The descriptions for the 2014 clubs will be posted by November 1. The descriptions below are for the 2013 clubs.

Digital Photography Photo Clubs for 2013

In addition to seminars, we offer digital photography photo clubs, where you can learn how to take better digital photos, enhance your digital photos, create shows, and explore the digital darkroom, all in a fun and relaxed environement. Each club meets once a month and has different prerequisites for computer and camera skills that are described in the summaries of each club below. All clubs are photo-enhancing clubs and meant to improve your basic computer skills as related to photos, folders, organization software, and editing software. There is emphasis on "after the shot, what do I do?" We also help you improve your camera usage skills, whether you have a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera.

As of July, we will have an additional club for ProShow Gold students to improve and practice some of the tools and tricks employed in creating an effective show with photos and music. ProShow Gold Club

Throughout the year, we invite all club members to participate in Photo Scavenger Hunts around town, invite special guest lecturers, and exhibits. We also have special field trips to take different types of photos. We're proud of what our students are able to create. Here are some of our students' and instructors' photos and videos on SmugMug: AGE Computer Lab Galleries.

Photo Club News: link

Here are two examples of photos by Cynthia, who belongs to Photo Clubs and has taken several Creativity seminars:

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Club Registration has started and is for one year, January through November. Each Club meets monthly on its designated day of the month and time. If there are vacancies or openings in any club, you are welcome to join mid-year. Enrollment in all photo clubs is based on available space. Please call the office at 512-524-8519, Ext 232 for additional information.

The following photo clubs are offered. (If you would like to review last year's clubs, click here: PhotoClubs2012.) Click on the links below for more details.

Club
Skill Meeting Day and Time
Beginner with Lightroom, Beginner to Intermediate computer skills 1st Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Intermediate to advanced, no coaches 2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Intermediate computer skills, basic knowledge of digital photography 4th Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Beginner in digital cameras, pocket cameras 2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Intermediate computer skills 4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Advanced beginner 4th Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Advanced beginner 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Beginner in digital software 3rd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Beginning to intermediate 1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Previous experience with ProShow Gold 4th Thursday , 1:00 - 3:30 pm

 

Here are the clubs, sorted by Meeting Day:

Club
Meeting Day and Time
1st Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
2nd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
3rd Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
4th Monday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
4th Tuesday, 9:30 - 11:30 am
1st Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
2nd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
3rd Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
4th Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
4th Thursday , 1:00 - 3:30 pm

 


Adobe Lightroom Clubs

Schedule:

Each Club meets once a month. Beginning students meet on the first Monday and Intermediate/Advanced students meet on the second Monday. Both are from 1:00 to 3:30 pm and include additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginning Club is for those who are new to Lightroom and have beginning to intermediate computer skills. The other club is for those who have Intermediate to Advanced Lightroom skills and do not need coaching with computer skills. Must own the Adobe Lightroom software or be interested in purchasing it.

Description:

  • The Beginning Club is new and for those who are new to Lightroom. This Club has coaches.
  • The Intermediate/Advanced Club is for those who have had some experience and are at the Intermediate to Advanced levels. This Club does not have coaches.
  • Learn advanced photo editing
  • Learn about artistic effects, presets, and additional plug-ins
  • Learn about enhancements beyond the basics
  • Learn to fix your photo the way your camera should have taken the picture
  • Use 3rd party software plug-ins to make Lightroom the full editor it was meant to be

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


Adobe Photoshop Elements Club

Schedule:

Fourth Tuesday of each month, January through November, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills using a Windows PC. Know how to open and close programs as well as save, save as, and organize files. You should have a basic understanding of some photo terms and file formats. This is not a photography club, but rather what to do with photos once you have them.

Description:

The student will learn how to edit, enhance, creatively combine, organize and create various output products with photos using the powerful Adobe®Photoshop®Elements program. Handouts will be available for use at home.
Note: Photoshop® Elements Version 9.0 is used in the classroom.

Goals:

  • Learn how to use the various editing tools and change the tool's parameters in the option bar.
  • Learn how to edit photos; i.e. enhancing light and color, restoring, straightening, cropping, resizing, etc. using Full Edit, Quick Edit, and Guided Edit
  • Learn how to create the many output products that are available; i.e. printing, albums, DVD, CD, Web photo shows, etc.
  • Learn the powerful use of layers in Photoshop Elements:
    • Blending Modes
    • Layer Masks
    • Clipping Masks
    • Adjustment Layers
    • Opacity
  • Learn to use and add plug-ins for added special effects.
  • Introduction to the Photo Organizer that is included in Photoshop Elements

Instructor:

Rod Holley


Beginning Camera Photo Club

Schedule:

Meets once a month on the second Wednesday at 1:00 pm with additional field trips if available.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginner skills.

