Classes

Our classes are for everyone—from the beginning Photoshop user to the more advanced photographer who wants to better manage photo processing using Lightroom™. Classes are held in Buffalo and Rochester. Call for special classes and one on one training and or your individual group needs. I teach throughout the North East United States and Southern Ontario.

Summer 2017 Classes

overview of Classes


PhotoShop Basic

Photoshop Intermediate

PhotoShop Advanced Portraiture Touch-up

Photoshop Compositions

Lightroom One Day

Lightroom Five Week Class

Off Camera Flash Workshop 2 day

Table Top Photography and Helicon Focus

Basic Photography

Natural Light Portraiture

HDR for Profit

Studio Lighting One

Studio Lighting Two

Studio Lighting Three

Fashion Photography

Model Workshop

Light it, Shoot it, Edit it workshop

 

For those who have taken one of my Luminosity Masks Programs, here is the link to get Sean Bagshaws video tutorials which I highly recommend. Video Tutorials

 

Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

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Exploring Lightroom™ (5 evening classes)

TBA

If you are a photographer you simply have to learn to be efficient in Lightroom. A program that was designed from the ground up to used by photographers. This is simply the best solution out there for file management, efficiency and over all control of your images. Yes Lightroom CC is here and with some great new features. This Lightroom™ class will teach you how to maximize your work flow and create a systematic approach to all your digital imagery. There are systems that have been proven effective to rapidly and succinctly process large project (weddings etc.) shoots into manageable client-based results. We’ll show you the shortcuts and methods that work.

Have you struggled to get organized? Thought that you could find images quickly only to learn that you need to spend 20-30 minutes to locate an image? I will show you how to get organized, how to grade and reduce your image volume to only those images you will ever use.

Then I will show you how to edit at an expert level, using all the power of lightroom to maximize your images.

This class will take you to the next level in photographic editing not simply show you how to use lightroom.


 

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $129
  • Registration and payment deadline: 10/25/16
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No Secrets - Workshop

TBA

Exactly as it says, we will first study different lighting options with live models, then each student will have the chance to shoot the set and then, I will show you how I will edit them from beginning to end.

  • Three different classical lighting options
  • Radio controls and how to use them
  • What each light produces on the subject
  • How to use Lightroom™ tether capture and how to edit using Lightroom™ and Photoshop™

You will learn through hands on demonstration and live shooting multiple lighting scenarios and why each would be used. Depth of field options and lighting changes will be discussed. This is an in-depth program not for the beginner. Although beginners may attend, you may find yourself in over your head at times. The class is designed to be pretty fast paced in-order to accomplish the goals of being able to edit the images as well.

No laptops are required, you will be able to follow along with the instructors editing of the final images.

Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

  • Registration fee: $129
  • Registration and payment deadline: 12/10/16
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Photoshop I Basic Class (5 week class)

TBA

Photoshop classes are designed to take you well beyond image adjustment and simple color correction well into the more advanced design elements and functionality of Photoshop. You will learn advanced masking techniques and the ultimate control over your images with levels and curves. This course will progress you rapidly and logically to an advanced Photoshop user. Bring a laptop computer with Photoshop CS5, CS6 or CC to the class so that you can work along on each project. (Class size limited to 15 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $149
  • Registration and payment deadline: 6/27/16
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Natural Light Portraiture

June 25th 2017 - 8:30AM til 4:30PM

This is where most photographers start, and unfortunately many never spend the time, to study light. This class is all about studying that light and learning how to use it. You will be shown classic lighting patterns as well as how to manipulate the light to benefit your images. 

Portraiture in natural light done correctly has a softness that is unequaled; however you must know light in a very intimate manner to achieve results that are truly breathtaking. The Study of light and portraiture starts here. The class will go over how to control window light to your benefit, how we can modify natural light and all the particular parameters that the camera is capable of. We also begin the study of light and the relationships of light stops, and how to control the dynamic range to meet the camera's capabilities. 

There is no better way to learn natural light photography than by watching and then doing. This class focuses on hands on learning with your camera and your gear. You will learn by doing, working with live models and a variety of lighting conditions. 

