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Lansing Photo Meetup meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

If your'e creating images on a DSLR , point and shoot, film camera or a mobile phone come to a Lansing Photo MeetUp at the SmarterPics classroom to compare tools, tricks, and techniques; engage in conversations and discussions on topics that will help you improve your images and master the craft of digital photography.

The meetings always have a topic or activity each month. There are also regularly scheduled events and outings. Please join in the fun with other like-minded photo geeks! There are usually 15-25 attending. We understand you.


Upcoming events (4+)

Lightroom Basics - Classroom

Smarter Pics Classroom


• What we'll do
Lightroom is a simple yet powerful editing tool that can add new life and impact to your digital images. It has become the most popular editing software by far as a result.

It is also a VERY powerful file management tool making it easy to import, organize and locate the thousands of photos we take!!

During this class we will...

  1. Discuss the basic layout of the modules and how each is used.
  2. How to import, organize, export and search for files
  3. Explore all of the BASIC tools including cropping, exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, clarity and more!
  4. Explore the Adjust Brush and it’s ability to create editable masks

There will be lots of time for questions and hands on trying of new skills.

This will be held in our classroom.

COST: $35
Payment is due at start of class

Photoshop for Lightroom Users - Classroom

Smarter Pics Classroom


Photoshop (PS) is bundled with Lightroom (LR) in the immensely popular “Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers” package offered for $9.95/mo. Most people embrace quickly the editing and file management tools in LR, but get quickly overwhelmed by the PS tools. This class will help change some of that!

Lightroom makes a lot of general editing and even some precision editing quite easy. But Photoshop is the ultimate in detail controls and doing more powerful and cleaner edits. During this basic class we will explain some simple tips and techniques that allow you to use tools like:

Cloning – Ever want to make something, or someone, go away? Like an unwanted power line in a beautiful landscape, strangers walking into your shot, or removing an “Exit” sign or other distraction. This is one my most used PS tool! Clone Tool makes things digitally go away.
Heal Tool – Sometimes you want a line, or a crease in a face or a floor or wall to vanish
Dodge/Burn – You can lighten and darken areas in LR, but in PS it is much more precise and controllable
Saturate/Desaturate – You can choose a small or large area to add or subtract color from gradually
Compositing – We show you how to cut out an item using selection tools like magnetic lasso and magic wand, etc.
Text Tool – Adding text such as titles to a photo can be quite simple in PS
Intro to Filters – There are LOT of filters in PS. I will show you a couple of my favs and introduce you to how filters and the filter gallery work
Neural Filters - PS introduced some AI filters that are incredibly powerful and useful.

These tools and maybe a couple more, time allowing, will help you start to understand the reason Photoshop is considered the reigning king of photo editing.

Cost: $35

FREE Lansing Photo Meetup

Mark's Home Studio

We meet on the Third Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm to do something photographically creative. We all get stagnant shooting solo. This is a good way to meet like minded people and learn some new techniques and get some creative juices flowing. So put this on your calendar as a RECURRING EVENT!

What you are reading right now is the default announcement. Before each monthly meeting specific details for that month's meeting will be sent out. Stay tuned! Contact me if you have any questions or better yet, a GREAT idea for a meetup event. I am always looking for input from members.

Mark Chamberlin - SmarterPics Photography School (http://smarterpics.com)

Basics Workshop - Saturday, 6hrs

Mark's Home Studio

Do you want to CREATE PHOTOGRAPHS and not just TAKE PICTURES? Do you not feel confident about controlling the outcome of your photos? Are you frustrated and confused sometimes about what everything does and means? Do you often use the Auto or other Program modes?

This is THE most popular class we offer at SmarterPics. We guarantee you will walk away with some solid understanding and hands on experience. Feel free to talk to me or email me with any questions. [masked] ([masked])

Briefly the curriculum involves four general areas:

  1. Basics of owning a camera including care, safety, exchanging lenses, understanding what focal length is, and brief overview of accessories.

  2. Exposure covers the three basic controls: ISO/Aperture(f-stops)/Shutter Speed. How does each element impact your image and when/how to make adjustments. 3. How to use the pop up flash effectively.

  3. Knobs and Dials on a digital camera are overwhelming until you get introduced. We will go over ALL of them and when to/not to use them.

  4. Composition. Once we understand some of the technical fundamentals its time to put that knowledge to work. Usually the last couple of hours are spent outside roaming Old Town and getting some practice. We also learn to refine how we see a photo and how "making" a photo differs from just "taking a picture." If the weather is challenging, we have excellent indoor alternatives. Contrary to most of the Meetups, I am going to have to charge something for this because of the time and resources involved in offering it. We have a no-host working lunch at one of the Old Town restaurants.

NOTE: This same class is offered on 3 Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 (First three Mondays of the month)

Get information on this and other classes offered at our website:
WWW. SmarterPics.com

Cost: $95
Payable at start of class

Past events (686)

Basics Workshop - Saturday, 6hrs

Mark's Home Studio

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