One of the best ways to improve your photographic skills is to participate in a photo workshop. These are hands-on workshops, guided by instructors who not only know photography, but have been making it easy to understand for years. This means you get a chance to listen to, ask questions about and then practice the new techniques and skills. We want you to bring your camera, your ideas, your questions and some hiking boots, and enjoy learning about photography, both in the classroom and in the field. And take home some great images


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SOMETHING NEW! .......Photo Talks

We have teamed with the Savage Art Studios to create a new venue to improve your photography skills and knowledge. Once a month we will meet at the gallery and talk about new and interesting techniques, trends, adjustments, software and equipment to help you take your photography to the next level. A great place to get your questions answered and see and discuss examples of many techniques used by the professionals to create/capture great images.

Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday evening of each month from 6 to 8:30pm at the Savage Art Gallery in downtown Savage. Each meeting will have a main topic and around this topic we will have an introduction of participants, discussion of what the topics encompasses, equipment needed, locations, techniques and other options on the topic. There will be numerous examples of photos on the topic and participants are encouraged to bring samples they may have taken on the topic to share with the group and receive feedback and suggestions on your results. Participants will help choose future topics.

Planned days and topics: 2011-2012 (subject to change from participants requests)

July 20th ....... night and fireworks photography
Aug 17th........ panoramic
Sept 21st .......macro photography
Oct 19th..........?
Nov no meeting
Dec 21st ........how to photograph Christmas lights

Jan (2012) 18th .. creative winter photography
Feb 15th...............macro photography
Mar 21st................portraits
April 18th..............Painting with light
May

Location: Savage Arts Studios and Gallery, downtown Savage
Schedule: , 6-8:30 pm
Cost: check with Jo at art studio for costs, (4 night deal at $115).

More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Jo at
952-895-0375 or register online at www.savageartstudios.com


Special Workshops

Matting and Framing workshops are planned!
Need to get that print finished and on the wall??
Or just ready to show in competition??


Matting and framing can seem like such a daunting task that you might even be tempted to turn over to a frame shop and pay an huge fee just to get a mat cut and a frame assembled. You can do this yourself, we can help. We custom mat and frame photos all year long and we have all the tools and techniques to make the job easier. Come join us and get some helpful hints, good material sources and the satisfaction of actually getting a couple of photos matted and framed during this workshop.

  • Fourteen workshops completed,
  • Next workshops:

    March 28th and April 11th , 2012 (Wednesdays) at Savage Art Studios/Gallery - contact Jo at 952-895-0375 or email at info@SavageArt Studios.com

    dates being planned in 2012 for Dakota County Tech College -
  • THIS WORKSHOP is an ADVANCED single-day session for those who have already taken a matting/framing workshop in the past.
  • contact Gloria at 651-423-8612 or register online at http://dctc.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1010 under photo classes
  • More planned for spring - summer 2012

Tuition costs will cover most materials and tools for two projects, like the acid free hinge tape, double-sided tape, rulers, foam core/backing board, finishing paper, the tools like the mat cutters, scissors, wire and hanging hardware. We'll have some standard mats in black, white, and colors available as well as the colors you choose if locally available. Additional tuition costs may apply, please contact the registration person for the workshop you are interested in.

You will need to bring a couple of images and frames with glass to fit your images.

Some of the topics we will discuss are:

  • options on types of mat board and where you can buy
  • options on mat cutters and where to buy
  • choosing a good mat color for your image
  • options for frames, glass, backing board, etc.
  • sources for glass, frames and supplies
  • how to cut single, double and triple mats
  • float and shadow matting and mounting techniques
  • frame assembly and finishing
  • techniques and help to assemble your final image

First session, typically 2-3 hours, bring some print or artwork choices so we can discuss good mat colors and the best techniques to enhance your prints. This will be primarily a discussion night to prepare for the matting at the next session.

Second session, We will bring the mats that were discussed at previous session. After reviewing the different options, we will help you cut mats for your photos and assemble the mats, photos and frames to produce a ready-to-hang photographs.

Class size is limited to six people so everyone gets time to practice and finish at least two prints. Email for more details .

Workshops on Adobe PhotoShop

Darrell has been teaching Adobe Photoshop software to photographers since Photoshop version 2.5 in the early 1990's. He has attended Adobe workshops around the country to keep his skills up to date. He has presented special workshops to government agencies, manufacturing and design companies, and camera clubs over the last 20 years. He presently teaches intro and advanced Photoshop courses to aspiring photographers at Dakota county Technical College in Rosemount. These workshops give you a chance to watch demonstrations, follow along and practice techniques and ask tons of questions about the complexities of Photoshop. Versons of Photoshop from CS, CS 2-4, and CS 5 can be covered as needed.