(Class size limited to 8 students.)

  • Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $89
  • Registration and payment deadline: 6/24/17
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Off-Camera Flash Workshop

TBA

This program focuses on off-camera flash in a variety of setups. Four hands-on stations will be set up:

  • Cable-tethered off-camera flash and effective bounce skills
  • Infrared controls built into your flash systems and multiple flashes along with ETTL controls
  • Radio controlled off-camera flash and high speed sync with radio controls. Including the new Odin system by Phottix
  • Phottix Lights in a multiple-light set-up and radio controls through the new Odin controller

The class will discuss and demonstrate techniques to balance your ambient light and flash source lights on subjects. We will discuss the advantages of radio controls over infrared and why and you may be having trouble with outdoor shoots and balancing your lights.

Bring your cameras and flashes to this hands-on learning experience. After a short lecture and demonstration at each station, you will be shooting and learning. This is one not to miss!

 

  • Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $79
  • Registration and payment deadline: 12/03/16
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Table Top Photography and Helicon focus Workshop

TBA

Table Top photography is were the art of studying light begins, we will look light in a very intimate manner, How to control it where it goes how to block it reflect it and measure it. Some of the skills that you will learn.

  • Light metering
  • camera stabilization
  • Light sources
  • Quality of light
  • Depth field and Helicon Focus
  • Post production skills

The class will discuss and demonstrate techniques to make compound images with varying depth of fields to create full focus images in what would have been impossible ways only years ago.

Bring your cameras macro lenses and extension tubes to this hands-on learning experience. After a short lecture and demonstration at each station, you will be shooting and learning.

  • Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $79
  • Registration and payment deadline: 12/15/12
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High Speed Sync. Workshop

TBA

This program focuses on off-camera flash in High Speed Sync. Mode.

  • How to use it and when
  • What to watch for and how to overcome the problems
  • Power consumption and multiple portable units
  • Light modifiers for the portable strobe

The class will discuss and demonstrate techniques to balance your ambient light and flash source lights on subjects. Here the focus will be on using all the systems that are available in the camera to have ultimate control over depth of field using High speed sync., and when and how to use it in stop action.

Bring your cameras and flashes to this hands-on learning experience. After a short lecture and demonstration at each station, you will be shooting and learning. This is one not to miss!

 

 

 

HDR for Profit

TBA

Learn how to use HDR properly and allow your photographic creativity to expand. The blending of art and technical skills has never been more important for a photographer. This program will show you how to use the skill to make money in an untapped market in your community. We will explore all three major software programs capable of HDR processing: Photoshop CC™, Photomatix™ and Googles' Nik Software HDR Pro™ as well as the new Adobe Lightroom. We’ll analyze these programs and provide a comparison and unbiased opinion of each, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, you’ll learn about image processing and proper capture techniques.

  • Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $49
  • Registration and payment deadline: 7/10/16
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Basic Photography

April 30th 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm

This class is focused on sound basic photography skills. we will explore depth of field, white balance, shutter speed, camera stabilization, composition, and much much more. This is the class to take if you are just getting started with photography or are a beginner that has not managed to get the camera off Auto mode. I will address issues with point and shoot cameras as well as SLR's Bring you camera and be prepared to learn more than you thought possible in a day. For any age and skill level. (Class size limited to 8 students.)

  • Location: Advantage Media Studio, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $89
  • Registration and payment deadline: 4/25/17
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Photoshop Advanced Portraiture Touch-up (5 week class)

TBA

This class will focus on advanced skills needed for pro level portraiture touch up. You must come the class equipped with a solid understanding of layers, masks, and brushes. You will learn skin touch up and softening techniques, eye makeup including but not limited to color and eye enhancement. Mascara and blush as well as eye lash construction and enhancing are taught. (Class size limited to 15 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $129
  • Registration and payment deadline: 3/25/15
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Photoshop Advanced Creative (4 week class)