Description:

  • Learn the basics of your digital camera
  • Must bring camera to every class
  • Combines knowing your camera and what to do when the camera meets the computer
  • Learn what the menu, the function and the scene modes mean
  • Decide if if you want aperture, shutter speed or portraits and motion
  • This is a camera class that will explain and practice shooting a different aspect of your camera each month.
  • No photo editing software involved, just making you a better photographer and not a snapshot shooter.
  • We will start with the manual and go from there.

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


Layers Photo Club - Corel Paint Shop Pro

Schedule:

Meets once a month on the fourth Wednesday at 1:00 pm with additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills.

Description:

  • Learn how using layers to edit can be fun and not as hard as you might think they are
  • Learn fine tuning adjustments of layers and effects on photos
  • Perform some artwork on photos
  • Incorporates all things layered: text, frames, tubes (decorating), scrapbooking, masks, etc.
  • Use Corel PaintShop Pro's layering functions
  • Learn about raster and vector layers
  • No camera instruction

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


Photo Editing Club

Schedule:

Meets once a month January through November, on the fourth Monday, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, with additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Advanced beginner, uses a variety of software for photo adjustments and effects

Description:

  • Learn basic skills to help you adjust, enhance, and repair your photos
  • Practice using layering to get a newer (better) sky, or to make improvement adjustments
  • There is an emphasis on applying computer skills to photography
  • Use several software programs to enhance and edit your photos with Adjustments and Effects
  • The primary software used is Corel PaintShop Pro X3 or X4

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


Photo Journalism Club

Schedule:

Meets on the third Wednesday of each month, January through November, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, with additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Advanced beginner, uses a variety of software for photo adjustment, storytelling and effects.

Description:

  • this new club is for those that want to take their photography to a new level.
  • Telling a story, documenting the places, stories and fashions of the day are a valuable asset for future viewers.
  • There will be an assignment due before each class- like shoot a series of photos that reflect the people during an event-
  • Photojournalism also encompasses short videos.
  • This class is for students that know the basic features of their cameras and can we will use software that best enhances our images
  • iPhone, Android, point and shoot and DSLR cameras are all welcome.
  • This is more of a think before you click class, more creativity and thought before the shot.

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


Picasa and Photoscape Photo Club

Schedule:

Meets once a month on the third Monday from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, with additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Beginner computer skills and some camera skills. Obtain a Gmail account. This is mandatory.

Description:

  • Learn how to use the camera and how to download photos.
  • Get basic skills on adjusting photos.
  • Get additional help on camera settings.
  • Emphasis on improving computer skills for photography
  • Uses several software programs that are owned by Goggle, including Picasa, Snapseed and Photoscape

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


ProShow Producer Club

Schedule:

Meets once a month on the first Wednesday at 1:00 pm with additional field trips.

Fee:

$70/year

Prerequisites:

Intermediate computer skills.

Description:

  • Learn the basics of ProShow Producer with keyframing, transitions and slide styles.
  • Learn the basics of audio and sound timing.
  • Video out of your camera and as clip art will be used.

Instructor:

Roberta Przybylski


ProShow Gold Club

Schedule:

Meets once a month on the fourth Thursday at 1:00 pm. Starts in July, 2013.

Fee:

$50 for the remainder of the year 2013

Prerequisites:

You should be familiar with ProShow Gold. This is not a beginner's club. We will focus on a feature of Proshow Gold in depth during the monthly meetings. You do not need to own the software that will be used in the seminar, Photodex ProShow Gold, version 5.0. This is NOT a beginner's class in the basic use of the computer.

Description:

  • This is a club for Photodex ProShow Gold students to improve and practice some of the tools and tricks employed in creating an effective show with photos and music.
  • Each month we will focus on particular skills: layers, audio, video, and final presentation in various formats.
  • We will provide photos, videos, and music, for you to use so that you can learn the advanced features of the program and create a complete show.
  • You will learn how to create a multi-media show using the advanced features of ProShow Gold, including layers, voice recording, slide options, background changes, copying to the next slide, color changes, uploading to the Web for sharing online, and caption motions.
  • You will learn how to create a multi-media show that includes video, photographs, transitions, music, titles, and voice-overs. This seminar includes combining video clips, photographs, and graphics with the addition of music, titles, and transitions to create an entertaining show that you can burn to a CD or DVD for viewing on a computer or a television.

Goals:

  • Make a show in ProShow Gold
  • Learn the advanced features and procedures of using the ProShow Gold video/photo editing program.
  • Import photographs, graphics, and music into the show.
  • Add zoom and pan effects to photos.
  • Add music and edit for fades and timing to the show.
  • Add titles to the show and edit them.
  • Add transitions and learn how to control them from one visual segment to the next.
  • Understand the steps in creating a DVD.
  • Get introduced to the process of burning the final show onto a DVD.

Instructor:

Gordon Hamilton





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