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.
Online registration will open on Wednesday, December 27 at 9:00 a.m. 
See you in a class in 2018.




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Tuesday January 23
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday ending Tuesday January 30
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. (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
 
Saturday January 27
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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$55.00
 
$35.00
 
Wednesday January 31
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
For the experience of a lifetime, join us to photograph the super moon. This blue and super moon comes close to Earth which makes it status as a super moon. Students will need a very sturdy tripod and have a camera with interchangeable lenses (are recommended). Class is limited to 10 participants, 18 years and older. Note: this class is not for beginners and no basic camera instruction will be 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 February 03
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Students will experience the sunrise as they photograph Fairchild's spectacular garden landscapes. This course will offer the opportunity to photograph the Garden's lush greenery, dramatically lit by the rising sun. Participants will receive instruction and demonstrations on photographing outdoors in the early morning natural light. Carlos Causo will help you select your subject and create attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show how to control and meter light effectively. Focus will be on visual expression and technical understanding of photography techniques that capture our landscapes. Time spent in the field will be geared toward the aesthetic challenge of moving from documentation to interpretation in your photographs. Instruction will be tailored to your individual level, whether beginner or advanced.
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$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Sunday February 04
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Do you want to have beautiful images of your loved ones and friends in the garden? In this class, instructor Pedro Lastra will show you how to best use your equipment to photograph people in the garden. He will cover the camera controls best suited to this type of photography. He'll also cover the principles of composition that work well for environmental portraiture and how to pose the subject and manage the image background to create the perfect environmental portrait. Different types of lighting suitable to portraits and how to use different flash techniques such as fill flash to achieve a balanced and well lit portrait will be taught. All cameras are suitable for this class. If your camera uses an external flash, please bring it to class.
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$40.00
 
$65.00
 
Saturday February 24
8:00 AM - 11:00 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
 
Wednesday February 28
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 appropriate 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 10
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
 
$55.00
 
Saturday March 17
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday March 24
Instructor Carlos Causo - 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. Additionally, ADOBE LIGHTROOM* will be introduced in the second session of the class: Learn how to upload, edit and organize your photos using adobe Lightroom. Learn how to upload, organize, tag and add your photos to collections in Library mode, Edit them in Develop mode, create an amazing book or slideshow for presentation, print and design your unique web page. *Students must have a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed to follow along. 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. To install Adobe Creative Cloud, go to Adobe.com - Choose a plan (Tab from upper menu} > Individuals: Choose a Photography plan from the drop down arrow. Creative Cloud pricing and membership plans | Adobe Creative Cloud
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$55.00
 
$75.00
 
Saturday March 24
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Do you want to have beautiful images of your loved ones and friends in the garden? In this class, instructor Pedro Lastra will show you how to best use your equipment to photograph people in the garden. He will cover the camera controls best suited to this type of photography. He'll also cover the principles of composition that work well for environmental portraiture and how to pose the subject and manage the image background to create the perfect environmental portrait. Different types of lighting suitable to portraits and how to use different flash techniques such as fill flash to achieve a balanced and well lit portrait will be taught. All cameras are suitable for this class. If your camera uses an external flash, please bring it to class.
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$40.00
 
$65.00
 
Saturday April 07
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday April 14
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. (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
 
Tuesday May 01
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday ending Tuesday May 08
Instructor Carlos Causo - 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. Additionally, ADOBE LIGHTROOM* will be introduced in the second session of the class: Learn how to upload, edit and organize your photos using adobe Lightroom. Learn how to upload, organize, tag and add your photos to collections in Library mode, Edit them in Develop mode, create an amazing book or slideshow for presentation, print and design your unique web page. *Students must have a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed to follow along. 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. To install Adobe Creative Cloud, go to Adobe.com - Choose a plan (Tab from upper menu} > Individuals: Choose a Photography plan from the drop down arrow. Creative Cloud pricing and membership plans | Adobe Creative Cloud
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$55.00
 
$75.00
 
Saturday May 26
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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$55.00
 
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Event registration summary
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera with Carlos Causo - Section A:
Member
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$65.00
Non-Member
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$85.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography with Pedro Lastra - Section A:
Non-Member
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$55.00
Member
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$35.00
Photographing the Super Moon at Fairchild with Pedro Lastra:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Sunrise and Early Morning Photography at Fairchild with Carlos Causo:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Environmental Portraiture in the Garden with Pedro Lastra - Section A:
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$65.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photographywith Pedro Lastra - Section B:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Photographing the Garden at Sunset and Moonrise with Carlos Causo:
Member
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Orchid Photography: Capturing the Beauties at the Int'l Orchid Festival with Carlos Causo:
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
Advanced DSLR Camera Techniques and Adobe Lightroom - Section A:
Member
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$55.00
Non-Member
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$75.00
Environmental Portraiture in the Garden with Pedro Lastra - Section B:
Member
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$40.00
Non-Member
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$65.00
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera with Carlos Causo - Section B:
Member
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$65.00
Non-Member
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$85.00
Advanced DSLR Camera Techniques and Adobe Lightroom - Section B:
Member
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$55.00
Non-Member
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$75.00
Nympheas: Photographing Water Lilies at the Garden with Pedro Lastra:
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$35.00
Non-Member
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$55.00
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