TBA

This class will focus on advanced creative skills including the use of images to create backgrounds and geometric shapes and structures. We will explore the world of 3D and how to create objects from the ground up. You must come the class equipped with a solid understanding of layers, masks, and brushes. This class is designed for those who want to go beyond captured images to create art using Photoshop as a medium and or minds as the palette. (Class size limited to 15 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $89
  • Registration and payment deadline:
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Corel Painter II

TBA

Corel Painter is the premier program for creative artist that are looking to take their photography into a customized piece of hand painted art. You will learn to not only use the powerful auto paint functions available, more importantly you will explore your own creative genius and sense of color and depth to create truly inspiring images. Bring an open mind and free spirit for this one. (Class size limited to 15 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $89
  • Registration and payment deadline: 04/01/11
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Exploring Lightroom™ (One Day Seminar)

March 11th, 2017 - 8:30 - 5:00PM

If you are a photographer you simply have to learn to be efficient in Lightroom. A program that was designed from the ground up to used by photographers. This is simply the best solution out there for file management, efficiency and over all control of your images. Yes Lightroom 4.0 is here and with some great new features. This Lightroom™ class will teach you how to maximize your work flow and create a systematic approach to all your digital imagery. There are systems that have been proven effective to rapidly and succinctly process large project (weddings etc.) shoots into manageable client-based results. We’ll show you the shortcuts and methods that work.

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $89
  • Registration and payment deadline: 3/11/17
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Studio Lighting Basics

TBA

This class explores the realm of Studio Lighting with Continuous light. We will have live models to work with and you will learn to understand the relationship between light sources and how to control those lights to create beautifully dynamic images that step into the world as a true three dimensional image. Attendees are required to have working knowledge of Exposure Equivalents and light meters, as well as understand proper custom white balance. (Basic Photography class or equivalent knowledge) (Class size limited to 8 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $79
  • Registration and payment deadline: 6/10/16
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Studio Lighting Intermediate (1 day class)

TBA

This class explores the realm of Studio Lighting with Continuous light. We will have live models to work with and you will learn to understand the relationship between light sources and how to control those lights to create beautifully dynamic images that step into the world as a true three dimensional image. Attendees are required to have working knowledge of Exposure Equivalents and light meters, as well as understand proper custom white balance. (Basic Photography class or equivalent knowledge) (Class size limited to 8 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $79
  • Registration and payment deadline: 10/24/2014
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Studio Lighting Advanced (1 day class)

TBA

This class explores the realm of Studio Lighting with strobe lights. We will have live models and makeup to develop unique halloween shots of vampires and more, to work with, and you will learn to understand the relationship between light sources and how to control those lights to create beautifully dynamic images that step into the world as a true three dimensional image. Attendees are required to have working knowledge of Exposure Equivalents and light meters, as well as understand proper custom white balance. This class further explores numerous light modifiers, their application and uses, to include grids, flags, scrims, gobos, and reflectors to name a few. You will take lighting into the fascinating with 5 - 8 light sets that have balance and beauty at its core. (Class size limited to 8 students.)

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $129
  • Registration and payment deadline: 10/26/14
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Light Meters - how do they work and why we need them

TBA

Meters, meters and more meters, why don’t we just allow the camera decide? This class will show you why you need to have a better understanding of the light we use to capture images. We will explore metering modes in camera as well as the hand-held meters that so many of you have heard about. How do we control the light if we are guessing at what is there? This and more is all part of this interesting and informative evening. This program will start you well on your way to understanding lighting ratios and is designed as a primer for the studio program .

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $49
  • Registration and payment deadline: 7/10/16
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Single Flash/Fill Lighting

TBA

Learn how to use your single flash to make your portrait and landscape images pop.

  • Location: AMP Studios, 154 Christiana Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
  • Registration fee: $49
  • Registration and payment deadline: 11/15/12
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Registering for Classes

You may register for classes by email or by phone at 716-860-7194. Payment in full is required prior to the first class session. Checks, Visa and Mastercard accepted.

 

For Speaking Engagements -

Please find the attached PDF for a list of some of the programs that I teach. Each can be tailored to the typical 1.5 hour to 3 hour programs required.

 

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