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 (3)

Night Sky Photography Workshops in Westcliffe

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RSVP'ing on Meetup does not mean you are officially registered. Visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/westcliffeworkshops for more information and to sign up for a workshop of your choice.

2023 Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops in Westcliffe

Join us for one of our night sky photography workshops in Westcliffe, CO. You will learn techniques for capturing the night sky, post-production tips and light-painting skills.

Watch this video to learn more about the workshops: https://youtu.be/08jwa6pk0pU

Westcliffe is Colorado's first and the world's 2nd highest Dark Sky Community as designated by the International Dark Sky Association, so it is an excellent place to view and photograph the night sky and the Milky Way. The workshops are conducted on private property, and the dates are listed below.

The number of students is limited to 8. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dark Skies, Inc., a nonprofit organization that maintains the dark-sky designation in Westcliffe/Silver Cliff.

2023 Workshop Dates

May 19 (Fri)
June 17 (Sat)
July 16 (Sun)
Aug 16 (Wed)
Sept 15 (Fri)
Oct 14 (Sat)

Night Sky / Milky Way Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines

Paint Mines Interpretive Park


RSVP'ing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. To register and pay, call Bear Creek Nature Center at[masked].

The Paint Mines in Calhan, CO is an excellent place for night photography, however, permits are needed to be there after dark. I have secured permits for overnight photography workshops to capture the stars and the Milky Way once per month between April and September.

Watch this video to learn more about the workshops: https://youtu.be/ZLEAjvw7k6E

The cost of the workshop includes hands-on instruction in the field and a full evening/morning of shooting. The workshops will start about 9 or 10 pm and end just after sunrise (we plan to stay up all night). A portion of the proceeds will go to support El Paso County Parks nature centers. RSVP's are limited to 6 students.

2023 Dates are:
April 21 (Fri)
May 22 (Mon)
June 20 (Tues)
Aug 19 (Sat)
Sept 18 (Mon)

More information can be found at http://www.3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops

Virtual Photoshop Class - Session 1 - The Basics

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Register and pay at http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes/photoshop-lightroom-classes/ or by RSVPing here on Meetup.

The objective of this session is to familiarize students with Photoshop and some of its basic tools. In this session you will learn how to:

Navigate the program
Customize the workspace
Use keyboard shortcuts
Resize, crop and straighten images
Save and print files
Make basic adjustments to color, contrast, exposure, etc.

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 = $60 per session, register for all 7 sessions in this series and get one free

6/21 - Session 1 - Basics
6/28 & 7/5 - Sessions 2 & 3 - Editing with Adobe Camera Raw & Lightroom
7/12 - Session 4 - Tools and Adjustments
7/19 & 7/26 - Sessions 5 & 6 - Layers
8/2 - Session 7 - Black & White, Selective Color and Panoramas

You will need a laptop with the latest versions 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 http://www.adobe.com . Students should also possess a strong set of basic computer skills.

Refunds are issued only if the class is cancelled.

Past events (767)

Intro to Photo Editing

UCCS Downtown


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