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Tri-County Meetups’ mission is to provide both an excellent shooting experience combined with an excellent learning experience to enable attendees to become a self-sufficient independent photographer. We are unique as compared to most meetup groups that the instructor is actively working with the students individually and collectively; looking at the students playback and histograms to insure success from both an exposure, but also a compositional and design aspect. Attending a Tri-County Meetup event you can be assured that the instructor does not just point at the subject and announce “There it is; start shooting and I will return in three hours.” Students do not have to compete with the Tri-County Instructor for shooting from the best place or time. All priorities are given to the student. Our master photography instructors seldom shoots any photos. If the instructor does shoot, it is usually to provide a better teaching situation for the student to review a composition in the playback of the camera that the student may not have understood. Our meetups help build a stronger portfolio for both the beginner or the professional. We encourage the asking of questions and because we specialize in small size groups, the mandate of one-on-one assistance is easily accomplished.

We have state of the art studio facilities and offer group shoots on location and outdoors as the season permits. We also offer meet-ups with open computer time to edit and print your best images. Critique sessions or portfolio reviews are offered usually on the second Friday night of every other month co-Sponsored by Midwest Photography Workshops.

Upcoming events (5)

Intermediate Shooting Techniques #120

Midwest Photographic Workshops


This six-week class is designed to complement and provide a continuation of the techniques and skills learned in our Fundamental Principles of Photography (#101) class. Learn some advanced flash techniques like: rear-curtain sync, dragging the shutter, painting with light and synchro-sunlight fill flash. We will spend time learning about advanced exposure techniques including: time exposures, noise reduction and proper tripod use. Be prepared to learn more about close-up and macro techniques and more about various accessories available to the serious photographer like: extension tubes, 2X converters and split neutral density filters. Enjoy a slide program about the history of photography. Each student will spend an individual three-hour session in the studio one-on-one with the instructor preparing two different studio still life compositions. This class includes an all day field trip, usually to Greenfield Village. This class is one of the more demanding classes that MPW offers. The homework assignments are tougher and the critiques are more rigid, but the rewards are worth it! Your registration for this class is not complete or confirmed until you click here: https://www.midwest.photography/coursedetail.php?cdn=120 This class is available in morning sessions and evening sessions: All class dates are : June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14 Morning: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm Evenings: 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Basic Portrait Lighting #401

Midwest Photography Workshops, Southfield Campus


This is a five-session class that specializes in a small student-to-instructor ratio to provide personalized instruction leading to thorough understanding of portrait lighting, posing and the application of makeup. Learn how to diffuse and bounce light with reflectors, umbrellas, soft boxes and the difference of hard edge and raw light. Learn posing techniques that will enhance and flatter your subject and increase sales from clients. Some lighting styles include the use of beauty dish, background lights, hair lights, Rembrandt, butterfly, single lighting, rim lighting and back lighting to achieve that high glamour look. This class directs the student toward photographing the high school senior or your friends, family and loved ones. How often have you wished you could take portraits like the pros do? Photographs can earn you money! Don’t envy others. Learn these techniques so that others envy your photos. Students will photograph four different professional models. During one session, a professional make-up artist will demonstrate her talents. Students are expected to have mastered basic shutter speeds, f/stops, reading a histogram and composition techniques before enrolling in this class. Prerequisite(s): Fundamentals of Photography (#101) or permission from the instructor The enrollment of this class is limited to 10 June 10, 17, 24, July 1,[masked] Daytime Sessions: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Evening Sessions: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Your registration for this class is not complete or confirmed until you click here: https://www.midwest.photography/coursedetail.php?cdn=401 (You must register for this class to reserve a spot.)

Fundamentals of Photography #101

Midwest Photographic Workshops


This six-week, 3 1/2 hour (usually 4 hours per night or even 4 hour day classes), seven-session class is designed for the beginner who has recently purchased a digital SLR camera, mirrorless camera or for people looking for a refresher on technique. This class covers exposure, shutter speeds and f/stops. Learn composition techniques such as: the rule of thirds, leading lines, S curves, C curves and the light isolate theory. In addition to learning the use of filters, flash extension tubes and tel-convertors, students will study travel photography, portraiture, close-ups and how to overcome full automation in today’s cameras. Learn about wildlife, nature photography, how to shoot sports and we may view artistic portrayals of the nude as fine art. Any digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera that can be adjusted for manual operation as well as automatic exposure mode is welcome in class as long as it is not an automatic exposure camera (no point and shoot cameras permitted). Expect homework assignments! Expect reading assignments! Do not be misled. The word “fundamental” in the title does not mean elementary photography. Experienced photographers would still benefit from this class just as much as a beginner. The digital photographer will learn about the merits of RAW files compared to JPEG or TIFF, white balance and histograms. The seventh session is an all-day Saturday session at the Farmington Hills campus from 10:00am to 5:00pm called “Break the Rules”. Your registration for this class is not complete or confirmed until you click here: https://www.midwest.photography/coursedetail.php?cdn=101 Class are scheduled for daytime or evening sessions: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16 Daytime: Day : Thursday Time : 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Evening: Day : Thursday Time : 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Applied Digital Editing (Sandbox) - 206

Midwest Photography Workshops, Southfield Campus


Students who have completed a basic editing class have learned about the tools, layering, filters and procedures to improve photographs. The benefit of this class is to provide an opportunity for students to work on their own images under the helpful tutelage of Bryce Denison. Students may already know about the tools and procedures, but will learn more effectively which tools to select and how to apply those modifications to their own images. Best of all, students can print their photos on our calibrated Epson 4880 printers. This three and a half hour workshop is an excellent opportunity to print your portfolio and fine art prints up to 13”x19”. Scanning of film is available with our Nikon ED 9000 CoolScan, or scanning large format negatives with our Microtec 9800XL flat bed scanner. Your registration for this class is not complete or confirmed until you click here: https://www.midwest.photography/coursedetail.php?cdn=206 This workshop has a morning or evening session. Times are as follows: Morning - 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM Evening - 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Portfolio Review and Tech Time #205

Midwest Photographic Workshops


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