Training Classes for Plano Photography Club Members

Training Thursday - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

6:30 PM CT - New and Prospective Member Orientation (August 27, 2020)

7:30 PM CT - Visual Design Basics with Larry Petterborg (begins August 27, 2020)

Click HERE for access information. (The code is on a member only access to deter "zoombombers")


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6:30 PM Fuji Program on
Closeup Photography
Orientation - Carol Lighting - John Lighting - John Lighting - John Blending Modes - Craig Blending Modes - Craig
7:30 PM Visual Design - Larry Visual Design - Larry Visual Design - Larry Visual Design - Larry Visual Design - Larry Visual Design - Larry


Descriptions of Current Classes

Visual Design Basics

Instructor: Larry Petterborg
Class Size Limit: None
Class Date(s):  2nd and 4th Thursdays from August 27, 2020 through November 12, 2020
Registration: None required
Where: Zoom - access code HERE
Sign-up: Not Required

This course is based on the books 'Photographing the World Around You' by Freeman Patterson (1994, ISBN 1-55013-5902) and 'Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing' by Margaret Livingstone (2002, ISBN 978-0-8109-9554-3).

The first of six sessions will introduce the course and discuss the idea of learning to see the world around us as photographic opportunities. Participants will be given an assignment to practice 'seeing' using their cell phone cameras.

Subsequent sessions will consist of a discussion of the past activity/review of images, an introduction to different design elements, and a description of a new activity.


1 Introduction to course, "Seeing" - use a cell phone camera to practice seeing potential photos.
2 "Light" - make pictures of the same subject in different lighting conditions.
3 "Shape" and "Line" - create a photographic collection of basic shapes and make a series of images utilizing real and implied lines.
4 "Texture" and "Perspective" - explore the texture of surfaces/scenes and use visual design ideas to create depth in your photos.
5 "Dominance," "Balance," "Proportion," and "Rhythm" - make a collection of images demonstrating the concepts of dominance, balance, proportion, and rhythm.
6 Putting visual design to work to improve your compositions.


New and Prospective Member Orientation

Instructor: Carol Barlow and Mary Jean Blevins
Class Size Limit: None
Class Date(s):  August 27 at 6:30PM
Registration: None required
Where: Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The leaders will familiarize new and prospective members with information such as how to join, an overview of the Plano Photography Club website, the purpose of the monthly photo competitions, an overview of the monthly contest process, and club events and field trips.


Photoshop Blending Modes

Instructor: Craig Rowen
Class Size Limit: None
Class Date(s):  October 22 and November 12
Registration: None required
Where: Zoom - access code to be announced

"The goal of this training session is to provide a basic understanding of what the blending modes do and how to use them during your photo editing.  Blending modes are useful for both enhancing a photo and doing composites."

The following topics will be covered:

  • Change tone and color
  • Replace sky using blending modes
  • Dodge and Burn
  • Light rays
  • Using blending modes in combination with blend if

Time permitting, these additional topics may be covered:

  • LUTs and blending mode
  • BW and blending modes
  • Brush tool and overlay
  • Clone stamp tool and darken


Ask Me Anything - On Hiatus Until Further Notice

Instructor: Dennis Fritsche
Class Availability: Open to all
Class Date(s): Every 2nd and 4th Thursday
Duration: 60 minutes
Where: Zoom
Sign-up: Not Required

Description:  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's a great place to learn something new. If you have a problem image or one you want to improve,  email it to me at

See some of the material talked about in the class here.


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