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Basic Digital Seminars

Seminars are free when you purchase a camera from Creve Coeur Camera. Please show proof of purchase upon arrival. Proof of purchase includes the Free Seminar Coupon, your receipt or the camera box with the Creve Coeur Camera label. For more information visit our Basic Digital Seminars page.

 

Classes

All School of Imaging Classes (excluding Digital Basics Seminars) are available on a one seat per ticket basis. Prices are PER PERSON. This includes "Camera Specific" and "General Photography" classes.

 

 AVAILABLE CLASSES

Exposures 101

iPhone Photography

Exposures 201

Green Screen Photography

Exposures 301

Travel Photography

Canon Lens Workshop

Understanding flash Photography

Nikon Lens Workshop

Speedlight Workshop

Portrait photography

DSLR Video 101

Photographing Children

Night Photography

Wedding Photography 101

Lightroom 101

Portrait Workshop

Lightroom 201

Sports Photography For Parents

Photoshop Elements 101

Real Estate Photography

Photoshop Elements 201

Portfolio Review/Critique

 

 

 

Fundamental Photo Classes

Exposures 101

ISO, Shutter Speed, & Aperture

Cost: $69  Length: 2 hours

 

In this two hour session we will be discussing the fundamentals of exposure: Shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Those three features of your camera are what make the picture look the way it does. Understanding how and when to use them is a huge advantage. This class takes a deeper look into Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes. Using these modes, you can explore the creative side of your camera while also gaining a lot of control over your DSLR. Start telling your camera what to do instead of hoping it does what you want.

Exposures 201

Cost: $69  Length: 2 hours

 

Picking up from where 101 left off, we take an in-depth look at how shutter speed, aperture and ISO effect various photographic situations. We break down difficult situations to shoot and how to use your exposure compensation controls to get the picture you want. We will also talk about ‘stops’ of light and how you can have equivalent exposures to a scene. We explain why shooting in Manual Mode may be the best option for some situations. Other topics will include how shutter speed affects flash, bracketing, metering modes and locking your exposure.

 

Prerequisite: Exposures 101

Exposures 301

Cost: $69/person Length: 2 hours

 

In this two hour hands on class, we will continue to explore the options available to you for controlling your exposures. When do we want to shoot in Aperture Mode? Shutter Priority? Why does setting your ISO, shutter speed and aperture manually give you the most creative control over most photo situations? We will experiment with the different modes by taking some photos in the class and outside. Using your speedlight/flash, we will explore how to balance your flash exposure with the overall scene indoors and outside. The instructor will give you advice and critique your photos as you shoot. This is a valuable class to attend for anyone wanting to master creative exposure techniques and to take their images to the next level.

 

Prerequisite: Exposures 101 & 201

 

Canon Lens Workshop

Cost: $99/person Length: 3 hours

 

This is a hands-on class in our photography studio and outside. Please bring your Canon DSLR camera and explore the best uses as you test a variety of Canon and Sigma lenses. We will discuss what lenses are best for sports, portraiture, macro and general use and outline advantages and disadvantages of different models and focal lengths. You will learn what aperture is appropriate to use for different subjects as well as taking photos of a variety of subjects as we teach you the principles of exposure and depth of field. Join us as we explain how the “right” lens can help dramatically improve your photos.

 

Prerequisite: Camera Specific Class

Nikon Lens Workshop

Cost: $99/person Length: 3 hours

 

This is a hands-on class in our photography studio and outside. Please bring your Nikon DSLR camera and explore the best uses as you test a variety of Nikon and Sigma lenses. We will discuss what lenses are best for sports, portraiture, macro and general use and outline advantages and disadvantages of different models and focal lengths. You will learn what aperture is appropriate to use for different subjects as well as taking photos of a variety of subjects as we teach you the principles of exposure and depth of field. Join us as we explain how the “right” lens can help dramatically improve your photos.

 

Prerequisite: Camera Specific Class

 

 

Portrait/Lighting Classes

Portrait photography

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

This class is for anyone who has a desire to improve their efforts when taking portraits. We’ll discuss lenses, apertures, depth of field, equipment, posing, and lighting techniques. This is a class that owners of DSLR and mirrorless cameras will find most useful; however, some of the higher-end point-and-shoot cameras are often capable of making portraits as well.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Exposures 101

 

Photographing Children

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

This class focuses on capturing children in all the situations you may find them in. Whether it be a birthday party, sporting event, or just around the house. We want to help you pick the proper settings on your camera in order to prevent your photos from coming out blurry or just a moment too late. In this class we will discuss your focusing options, your drive modes, and how to pick the proper location and poses for your photographs. There are a few simple steps you can take to improve your pictures immediately and we are here to share them with you. Bring your camera with a fully charged battery and we’ll get you started on taking better photos of your children.

