Training Classes for
Plano Photography Club and Dallas Camera Club Members

There will be a combination of Live Classes before each club's meetings available to members of that club and Online classes available to members of both clubs over Zoom. 

PPC Members access codes are HERE. You must be a member and logged on to see this page.

Start Times

Online classes start at 7:00 PM
Live classes start at 6:00 PM and end at 7:00 PM

Upcoming Classes

  

Tuesday

7:00 PM

Oct 17

Online DCC/PPC

Image Review - Dennis Fritsche

Thursday

6:00 PM

Oct 19

Live - Library

My Passion - Landscape - Dennis Fritsche

Thursday

6:00 PM

Oct 19

Live - Room 1

New to Photography - Larry Petterborg

 

Current and Pending Classes

Classes for 2023

MOTION, A PHOTO HISTORY - Nancy Mack
September 14.

When the first camera recorded an image, the street was sharp, but people were rendered as ghosts MOTION has been the bane and the hero of photography ever since. We will look at this journey and suggest ways to render acceptable creative blur through panning, ICM, ME and long exposure.

New to Photography

Purpose: To engage with members new to photography and encourage their enthusiasm for exploring and growing their photography skills.
Philosophy: Since those new to photography have varying needs, this will not be a sequentially presented class. Instead, this shall be an “adaptable” curriculum based on the needs of the participants. Members may participate as they need, and the classes will be tailored to the needs of the participants.
Instructors: Various members will participate as instructors depending upon the specific needs of participants.
The core group of instructors are Master Photographers,
  Alan Daniel
  Dennis Fritsche
  Larry Petterborg

Class Structure:

Before each monthly meeting, those new to photography will be asked to submit up to two subjects or questions. Such as “What is the exposure triangle?”, “How can I get better exposures?”, “My subjects are always out of focus?”, “What’s the best way to set up my camera?”
  The instructors will decide how to best address the questions.
  There may be a need to split the classes.
  You are welcome to attend even if you did not submit a question.
When: Sessions start in February and will be held before each regular meeting. If there is a need, live sessions may be augmented with online sessions via zoom or outings.
Contact: dennisfritsche@verizon.net


Using Lightroom Collections (Online) - Alan Daniels 
  • Creating a collection - Why and How
  • Flexibility of collections
  • How to share collections with your other devices (LR mobile or LR on the Web)
  • Sharing collections with others (no need for LR software)
  • Creating a “Smart” collection
  • How they work and how you can use them
  • How I use Smart collections
  • How to link/share your Lightroom images with your Flickr account
Creating a slideshow with Lightroom and Photostage (Online) - Alan Daniel and Dennis Fritsche
  • Image selection and sequence
  • Title slides and text
  • transitions
  • adding music
  • Saving as a movie file 

Websites
A panel discussion of various hosting platforms and varying approaches to displaying your work on a website.

How I Made It

The story of a photograph is less about the lens, the f-stop, and shutter speed and more about the moment the photographer decided to make a photograph. In these sessions, photographers will discuss what prompted them to make a photograph. Where were they? What feeling did they have about the location? What drew them to make that particular photograph? Why did they choose the gear and settings they used? How did they process the photograph to realize their vision? Did they choose a particular paper to print the image? Hopefully these stories can help us learn to see a scene better.

Two excellent books illustrating the power of the story are:
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs - Ansel Adams
Light on the Landscape - William Neill

New Masking Tools in Lightroom Classic - Dennis Fritsche

Local adjustments to a photograph elevate the image in a way global adjustments alone cannot. The capability of creating complex masks in Lightroom Classic continues to improve and is now very powerful. This class is an overview of the tools and examples to show how they are applied.

Shot Discipline and Support

Photographers often feel their photographs need improving. Too often the first answer pursued is a new camera or lens. There are actually several things that should be pursued before laying out the cash. In this class we will explore two of them - shot discipline and support (mono and tripods)



Past Classes

Just Learning - Alan Daniel and Larry Petterborg

This class is offered live before the regular monthly meeting at 6:00PM in Room 1. The purpose is to help those just starting out in photograph the basics of the camera, exposure, focusing, composition, etc.

