should already know some basics of lighting by taking the Introduction to Studio Lighting workshop or equivalent. To participate in shooting photos with your own camera it must have manual exposure control and a hot shoe or PC sync connection. If you have a Sony camera, you may need the hot shoe adapter accessory. If you already own speedlights or portable strobes you can bring them and use them. We will have a few units available for those who haven’t purchased equipment yet. Please let us know ahead of time if you don’t have lighting gear.

Please note the later start and end time so we can take advantage of cooler  temperatures and better light for the afternoon location shoot.

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Macro/Micro Photography Class

A three hour class.
Maximum number of students is 15, minimum number to make a class is 8.

In this class you will learn some novel and creative ways to shoot in the macro to micro range. This would include shooting flowers, insects, electronic parts, textures – anything that looks interesting or beautiful when viewed extremely close up.

This is an area where the compact pocket digital cameras sometimes outshine their bigger and more expensive DSLR relatives. Most compact digital cameras have a macro mode built in. With a DSLR you’ll need some accessories, but there are inexpensive add ons that work well. Either type of camera will do for this class.

There is a whole world hidden in the macro zone and what makes the biggest difference is the lighting. Most people think this requires specialized strobe lights and accessories. Not so. You’ll learn how to use natural light, flashlights, small mirrors and other inexpensive tools to create unique lighting. We’ll look at existing shots and also set up and shoot some new objects.

If you happen to have access to a microscope, the possibilities for photo exploration expand even further. Crystals under polarized light, insect wings, even tiny bubbles can create beautiful images.

Bring your camera to follow along and try some of the techniques. Include whatever macro accessories you already have (diopters, extension rings, bellows, etc.) and a standard or table top tripod.

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Natural Light Portraits - Full Day Workshop

Natural Light Portrait Workshop

*Early Registration: $215/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $230/person

Sunday, 8am-4pm at The Spot Studio (NEW TIME SCHEDULE)
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

Photos of the people in our lives are often among our most prized and meaningful possessions. Portrait photography is a true art that memorializes the essence of a person in a moment of time.

Note: We have combined the Photographing Kids Workshop and Photographing Teens Workshop into one and have added adult models to the mix. This will give you more opportunities to try the techniques you learn with any or all of the age groups.

This portrait workshop is for any photographer wanting to learn to capture stunning portraits of people of any age. Whether you are a parent wanting to take better pictures of your own family and friends, a photographer looking to start your own portrait photography business or if you simply want to learn some great skills for taking better portraits, this workshop is designed for you. You’ll learn how to take your basic DSLR skills and apply them to create beautiful and stylish natural light images. The techniques apply to any age subject and will help you become a more versatile photographer.

The workshop is a combination of lecture and hands-on shooting with live models of different ages. We will be shooting in and around Deep Ellum for this workshop, but will be discussing many other location and style options for creating a unique experience and final product for your subjects. You will walk away with new tricks and tools to create better portraits that reflect the unique personality of your subject. This class will be taught by Margie Woods Brown, a local children’s, senior, wedding and portrait photographer. For more information check out Margie’s Bio and Margie Woods Brown website.

You should already be familiar with your camera and comfortable shooting in Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes, using single point focus mode and have a basic understanding of ISO, f-stops, depth of field, shutter speed and motion blur. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.

What you’ll learn in the workshop:

  • Which combination of exposure and shooting modes create the look you want to achieve for your portraits
  • How to use available light and shade to create stunning images
  • How to select backgrounds and environments to bring interest, emotion and fun into your photos
  • How to find flattering and interesting perspectives
  • Which lens(es) to choose
  • Effective and age-appropriate techniques to create a rapport with your subjects
  • How to create a personalized experience and look to compliment each subject’s personality and style
  • How to use wardrobe and posing to bring out the personality of your subject and make the images uniquely theirs

8am-10am: We will meet at The Spot Studio for a discussion covering basic concepts and how to prepare for a portrait photo shoot. Margie will review the basic exposure and focusing modes and show some of her portraits, illustrating the tips and concepts to be used on location.