We have been hosting three different levels of PhotoShop workshops since January 2006. Watch for more details coming soon. Next workshops planned for spring of 2012

Each of the three levels of workshops will be based on skills and knowledge typically needed by users of digital cameras and printers (both home inkjet and sending to commercial labs).

Each workshop will consist of a session approximately 3 hours long, with demos, practice images, discussions and hands-on practice. Cost of each workshop is $10-20 and you must register in advance.

Books like "The Complete Guide to Digital Photography" and the "PhotoShop - Restoration and Retouching" will be used as reference in class, but purchasing is optional. When planning to attend the Intermediate or Advanced workshops, previous knowledge and skills with PhotoShop is necessary.


100 - PhotoShop Basic Tools
This first workshop designed to help you get the most out of the common tools used in digital photography. There will be time to discuss and explore issues and problems you have experienced in these areas. There will be handouts and practice images provided.

  • Digital image quality and resizing variables
  • Selection tool options and how to make them work for you
  • Using histograms, levels, eyedroppers for adjustments
  • Basic Workflow for digital shooters/printers
  • Storage and file format issues
  • Getting organized and contact sheets
  • Using PS browser/bridge to organize images
  • Preparing images for professional lab printing
  • Questions and special topics brought up by participants

Dates: being planned
Location: Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, room 1-106
Schedule: , 6-9 pm
Limited to 20 people, Cost $20
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Gloria at
651-423-8612 or register online at DCTC Continuing ED under design/photography classes
(Macintosh computers with Photoshop CS5 will be available for each student)

Dates: being planned
Location: Savage Arts Studios and Gallery, downtown Savage
Schedule: , 6-8:30 pm
Limited to 10 people, Cost $75, helpful if students have laptop with Photoshop
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Jo at
952-895-0375 or register online at www.savageartstudios.com
(this workshop is much more in-depth than the workshop at DCTC)


200 - Intermediate PhotoShop (Layers and Masks)

  • Continuing color/density correction issues
  • Using layers and shortcuts to improve images
  • Using layers for composite images
  • Using masks to dodge, burn, modify, enhance, and saturate
  • Using masks for enhancing portraits and nature images
  • Managing profiles for printing, importing, and workflow
  • Image improvement/retouching tools and techniques
  • Questions and special topics brought up by participants

Dates: being planned
Location: Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, room 1-106
Schedule: , 6-9 pm
Limited to 20 people, $20
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Gloria at
651-423-8612or register online at www.dctc.edu/continuing-education under design/photography classes
(Macintosh computers with Photoshop CS5 will be available for each student)


300 - Advanced PhotoShop Techniques for Digital Photography

  • Continue working with layer masks for special effects and difficult problems
  • Creating and modifying layer masks for non-destructive image modification
  • Using masks to apply correction or enhancement to parts of the image
  • Combining exposures to increase image latitude/quality (HDR)
  • Alternative sharpening methods
  • Using Photomerge to create panaramas
  • Using ACTIONS to create workflow improvements
  • Working with RAW images and DNG converters
  • Questions and special topics brought up by participants

Schedule: not scheduled at this time.
Location:
Limited to 10 people
Cost $20
Registration: email dtangen1@msn.com

Other Workshops

The “Know-How’s” of Digital Photography: (2-hour session) Have a new digital camera?  Confused by all the adjustments and options? Having trouble getting sharp colorful photos? This workshop will help answer those questions and cover digital photography techniques including; what subjects to shoot, how to steady your camera, catching the excitement of certain moments, and getting the most out of your digital camera's features. Also, learn a little about troubleshooting problems that may occur when taking digital photos including dealing with red-eye reduction, cloudy or cold weather, and reducing lens flare. (Bring your cameras and sample problem pictures)

Dates: , being planned
Location: Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, room 1-106
Schedule: , 6-8 pm
Limited to 20 people, $15
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Gloria at 651-423-8612 or register online at
www.dctc.edu/continuing-education under design/photography classes
(Macintosh computers with Photoshop CS5 will be available for each student)

 

Panoramic Photography:  (3 hour session) Think out of the box, the 8x10 and 5x7 box that is.  Panoramic photos can be easier captured with today’s digital cameras.  Some careful planning and the right settings can produce a set of individual images that can be “stitched” together into one long high-quality image.  This workshop will cover the unique techniques of taking panoramas and how to stitch them together using one of the best softwares on the market, Adobe PhotoShop CS3 – Photo Merge.  (bring some of your pano images, a CD-R or jump drive)

Dates: being planned for spring of 2012
Location: Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, room 1-106
Schedule: , 6-9 pm
Limited to 20 people, $15
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Gloria at 651-423-8612 or register online at
www.dctc.edu/continuing-education under design/photography classes

Macro Photography:  Think small, maybe even tiny. Come explore some of the techniques the professionals use to create artistic and amazing closeup photographs. It isn't as easy as it looks sometimes. We'll explore the features on some of the newer digital cameras as well as special lenses to discover the world of macro photography. Close up filters, adaptor plates, reversing rings, tripods brackets are some of the tricks of the trade. Lighting and depth-of-field plays an important part to the successful macro image as well.


