The series of photography classes at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve has been so popular that an additional Introduction to Digital Photography class has been added to the schedule along with two new classes: “How To Make Money With Your Camera” and “Lightroom.”
Conducted by award-winning wildlife photographer Dick Cronberg, classes are being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Jan. 12, 2013 at the Visitor Center at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 39400 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta.
Tuition for each class is $65 with portions of the fee going to support the children education programs at the Reserve.
Introduction to Digital Photography—Oct. 13
Subjects Covered: Understanding the differences between film and digital photography (gigabytes, megapixels, memory cards, and batteries etc.), camera settings for most photos (including “how to avoid problems”), basic understanding of composition, tips on how to get the quality photos you were hoping for, loading images on to the computer, camera care and more.
Advanced Digital Photography—Oct. 20
Subjects covered: Handling tricky light, understanding how backgrounds and foregrounds affect your photo, all about lenses (what they do, which brands are best and how to choose which ones to purchase), understanding flash photography, learning the qualities of a great photo, and specific instruction on how to make stunning photos of people, pets, landscapes, wildlife, night
shots and macro photos (tricks of the pros).
Digital Darkroom—Oct. 6
Students will learn how to take their photos to the next level. Subjects covered will include color and exposure correction, cropping, sharpening, sizing, e-mailing photos and generally improving the quality of the photo. The class will also cover shooting photos in “raw” mode and the process for transforming the raw photo into a usable image for printing.
Wildlife Photography—Nov. 17
This class covers everything you ever wanted to know about taking wildlife photos and maybe some things you never thought about. It will review the essential photo equipment needed to produce stunning images and explain how to best utilize your gear in the field.
Learn the “ins” and “outs” of this incredible enhancing program by Adobe. Learn how to upload, sort and delete photos quickly. Then watch how you can transform your images from “Blah” to “Wow” with easy to use tools. Lightroom was designed for and made by photographers so it is easy to use, “non-destructive” and fast! If you’re wondering if you need this program or already have it and aren’t quite sure how it works, this is the class for you!
How to Make Money with Your Camera—Jan. 12
Subjects covered: Learn how and where to photos sell (magazines, newspapers, stock photos companies, art shows, galleries, etc.). Learn about different products you can make out of your photos and where to get it done Also learn how to build a photo portfolio, how to get started shooting wedding, family and pet photos. Next, learn about obtaining the proper legal paperwork (business licenses and tax exempt status). Last, learn how to mat and frame photos for that perfect presentation.
Class registration can be done online at Srpf.org. Advance registration is required.
—Submitted by Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation