2402 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY
(Additional classes will be announced. Please stop
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(Additional classes will be announced. Please stop back or contact us to be put on our notification list)
This class is perfect if you want a comprehensive overview of Jim's best photo editing techniques. 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 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 in the gallery with your specific camera.
Contact us to reserve your spot.
Other classes: if you are looking for a class and don't see what you want listed above, please let me know and I may offer it if there is enough interest. If you have a photography club or other group and would like me to come in and give a seminar, please contact me.
Two consecutive class sessions on successive weeks,
January 22 and 29
from 6:30 to 9:00 pm $120 Sign
We will start by making basic adjustments to your photos, such as exposure, highlight and shadow recovery, sharpening, adjusting and enhancing color and detail, processing Camera Raw images, and saving your images using a filing system that makes sense to you.
In addition, this class is specifically for photographers. As a result, we will not waste time on the tools used primarily by graphic designers, architects, and the many other professions that use this program. Photoshop is my go-to program for most of my photo editing and by the second class I will share with you the special 'magic' that I use to create the images that you see on social media and elsewhere.
IMPORTANT: You must
provide your own laptop and have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop
CC installed, tested and known to be running properly. Photoshop
elements and earlier versions of Photoshop will not work for this class.
Full day workshop: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm $120 Sign up
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Neil Montanus was a portrait specialist who took pictures of some of the worlds most famous people, including the official portraits of Walt Disney and President Gerald Ford. Neil passed his techniques onto his son Jim, who will be teaching this class (although Neil may make an appearance).
In this class, Jim will teach you the concepts of the quality and direction of light as it relates to creating stunning portraits. And then we will apply that theoretical knowledge to taking portraits using a real world portrait lighting set up in the studio and outdoors. Using models, we will explore and experiment with the various lighting techniques that are popular today.
We will also review a wide range of portrait retouching methods including blemish removal, skin softening, and more.
The ultimate goal of this class is to
make beautiful pictures of your subjects that they will be thrilled
One-on-one sessions are nice because it allows us to focus in what specifically you want to learn - while taking into account your current skill level. Some people are newbies and want to learn basics and fundamentals, while others are more advanced and want to learn very specific techniques such as high dynamic range photography, night photography, portraiture, etc.
We teach wedding photography, portraiture, off-camera flash fill lighting techniques, studio techniques - and much more.
We also review your
camera equipment and train you how to more effectively use it, something
that is difficult in the context of a group class. Of course,
post-processing of images is huge in the world of digital photography
and I can give you a very thorough overview of the advanced techniques
professionals use to create the beautiful images you see on social media
Contact us to schedule
your private lesson.
Contact us for a customized quote.
Our most popular presentation features the images of my father Neil, a former legendary Kodak photographer who traveled the world creating advertising photographs for Kodak and whose resume includes the official portraits of Walt Disney and President Gerald Ford. It’s an inspiring and fascinating presentation.
And then we talk about how to improve your everyday photography and give many examples from our collective portfolio of work. Consider bringing us into your company or organization for a lunch and learn presentation – or an intensive 4 or 8 hour photography seminar. We specialize in beginners and advanced amateurs who are hungry to learn more about photography or who just want to be entertained with a great presentation.
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