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 2015: (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.
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.
Friday, June 5, 7:00pm, thru Sunday, June 7, 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
The Magic of Black and White
3 Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30, May 6-20, at the Shadelands Center, corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Wiget Lane
2 Saturday field trips, 6:00-10:00am, May 9, and 4:30-8:30pm, May 16
Limited to 15 students. Cost: $101
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.
Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30, Jan.6-Mar. 10; April 7-June 9
Limited to 20 students. Cost: $92, seniors $83
A more in-depth study of composition, landscape, people and close-up photography
Thursday nights, 7:30-9:30, Jan. 8-Mar. 12
Limited to 20 students, Cost: $92, seniors $83
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 9-June 11, plus exhibit hanging , date TBA
Limited to 16 students. Cost $92, seniors $83