10:30-12:30am: On location in Deep Ellum (or another location if there is an event that blocks access in Deep Ellum). We will spend about 30 minutes scouting for the best light and backgrounds and going over the basic concepts of selecting backgrounds, and using available light and shade to our advantage. We’ll then be joined by our models and will spend about 2 hours shooting. Margie will be shooting alongside you demonstrating, and will be available to answer your questions and help you to get the images you want.

12:30-2:00 We will break for lunch and you will hand over your memory cards so Margie can download them for the afternoon session.

2:00-4:00 We’ll meet back up at The Spot Studio for a review and discussion of the shoot, as well as a live edit of everyone’s images. The day will end with a group slide show showcasing your new skills.

What you’ll need:

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use
  • A handheld reflector if you have one
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in

What’s not included:

  • Cost of lunch
  • Parking (if necessary)

$225.00Price:
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Noel Kerns 2-Day Workshop

  • Workshop dates: Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11
  • Location: Two field locations & The Spot Studio in Dallas (see details below)
  • Early Registration: $535/person (through May 3)
  • Late Registration: $585/person (after May 3)
  • Registration cost includes location and security fees and a set of gels
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • See Terms & Conditions for more information

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Photographing Kids - Full Day Workshop

Taking Better Pictures of Kids
Full Day Workshop

*Early Registration: $225/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $245/person

Saturday, 8am-5pm at The Spot Studio (then on location and back again)
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

This workshop is for you if you are a parent wanting to take better pictures of your own kids, a photographer looking to start your own portrait photography business or if you simply want to learn some great skills for taking better portraits of young humans.

This workshop is for those who are already familiar with their cameras and  comfortable with the P-A-S-M (Nikon) or P-Av-Tv-M (Canon) exposure modes and using different autofocus modes. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.

This full day workshop will teach you how to take your basic DSLR skills and apply them to create stunning images of children. The techniques apply to any age subject but the focus here will be kids from the toddler through teen years. It is a combination lecture and hands-on shooting workshop with live models. It will be taught by Margie Woods Brown, a local children’s, wedding and portrait photographer. For more information check out Margie’s Bio and Margie Woods Brown website.

What you’ll learn in the workshop:

  • Which combination of exposure and shooting modes make up a magic recipe for photographing kids
  • How to use available light to create stunning images
  • How to select backgrounds and environments to bring interest, emotion and fun into your photos
  • Whether to pose or not to pose (or both!)
  • How to find flattering and interesting perspectives
  • Which lens(es) to choose
  • Effective and age appropriate techniques to create a rapport with your subjects

8am-10pm: We will meet at The Spot Studio for a discussion covering basic concepts and how to prepare for a photo shoot of kids. We will review the basic exposure and focusing modes and Margie will show some of her portraits, illustrating the tips and concepts that we will be covering.

10:30am: On location (to be announced). We will meet on location and spend about 45 minutes scouting for the best light and backgrounds and going over the basic concepts of using available light and shade to our advantage. We will then be joined by our young models and their parents and will spend about 2 hours shooting. Margie will be shooting alongside you and answering your questions to help you to get the images you want.

1:15pm-2:30 You will hand over your memory cards so Margie can download them for the afternoon session. Lunch will be on your own.

2:30-5:00 We’ll meet back up at The Spot Studio for a review and discussion of the shoot and a live edit of everyone’s images. The day will end with a group slide show showcasing your new skills.

What you’ll need:

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a prerequisite
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use
  • A handheld reflector if you have one
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in

What’s not included:

  • Cost of lunch
  • Parking (if necessary)

$235.00Price:
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Puerto Rico Travel Workshop - 5 nights, 4 days

Spot Studio Location Travel Photography Workshop
San Juan, Puerto Rico

WHO SHOULD ATTEND, AND WHY?
This workshop is for you if you love to take and share pictures, enjoy learning in a small group environment and have a passion for travel and new adventures. Puerto Rico is a rich and diverse shooting environment, easily accessible and easy to enjoy.

