Photography Classes

The Intentional Photography series:


These seminars are designed to help you take your photos beyond snapshot quality images.  Express more of what inspired you to take the pictures in the first place!


•  Begin to Perfect Your Photos in Lightroom -- Wednesdays 3/15 and 4/19


•  Mindful Composition and Great Light -- Thursdays 3/23 and 3/30


•  Demystify Camera Exposure and Focus -- Thursdays 4/13 and 4/20


•  Successful Milky Way Photo Shoots -- Thursday 4/27


 Bill Ray's specialty is translating the technical for the rest of us to understand.  These are meaty classes with ideas you can put to work right away.


All seminars are 7-9:30 pm and limited to 8 attendees. Some are two-part seminars but may be taken individually.

"Begin to Perfect Your Photos in Lightroom"

Want to bring out the best in your photos?  Ready to move beyond snapshots? This is the map that will help you get a nice boost up the learning curve for successful post-processing to get the results you desire.


Lightroom is professional photo development software which has a friendly editing interface with slider adjustments, instant feedback and infinite undo.  However, it is feature rich and operates differently from the usual Windows or Mac business app.  If you simply dive into Lightroom for a test drive, it can be like going down Alice’s rabbit hole to encounter the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts.


This class will show you the Yellow Brick Road from your camera through adjustments to an eye-catching social media post or a lovely big print.  It’s the map I wish I’d had when I decided to add Lightroom to my software toolkit.  I will help you get a nice boost up the learning curve.


Prerequisites: Experience with Windows or Macintosh file management and applications like word processing or spreadsheet.


Date:  Wednesdays 3/15 & 4/19,   Time:  7 - 9:30 pm


Cost:  $29 / 2 sessions  (no materials fee)


Mail: send registration form with payment to:

Lightroom seminars

"Mindful Composition and Great Light"

Get more excitement in your photos by exercising creative control of composition and light.  Become more aware of what will draw the viewer in.  Avoid distractions, tailor backgrounds, place your subject to grab attention, chose the right lens.  Discover that moving a few feet may make a big difference.


High impact requires effective communication with your viewer at both conscious and subconscious levels.  Subconscious is most important because its where the emotional connection happens, where the oohs, aahs and giggles come from.


Finding the right light is essential to great images. Learn what light to look for, then try shooting from a different angle, perhaps at another time of day, or adding flash in a flattering way.


Presented in two sessions.  You can attend either or both.  They are complementary but each stands alone:


 • Session 1:  Choosing what’s in or out of the frame to communicate your story, cropping for impact.  What makes an exciting photo instead of a snapshot?


 • Session 2:  Artistic use of focus and composing what’s in the frame to speak clearly to the user’s brain image processing.  Finding the best light.


Prerequisites: None.  Suitable for beginner to intermediate photographers and all kinds of cameras. If you sometimes get nifty images and would like to have that happen more often, please join us!


What to bring:  Classes will have some hands on time so please bring your camera and its user manual.  Camera can be a smartphone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless; composition is universal.


Date:  Thursdays 3/23 & 3/30,   Time:  7 - 9:30 pm


Cost:    $29 / 2 sessions  (no materials fee)


Composition/Light seminars

"Demystify Exposure and Focus"

If your camera has a dial like one of these, but you do not realize what that dial can do for you, please join us!

Move off automatic to get more “wow” in your photos by exercising creative control of exposure and focus.  Learn options for taking your digital camera out of full auto -- practical ways to partner with the camera’s smarts where they work for an image, overriding it only where it does not.


Find out what ISO 200, f5.6 and histogram mean, and why you should care.  Understand what all those focus modes can do to grab your photo’s viewer. High impact photographs require a mix of artistic and technical skills; this class introduces the technical controls.


Keep detail in bright whites and colors.  Have blur where it improves the image, whether it’s due to motion or scene depth.  Choose the best light for attractive portraits and artistic impact elsewhere.


Presented in two sessions.  You can attend either or both.  They are complementary but each stands alone:


  • April 13th:  Beyond automatic exposure why & how.  ISO, f-stop and shutter decisions.  Histogram interpretation.  Artistic motion blur.


  • April 20th:   Use selective focus creatively.  Purpose of the camera focus modes.  Aperture priority to manage depth of focus.


Prerequisites: A readiness to step into intentional photography after having some experience with your camera.


What to bring:  We will have some hands on time so please bring a suitable camera and its user manual.


Date:  Thursdays 4/13 & 4/20,   Time:  7 - 9:30 pm


Cost:  $29 / 2 sessions  (no materials fee)


Demystifying Camera/Exposure seminars

"Successful Milky Way Photo Shoots"

Efficiently shoot dramatic images of the Milky Way.  Follow a straightforward set of steps to plan, capture and post-process photographs of our home galaxy.  Don't waste your time standing around in the dark, so to speak.


Free tools and web sites get you to the right place, at the right time, with the Milky Way positioned over your perfect foreground.  Capture with a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera, a wide or ultra-wide lens, on a tripod.  I'll have tips for other handy gear and foreground light painting.


To bring out the best of what the camera sees better than our eyes can requires post-processing. The seminar has examples in Photoshop to get you started.  See how masked layers optimize sky and foreground processing.


All the steps are under your control except the weather. You can even rent the right lens.


Prerequisites: Experience using your camera's manual modes and post-processing in Lightroom or Photoshop.


Date:  Thursday 4/27,   Time:  7 - 9:00 pm


Cost:  $29 / 1 session  (no materials fee)


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