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Photography classes
Learn photography... the Montanus way!

 


Our classes are held in the Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce on West Ridge Road in Greece across from the Mall at Greece Ridge.

2402 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14626   Google map

(Please contact us to sign up or to be placed on our notification list for future classes.)
 



Fundamentals of Photography

- March 2024, 4 consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 27 6:30 to 9:00 pm $175 SOLD OUT

 

- April 2024, 4 consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 24 6:30 to 9:00 pm $175 SEATS AVAILABLE

 

(Please contact us to sign up or be placed on our notification list for future classes.)


From understanding shutter speeds, apertures, exposure, depth of field, to time exposures  - this class is very comprehensive. I will share with you all my best tips and tricks that I use to capture the pictures you see on social media and elsewhere. Without understanding the fundamentals of photography, it is very difficult to take your photography to the next level. I utilize this knowledge every time I shoot. Our fundamentals of photography class lays down the foundation for your future learnings. If you are new to photography and looking for help or if you have a new camera and want to get the most out of it, this is the class for you.  You receive homework assignments to shoot pictures that reinforce what we have learned in class. At the beginning of each class, we then critique your pictures, examining what settings you used and why - as well as the technical and artistic quality of the pictures. This is a very powerful learning tool to put you on the fast track to becoming a photographer.

Full course description here.


 



Night Photography

One session: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 to 9:00 pm  $60 SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

From fireworks pictures on the fourth of July to lightning storms. Learning how to do night photography opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It is some of the most magical and dramatic photography - and it's easier than you think. This class will teach you everything you need to know about night photography. Although not required for this class, having a tripod is key. We review an extensive amount of information in this class. It starts off as a classroom lecture using a large high resolution monitor to teach the principles of night photography. Then we practice doing time exposures in the gallery before heading outside to put our skills into action.
 


 



Jim's Photo Editing Secrets Revealed!


(Including HDR and Photoshop demonstrations)

 

One session: Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 to 9:00 pm  $60 SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

 

This class is perfect if you want a comprehensive overview of Jim's best photo editing techniques. It is a classroom lecture. We will start with basic techniques and move into intermediate. You will learn how to post-process your images like a pro in this one night class. Jim will teach you literally all of his super special secrets of how he edits photos that you see on social media and elsewhere. Nothing is held back! We will progress into more advanced techniques such as bracketing exposures and HDR photography using Photomatix. Finally, we will learn image blending techniques using layer masks in Photoshop (sounds complicated, but it much easier than you think). It starts off as a classroom lecture using a large screen monitor to show examples of HDR photography. Then we practice doing bracketed exposures with your specific camera.

 


High dynamic range (HDR) photography techniques turned the picture on the right - into the picture on the left.
 


Please note:  

 

In 2024, in addition to a wider selection of classes, we will also be offering local, regional and possibly even national photography trips and excursions. Stay tuned!


 

 

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