You’ll have lots of time in the field for one-on-one guidance about cameras, settings and technical issues as well as help with the editing and selection process. There will probably be lots of tech talk but the focus of this workshop is more on making strong pictures and less on equipment. We’ve lined up a broad range of locations to give you a chance to stretch and challenge your shooting skills and artistic expression. In the afternoon edit sessions you’ll have the opportunity for individual and group critique of your work and getting to see how others see.  You’ll return home with some beautiful and satisfying images, new friends and fresh energy for shooting photos.

You should already know how to operate your camera, shoot in the PASM modes, download images and make selections in software. If you’re new to all of this then the Spot Studio Beginner Workshop or series of DSLR Evening Classes (or equivalent) is recommended or you could book some one-on-one tutoring time. If you have any questions about the workshop don’t hesitate to ask using the Contact form.

LODGING AND ITINERARY
The workshop takes place over 5 nights and 4 full days of shooting, editing, critique and discussion.

Arrival:
Workshop begins at 7:00 pm with a meet and greet reception at the hotel where you’ll get the detailed itinerary for the week.  The rest of the night is free time for dinner and exploration.

Day 1:
We’ll get an early start for our first day of shooting.  First stop is El Yunque National Forest.  This premier eco-tourism location is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest system. The forest hosts native plants, trees and animals, many of which can only be found here, and is the highest elevation in Puerto Rico. We will make a stop at the Yokahu Observation Tower and then go on to a hike to the La Mina Waterfall. How far you go will depend on your physical condition and curiosity, but there are great shots to be had all along the paved trail. A great place to experiment with slow shutter speeds and moving water.

After a lunch stop at a local restaurant (participants will purchase their own lunch), we will proceed to Fajardo and the La Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, a 316 acre protected area managed by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. We’ll enjoy a private tour of the Cabezas de San Juan lighthouse and a chance to photograph this historic landmark at sunset.  Built in 1882, the lighthouse was the first one constructed under the island’s maritime illumination plan. After we return to San Juan you’re on your own for dinner and some image downloading.

Day 2:
Our second day will start with a trip to the six-level World Heritage Site El Morro Fort, or officially Castillo de San Felipe del Morro. Built in 1539, El Morro has gone through many enlargements and modifications, from the time it was first constructed by Spain through the time that it was occupied by the US Army. El Morro is an iconic emblem of Puerto Rico and worthy of any photographer’s time and talent.

After lunch on your own, we will meet at the hotel for a few hours of photo editing, instruction and critique. After the edit session you’re on your own to go back out and shoot the street action and election celebrations.

Day 3:
We meet in the hotel lobby in the morning and head west from San Juan for our third day of shooting. Few cave systems in the world are as massive or dramatic as our first stop at the 45 million year old Rio Camuy Cave Park. We’ll be able to photograph its giant sinkholes, cathedral-like caverns with views of the mysterious river, its eons-old stalactites and stalagmites and its very own tropical rain forest within the cave. It’s an easy walk but be sure to wear comfortable, non-slippery shoes!

After a lunch stop (participants will purchase their own lunch), we will proceed to the Arecibo Observatory.  Opened in 1963, the Observatory is the site of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. You may recall roles the Observatory played in the movie “Contact” and the James Bond movie “Golden Eye.”  We’ll be able to photograph this beautiful, suspended, modern art sculpture and massive piece of technology as well as some out-of-the way locations on the grounds. In the early evening back at the hotel you’ll be free to relax, shoot or socialize.

Day 4:
This morning you’ll have free time to photograph in and around Old San Juan. You’ll be given some photographic assignments to help direct your eye and camera. After lunch, we will meet up back at the hotel  for final photo editing. Your selected images will be compiled for a workshop slide show to be presented at the closing dinner.

That night we’ll all meet to enjoy a catered meal (included in registration fee), drinks, conversation and a viewing of the workshop slide show.

