All photography classes are offered for digital cameras. Outdoor classes will take place rain or shine.
These classes are for students 18 years of age and older.
NOTE: A sturdy and strong tripod is required for the outdoor classes.
Registered students will be emailed a supply list 5 - 7 days prior to class.
Refunds (less a 20% service fee) will be made for cancellations received at least seven days prior to classes and workshops.
No refunds will be given for missed classes. Classes are not interchangeable. Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not reached.


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Saturday May 25
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Explore Fairchild through the lens of your camera with visions of black and white images dancing in your head. Using a digital camera, interesting black and white photographs can be achieved using in-camera settings and Photoshop. The class will also cover exposure methods to develop mood and dramatic effects, contrast, creative composition, lens selection, and the benefits of shooting in JPEG and RAW. Prerequisite: Must have a digital camera with manual capabilities. This class will spend time in both the Garden and the classroom. Wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
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$65.00
 
Saturday June 22
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday June 29
Now that you have purchased a full-featured advanced DSLR or mirrorless camera, how do you take advantage of its many features? This class will cover which lenses are best suited to your particular needs and how to take full advantage of their use. Basic flash and lighting techniques, different focal length lenses, basic camera functions and the unique features of your particular camera will be explained. (Please bring your camera and manual.) Resolution, exposure modes and auto focus will be covered, as well as custom functions and when to use them. The class is offered to users of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica.
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$65.00
 
$85.00
 
Sunday July 21
7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Learn to capture the best of what's in bloom at the Garden. This class will review the best camera settings to create different interpretative flower images in the Garden. It will teach shallow focus and hyper focal techniques to create botanical art of the flora at Fairchild. Different lighting techniques to produce dramatic images will be used and there will be a review of the work of famous flower photographers, while exploring their different techniques. Time in the field will be used to learn how to manage the subject, use the correct approach and effectively compose the image. For this class students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended. A 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable. If you do not own a macro lens, you will need a good close-up lens (one that allows you to fill your frame with subjects four inches in length). Telephoto zooms such as a 70-300mm or 70-200mm work very well in the Garden. Telephoto lenses such as 300mm also are recommended.
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$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday July 27
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Enjoy capturing the amazing water lily collection in Fairchild's many pools. In this class, instructor Pedro Lastra will cover the camera settings and modes best suited to this type of photography. Time in the field will be used to learn the best angles, compositions and light to capture the many beautiful water lilies in the Garden. Basic concepts of composition, lighting, and background management to achieve an artistic look will be reviewed. Students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls as this class will not cover basic camera operations. An interchangeable lens camera with a long lens, at least a 300mm or a super zoom point and shoot camera is recommended. Short macro lenses are not recommended for this class.
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$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday August 03
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Are you looking for accurate photographs of your subjects? Do you have arts and crafts or small objects that need to be photographed for documentation or sale? Mr. Lastra will provide instruction on how to use your camera to effectively expose, focus and compose photographs. The class will also review different indoor lighting techniques to illuminate your subjects to accurately capture details in reproduction. Workshop participants will receive instruction and view demonstrations on how to creatively light flowers and botanical subjects indoors. Time spent in demonstrations will be geared toward the challenges of accurate documentation or interpretative representation. Cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable controls are highly recommended.
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Event registration summary
The Art of Black and White Digital Photography: Techniques and Tips with Pedro Lastra:
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$65.00
How to Use and Master Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera with Pedro Lastra:
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$65.00
Non-Member
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$85.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography with Pedro Lastra:
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Photographing Water Lilies and Aquatic Plants with Pedro Lastra:
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Studio Flower and Still Life Photography with Pedro Lastra:
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
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Registration for Classes at Fairchild Summer Schedule
begins on Thursday, May 2