Date: being planned
Location: Savage Arts Studio and Gallery, downtown Savage
Schedule: , 6-8:30 pm
Limited to 10 people, $50
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Jo at 952-895-0375 or register online at www.savageartstudios.com

 

Adobe Lightroom Basics – (2 hour session) How to use the new software kid on the block to download, organize, rename your images so your can track the thousands of images you shoot.  An overview of the software will include the main features of library to create collections, key words, and ratings to sort images.  Then a overview of the develop section for image correction and enhancement and on to printing and web gallery creation.  You will have a chance to play with LightRoom 3.6 to see if it will help your workflow. (bring CD or CF of images to practice with)

Dates: being planned for late spring summer 2012
Location: Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, room 1-106
Schedule: , 6-8 pm
Limited to 20 people, $25
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Gloria at 651-423-8612 or register online at
www.dctc.edu/continuing-education under design/photography classes

Photography 360:  Beginning to advanced photographers welcomed. Students will learn a range of subjects & techniques related to improving their photographic skills each session. You will learn about camera settings, lighting, composition, design and professional techniques. Weekly critiques of your work will help gain confidence and insights into building your skills. Bring your own digital camera. Ages: 15+. Small class size: 5 to 12.


Date: Wednesdays, starting January 25th, 2012 running 3 Wednesdays
Location: Savage Arts Studio and Gallery, downtown Savage
Schedule: , 6-8:30 pm
Limited to 12 people, $95 for six sessions, $38 drop in for one class.
More Info: email dtangen1@msn.com
Register with Jo at 952-895-0375 or register online at www.savageartstudios.com


Photography Workshop - Long-Weekends

Our North Shore Photography Workshops have been held on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. The three day workshop consisted of lectures, discussions, slide shows filled with tips on metering difficult scenes, using your equipment effectively, shooting waterfalls, nature, landscapes, sunrises, and close-ups. This workshop was designed for the intermediate photographer who want to take their photography to the next level.

Part of each of the three days was spent in the field shooting under the guidance of the instructor with a final student critique on the last day of the workshop.

Limited to 15 people.

Dates: We are planning more north shore workshops during 2012-13 and exploring some 1-2 days workshops in the metro area. Watch this site for more details.

For 2012: workshops being planned:

Summer workshop planned for June 7-10th, 2012, centered out of Gooseberry State Park (offered through Dakota County Tech College as a one-credit course)

Fall workshop planned for Sept 27-30th, 2012 centered out of the Schroeder/Tofte area in MN. (offered through DCTC) registration opens in April 2011 through DCTC

Winter workshop being planned for Feb 16-19th, 2012 for Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls area. Through DCTC, available for registration in Oct 2011 SORRY -full as of Jan 20th

Other Winter/Summer/Fall workshops are being considered for Wisconsin-Michigan area. (only offered through Backroad Images). Summer trips being planned now. Email if interested dtangen1@msn.com

Times: Out-of-town workshops typically run from Thursday evening through Sunday mid-afternoon unless otherwise mentioned. We suggest you plan to arrive at the meeting location on Thursday night around 8 pm for the workshop overview and planning session. However, if you experience a conflict of schedules, please let Darrell know as soon as you can.

Places: North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Near the towns of Beaver Bay, Schroeder, Tofte and the State Parks of Split Rock, Gooseberry and Temperance. Other places are being considered for future workshops

Cost:
Workshop through
through Dakota County Technical College for a 1 credit college tuition is approximately $180 plus lodging, meals and misc as listed below. Registration occurs through DCTC and normal course registrations. However this is open to general public, as well as students.

Workshops run through Backroad Images are non-credit workshops. Costs vary with location, email for details.

Lodging, meals, personal transportation are extra and must be arranged individually. Average cost of lodging is $75 - 95 per night. We will recommend a place to stay and attempt to block out some rooms to get better prices. We recommend you consider sharing rooms with other participants to reduce costs. Summer trips have a camping option as well

For the non-college credit option, a $25 nonrefundable fee is due when registering to hold your place in class. Complete payment is due 7 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Email for current prices.. Credit cards, checks and cash is accepted.

Registration: Call or e-mail for more info, brochure, or application.
952-894-0518 (Darrell)

Lodging: Reasonable rates at nearby hotels, lodges and cabins. Three State Parks and private campgrounds nearby offer great natural surroundings and facilities. Lodging is not included in workshop fee, however we will help you with some recommendations of nearby accommodations and we have reserved some rooms.

 

Looking to the North East over Lake Superior towards Split Rock Lighthouse just before sunrise.
This image was taken during one of our first June workshops.

 

Summer moonrise over Duluth lighthouses on the June 10, 2006 workshop.

 

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