What we're about

The Colorado Photography Learning Group (CPLG) provides an open, friendly learning environment for photographers, from beginners to experts, through classes, workshops, lectures and location shoots.

CPLG was started by Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, in August of 2010 and has grown to include chapters in Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo. The group currently has 1,850 members and is well on its way to becoming the premier Colorado location for photography-related learning due to the quality and integrity of its organizers, instructors and members.

CPLG is the only group in the area that has worked with some of the top photographers in the industry through Canon’s Explorers of Light program, including George Lepp, Hanson Fong, Rick Sammon and Jennifer Wu. We are committed to helping those in the community improve their skills and increase their appreciation of this art form while having fun and making friends along the way.

CPLG consists of and is lead by members of all experience levels, from working professionals to beginners, and includes a tremendous amount of talented individuals who are willing to share their knowledge with others. We encourage anyone with an interest in photography to join and will welcome you regardless of your skill level.

Membership is FREE, and members are offered discounts on various products that our sponsors offer. We occasionally have FREE giveaways at our events. Some of the classes hosted are fee-based, but we offer plenty of free workshops and photo shoots to our members and their guests.

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The Colorado Photography Learning Group and its logo are trademarks registered with the Colorado Secretary of State. The CPLG logo has been registered with the US Copyright Office.

Upcoming events (4+)

Learn Photoshop - Session 2 - Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom Part 1

525 N Cascade Ave

$50.00

RSVP on Meetup does not register you for this class. Visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes.html to register and pay.

The objective of this class is to teach students how to utilize Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop Module to demonstrate the editing power of these programs when working with RAW image files.

It is recommended that you sign up for both parts of this class to get the most out of the instruction.

If you are an active-duty military service member, a veteran or a military family member residing in El Paso or Teller counties, you are eligible to take all 7 sessions in this series for free through the Military Arts Connection. Visit the MAC website and contact a participating service agency for a referral. https://militaryartsconnection.org/artist/michael-j-pach/

In this class we will dive deep into the tools used in both programs to edit RAW images. Adobe Camera Raw, which is part of Photoshop, and the Develop Module in Lightoom are almost exactly the same since they use the identical processing engine.

You will learn how to:

Make basic image adjustments.
Use the graduated filter, radial filter, and various fix tools (spot removal tool, crop tool, adjustment brush, etc.).
Apply curve, lens correction, HSL and other adjustments.
Work with multiple files.
Create and utilize presets and snapshots.

Each student is given a collection of photographs that are used to demonstrate various tools. Everyone works together on the same photos as instruction is given in order to maximize the learning process.

Cost = $50

You will need a laptop with the latest version of Photoshop CC , Lightroom CC, Camera Raw and Bridge (Photoshop Elements is not taught in this class). Use of a mouse is highly recommended. You can download a trial version of the programs at www.adobe.com (http://www.adobe.com/). Students should also possess a strong set of basic computer skills.

**I need to ask that students refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and scented lotions in class because I am allergic to those things. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.**

Refunds are issued only if the class is cancelled.

What people are saying about this class:

"Learned so much from this class. Enjoyed side-by-side comparisons. I use LR but could easily move over to Adobe Camera Raw Editor after this class. Enjoyed the questions and comments from the group. Mike is a great and easy going instructor allowing time for questions and time to try each section of instruction. Well worth the money." Lisa M.

"Best money I've spent in a long time. I really appreciated seeing side-by-side comparisons of the tools in Adobe Camera Raw Editor and Lightroom." Eve N.

Learn Photoshop - Session 3 - Photo Editing in Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom Part 2

RSVP on Meetup does not register you for this class. Visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes.html to register and pay.

The objective of this class is to teach students how to utilize Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop Module to demonstrate the editing power of these programs when working with RAW image files to create images like the one below.

It is recommended that you sign up for both parts of this class to get the most out of the instruction.

If you are an active-duty military service member, a veteran or a military family member residing in El Paso or Teller counties, you are eligible to take all 7 sessions in this series for free through the Military Arts Connection. Visit the MAC website and contact a participating service agency for a referral. https://militaryartsconnection.org/artist/michael-j-pach/

In this class we will dive deep into the tools used in both programs to edit RAW images. Adobe Camera Raw, which is part of Photoshop, and the Develop Module in Lightoom are almost exactly the same since they use the identical processing engine.

You will learn how to:

Make basic image adjustments.
Use the graduated filter, radial filter, and various fix tools (spot removal tool, crop tool, adjustment brush, etc.).
Apply curve, lens correction, HSL and other adjustments.
Work with multiple files.
Create and utilize presets and snapshots.

