Training Classes for Plano Photography Club and Dallas Camera Club Members

Links for Members to Online Zoom Classes - HERE 
If you wish to attend a training class as a Guest, send an email to Training

Details For All DCC Classes - HERE

Combined DCC - PPC Training  

PPC Training Thursdays - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

Next Classes: October 22, 2020

6:30 PM CT - Blending Modes with Craig Rowen
7:30 PM CT - Visual Design Basics (Session 5) with Larry Petterborg
DCC Training Tuesdays - Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Next Classes: October 20, 2020 - Cancelled

Descriptions of Current PPC 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.

Luminosity and Color Masks

Instructor: Anita Oakley
Class Availability: Open to all
Class Date(s): October 8, 2020
Duration: 60 minutes
Where: Zoom
Sign-up: Not Required

Luminosity and color masks allow you to make edits to your images that would be impossible without them. They can be as intricate as a single shade in the leaves of trees. They also blend beautifully so the edits appear more natural. However, manually creating luminosity masks is a difficult and time-consuming process. Ted Kuyper’s TK7 Rapid Mask module makes them a snap! We will edit three images and show you how effective and easy they really can be.

Photoshop Blending Modes

Instructor: Craig Rowen
Class Size Limit: None
Class Date(s): October 22
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

Instructor: Dennis Fritsche
Class Availability: Open to all
Class Date(s):  November 12
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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