I’ve been teaching photography to adults in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. Many of my students have returned for additional classes, which I take to mean they liked how I teach, or they didn’t learn it all the first time, or both. Here are some of my upcoming classes, and the venues where I plan to teach them in 2017: (Note: You must register for these classes through the education programs hosting them. Their web sites and printed catalogs contain more detailed descriptions of the classes.)
WEEKEND CLASSES AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, CA
Register through Point Reyes Field Institute, www.ptreyes.org.
Designing Great Landscape Photos
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, based at the Red Barn near the main visitor center
Limited to 16 students. Cost: $120 ($100 PRNSA members)
Spend a day learning how to translate the beauty you see in subjects ranging from tiny wildflowers to broad landscapes into strong, expressive photos in both color and black and white. You’ll learn the principles of good composition plus how to work with light direction, time of day, weather and tides. The day will be a mixture of lecture, slide shows, exercises to expand your creative vision, evaluating some of your past work, and a field photo session.
Dramatic Shoreline Photography
This weekend we'll have an extra-low tide at sunrise and other conditions that will allow you to photograph some of the seashore's most beautiful landscapes at their very best. The class will combine several guided field trips with classroom sessions where we'll review the fundamentals of good composition, discuss techniques for seeing with fresh eyes, digital capture and image enhancement, using filters, and how to work with the sun, moon, tides, and weather to get the best from any landscape situation. We'll also review some of your photos from the weekend.
Last year we had exclusive access to the Pt. Reyes lighthouse at sunset and dusk, and I have requested it again for this class.
April 28-30; Friday 7:00pm-Sunday 4:00pm, based at the Historic Lifeboat Station near Chimney Rock.
Limited to 14 students
Cost: $290 ($260 for PRNSA members)
Includes 2 nights bunk room accommodation, use of the kitchen, and a great pot-luck dinner on Saturday night.
Register at www.ptreyes.org
The Magic of Black and White
Without the distraction of color you can make powerful images that reveal the essence of a landscape; with the unique tonal palette of B&W infrared you can often transform a good landscape into something absolutely magical. Even color shooters can learn a lot from black and white. We'll cover the fundamentals of good composition with lessons from the masters, techniques for seeing with fresh eyes and finding great landscapes, conventional and infrared digital capture and conversion from RAW files, critique some of your previous work, and finish by photographing a beautiful beach at minus tide near sunset.
Date: TBA, based at the Red Barn near the main visitors’ center.
Limited to 16 students. Cost: $120, ($100 for PRNSA members)
CLASSES AT WALNUT CREEK CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ARTS, SHADELANDS CAMPUS, WALNUT CREEK, CA
Register through Civic Arts, www.arts-ed.org
Photographing Cities Day and Night
Three Tuesday evenings, January 10, 17, and 24, 7:30-9:30pm
Two Saturday field trips: Jan. 14, 7:00-11:0am and Jan. 21, 3:00-8:00pm
Limited to 15 students. Cost: $114
Dramatic compositions, intense color, atmosphere, people---the urban landscape is full of photographic possibilities. This class covers composition, locations and photographic strategies, exposure , color, black and white, and more. Two field trips will let you explore some of our best local cityscapes at the best times of day: early-to-mid morning and late afternoon, dusk and night. We’ll share our results during the second and third classes.
Dramatic Light Landscapes
Learn how to get the best from the dramatic light of early morning, late afternoon and sunset. Two guided Saturday field shoots plus three Tuesday evenings with advice on composition, practical shooting techniques, good photo locations, and critiques of your photos from the field trips. Use any camera provided it allows manual control of exposure and focus and you are already familiar with its operation. A tripod and remote release are highly recommended.
Tuesday evenings, Feb. 28, March 7 and14, 7:30-9:30, and Saturdays, Mar. 4, 6:00-10:00 am and Mar. 11, 2:30-6:30 pm
Limited to 16 students. Cost: about $110
Morgan Territory Preserve, infrared film capture
EVENING CLASSES AT ACALANES ADULT EDUCATION CENTER, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek
We meet one night a week for 10 weeks. No field trips, but very reasonably priced.
Enroll on-line here. http://www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/adulted
Basic Digital and Film Photography
Photo fundamentals for beginners: understanding camera controls, working in black and white and color, plus practical assignments in composition, landscape, and people.
Wednesdays nights, 7:00-9:00, Jan.11-Mar. 15; April 12-June 14.
Limited to 20 students. Cost: about $130, seniors $117
A more in-depth study of composition, landscape, people and close-up photography
Thursday nights, 7:00-9:00, Jan. 12-Mar. 16
Limited to 20 students, Cost: about $130, seniors $117
Advanced Photo Workshop
Students each choose a personal photo project, create a body of work, make prints, matte and frame them, and we hang an exhibit at the end. Lots of help and guidance along the way. Highly recommended for expanding your skills.
Thursday nights, 7:00-9:00, April 13-June 15, plus exhibit hanging , date TBA
Limited to 16 students. Cost about $130, seniors $117