Each student is given a CD with a collection of photographs that are used to demonstrate various tools. Everyone works together on the same photos as instruction is given in order to maximize the learning process.

Cost = $50

You will need a laptop with the latest version of Photoshop CC , Lightroom CC, Camera Raw and Bridge (Photoshop Elements is not taught in this class). Use of a mouse is highly recommended. You can download a trial version of the programs at www.adobe.com (http://www.adobe.com/). Students should also possess a strong set of basic computer skills.

**I need to ask that students refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and scented lotions in class because I am allergic to those things. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.**

Refunds are issued only if the class is cancelled.

What people are saying about this class:

"Learned so much from this class. Enjoyed side-by-side comparisons. I use LR but could easily move over to Adobe Camera Raw Editor after this class. Enjoyed the questions and comments from the group. Mike is a great and easy going instructor allowing time for questions and time to try each section of instruction. Well worth the money." Lisa M.

"Best money I've spent in a long time. I really appreciated seeing side-by-side comparisons of the tools in Adobe Camera Raw Editor and Lightroom." Eve N.

Adult Digital Photography Class - Session 2 - Basics II

525 N Cascade Ave

$70.00

RSVP'ing on Meetup does not register you for this class. Register and pay by visiting https://3peaksphoto.com/classes.html .

If you are an active-duty military service member, a veteran or a military family member residing in El Paso or Teller counties, you are eligible to take all 4 sessions in this series for free through the Military Arts Connection. Visit the MAC website and contact a participating service agency for a referral. https://militaryartsconnection.org/artist/michael-j-pach/

Discounts are given for signing up for all sessions in this series. Refunds are only given if classes are cancelled.

Session 2 - Advanced Shooting Modes and Camera Functions

This session covers advanced camera settings, including shooting in manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes. You will learn how to use the camera's meter, focus modes/points, white balance and the histogram, and there will be time to practice these skills.. You should attend this class if you have a more advanced point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR. Bring 5-10 photos on a thumb drive for a critique of your work (if time allows).

Cost: $70

Visit: http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes.html for more information and to register.

What people are saying about this class:

"Mike is an excellent instructor for Digital Photography. His weekly lessons have really helped me to better understand my camera and create better pictures. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone." ~ Andrea Hofstede

"I have learned how to control my camera more and have noticed improvement to my photos. I really understand my camera and settings much better and would like to take future classes." ~ Mike Dougherty

"I learned a lot and got much more comfortable with my camera. Thank you." Andrea Stone

"Mike is VERY knowledgeable and imparts his knowledge and experience with example and instruction. Great class. Mike always answers questions with additional information to enhance the learning experience." ~ Victoria Lambrecht

"Thanks for the awesome class. You've enabled me to be a better photographer and have changed the way I create my photos. The class was a great and tremendous experience, and I learned a lot. The slides and examples were great, and the class ran at a good pace, which allows retention and the ability to use skills later." ~ Nam Nguyen

Learn Photoshop - Session 4 - Selection and Fix Tools

525 N Cascade Ave

$50.00

RSVP on Meetup does not register you for this class. Visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes.html to register and pay.

The objective of this class is to teach students how to use Photoshop's selection and fix tools.

There is a discount for signing up for all 7 sessions in this series.

If you are an active-duty military service member, a veteran or a military family member residing in El Paso or Teller counties, you are eligible to take all 7 sessions in this series for free through the Military Arts Connection. Visit the MAC website and contact a participating service agency for a referral. https://militaryartsconnection.org/artist/michael-j-pach/

In this session you will learn how to:

Use the marquee, magic wand, quick selection, quick mask and other selection tools to isolate objects or areas of images.
Use the spot healing brush, healing brush, clone stamp, patch, red eye and other fix tools to remove unwanted artifacts from images.

Each student is given a collection of photographs that are used to demonstrate various tools. Everyone works together on the same photos as instruction is given in order to maximize the learning process.

Cost = $50

You will need a laptop with the latest version of Photoshop CC, Camera Raw and Bridge (Photoshop Elements and Lightroom are not taught in this class). Use of a mouse is highly recommended. You can download a trial version of the program at www.adobe.com (http://www.adobe.com/). Students should also possess a strong set of basic computer skills.

**I need to ask that students refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and scented lotions in class because I am allergic to those things. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.**

Refunds are issued only if the class is cancelled.

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