Beginning iPhone Photography

Date/Time: Saturday, September 23, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Debra Dresler
Learn the key elements that make your photographs look professional with the iPhone and iPad and also get experience using the editing app called Snapseed, the “go-to app” for most photographers. This class will teach you better exposure, focus, composition, tricks and tips of the iPhone, organizing photos, how to take better photos, and enhance floral and landscape photos. No photography experience needed, just bring your iPhone or iPad with the Snapseed app downloaded onto your device and have a general knowledge of operating them. We will also cover the 25 best apps, places to show your photos, and websites to sell your work, and also where to print your treasures onto clothing, canvas, glass, bags, and more. There will be a Books and Resources list for tripods and additional lenses.

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Improving Photographic Skills

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 10, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 14, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Robert Cuerden & David Parker
This course will be an open discussion and critique of photographic skills and technology. Join Robert and David, along with an invited professional photographer, for a session of critique and review of their compositions. Time permitting, there will be an opportunity to do a photo walkabout at the art center and a critique of those images. Be prepared to complete assignments for following sessions. You are encouraged to bring a selection of up to 3 images (digital or prints), which will be reviewed by the instructors and class members in an open critique. Please email questions and/or requests to the instructors at and

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Beginning iPhoneography

Date/Time: 2 Mondays: September 11 & 18, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Lars Samuelsson
Do you enjoy taking pictures with your iPhone and wish you knew how to use it in a creative way? Whether on vacation, at a family reunion, or taking day-to-day snapshots, the iPhone can be a powerful companion to capture interesting images. In this class we will be “iPhoneographers” and explore the potential of the smartphone. We will explore topics such as exposure, composition, applications, the importance of resolution, and various ways to share and store images. The class will be a mixture of short lectures, assignments, and lots of time for making and talking about iPhoneography.

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Instagram 101

Date/Time: Monday, October 16, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Lars Samuelsson
With more than 700 million users worldwide, Instagram has rapidly become one of the most popular photo-sharing applications available today. If you are getting tired of Facebook and ready to try an application that is more streamlined, less cluttered, and geared towards sharing images, this is a class for you. We will explore topics such as settings, getting followers, using filters, third party apps, tips on taking better images, and more. We will start from scratch by downloading and installing Instagram, sign up for a free account, and explore what is under the hood of one of the world’s most popular photo-sharing applications.

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Intro to Photo Editing using Snapseed

Date/Time: Monday, November 13, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Lars Samuelsson
In today’s digital world with convenient access to a camera, making a photograph has become easier than ever. Despite this, a lot of images could go from being good to great by applying some basic image editing. In this class we will take a closer look at a free application called Snapseed, one of the most popular and effective imaging apps available today. Whether you want to preform basic image enhancement or become more creative with your editing, Snapseed is a great tool to improve your photography. After this class you will be able to use adjustment tools such as crop, white balance, contrast and saturation to greatly enhance you images, and image editing will be a natural part of taking pictures.

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Digital Photo Editing with Photoshop Elements

Date/Time: Monday, November 20, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Elise d’Entremont
Introductory Adobe Photoshop principles will be taught in this class. Participants will be introduced to the image editing capabilities of this software and will learn how to use the paintbrush, airbrush, stamp, and pencil tools. Bring your iPad, tablet, or laptop.

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Travel Photography Workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday – Thursday, October 17-19, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Doug Beasley
Go beyond pretty postcard travel images to photographs with depth, meaning and mystery. Learn to make pictures that reflect the truth of your own experience. In this course, lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, assignments, discussions, and critiques will show you how to create photographs that can tell a more personal visual story. Topics include methods for approaching and photographing people from different cultures, working with natural or available light, deciding when and how to supplement with flash. See how pacing, rhythm and sequencing of your image files or prints can create a more dynamic presentation. Attention also will be paid to equipment choices, including balancing weight and versatility, and the virtues of simplicity. This workshop is appropriate to all levels, beginning to professional, who have already mastered basic camera skills and value content, creativity and vision over equipment.

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Introduction to Bird Photography

Monday, October 2, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Craig Mullenbach
Over 400 species of birds have been observed in Minnesota and many are easy to see, but how do you get a good photograph of one of these quick and flighty creatures? Come join Craig A. Mullenbach as he shows the techniques that work for him, and learn some tips and tricks to improve your own bird photography. Topics such as how to find and approach birds safely and ethically, and what settings and techniques to use to capture images good enough to hang on your wall will be covered in this course.

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Very Simply Painterly Photography

Date/Time: Thursday, October 26, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Debra Dresler
Let the apps paint your photos digitally! Do some very easy painting from your iPhone or iPad using apps that mostly paint automatically with texture filters and your finger. No painting experience needed! Transfer your photographs into stunning painterly pictures before your eyes. Watercolor, Oil, Impressionistic, and wild modern looks too. We will use these apps: Brushstroke, Paint Can, Glaze, Aquarella, and Prisma.

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Douglas Beasley

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place. His photography is concerned with how spirit is recognized and expressed in everyday life.

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