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Mastering the Tools of Photography Package Deal

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Now - April 12, 2014

General $202
Member $162


Package Details: Are you ready for Chihuly in the Garden? Master your photography skills and register for all the classes (listed below) in this series by February 24 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Mastering the Tools of Photography

To capture something unique, as you see it, you must have proficient knowledge of light, exposure, composition and timing. Mastering the appropriate use of your camera tools will ensure success in every situation. The Mastering Series of classes is recommended for DSLR digital camera owners only.

Light and Exposure

  • Saturday / March 8 / 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: Christine Keith, photojournalist and landscape photographer


Making a good exposure starts with understanding light and how to use it to your advantage. In this course we will study light sources and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade. We will take a walk in the Garden to determine high contrast and low contrast scenes. We will discuss ISOs, exposure compensation, and how to use your camera’s histogram and gray cards. The use of a tripod and a polarizing filter is recommended. Limit 10.

Composition and Seeing

  • Saturday / March 22 / 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: Christine Keith, photojournalist and landscape photographer


Edward Weston said that composition is the strongest way of seeing. Building on our understanding of light, we will look at how to use natural light to shape compositions. We will also examine traditional rules of composition and the work of selected landscape photographers. In this class, we will talk about depth of field, where to hang the frame in capture, and cropping using Adobe® Photoshop®. The use of a tripod and a polarizing filter is recommended. Limit 10.

Flash and Capturing Action

  • Saturday / April 12 / 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: Christine Keith, photojournalist and landscape photographer


Timing demands an ability to anticipate, see and capture peak action. Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism, called this element, “the decisive moment.” It is an essential ingredient in both landscape and people photography. In this class, we will talk about basic flash techniques, shutter speeds and f-stops. We will look at the Garden in terms of weather, time of day and season, and study successful photographs of nature. An off-camera flash and tripod are recommended. Limit 10.

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