August 18 – Alan Daniel will host an informal session and demonstrate the basics of the camera and camera settings. You are encouraged to practice between meetings and raise your questions at the next meeting.

September, October, November – Larry Petterborg will offer a three session class titled Exposure: Get It Right in the Camera (see below).

EXPOSURE: GET IT RIGHT IN THE CAMERA - Larry Petterborg

Properly exposing files makes your subsequent photo editing simpler and your resulting images much closer to what you originally visualized before pushing the shutter button. Over the course of three meetings, we will define “exposure”, explore the camera settings which determine an exposure, and discuss methods for obtaining the best results. While there are many reference sources available on this subject, I plan to rely heavily on Michael Frye’s eBook, EXPOSURE For Outdoor Photography (not currently available).
SESSION ONE: Discussion Topics and Exercise
Define “exposure”, “proper exposure”, exposure triangle (shutter speed, aperture & ISO), metering modes, & exposure modes.
Homework: Make a series of photographs of the same subject at the same time exploring the effects of aperture and shutter speed while the exposure stays the same.
SESSION TWO: Discussion Topics and Exercise
Homework Show &Tell, histograms, exposure compensation, expose to the right (ETTR), and “Blinkies”.
Homework: Make a series of photographs of the subjects utilizing ETTR techniques and compare them to exposures made of the same subjects with your camera set on “Auto”.
SESSION THREE: Discussion Topics and Exercise
Homework Show &Tell and questions.

Exploring Black and White Prints

Dennis Fritsche

What: I will bring some silver gelatin prints by the renowned photographer John Sexton along with some digital prints of mine. You are invited and encourage to bring black and white prints of any any and all types.
Purpose: To see a traditionally printed image, compare to digital prints, discuss digital papers and their impact on the final image, and see other processes. And whatever else we decide to explore.
When: 6:15 - 7:15 (Program Meeting starts at 7:30)
Where: In the Aaron Youth Center (AYC) at Congregation Shearith Israel

Things I Can Only Do in Photoshop (Multi-part)

I prefer to do all of my post processing work in Lightroom Classic - Image adjustment, printing, resizing, HDR, Panoramas, etc. However there are certain things I can only do in Photoshop. I will demo the following:
  - Fill holes in the forest
  - Erase certain halos in prints
  - Expand an image when the subject needs more room
  - Fill transparent areas created in Lightroom when correcting geometries
  - Text on images
  - Create a watermark
  - Creative creations
  - More...

How I Made It

The story of a photograph is less about the lens, the f-stop, and shutter speed and more about the moment the photographer decided to make a photograph. In these sessions, photographers will discuss what prompted them to make a photograph. Where were they? What feeling did they have about the location? What drew them to make that particular photograph? Why did they choose the gear and settings they used? How did they process the photograph to realize their vision? Did they choose a particular paper to print the image? Hopefully these stories can help us learn to see a scene better.

Two excellent books illustrating the power of the story are:
Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs - Ansel Adams
Light on the Landscape - William Neill

Image Review (Online)

Anita Oakley - Participants share images and discuss them. The leader may demonstrate potential improvements.

Ask Me Anything (Online)
Dennis Fritsche

This is an open session to discuss anything photographic - cameras, Lightroom, color management, technique, gear, printing, travel planning, back-up strategies, whatever. If I don't know, someone else in the room will. It is a great place to learn something new. If you have a problem image or a question, email it to me at dennisfritsche@verizon.net.


Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Prior Class Descriptions

Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Training Class Material - 2023
Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Training Class Material - 2022
Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Training Class Material - 2021
Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Training Class Material - 2020
Plano Photography Club (PPC) - Training Class Material - 2019 and Earlier



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