What a Classy Guy!

December 20, 2009 | Category: Photography

I’ll be teaching some upcoming classes at Gordon’s Photo Service in Reno for anyone that is interested. Here is a list of classes and descriptions. Classes are either one or two nights, dates and times can be found below. Click the links to signup online (Paypal payment required). 
HDR, foggy downtown Reno
For more information or to sign up over the phone, call Gordon’s Photo Service: 775.826.6488.

Class schedule after the break….


Editing with Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows)

Elements 8 Location: Gordon’s Reno

January 6 & 7 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 PM
February 2 & 3 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

This two session class provides the necessary basics for beginner to intermediate photographers who want to take their images to the next level with basic editing skills. if you always thought that "post production" was for advertising firms, let us show you how to make your images "pop" off the screen or paper! The class covers everything from organization to heavy retouching, color management, printing & more:

Topics Include:

  • Images storage & organization
  • Raw format manipulation
  • Monitor calibration
  • Color balance
  • Correcting contrast
  • Cropping
  • Removing unwanted portions of your image
  • Layers & layer masks
  • Image sizing for the web & print
  • …and more

Nikon DSLR: Basics (D300, D300s and D700 cameras)

Nikon D300s Location: Gordon’s Reno

Janurary 12 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Take full advantage of your Nikon D300, D300s or D700 DSLR! Explore the various controls and menu settings while learning helpful techniques to improve your photography in various shooting situations. The class caters to beginner to intermediate photographers and covers basic to advanced camera settings and techniques.



Topics Include:

  • Basic camera settings and techniques
  • The exposure modes
  • Introduction to manual exposure, shutter speed and aperture
  • ISO and noise
  • Understanding white balance
  • Mastering autofocus
  • Tips, settings and ideas for specific shooting siutations (sports, portraits, indoors, etc)
  • Custom Functions – customizing the camera for you
  • Camera RAW
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) – using wireless lighting
  • and more…

Intro to High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

HDR, foggy downtown RenoLocation: Gordon’s Reno

February 5 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

Learn how to create stunning High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography using any DSLR. The class covers camera settings, scene selection, tonemapping and styling HDR images using Photomatix & Photoshop CS4 software. Class requires a good understanding your camera’s manual exposure controls (digital 101 and 102 recommended).

Topics Include:

  • Understanding tonal and dynamic range
  • Scene selection, ‘seeing in HDR’ and other aesthetic ideas
  • The tools you’ll need
  • Camera settings, exposure bracketing
  • Exploring HDR software choices
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 for HDRs
  • Tonemapping with Photomatix Software
  • Photo realistic vs. illustrative HDRs
  • Pseudo single file HDRs
  • Building HDR panoramas

Adobe Lightroom: From Import to Output

Lightroom 2 ScreenshotLocation: Gordon’s Reno

February 23 & 24 2010, 6:30 to 9:00 PM

From import to output, Lightroom is Adobe’s complete software solution for photographers. Learn how to organize and manage your photo library and optimize your workflow while taking advantage of the lightrooms powerful raw editing capabilities. Impress friends, family and clients by creating beautiful slideshows, web galleries and prints. Once you go lightroom, you never go back!

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to menus and modules
  • Photo Library Organization and Management
  • Enhanced Workflow tips
  • Batch processing, tagging, rating and other time saving techniques
  • Nondestructive RAW editing techniques
  • Create powerful slideshows and galleries
  • Printing simplified
  • Plug-ins and add ons
  • Integration with Photoshop software
  • Intro to printing in lightroom
  • and more…

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