Intro to Photography: How to Make Better Photographs
The class is for anyone (beginner or experienced) who wants to learn to make better photographs with your digital camera. We will cover the essentials of good photography, including your camera’s controls, the principles of good composition and how and why to stop using automatic (and when to use it) and how to use shutter speed and aperture to craft your pictures. We’ll cover different types of photography, including landscape, nature, family, travel and more. In addition, we will cover the basics of how to edit your pictures on your computer. Plan to take lots of pictures. Classes will include weekly photo assignments and helpful review sessions. This class is offered through the Cape Cod Art Center. Please check their website for schedule.
Cape Cod Winterscapes
February 18-20 & 23
Winter on Cape Cod is a special time with unique photo opportunities. Most of the tourists and part time residents are gone. Many businesses are closed. Beaches, harbors and streets are empty. Over several days we will explore Cape Cod’s winterscapes–everything from the natural beauty of the beaches , marshes and woodlands to shuttered business and deserted harbors and streets. We’ll also take advantage of the shorter daylight hours to experiment with low light and night photography. Along the way we’ll work on winter shooting tips, how to improve your eye by “seeing” a scene and compose an image, low light and night photography and editing techniques to get your pictures looking their best. Offered through Cape Cod Art Center. Please click for more information.
Lightroom Basics: How to Organize, Edit and Output Your Pictures
March 12, 9:30AM-12PM via Zoom
Learn the essential tools and techniques to make your photos look their best using Adobe Lightroom Classic.. This hands-on workshop is based on a simple workflow that will let you quickly and easily organize, edit and output your images. First, we’ll cover how to import, rate and sort your pictures. Then, working with sample images, you’ll learn how to crop pictures, adjust colors, fine-tune your exposure and recover blocked shadows and blown highlights. You’ll learn re-touching techniques to remove dust spots and other distractions. In addition, we’ll cover noise reduction, sharpening and more, including key editing tips and tricks used by professional photographers to give their pictures extra pop and finish. You’ll also learn how to export your photos for email, print and the web. Please click for more information.
Lightroom II: mastering Light, Color and the Art of Dodge & Burn
March 12, 1:30-4PM via Zoom
In this hands-on Zoom-based workshop, you will learn how and why to use Lightroom’s many powerful “dodge and burn” tools to deliberately control light and color and create your own creative look and style. Dodge & Burn is an old darkroom term for adjusting light and shadow in specific parts of an image. By controlling light, shadows and color, you can guide the viewer’s experience of an image and add emotion, dimensionality and pop to a picture. It’s how you make a picture come to life and look great. Working on sample images and some of your own pictures, you’ll learn to use Lightroom’s new masking tools, including the luminosity and color masking features with the “intersect” and other new options, plus the new Adjustment Brush, Radial and Graduated Filters, and the Sky and Subject selection tools. You will also learn to use the Color Grading panel, HSL sliders, Calibration sliders, profiles and more. In addition to learning Lightroom’s tools we’ll also look at some famous paintings and photographs to examine how these old masters used light and color to create their masterpieces. Please click for more information.
April 2 & 9 via Zoom
June 1-4 (Wednesday – Saturday)
Join me for a special 3-night workshop at the height of Milky Way season to photograph the stars and moon against the dark skies above Acadia National Park and its dramatic coastlines, lakes, ponds and woodlands. In three days of evening and night field shoots and class instruction we’ll cover fundamental and advanced night photography techniques, including camera settings, focusing, use of Photopills and other apps to plan night shoots, processing and more. Click for more information.
Join small group of other photographers for a 8-day/7-night photo adventure in Iceland, the magical land of fire and ice and one of the world’s great bucket-list destinations for photographers. The journey begins in the early September at the tail end of Summer when the weather is still mild and early Autumn has just started to warm the landscape colors. We’ll have plenty of daylight, plus dark nights and a chance to catch Northern Lights and a rising moon over the extraordinary Icelandic landscape. We’ll travel from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, up to the Snaefellesness Peninsula and then down to Iceland’s famed southern coast to photograph majestic waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, mountains, black sand beaches, mysterious rock formations, and the ice covered “diamond” beach. Along the way we’ll stay in country hotels where we can relax and recharge and dine on the local cuisine. Throughout the trip we’ll take advantage of opportunities to photograph the aurora borealis if it appears. Please click for more information.
Come learn the art of creative fine-art photography while exploring the beaches, dunes and harbors of the Lower and Outer Cape and the Cape Cod National Seashore. In this workshop, photographer John Tunney will take you to some of the Cape’s most beautiful locations and show you how to “see” a scene, discover its creative potential and produce a creative and expressive fine-art image. We’ll go on field shoots in the mornings and late afternoon into evening, plus one Milky Way shoot, and have midday classroom sessions for editing and reviewing pictures. What we’ll cover:
– How to create impressionistic images using long exposures, camera motion, depth of field and multiple exposures
– The creative use of wide angle and telephoto lenses
– How to see and use the elements of design in composing your images
– Low-light photography tips
– How to photograph the Milky Way
– Processing tips to fine-tune your compositions for added expressiveness, dimensionality and finish
Offered through Cape Cod Art Center.
Acadia, Schoodic & Mount Desert Isle
October 1-5 (Saturday-Wednesday)
Join me for a special 5-day/4-night workshop on the beautiful coast of Maine as we photograph Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Peninsula, Mount Desert Island and DownEast Maine. The workshop includes lodging for four nights and all meals (except one lunch and dinner in Bar Harbor), including a lobster dinner (alternatives available). We’ll be based at the Schoodic Institute near Schoodic Point. Known as the quiet side of Acadia, the Schoodic Peninsula offers a variety of opportunities to experience Maine’s rugged coast, including dramatic cliffs and rocky shorelines, woodland trails that lead to the famous Schoodic Point and its giant slabs of pink granite that extend into the open Atlantic. It’s a great spot for sunrise, sunset, the moon and stars. We’ll also visit coastal villages such as Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor and the quaint Corea for scenes of classic DownEast Maine – fishing boats, lobster traps, working docks and more. On Mount Desert Island, we’ll explore picturesque locales such as Bar Harbor, the Acadia coast, Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake, as well as places off the beaten track. Offered through Cape Cod Art Center. Click for more information.
Contact me about one-on-one or small group classes for photography, Lightroom, Photoshop or private photo tours.
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