New beginner DSLR workshops being offered on Living Social

June 15, 2013 Posted by Diane Pietro

Digital SLR Basics for Outdoor Photography

Saturday  November 2  2013   9:00am  – Noon
or
Saturday  January 11 2014 9am – Noon

To book your reservation use the Eventbrite calendar
and pick your date and workshop. —–>>>>>>

Landscapes, city-scapes, wildlife, flowers, waterfalls, abandoned buildings, and a host of other subjects are all available to the outdoor photographer. peacock

Today’s DSLRs provide an amazing array of capabilities.  But, DSLRs can be pretty intimidating.  There are all those buttons and modes.  Then there is that manual, where to start?

 

In order to get the results that we want, we need to know some of the basics, and how to apply those basics to outdoor photography.  While the camera can provide a lot of rewarding photos, there is a lot to learn.  This class is intended to take some of the mystery out of your gear and help you to get more out of it.

We will begin in the classroom covering the following topics:

  • Camera modes
  • White Balance Settings
  • Exposure Management
  • Depth of Field
  • Metering Techniques
  • Focus Modes and Techniques
  • Lens Types
  • Live Mode

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After the classroom portion we will head out into the field to practice some of the techniques taught in the class.  This will help reinforce the lessons from the class.  The instructors will be on hand to provide guidance and to answer questions.

 

Bring your camera, manual, memory card, and a charged battery.


  Digital SLR Basics for portrait photographers

 Saturday  November 9,  2013  1:30 pm – 5:30pm
or
Saturday January 11 2014 1 :30 pm – 5:30 pm

 To book your reservation use the Eventbrite calendar
and pick your date and workshop.
(Scroll back up and look on the right side)

 

If you like “people photography” this workshop is for you.

Now you have that nice DSLR and are still puzzled why there are so many buttons and why they are there. This class will take you to the next step and explains the inner works of your camera and how to use it to your advantage. You will be able to take better pictures the moment you understand why photographers are using all these settings.

Join us in this fascinating adventure of “people photography” using portraits.

MODEL 1 We will begin in the classroom covering the following topics:

  • Camera modes
  • White Balance Settings
  • Exposure Management
  • Depth of Field
  • Metering Techniques
  • Focus Modes and Techniques
  • Lens Types
  • Using a reflector
  • Catch lights
  • Intro to posing
  • How to direct people
  • Intro to composition
  • And much more…………

 

 

After the classroom portion we will head out to practice some of the techniques taught in the class.  This will help reinforce the lessons from the class.  The instructors will be on hand to provide guidance and to answer questions.MODEL 2

Bring your camera, manual, empty memory card, and a charged battery. If you have a reflector, bring it!

 

 

November 16, 2012 Posted by Blips

If you are a member of our group consider buying this voucher for your  family or friends, it makes a good Christmas gift too.

Use the EVENTBRITE calendar to pick your date an register. —–>>>>>>>

Click on REGISTER NOW or click here

Choose the date

Enter your promotional code

Fundamentals Of Camera Operations

Goal: Understanding the features your camera offers and how to use them to maximize the quality of your pictures.This workshop is geared toward photographers using  digital SLR cameras. Please bring your questions to this workshop, we will be delighted to answer them. A comprehensive outline is as follows:

Bring your instruction manual.

How a digital camera works (Basics)

Megapixels what it means

Lenses (classification)

Image stabilization / Vibration reduction

Camera button functions

- Mode dial

-   Control dial

-   Power  (off/stand-by)

-    ISO

Mode dial  (With explanation what each mode is doing)

-Program or automatic mode

-Aperture priority

-Shutter priority

-Manual

-Portrait mode

-Landscape mode

-Close up/ Macro mode

-Sports mode

-Night portrait

Various menu systems (Settings and custom functions)

The build in camera flash

TTL what it is and how it works (Basics)

Autofocus and different modes

Difference between single shot, servo and continuous shooting

The exposure triangle (Shutterspeed, Aperture and ISO) explained.

