Tuesday’s Tip: Think Before You Click {Indianapolis Portrait Photographer & Instructor}

Do you feel a little hesitant to shoot in manual mode?  Forget all the numbers and what they do?  Here’s a little cheat sheet for you!  I kinda sorta LOVE that it has a little girl with an umbrella in the corner. 🙂

If you are interested in taking a DSLR class (A.K.A. Say NO to Auto!!), please contact me (Jill) at raindancerstudios@gmail.com.  I may offer another one in July if I have a few more people who are interested!  Blessings to you and yours!

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The Art of Photography- Photo Composition Class on March 3rd

Want to know what makes a photo visually pleasing to the eye?  Sign up for my upcoming The Art of Photography- Photo Composition Class on March 3rd!  You will learn the official photography elements and rules that work together to make photos better than others.  Here’s your opportunity to study and critique photographs, practice using the elements of composition, and transform your photos by incorporating the theory of lifestyle photography.  These things are not beneficial for just pro photographers but all people who like to take pictures because it will enhance your own personal family photos as well.  This class is not about camera settings (those things can be learned in my DSLR Class!)  It is about photo composition and the secret rules of making photographs that stand out.

In this class you will also learn tips on how to take better photos of kids and how to capture authentic emotion. This 4 hour class will include guided hands-on practice incorporating photography elements in photos and a closer look into capturing sweet family moments that are more expressive (and authentic) of daily life.  A class handbook is provided for use during the class and at home.  To register for this fun hands-on class, contact Jill Reid at raindancerstudios@gmail.com or call 317.374.8713.

Class details: Saturday, March 3rd from 9am-1pm…$110

Adobe Lightroom 3 Editing Class This Saturday!!

I am teaching a 4 hour Lightroom 3 Editing Class this Saturday, February 11th, from 9am-1pm.  The cost is $110.  Adobe Lightroom 3 is my preferred software for editing…and truth be told, I LOVE IT!!!!!!

WHY????  Because…

  1. It’s easy to learn!  I know how to do a few things in Photoshop, but because I’m not engineer minded, I still find that program really complex.
  2. It’s MUCH cheaper than Photoshop!  (And there’s free monthly trials you can get before you purchase it!)
  3. It has sliders that are very user friendly and easy to understand.
  4. I can use presets and make my own so it makes editing faster.
  5. I can batch edit multiple photos at once.  LOVE this feature!!!  Bottom line, editing is fast with LR.
  6. Photographers who do weddings and edit in LR can edit a whole wedding in only a few hours.
  7. It offers a lot.  Even though it’s easy to learn, it’s still is extensive and has a lot of features.  The only time I go into Photoshop is to remove something large from a photo, add a texture, or to make collages and card templates.
  8. It makes my editing workflow much simpler!
  9. Because it saves time, I have more time to spend with my family and friends and do other things I love!

Here’s the class description if you’re interested:

Want to take your photos to the next level?  Learn how to use the Adobe Lightroom 3 Editing Software.  You will learn a simple workflow that will decrease your editing time guaranteed.  You will learn what each thing does, some of my favorite things to do with editing, and several helpful tricks that will make Lightroom easier to navigate.  Please bring your laptop, if you have one, for hands-on learning.  Free monthly trials of Lightroom 3 can be downloaded online.

To register or ask questions, please email Jill Reid at raindancerstudios@gmail.com or call 317.374.8713!  Information for other classes can be found at www.raindancerstudios.com.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving?  Give the gift of a photography class to your loved one!  If you own a DSLR (or will after Christmas!) don’t sit on it without understanding how to use it like I did for several years.  Learning what the buttons do will transform your photos!  If you know how to use your camera, take the next step!  Learn more about photo composition, editing, and lighting!

 

Beginner Class:

DSLR Camera Class (4-5 hours)- $100

Want to learn how to use that fancy camera of yours?  Here’s your chance.  This is a hands-on class with opportunities for guided practice and independent practice.  You will learn how to shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, & Manual Mode.  Here are topics and terms you will learn: ISO, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, exposure, light metering, f-stop, focus modes, etc…  A class handbook is provided for use during the class and for extra practice at home.

Next class: Saturday, January 21st from 9am-2pm

 

Beginner/Intermediate Classes:

Photo Composition & Intro to Lifestyle Photography (New Addition to the Class!!) (4 hours)- $110

Want to know what makes a photo visually pleasing to the eye?  There are photography elements and rules that work together to make photos good.  Here’s your opportunity to study and critique photographs, practice using the elements of composition, and transforming your photos by incorporating the theory of lifestyle photography.  Lifestyle photography is where my heart lies because it captures real life.  It is not posed happiness…it is authentic joy. It is not beneficial for just pro photographers but all people who like to take pictures because it will enhance your own personal family photos and memory making as well.  Learn tips on how to take photos with authentic emotion. This 4 hour class will include guided hands-on practice incorporating photography elements in photos and a closer look into capturing sweet family moments that are more expressive and authentic of daily life.  A class handbook is provided for use during the class and at home.

Next class: Saturday, March 3rd from 9am-1pm

Editing with Lightroom (4 hours)- $110 (NEW!)

Want to take your photos to the next level?  Learn how to use the Lightroom 3 Editing Software.  You will learn a “workflow,” from start to finish, along with a number of helpful tips.  Please bring your laptop, if you have one, for hands-on learning.  Free monthly trials of Lightroom 3 can be downloaded online.

Next class: Saturday, February 11th from 9am-1pm

Advanced Classes:

Lighting: Natural Light Techniques & Speedlighting (4 hours)- $120 (NEW!)

Want to know how to shoot in all different types of lighting situations?  This class is a great opportunity to learn front lighting, side lighting, and back lighting as well as how to use a reflector, a diffuser, a speedlight (external flash), flash triggers, a softbox, and a basic light stand with umbrella.   You will learn how to create sunflares, silouettes, and catchlights as well as tips for overcoming difficult lighting situations.  This class will be a 50/50 split of natural light photography and speedlighting, which will provide a well-rounded understanding of lighting.  Please bring your external flash if you have one, for this hands-on class. A class handbook is provided for use during the class and at home.

Next class: Saturday, March 31st from 9am-1pm

Private Instruction:

Individualized and personalized instruction & mentoring-

$80/hour at location of my choice

$100/hour at location of your choice in the Indianapolis area

*All classes are taught with a multi-sensory approach for all styles of learning.  All classes require a minimum of 5 people to run the class.  Most classes are taught at the Central Library in downtown Indy.  If you are interested in a particular class but are unable to attend a class date listed, please contact me with your availability.  Class dates may change based on majority availability.  For more information regarding future classes, please contact Jill at raindancerstudios@gmail.com or 374.8713. 

Still feel uncomfortable shooting in Manual Mode? Come to a 2 hr Refresher Class!

DSLR Manual Mode Refresher Class (2 hours)- $60(Beginner/Intermediate Level)
Do you understand some of the modes on your camera, but still feel uncomfortable shooting fully in manual mode?  This class is for you!  The first hour is a review of the exposure triangle and the 3 elements that work together while shooting in manual mode.   The second hour is for extended practice, trouble shooting, and asking any lingering questions from the DSLR Camera Class.   There will be a combination of guided practice and independent practice to help you feel more comfortable shooting in manual mode.

Class date and time: August 27th 9-11am

Location: Indianapolis