Photography students will receive an email with a supply list and where to meet for each class. Please note that outdoor classes take place rain or shine.

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Thursday February 16
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday ending Thursday February 23
Now that you have purchased a full-featured advanced DSLR 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. 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. (Please bring your camera and manual.)
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$65.00
 
$85.00
 
Saturday February 25
7:00 AM - 10:00 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 as it will not cover basic camera operations. 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 March 04
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn how to photograph the beauties in nature while they are in action. From Hummingbirds and warblers to dragonflies and butterflies, this class will focus on the small and fast moving beauties in nature and the best photo techniques to capture these fast and elusive subjects. In this class, instructor Pedro Lastra will cover the needed camera/lens and the technical settings needed to capture fast moving small subjects in an artistic way. He will also review basic concepts of effective composition and strategies for anticipating action images of small subjects. This class will not cover basic camera operations; therefore students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls. Telephoto lenses and telephoto zooms are highly recommended. A telephoto or zoom lens of at least 200mm is needed. Telephoto lenses that get to 300mm and 400mm will work best.
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$35.00
 
$65.00
 
Tuesday March 07
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Here is your chance to photograph Fairchild during that magic hour of sunset as it highlights the winter evening sky. This class affords you the opportunity to benefit from an expert's instruction in photographing the Garden just as the moon is rising. A very sturdy tripod and a camera with interchangeable lenses or a point-and-shoot camera with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended. This class is limited to 12 participants, 18 years and older. The class is not for beginners, therefore there will be no basic camera instruction given. It will involve a great deal of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Students should bring along insect repellant, a flashlight and water. Class takes place even if it rains.
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$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday March 11
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Orchid and photography enthusiasts will enjoy this unique opportunity to preview and photograph Fairchild's International Orchid Festival early in the morning, before the crowds arrive. This class will offer the opportunity to photograph these exquisite beauties at their best. Participants will receive instruction on how to photograph the orchids using artificial light to produce natural looking photographs. Mr. Causo will instruct you in choosing and creating attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show you how to control and meter light effectively. Advanced point-and-shoot cameras with pop-up flashes and macro capability as well as SLR's with macro lenses and external flashes are highly recommended. Small point-and-shoot cameras are not recommended for this class due to their very limited controls.
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$35.00
 
$65.00
 
Saturday March 18
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday March 25
Would you like to learn the more advanced camera features of your DSLR? This class will cover the following advanced functionalities of your DSLR: when to use RAW format vs JPG; how to manage your White Balance Options; how to manage the Auto Focus options; using External Flashes and light modifiers effectively; how to use your camera's TTL meter to control multiple dedicated external flashes and balance ambient and artificial lights to create professional results. Information on how to use your histogram to maximize your image quality and managing your lens aperture and focal length to accomplish different aesthetic effects will be covered. This class is for owners of the following cameras; Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica. Please bring your camera and manual with you to class. The recommended textbook for this class is the National Geographic Field Guide to Photography: Secrets to making great pictures by Caputo and Burian.
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$55.00
 
$75.00
 
Saturday April 01
7:00 AM - 10:00 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 as it will not cover basic camera operations. 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 May 13
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday May 20
Now that you have purchased a full-featured advanced DSLR 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. 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. (Please bring your camera and manual.)
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$65.00
 
$85.00
 
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Event registration summary
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera - Section B with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$65.00
Non-Member
0
$85.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography- Section A with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Close Up Action Fast Moving Beauties - Section C with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$65.00
Photographing the Garden at Sunset - Section B with Carlos Causo:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Orchid Photography: Capturing these Beauties at Fairchild's Int'l Orchid Festival with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$65.00
Advanced DSLR Techniques: Getting More Out of Your DSLR Camera with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$55.00
Non-Member
0
$75.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography - Section B with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera - Section C with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$65.00
Non-Member
0
$85.00
Donation:
$0.00
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