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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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Upcoming events (5+)

Learn Photoshop - Session 7 - B&W, Selective Color and Panoramas

RSVP on Meetup or visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/classes.html to register for multiple sessions. There is a discount for signing up for all 7 sessions in this series. In the this session, you will learn how to make black and white photos, how to create images that contain color in selected areas, stacking techniques and how to stitch pictures together to make panoramas. Cost = $45 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. What people are saying about this class: "Thanks Mike. There is so much to Photoshop and you helped make starting it more understandable and gave a good starting point so one wouldn't be as overwhelmed by everything. I feel confident with the foundation that was laid in class that I can continue to learn and improve as I use this product." Shelly H.

Night Sky Photography Lecture

Denver Open Media


Join Mike Pach for a lecture on how to photograph the night sky. You will learn how to capture the Milky Way and stars as points of light and how to create star trails. Mike will also discuss post-processing techniques, provide gear recommendations and share tips on how to stay warm during an overnight shoot. We are charging a small fee to cover the costs of renting the studio at Denver Open Media. There will also be a live feed for those who can't attend in person but still want to watch. Please answer the question when you RSVP if you'll be attending or watching the stream. Those who want to watch the stream will need to provide their email addresses so they can be sent the link. Mike Pach is an internationally known, award-winning photographer who conducts night-sky photography workshops in Colorado. He is the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group and the owner of 3 Peaks Photography.

9th Annual CPLG Gallery Show - Entry Drop-Off

Academy Frame


Please read all of the information below before RSVP'ing and before posting questions. The date listed for this event is the day entries will be accepted at the gallery (see other important dates below). There will be a separate Meetup event for the reception. We will need volunteers to help with the intake. Please let us know if you can help. Our 8th annual gallery show will hang for the month of March at Academy Frame on N. Academy in the Springs. The show will be limited to at total of 80 pieces (2 per participant) and the cost of entry is $25 per person. The money collected will be used for prizes for "Best of Show," "People's Choice," as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. It will also pay for food at the reception. Any extra will be applied to our Meetup fees. Categories: This show will have a themed category and an open category. The theme is "Nightscapes" and includes photos of any subject taken after dark, including the night sky, Milky Way, Northern Lights, street scenes, etc. Sunrise and sunset photos do not qualify for the theme, but they can be entered in the open category. Photos do not have to be taken in Colorado. Entry Forms: Please download this form and complete it for your entries: http://files.meetup.com/1685740/gallery_show.pdf You'll notice that there are 4 cards on the form. Fill out TWO cards for each piece. One copy needs to be attached to the back of each of your pieces and the other copies need to be given to the person checking in your entries. This information will be used to make the display cards for the show. Our judge is Scott Wilson Scott is a stage-4 colon cancer survivor and the creator of the photo book "Through the Window." Prizes: Cash prizes will be award for both categories. The amounts below are based on having 40 participants: People's Choice - $50 gift card from Mike's Camera 1st Place (Themed and Open) - $200 2nd Place (Themed and Open) - $100 3rd Place (Themed and Open) - $50 Digitally manipulated photography is OK as are canvas wraps, metal prints and any other form of printing. The only requirements are that the outside dimensions be no larger than 30"x40" and that there be wire on the back for hanging. Hanging hardware must be attached to the frame, not the backing. Sawtooth hangers will not be accepted. Academy Frame will attach wire to your frame if needed (and possible) for a small fee. These arrangements should be made prior to the drop-off date. Read Academy Frame's display criteria here: http://www.academyframesco.com/artist-submission-guidelines This event will appear on the calendars for all 3 of our chapters so all members get the opportunity to participate. Participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and entry fees will be collected via PayPal. You will be responsible for dropping off your work at Academy Frame on the intake date as well as picking it up on the pick-up date. All entries should be priced to sell. Academy Frame takes a 30% commission on all sales, so price your items accordingly to cover the commission. If you are unsure of how to price your entries, a good place to start is to double the cost of printing and framing and add enough to cover the commission. We realize that this will be the first time for many to display their work in public and will need help preparing their prints. If you have questions, please ask. We have several resources available to help you to prepare your prints for this show: If you print your own photos, inkjet papers are available through Mike Pach at http://www.adventurecamphoto.com If you need prints made, see Jeff at Cloutier Fotographic. Kim at Academy Frame also gives our members a discount on framing. Show dates: March 6 -30 Reception date: March 15, 4-8 p.m. Intake date: March 2 (10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Pick-up date: March 30 (10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

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, go to http://www.3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html . The Paint Mines in Calhan, CO is an excellent place for night photography, however, permits are needed to be there after dark. We have secured permits for overnight photography workshops to capture the stars and the Milky Way once per month between March and October. The cost of the workshop includes hands-on instruction in the field and a full evening/morning of shooting. The workshops will start about 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. 2019 Dates are: March 6-7 April 5-6 May 11-12 June 9-10 July 9-10 August 7-8 September 5-6 October 5-6 More information can be found at http://www.3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html

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