Black & White Film, Beyond the Basics: Sat, Sep 21, 28 & Oct 5, 12

Take your black and white film developing and printing skills to the next level. This class provides more in-depth darkroom experiences printing 35mm or larger negatives. Classes are supplemented with additional darkroom time outside class time. In-class critiques of their finished prints will be in more depth.

You will be introduced to 120mm roll film and sheet film, fiber-based paper printing, and processing for archival printing. Students will work independently in the darkroom outside of the class meetings.

Students Experience Level: Completion of (Re)Discover B&W Film class or equivalent B&W film class. Knowledge of camera functions, e.g. shutter, aperture, etc. Students determine what they want to learn in the class (camera formats, fiber paper, etc.).

For more details and to enroll, go to Black and White Film, Beyond the Basics in the online Store.

How-to Print on the Epson 3880 & 4900: 10 am to Noon, Sat, Sep 28

This orientation is open only to PhotoMidwest members. Learn how to use PhotoMidwest’s Epson 3880 & 4900 printers. These use pigment inks on up to 17” wide paper and can handle flat media such as poster board up to 1.5mm thick and 16” wide. The 4900 can also use paper rolls, enabling you to make longer prints than available sheet papers. This orientation should enable members to come in any time the building is open and use these printers.

Due to the time and expertise it may take to initially get your computer on the network and load the printer drivers, this will be scheduled several days before the class starts.

For more details and to sign-up (mandatory!) go to How-to Print on the Epson 3880 & 4900 in PhotoMidwest's online Store.

Intro to Lightroom: 6:30 pm - 9 pm Mon Oct 7, 14, 21, & 28

Do you want a hands-on introduction to Adobe Lightroom, the powerful but comparatively easy to use post-image capture processing software? Veteran PhotoMidwest instructor John Lorimer will guide you on how to use Adobe Lightroom including pitfalls to avoid. The class is limited to a maximum of 10 students to ensure the best learning experience.

For more details and to enroll, go to Introduction to Adobe Lightroom in PhotoMidwest's online Store.

The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing. Starts 6:30 pm Tue, Oct 15

This class covers a Taoistic approach to photography; unhurried, relaxed seeing. It is intended for advanced amateur or semi-professional photographers. You should be confident in both your camera work and also in your post-processing skills in your software of choice. Participants should be open to new insights and being bold in their photography.

For more details and to enroll, go to The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing in the online PhotoMidwest Store.

Selecting Things in Photoshop: 1:30-3:30 pm Wednesdays, Oct 16 & 23

Selecting parts of an image is one of the keys to using Photoshop’s power. Selection allows you to adjust one part of an image differently than other parts, for example for color balance, contrast, or noise reduction. In comparison to Lightroom, Photoshop offers more ways of visualizing what you are selecting, more methods of selection, a workspace for refining the selection, the ability to save and re-use the selection, and ways of combining selections. Photoshop then offers a much wider variety of adjustments to the selection.

Selection is also the first step in removing unwanted parts of an image and provides the image material to make composite images.

To learn more about this course and to enroll, go to Selecting Things in Photoshop in the online Store.

Intro to Bird Photography at Horicon Marsh, 8 am - noon Sat, Oct 19

PhotoMidwest is once again offering our Introduction to Bird Photography class under the auspices of the Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 8 am (for the optional Camera Basics session) or 9 am at the DNR’s Horicon Marsh Visitor Center. This is an improved version of the class with an optional 1-hour session starting at 8 am about exposure, aperture, depth of field, and autofocus modes. We strongly encourage attending this 8 am session if you do not have a good understanding of any of these concepts. You can read more about and enroll in this 4-hour 1 day class on the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center website at Introduction to Bird Photography.

NOTE that there are three different Visitor Centers at Horicon Marsh! The class is at the DNR’s Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center at N7725 Wisconsin Highway 28, Horicon, WI. Do NOT go to the visitor centers for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s Service or the Marsh Haven Nature Center.

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Color Management & Printing: 9 am - 1 pm Sat, Oct 26 & Nov 2

Did you ever make a print that was too dark or had the wrong shade of color? This class covers the basic information you will need to make a digital injet print that will thrill you.

You will calibrate your laptop display and then print images using custom paper profiles on PhotoMidwest's printers. You will leave the class with a handful of beautiful prints and, most importantly, the confidence to make your own prints which you will happy to exhibit. The enrollment includes $15 of printing on PhotoMidwest's printers.

For more details and to enroll, go to Color Management and Printing in PhotoMidwest's online Store.

The 1st Year: Intro to Newborn & Infant Photography, 1-4 pm Sun, Nov 10

This class provides an introduction to newborn and infant photography. lt will cover the best ways to pose and light a newborn and how to shoot the major milestones of the first year. Topics include Getting the most out of your session, Newborn Posing & Lighting, and Infant Photography.

lnstructor Misty Bindl has owned her own portrait photography studio since 2003, Lasting Impressions Photography. She shoots newborns, children, families, high school seniors, business portraits and does a variety of freelance work. In 2018, she became a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

For more details and to enroll, go to The First Year: Intro to Newborn & Infant Photography in the PhotoMidwest online Store.