Departure:
Participants will depart.  For those of you heading home – safe travels!  For those of you extending your stay – enjoy the sites and adventures of Puerto Rico!

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
Your digital camera(s) and lens(es), tripod, laptop, editing software (Lightroom, Aperture, etc.) and a desire to shoot and share photos. About 30 days before the trip we’ll send out an email with more detailed recommendations for additional gear, accessories and clothing.

WORKSHOP LEADER
The workshop will be led by Peter Poulides who started his photographic life in Athens, Greece while attending high school. He went on to shoot travel and editorial assignments for magazines including Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Smithsonian Magazine, American Way, East West Network, Time, USA Today, Newsweek, Fortune and Forbes. Early in his career he was named one of the top 100 travel photographers in the world by Travel & Leisure. His travel assignments have taken him to interesting places but he still has a long list of locations he plans to visit and shoot on his own. For the last three years he has been the lead instructor at The Spot Studio in Dallas.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Early registration and 50% deposit must be received and processed by 60 days before the workshop. The balance is due 30 days before the workshop. Regular registration is due in full upon registering.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Registration includes workshop tuition fees, 5 nights double occupancy, opening night reception, closing night dinner, evening wine and cheese socials at the hotel, transportation and entry fees on location shoot days.

SINGLE vs DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Double occupancy is offered for those who are registering with another attendee or a spouse/guest. We cannot match you up with another attendee for the double occupancy rate. There is an additional reservation fee for a private room (single occupancy).

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare, breakfast, lunch and dinners (except for those listed above), taxi service to and from SJU, food and incidentals at the hotel.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance. We suggest comparing plans and choosing one to cover you for medical or dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections and trip cancellation.

SPOUSES AND GUESTS
You’re welcome to bring a spouse, friend or guest to share the room with you if you choose the single occupancy option. However, the workshop is intended to encourage support and camaraderie among fellow attendees committed to photography and the workshop experience. Transportation to locations is planned around the number of attendees and cannot accommodate guests. If a guest joins you it would be best to arrange for other activities. Guests may be able to attend the closing night dinner and slide show for a small fee depending on the space available and number of attendees.

ADDITIONAL DAYS
If you’d like to extend your stay beyond the dates of the workshop the hotel has offered a discounted room rate to workshop attendees. This is a great way to see more of Puerto Rico and use the energy and skills from the workshop to continue to make some great photos. Contact us for more information.

MORE DETAILS
About 30 days before the workshop registrants will receive an email with more information about recommended photo and computer gear, weather expectations, clothing suggestions and travel details. In the mean time, keep in mind that Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, uses the dollar and in some ways feels like home – except for the rain forest, Caribbean beaches and 16th century buildings!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By registering for the Spot Studio Puerto Rico Travel Photography Workshop you agree to the follow terms and conditions.

Cancellation:
We rely on your attendance and the number of people registered to make important planning decisions. If you cancel more than 65 days before the workshop then we’ll refund your payment less a $250 processing fee.  If you cancel from 30 to 64 days before the start date of the workshop we will refund 50% of your payment. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start date of the workshop you will forfeit 100% of any payments made.

Interesting weather makes for interesting photos. We will only cancel a workshop for weather if it is extreme or hazardous and will promptly refund all payments. Spot Studio reserves the right to cancel a workshop for low enrollment and will send out cancellation emails at least 45 days ahead of the workshop date and will promptly refund all payments. Spot Studio, Inc.  is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Smoking:
Smoking is not permitted at group meals, on the van or other shared transportation. Smoking is permitted in the field only if other photographers and the photography itself are unaffected.

Release of liability:
You understand and agree that by enrolling and participating in this photo workshop you are accepting certain risks. Paying for this workshop shall serve as agreement and release of our liability and a complete assumption of all risks by you and your heirs, administrators, executors, successors, and assigns for you, all members of your family and any persons accompanying you. Further, you agree that you are aware that travel, wherever it may be and by whatever means, involves some inherent risk of injury, illness, death, loss, or damage to personal property, which may be caused by forces of nature, negligence or actions of others, or other agencies. In consideration of, and as part of the payment for, your participation in our photo workshop, you are voluntarily releasing Spot Studio, Inc. and all those involved with it, including but not limited to, all of its agents, leaders, guides and suppliers, from any and all liabilities, because you are assuming the risks yourself.