  

Suggested Prerequisite: Camera Specific & Exposures 101

 

Wedding Photography 101

Cost: $129 Length: 4 hours (2 classes, 2 hours each)

 

If you have been asked to photograph a wedding and want to learn how the pros capture those great wedding images, come to this class for an introduction to the procedures, techniques, and equipment that you will need to shoot a wedding. Discussion will include: what equipment to use, the general outline of the events that typically occur during a wedding, how to work with the other service providers, and what finished products you might consider offering the couple. Included in the discussion will be the reasons why you must have a contract as well as dealing diplomatically with awkward situations which may occur. You must have at least one adjustable DSLR camera to attend this class. More than one lens is desirable. An extensive handout is included with this class, which includes an event outline and a suggested photo list.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Exposures 101

Portrait Workshop

Cost: $149 Length: 4 hours

 

Come to our Creve Coeur location for a fun day of shooting in a photographic studio. We will discuss various lighting styles and techniques, preparation, camera settings, lighting accessories and posing. Our model will pose with various lighting setups over this 4-hour session. If you have or are considering setting up a studio in your home and want to learn some creative lighting techniques, this is the class for you! Weather permitting, we will also demonstrate how to use a speedlight effectively outdoors and blur your backgrounds. Bring your DSLR camera and lenses for use with our lighting systems and live model.

 

Specialty Photo Classes

iPhone Photography

Cost: $25 Length: 1 hours

 

So, you left your camera at home and you see a great photo opportunity. We can help! In this class, you will learn to use the camera controls in your iPhone to improve your exposure as well as how to add filters for custom effects. We will also review some of the great applications you can download to make the camera in your iPhone more versatile and your photos look more powerful. Let us show you how to get the best quality images from your iPhone and how easy it is to print those iPhone photos. Make sure to bring your fully charged iPhone

Sports Photography For Parents

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

Do you have children playing sports this season? If you have a DSLR and want to learn how to capture children's school and league sports, this class is for you! We will cover settings such as ISO, white balance, the relationship between shutter speeds and apertures as well as depth of field. Preventing blurred images is the name of the game when it comes to Sports Photography; we’ll show you how to use your camera’s settings to prevent this. The various choices in lenses can make a difference in your photos; we will go over the best options for your type of sporting event.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Exposures 101

Real Estate Photography

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

In this two hour session we will discuss how to take great interior and exterior photographs of homes. If you list and sell homes, this class will give you the tools and knowledge you will need to capture beautiful, accurate color photos. Whether you own a DSLR camera with removable lenses or an adjustable Point & Shoot camera, this class will provide a road map to successful real estate photography. Bring your camera and lenses.

Portfolio Review/Critique

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

Have you ever wanted a professional, unbiased critique of your photographs to improve the quality of your work? In this class you will learn how to evaluate and improve your photos regarding composition, lighting, exposure, etc., as our instructors offer their constructive opinions and critique of your images. Bring up to ten images as prints (8”x10” min. size) or high res Jpeg files on a thumb/flash drive and learn how they can be improved. Plus, you will learn as you see how others are critiqued. If you want to take your photography to the next level or possibly thinking of starting a photography business, this will be a very valuable class.

Green Screen Photography

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

In this lecture class, we will teach you how to shoot portraits on a Green Screen background and then place your subject on a new background of your choosing. We will demonstrate how to use one of Westcott’s green screen kits and explore the different options as well as what lighting and camera settings to use to create realistic portraits. Whether you have a DSLR or Point and Shoot camera, bring it with you to explore your creative possibilities with Green Screen Photography.

Travel Photography

Landscape, Macro, & HDR

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

This class combines three popular topics: Landscape Photography, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Macro Photography into one class perfect for that big trip. Landscape photography topics will include composition, depth of field, filters, lighting and locations. Capturing a wide range of tones in your image is difficult with a digital camera. We will introduce you to HDR photography, which allows you to combine multiple images to make use of the full tonal range in the shadows, mid tones and highlights. We will discuss all of the ways to get the best macro photographs including different lens choices, focusing, composition, and other topics involved with macro photography. Bring your camera to the class; we will discuss various camera settings as well as the different lens choices that are available.

