The Photography & Digital Media Department has a traditional black and white darkroom, Mac Computer Lab and photo studio. It is a workspace where you can meet like-minded folks, learn about your camera gear and explore various ways to make photographic imagery. We are bridging digital technology with the tried and true art of the hand made print. We are a place where you can develop your personal vision with a camera.




VA Creating a Visual Narrative in a Single Frame (837)

Guest Artist, Ann George
Computer Lab
Saturday & Sunday, April 25 - 26, 2020
9am - 5 pm / Two days
$195 /Members $175
$50 cancellation fee. No refunds after April 10

Ann George will help you develop the Photoshop skills needed to create mood, expression and meaning into your photographs. This workshop will guide you onto a pathway of magical realism, dreamy landscapes and visual narratives. Using Photoshop, you will take your photographs to another level of mastery and creation. Starting with a selection of images, using layering, masking and blending to construct a narrative into a single image. Ann will walk you through her intuitive process as the class progresses. If you have an idea, you can sketch it out in your mind s eye and accomplish your vision through this workshop. Transform images of one sort into another visualized world. Participants must have a working knowledge of photoshop. Ann's website;
This workshop is subsidized by the Lois and Jim Richmond Workshop Fund.

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Introduction to Photography/Learn the Basics (820)

Keith Mumma, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Wednesdays, April 15 - May 20
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$135/Members: $115

Learn how to use their digital cameras. Basic photographic concepts on exposure control and basic composition are explored through lectures, demonstrations and class assignments. Participants need to provide their own cameras that have user controls for shutter speed and lens opening. Please bring your camera and owner's manual to the first class.

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Traditional Black and White Film & Printing (822)

Mary Whalen, Darkroom
Tuesdays, April 14 - May 19
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$155/Members: $135

Learn how to develop film and print black & white photographs. Through demonstrations and supervised printing sessions, participants will learn film and print development, how to control print contrast, and special darkroom techniques. This class is a perfect opportunity to print your special black and white negatives from the family archives. Students must provide their own film and paper for the class. Darkroom chemicals and equipment are provided. Open darkroom time is available to students.

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Macro Photography (824)

Mark Cassino, Multi-Purpose Classroom
Tuesdays, April 14 - May 5
6:30 - 9 pm/4 weeks
$135/Members: $115

Explore the world of high magnification macro photography! Mark will cover the basics of how to photograph tiny subjects at high magnifications. Topics will include techniques for achieving high magnification, managing depth of field, lighting subjects, and using focus stacking. Studio techniques for photographing small subjects will be covered including a demo of techniques for snowflake photography. Field techniques for outdoor photography of insects and flowers will be presented. Visit Mark's blog at

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On the Road with Your iPhone (826)

Corinne Satterlee, Computer Lab
Thursdays, April 30 - May 21
1 - 3:30 pm/4 weeks
$105/Members: $85

Using the camera phone as your photographic tool, we will visit the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and or the Gilmore Car Museum for the annual reciprocal museum month. Students will learn to effectively capture and edit with various apps while exploring our community s wealth of natural, artistic and historic resources. No prior photographic experience is required for this class. Please bring your camera phone fully charged to the first class.

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Polymer Photogravure (828)

Instructor: Dave Jones and Laurie Pruitt, Darkroom/ Print Studio
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 - 3
10 am - 5 pm/Two days
$190/Members: $170

Prerequisite: Alternative Processes or Photoshop
Using a polymer-coated plate and a digital positive, you ll create an intaglio-etched plate for high-quality images approaching those produced using traditional copperplate gravure. This process produces a beautiful photographic gradation of tones. Bring a sack lunch. Contact Dave at or Laurie at

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VA Introduction to Hand Coloring Digital Prints (838)

Guest Artist, Laurie Klein, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31 2020
9am - 5 pm / Two days
$270 /Members $250
$50 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 15

You've taken a beautiful photograph and want to make it a one of a kind piece of art, but you are intimidated by the thought of picking up a paintbrush or colored pencil and enhancing your image. Hand coloring a black and white photograph is an art form all by itself. It is much simpler and more accessible than you think. Laurie has created a process that is easy and accessible to all age groups and artistic abilities. This hands-on course introduces you to the history, esthetics and technical aspects of hand coloring. Discuss taking photographs that are suited for hand coloring, select your materials, coloring techniques, and preserve your finished work. Students leave with at least 2 finished, fine art pieces along with the knowledge necessary to create on your own. Laurie's website; workshop is subsidized by the Lois and Jim Richmond Workshop Fund.

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Introduction to Photographic Lighting (821)

Amelia Falk Wagner, Photo Studio
Thursdays, April 16 - May 21
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$135/Members: $115

Prerequisite: A camera capable of manual exposure and familiarity with the camera controls.
In this course, Amelia will cover the fundamentals of lighting, including; strobes (studio and on-camera flashes), reflectors, soft boxes, gels and more. Students will learn how to set up and manipulate light for the most effective results. In addition to demos students will be active in setting up the strobes in the studio and other environments.

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Advanced Alternative, Gum Bi-Chromate (823)

Dave Jones, Computer Lab & Darkroom
Thursdays, April 16 - May 21
6 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$175/Members: $155

Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Photoshop.
This class will combine Gum Bi-chromate a 19th century color printing process with 21st century digital negatives. Students will be taught the fundamentals of Photoshop to modify their digital images. Film negatives or digital files can be used. The digital negatives can be used for most alternative printing processes, blending digital technology with historic photographic processes. Contact Dave Jones at with any questions.

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Intro to Lightroom (825)

Mary Whalen, Computer Lab
Wednesdays, April 15 - May 20
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$135/Members: $115

You will learn to import images from a memory card, camera or folder into the Lightroom catalog; create keywords, ratings and use the basic photo adjustment tools to enhance your images. Leave this class knowing a logical workflow from import into Lightroom to export for the web, email or print.

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Encaustics Techniques; Transfers & Painting (827)

Laurie Pruitt, Studio 6
Saturday & Sunday, April 18 - 19
1 - 5 pm/Two days
$195/Members: $175

Learn the basics of working with this ancient process. The encaustic medium will be used in combination with photographs, photo transfers and collage techniques. Learn various techniques for adding color. Through the layering of color with pigment sticks and the encaustic medium you will create a transparency and depth to your imagery. Equipment, paint, medium and brushes will be supplied for the weekend.

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