You understand and agree that travel with a group involves compromise to accommodate the diverse desires, travel goals, personalities, and physical abilities of group members. You further understand and agree that while itineraries are carefully planned, they are not a guaranteed schedule of activities, events, or participation. We will do our utmost to deliver the itinerary outlined in the workshop description. However, participants must allow for flexibility and changes deemed necessary by the workshop leader as there may be situations beyond our reasonable control due to geographic, climatic, physical, or governmental restrictions that will cause further changes in timing, locations, and activities. You understand and agree that there are no discounts or refunds for activities curtailed or otherwise affected by such circumstances.

You are personally responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the activities offered during this workshop. You certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions or disability that would create risk for you or other participants.

PLEASE CHOOSE SINGLE OR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FROM THE OPTIONS BELOW

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Sam Abell 5-Day Workshop

  • Workshop dates: Wednesday, February 26 through Sunday, March 2.
  • Location: The Spot Studio in Dallas
  • Early Registration: $1075/person (through February 12)
  • Late Registration: $1200/person (after February 13)
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • See Terms and Conditions above

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Sam Abell Public Talk

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Shooting Panoramas

2-1/2 hours
Maximum number of students: 20

*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person

Panoramas are those wide format images you’ve admired that seem to invite you right into the photograph. They are easy to produce using any digital camera and today’s amazing software tools.

Because several images are being seamlessly stitched together, even panoramas made with a compact digital camera or smart phone can often be printed at large and dramatic sizes. It doesn’t require specialized hardware and the results are impressive and satisfying.

This class is for all types of cameras, including DSLRs, pocket cameras and smartphones. Through a combination of live demonstrations and existing panoramic work, you will learn:

  • How to select good scenes and subjects for panoramas
  • Which lenses are best for different situations
  • How to shoot the series of photos
  • The difference and benefits of single row vs multi row
  • Camera settings for best results
  • Tips for shooting handheld panoramas
  • When to use a tripod
  • What is “no parallax point”, how do you find it and do you have to worry about it?
  • When to consider specialized equipment and the options available
  • What software is available for processing, both free and paid options
  • Printing and displaying your panoramic images

What you’ll need: A camera is optional so you can try some of the basic techniques for getting a good set of images to be stitched together later on. We’ll do a couple of simple exercises for camera handling. And do bring something to take notes with!

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Still Photography - Full Day Studio Rental

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Still Photography - Half Day Studio Rental

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Studio Rental - Damage/Cleaning Deposit

Required with any studio rental. Deposit will be refunded in full when studio is left in the same condition as it was found. See rental agreement for details.

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Teen/Senior Portraits - Full Day Workshop

Natural Light Teen/Senior Portraiture

*Early Registration: $225/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $245/person

Saturday, 8am-5pm at The Spot Studio
Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a workshop is 6

Senior Portraits are becoming more important to teens looking to showcase their individuality and style as they finish high school and move out into the world. Staid, traditional portraits are becoming a thing of the past and creative, unique senior portraits are now the style. This opens up a wide range of creative options for photographing seniors and teens but also adds to the challenge of dealing with locations, available light and camera techniques. This workshop is for you if you are a parent wanting to capture better natural light images of your own teens, a photographer looking to start your own senior portrait business or if you simply want to learn some great skills for taking better portraits of teenagers.

This full day workshop will teach you how to take your basic DSLR skills and apply them to create stunning and stylish natural light images. The techniques apply to any age subject but the focus here will be the teen years and senior portraits. It is a combination lecture and hands-on shooting workshop with live models. We will be shooting in and around Deep Ellum for this workshop, but will be discussing many other location and style options for creating a unique experience and final product for your teen subjects. We will touch on business and marketing, but the main thrust is how to create better portraits that reflect the unique personality of your subject. It will be taught by Margie Woods Brown, a local children’s, senior, wedding and portrait photographer. For more information check out Margie’s Bio and Margie Woods Brown website.