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Exposures 101

Understanding flash Photography

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

Do you have an external flash or are you thinking about getting one? This two hour seminar will help you take advantage of the many features an external flash has so that you can improve your everyday photographs. We will discuss how to use bounce flash, remote flash, and the different modes within an external flash. Did you know that a flash will help you auto focus in low light conditions? In our Flash class we’ll discuss all the advantages of flash photography!

 

Suggested Prerequisite: Exposures 101

Speedlight Workshop 

Using a Secondary Flash and Light Modifiers

Cost: $99 Length: 3 hours

 

Would you like to learn the full capabilities of your speedlight? In this hands on workshop, bring your camera and external flash and let our instructors share their vast experience using speedlights with you. You will learn how to use various light modifiers like umbrellas, softboxes, and snoots including Gary Fong and Rogue products . We will discuss wireless options for using multiple flashes, adding colored gels for creating a “mood” and how to use your flash properly outside to fill shadows. Let us show you how to control your external flash to dramatically improve your photos.

 

Suggested Prerequisites: Exposures 101 & Understanding Flash Photography

DSLR Video 101

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

In this two hour class we will discuss techniques and tips for creating great video with your DSLR camera. Lens, ISO, filters, stabilization, sound and focus options and settings are some of the topics discussed. Also we will go over selective focus and achieving shallow depth of field that can help to make compelling professional looking videos. We will explain what you need to do to make your videos successful. Whether you are looking to shoot production quality video shorts or capture high quality video of your family, this class will give you the information you need to get started. Bring your camera to class so we can discuss the settings and lenses best for you.

Night Photography

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

Photographing at night can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding times to take pictures. Our night photography class will discuss the use of tripods, using slower shutter speeds, tips and tricks for photographing at night as well as using alternative sources of light. Come join us in our Night Photography class to learn how to take some of the most creative and inspiring photos with your very own camera. Tripods are highly recommended and we encourage you to bring lighting sources such as an external flash, flashlight, glow sticks and anything else you can think of that can illuminate your photos at night.

 

Photo Software Classes

Lightroom 101

Great for Beginners & Intermediates

Cost: $129 Length: 4 hours (2 classes, 2 hours each)

 

In the first two-hour session, using our in-class computers, we will review the interface and show how to customize it to streamline your raw processing workflow. We will review how to import, catalog, organize and process your digital files to your liking and export your files as jpeg, tiff, and Photoshop files. Did you know you can set your color balance after you shoot with a raw file? In our second two-hour class we will process files showing you how to make several “versions” of the same file to explore your creative possibilities and how to selectively edit certain areas/tones/colors of your file (bring in a few of your raw files on a USB drive or CD so we can show you some options on how to process them). Do you have hundreds of images that you want to process and want to know how to speed up the process? This is the #1 software pros and serious photographers use to get the best quality from their raw images and batch process multiple images at once.

Lightroom 201

Cost: $69 Length: 2 hours

 

In this two hour class we will review the options Lightroom has to offer for cataloging and developing our raw files. You are encouraged to bring a few raw files to class and the instructor will help you determine what tools in Lightroom to use to get the results you want. You may bring your laptop to this class or use our classroom computers for developing your images. This is a great class for anyone who has taken the Lightroom class and wants additional instruction and tips on using the program. This is a valuable class to attend for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of this program to take their images to the next level.

 

Prerequisite: Lightroom 101 (four hour session)

 

Photoshop Elements 101

Great for Beginners

Cost: $129 Length: 4 hours (2 classes, 2 hours each)

 

In the first two-hour session, using our in-class computers, we’ll explain most of the tools, how to enhance your photos, and selecting within an image. Using a pre-chosen set of common problem pictures, you will see what these tools can do. An introduction to how layers and layer masks help you control your image editing will be explored. In the second two-hour class, we will continue to expand on using the tools in the program and demonstrate the power of layers, layer masks, and making composite images. We will spend time learning about photo retouching to make your subject look their best and some other magical changes you can perform with this program.

Photoshop Elements 201

Great for Intermediate Users

Cost: $129 Length: 4 hours (2 classes, 2 hours each)

 

In the first two-hour session, we will review our basic retouching tools with an emphasis on why the clone stamp is one of the most valuable tools we can use. We will review what selection tool to use on different types of images. As you modify and refine your images, you will then learn how to blend different image layers. Advanced color correction for specific image layers will be explored using adjustment layers and layer masks. In our second two-hour class we will continue to explore the methods available for spot coloring images and how to selectively blur, brighten, darken, etc. any part of your image. We will show you how to process your raw images in Photoshop. Bring in a few "problem" images on a CD or memory card (jpegs or raw files), so we can teach you the best way to fix them.

 

Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements 101 or equivalent skill level

 

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