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 2016: (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, January 23, 10:00am-5:00pm, based at the Red Barn near the main visitor center
Limited to 16 students. Cost: $140 ($120 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.
Creative Photography Weekend
Friday, April 22, 7:00pm-Sunday, April 24, 4:00pm, based at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center near Limantour Beach. Includes two nights bunk house accommodation, kitchen use, and a great potluck dinner on Saturday night.
Limited to 14 students. Cost: $320 ($300 for PRNSA members)
Photography has the wonderful ability to record things quite differently than we see them, and sometimes to record things we can’t see at all. This weekend will introduce you to a wide range of creative possibilities, lovely low-tech ways of giving your photos a new look, accomplished almost entirely in-camera rather than in Photoshop. Through a series of classroom talks and demonstrations, field sessions in several scenic locations, and evaluations of your results, we will explore the many uses of blur through motion and selective depth-of-field, photographing moonrise and moonset, night photography by moonlight and town lights, star trails, polarizing and special effects filters, pinhole photography, and other techniques as time permits.
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.
May 20-22; Friday 7:00pm-Sunday 4:00pm, based at the Historic Lifeboat Station near Chimney Rock.
Limited to 14 students (and just a few spaces remaining)
Cost: $320 ($300 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
CLASSES AT WALNUT CREEK CIVIC ARTS EDUCATION, SHADELANDS CAMPUS, WALNUT CREEK, CA
Register through Civic Arts, www.arts-ed.org
Photographing Cities Day and Night
Three Tuesday evenings, February 9-23, 7:30-9:30pm
Two Saturday field trips: Feb. 13, 6:30-11:30am and Feb. 20, 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.
The Magic of Black and White
3 Tuesdays evenings, 7:30-9:30, April 5-19, at the Shadelands Center, corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Wiget Lane
2 Saturday field trips, 6:30-10:30 am, April 9, and 4:00-8:00 pm, April 16
Limited to 15 students. Cost: $114
Register at www.arts-ed.org or (925) 943 5846
If you, like me, love our local hills and trees, scenic coastline and maybe the Sierra, and would like to make photos in the spirit of Ansel Adams and other great black and white landscape photographers, this class will help you. As much as I love color, I really believe that sometimes it's just a distraction, that often black and white better reveals the dramatic elements of shape, line, texture, and quality of light in a landscape. The class will cover good composition, seeing with fresh eyes, conventional and infrared digital capture, and conversion from RAW files. The field trips will take us to some of our best local scenery at the best times of day for dramatic light, and we'll critique your results afterwards.
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, 7:30-9:30, Jan.6-Mar. 9; April 13-June 15
Limited to 20 students. Cost: about $130, seniors $117
A more in-depth study of composition, landscape, people and close-up photography
Thursday nights, 7:30-9:30, Jan. 7-Mar. 10
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, 7:30-9:30, April 14-June 16, plus exhibit hanging , date TBA
Limited to 16 students. Cost about $130, seniors $117