This workshop is for those who are already familiar with their cameras and  comfortable with the P-A-S-M (Nikon) or P-Av-Tv-M (Canon) exposure modes, ISO, f-stops, depth of field, shutter speed, motion blur and selecting and using different autofocus modes. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.

What you’ll learn in the workshop:

  • Which combination of exposure and shooting modes create the look you want to achieve for your portraits
  • How to use available light and shade to create stunning images
  • How to select backgrounds and environments to bring interest, emotion and fun into your photos
  • How to find flattering and interesting perspectives
  • Which lens(es) to choose
  • Effective and age-appropriate techniques to create a rapport with your subjects
  • How to create a personalized experience and look to compliment each teen’s personality and style
  • How to use wardrobe and posing to bring out the personality of your subject and make the images uniquely theirs

8am-10am: We will meet at The Spot Studio for a discussion covering basic concepts and how to prepare for a senior portrait photo shoot. Margie will review the basic exposure and focusing modes and show some of her senior portraits, illustrating the tips and concepts to be used on location.

10:30am: On location in Deep Ellum. We will spend about 45 minutes scouting for the best light and backgrounds and going over the basic concepts of selecting backgrounds, and using available light and shade to our advantage. We’ll then be joined by our young models and will spend about 2 hours shooting. Margie will be shooting alongside you demonstrating, and will be available to answer your questions and help you to get the images you want.

1:15pm-2:30 We will break for lunch and you will hand over your memory cards so Margie can download them for the afternoon session.

2:30-5:00 We’ll meet back up at The Spot Studio for a review and discussion of the shoot, as well as a live edit of everyone’s images. The day will end with a group slide show showcasing your new skills.

What you’ll need:

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a prerequisite.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use
  • A handheld reflector if you have one
  • An umbrella if it looks like rain as well as sensible clothes and shoes you can easily move around in

What’s not included:

  • Cost of lunch
  • Parking (if necessary)

$235.00Price:
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Travel Photography

2-1/2 hours
*Early Registration: $50/person (up to 7 days before class date)
Regular Registration: $60/person
Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.

Many people buy new cameras and take classes just to get ready for a trip or to improve their travel photography in general. In this evening class we’ll cover a wide spectrum of questions, issues and photographic techniques that apply to traveling and shooting.

Photographer Peter Poulides is uniquely qualified to teach this class. He started his photographic life in Athens, Greece while attending high school. He went on to shoot for Travel & Leisure magazine for several years, creating more than a dozen feature articles and several magazine covers. He also shot for Travel Holiday, Food and Wine, Smithsonian Magazine and several inflight publications. Some of his magazine work is shown on the About page. Early in his career he was named one of the top 100 travel photographers in the world by Travel & Leisure. His travel assignments have taken him around the world and he still has a long list of locations he plans to visit and shoot on his own.

Beyond being able to share your experiences with friends and family, travel photography gives you the ability to record your unique view of the world. The goal is not necessarily to come back with postcard perfect images of all the sites you visit. That’s what postcards are for! Learn to shoot what you really see, what draws your attention. Maybe it’s people, or food, or traffic signs, architecture, gardens, water or crowds. Travel is a personal experience and your photography should reflect your personality. A few great travel shots, printed nicely, can also solve most gift giving dilemmas!

This class is for all levels of photographers using all types of cameras. Even though most of the shots we review will have been shot on a DSLR, the techniques discussed apply to all formats.

