• Basics Workshop - Saturday, 6hrs
    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. 4. 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. 5. 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) Cost: $75 Payable at the time of class.

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Photoshop for Lightroom Users
    • What we'll do 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 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. Bring a laptop with Photoshop if you have it or just a good notepad and some good questions. This is going to be a pretty short class. It’s possible that a second more advanced section may be offered in the near future depending on attendance in this class. This class will be offered monthly. Cost: $30 • What to bring • Important to know

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Lightroom - Editing Basics
    • What we'll do Lightroom is a simple yet powerful editing tool that can add new life and impact to your digital images. Most popular editing software by far as a result. As a professional photographer, Mark uses LR daily for editing. Yet it is one of the most intuitive and logical interfaces that any photographer can use. FAR easier than it’s big brother, Photoshop. In this class we will: 1. Discuss the basic layout of the modules and how each is used. 2. How to search and find files 3. Explore all of the BASICS tools including cropping, exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, clarity and more! 4. Look at how to use the circular and gradient mask to improve portraits and landscapes 5. Fully explore the Adjust Brush and it’s ability to create editable masks 6. Show how the HSL tool can ad additional color and contrast to an image 7. Reduce noise and increase sharpness You will be asked to bring along a SD card or USB drive with 5-10 images you would like to work on. It is not essential that you have a laptop loaded with either a trial or paid version. It is suggested though. You can go to Adobe.com to purchase a copy of LR and Photoshop for $10/mo. You can also Download a free trial. COST: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring • Important to know Lightroom is a tool for helping you create truly exceptional images.

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    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Advanced Light Metering
    • What we'll do You understand the basics of controlling ISO/Shutter Speed/F-Stop for getting a proper exposure. But there are built in tools as well as some tips and tricks that will better ensure an absolutely accurate reading. In this course we will discuss: • Understanding how a light meter reads and calculates a scene’s lighting • What can go wrong with automatic metering and how is it fixed • Metering Modes – Average/Center/Spot • Exposure Lock • Exposure Compensation • Understanding Histograms – What does the graph mean? • When to use Manual Mode • Metering Landscapes and Sunsets correctly • And MORE! Cost: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring • Important to know

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • FREE November Meetup - Mystery Boxes
    OCTOBER - MYSTERY BOXES This months FREE meetup is an Annual favorite, the Mystery Boxes Challenge! Ever watch the Food Network show CHOPPED?? Contestants get a basket full of oddball items that they have to craft into an amazing dish in a limited time. Well, I was inspired by this concept. Here is how it works. You are encouraged (but not required) to bring a box or other suitable container with 4-6 possibly unusual (not incredibly common) items in it. The container can be part of the shot. Preferably with some kind of theme if you can. Also include a light source or two that can be used for illumination. I.E. an LED light of some kind, a desk lamp, a clamp lamp, a flashlight, etc. Nothing flammable. Nothing normally used for photography. We will create teams of 2-3 (+/-) people. You will have approximately 15 minutes (depending on turnout) to create your best photo. Judged on creativity, composition, use of items and it just looks cool! We will post the pics to our gallery and allow people to vote on them. The team with the most votes wins! (Bragging rights) Please RSVP and indicate whether you are bringing a box. For a sample from previous year's events go to the galleries: https://www.meetup.com/lansingphoto/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=28494732 https://www.meetup.com/lansingphoto/photos/26683587/ https://www.meetup.com/lansingphoto/photos/27625539/ Mark Chamberlin - SmarterPics (http://smarterpics.com) Organizer/Sponsor

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

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  • Basics Workshop - Saturday, 6hrs
    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. 4. 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. 5. 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) Cost: $75 Payable at the time of class.

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Creating Panoramas and HDRs
    • What we'll do HDR and Panoramics are two very useful techniques used for expanding the traditional limits of our digital cameras. HDR is an abbreviation for High Dynamic Range. “Dynamic Range” is a term used to describe the brightest highlight and deepest shadows in your image. Typically your camera can only record a limited middle piece often times leaving overly bright areas blown out and deep shadow areas muddy. HDR is a technique where you can shoot 2-5 images or more at different exposures and then sandwich them into one master image resulting in MUCH wider dynamic range. This is useful when shooting a landscape with bright skies and dark foliage or a room interior with good view outside a window. I will be demonstrating how to create an HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop as well as Photomatix ($39) Panoramics are a good option when we want to take in more of a scene than our widest lens will allow for. This might be an amazing landscape or even the a large room. In this case we can shoot from 2 to 10 (or more) images side by side and then “stitch” them together into one continuous image called a panoramic. This part of the class will show you how to setup and shoot a good shot series that can be converted into a panoramic and provide tips on getting good alignments and consistency in the image. We will use Photoshop and Lightroom to demonstrate how easy it can be to create one of these beautiful images. Cost: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring OPTIONAL: Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop CC installed. • Important to know

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Photoshop for Lightroom Users
    • What we'll do 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 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. Bring a laptop with Photoshop if you have it or just a good notepad and some good questions. This is going to be a pretty short class. It’s possible that a second more advanced section may be offered in the near future depending on attendance in this class. This class will be offered monthly. Cost: $30 • What to bring • Important to know

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Lightroom - Editing Basics
    • What we'll do Lightroom is a simple yet powerful editing tool that can add new life and impact to your digital images. Most popular editing software by far as a result. As a professional photographer, Mark uses LR daily for editing. Yet it is one of the most intuitive and logical interfaces that any photographer can use. FAR easier than it’s big brother, Photoshop. In this class we will: 1. Discuss the basic layout of the modules and how each is used. 2. How to search and find files 3. Explore all of the BASICS tools including cropping, exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights, clarity and more! 4. Look at how to use the circular and gradient mask to improve portraits and landscapes 5. Fully explore the Adjust Brush and it’s ability to create editable masks 6. Show how the HSL tool can ad additional color and contrast to an image 7. Reduce noise and increase sharpness You will be asked to bring along a SD card or USB drive with 5-10 images you would like to work on. It is not essential that you have a laptop loaded with either a trial or paid version. It is suggested though. You can go to Adobe.com to purchase a copy of LR and Photoshop for $10/mo. You can also Download a free trial. COST: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring • Important to know Lightroom is a tool for helping you create truly exceptional images.

    This Meetup is past

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi

  • Advanced Light Metering
    • What we'll do You understand the basics of controlling ISO/Shutter Speed/F-Stop for getting a proper exposure. But there are built in tools as well as some tips and tricks that will better ensure an absolutely accurate reading. In this course we will discuss: • Understanding how a light meter reads and calculates a scene’s lighting • What can go wrong with automatic metering and how is it fixed • Metering Modes – Average/Center/Spot • Exposure Lock • Exposure Compensation • Understanding Histograms – What does the graph mean? • When to use Manual Mode • Metering Landscapes and Sunsets correctly • And MORE! Cost: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring • Important to know

    Smarter Pics Classroom

    935 N Washington · Lansing, mi