  • How and what to pack for a trip
  • Airport security issues: getting through without delay
  • Battery, power and charger considerations
  • Data: how to keep your precious image files safe while you’re traveling
  • Software: choosing a program for editing your images and the pros and cons of editing on the road with a laptop
  • Tripod: yes or no, what type?
  • Bags, slings, backpacks, belts and rollers: how to carry your gear without getting hurt or bogged down
  • Telling the story: how to cover a location so that you get a good selection of images that delivers a “sense of place”
  • Mindset: how to let photography enhance your travel experience by being patient and waiting for the photo to happen
  • Scouting and perseverance: why returning to a location again (and again) might be worth it
  • Shaking it up: trying new perspectives, limiting your gear to enhance your creativity, maybe even shooting film once in a while !
  • People: how to approach your subjects, when to give up and move on
  • Letting your pictures shine: displaying your travel photos when you get home, making prints, creating books and slide shows
  • Long exposures: shooting in low light and getting those magic photos that are invisible to our eyes

What you’ll need: This is not a hands-on shooting class so you don’t need to bring a camera,  but do bring something to take notes with!

A perfect companion class to this is Shooting Panoramas.

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Video/Film - Full Day Studio Rental

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WordPress 101

WordPress for Beginners: Part 1
3 hours
$80
Minimum to make a class: 8
Maximum: 20
Instructor: Randy Hoyt

If you’ve been planning to build your own website but have been intimidated by the software and terminology, WordPress may be the right solution. WordPress is free, open-source software that makes it easy to build a web site with no coding.

In this first WordPress class, you’ll learn the basics needed to launch a web site or blog powered by WordPress on your own domain name and web hosting account. We’ll also talk a bit about the nature and history of WordPress, and you’ll gain a conceptual knowledge of internet technologies like HTML and JavaScript — but you won’t be required to write any code.

What You’ll Need:
You can bring a laptop to follow along, but you can also learn by watching the live demo and taking notes. A handout will be provided with links to all the resources mentioned as well as books, web sites, and community groups. WordPress is free, but after class you will need to have your own domain name and a web hosting account to implement the techniques we’ll discuss. (We’ll cover where to get those in the class, but you should plan on spending about $100/year.)

  • Introduction: What is WordPress? • How is it free? • Who uses it? • What’s a “blog” and how is it different from a regular “web site”? • What’s the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?
  • WordPress Basics: Writing a blog post • Adding tags and categories • Uploading images and PDFs • Creating links • Creating pages and subpages
  • Internet Basics: What’s a domain name? • What’s a web host? • How do I connect a domain name to a host? • Acronyms you’ll need to know: HTML, CSS, PHP, JPG, FTP, DNS • JavaScript vs. Flash
  • Installing WordPress: The famous 5-minute installation • One-click installations offered by some hosts • Things to double-check with one-click installations
  • WordPress Themes: How themes work • Where to find themes • Tweaking your theme • Adding widgets

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WordPress 102

WordPress for Beginners: Part 2
3 hours
$80
Minimum to make a class: 8
Maximum: 20
Instructor: Randy Hoyt

In this second class, we build on the basics from WordPress 101 and complete our tour of  WordPress. We’ll look at how to add functionality to your site with plugins, we’ll explore some advanced tehcniques for working with images, and we’ll discuss other important aspects of maintaining a web site like moderating comments and making your site friendly for search engines. While not required, it is highly recommended that you attend the WordPress 101 class before taking this one.

What You’ll Need:
If you installed WordPress on your own hosting account after taking WordPress 101, feel free to come with feedback and questions about that process. You can bring a laptop to follow along on your own web site, but you can also learn by watching the live demo and taking notes. A handout will be provided with links to all the resources mentioned as well as books, web sites, and community groups.

  • Plugins: What’s a plugin? • Site backups • Contact forms • Embedding Flickr and Twitter data • Related posts • Caching • Where to find more plugins
  • Images: Media settings • Edit images in WordPress • Comments on images • Plugins for displaying galleries and slideshows
  • Blog maintenance: Scheduling posts • Google Analytics • Working with comments
  • Search Engines: How search engines work • Blogging and search engines • File names and alternate text • Meta tags • Resources and tools from Google
  • Themes: Advanced gallery and portfolio themes • Tweaking a theme

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