White balance introduction

Metering the light

Self timer

JPEG and RAW

Camera accessories

Camera maintenance

Digital media ( How big, how fast, format vs erase)

Digital darkroom (About freeware,  lightroom and photoshop (elements)

Alien Bees in fancy colors

October 30, 2012 Posted by Blips

If you like to have some  Alien Bees studio flashes in a fancy color, now is your chance, Paul Buff is selling a limited edition. Each unit cost just $10 more than the standard colors. There are only 3000 for sale. This opportunity will not be offered again according to his website.

Check it out here: http://www.paulcbuff.com/lebees.php

Lighting For Digital Photography

October 17, 2012 Posted by Blips

Lighting For Digital Photography “From snapshots to great shots” a new book from Syl Arena

Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots!

In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights.

Follow along with Syl and you will:

  • Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels
  • Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash
  • Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash
  • Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots



Now that you’ve had your DSLR for a while, are you ready to take a much closer look at what creating a great image is all about? It’s all about light! The ability to see, influence, modify, control, and create light will take your images from snapshots to great shots!

In Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, photographer and bestselling author Syl Arena begins with a primer on light itself—how to see its direction, intensity, color, contrast, and hardness—and quickly moves on to discussions of shooting both indoors and outdoors in the many different conditions of natural or man-made light. Then the book digs in to begin creating light with photographic lights, whether that’s small flash or big strobe, the pop-up flash on your DSLR or continuous lights.

Follow along with Syl and you will:
  • Learn the basics (and beyond) of light modifiers that make light bigger and softer, such as umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dishes, and diffusion panels
  • Understand how to control and shape the light itself with flags, grids, snoots, and the zoom function on your flash
  • Appreciate the color temperature of light (whether that’s the sun, a light bulb, or a flash), and how to influence it with white balance settings on your camera and colored gels on your flash
  • Learn how to take great pictures across many different genres, from product and still life images, to simple (and not so simple) portraits and group shots

With Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only how light behaves—you’ll learn all you need to know to get started on the journey of creating and controlling light in order to make great shots. And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you get great shots at flickr.com/groups/lightingfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
List Price: $24.99 USD
New From: $13.67 USD In Stock
Used from: $10.50 USD In Stock

Photoshop elements 11 now available

October 12, 2012 Posted by Blips

  • Use Photoshop Elements 11 for all your photo needs. Intuitively organize and find photos; edit and enhance them; create custom photo keepsakes; and share via print, the web, and more.
  • Find and manage all your photos and video clips in the convenient Organizer. Use automated options to find your best photos and clips.
  • Use one-step shortcuts to whiten teeth; make skies bluer; or fix color, contrast, and lighting?and then choose the best result from a group of adjustment previews. Instantly remove clutter from photos, too



Bring your photos to life with a powerful picture editing solution built from Adobe Photoshop software, the professional standard for digital image editing.
List Price: $99.99 USD
New From: $99.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

August 13, 2012 Posted by Diane Pietro

 

2013 MSF Commemorative Art Call for Submissions

Minnesota artists are encouraged to apply to create the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art. The final piece should be the artist’s visual interpretation of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Attend this year’s State Fair for inspiration. The 2012 Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 23 through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Application deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, by 4:30 p.m.

Commemorative Art Overview

The 2013 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art will be the 10th in a series of annual artwork created exclusively for the State Fair. This is the third year the State Fair is putting out a call for submissions. Last year, St. Paul artist Joe Heffron was selected from nearly 50 applicants. In previous years, Minnesota artists chosen have included: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2004), Mary GrandPré (2005), Nancy Carlson (2006), Michael Birawer (2007), Edie Abnet (2008), Leo Stans (2009), Deborah Voyda Rogers (2010) and Steve Thomas (2011). A gallery of past artwork is available at mnstatefair.org/art.

 

Once the official artist is selected and the piece is completed, the commemorative art poster (18″ x 24″), a limited number of signed giclee prints (20″ x 25″) and other merchandise will be available for purchase beginning in summer 2013 to coincide with the State Fair. Proceeds will support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds and educational experiences. The original art will be the property of the Minnesota State Fair. The official artist will receive significant publicity, including a special event unveiling the commemorative art in the spring of 2013, press releases and features on the State Fair’s website and social media pages. The original art will be on display during the 12-day run of the 2013 State Fair.

Eligibility  
The call for submissions is open to Minnesota residents only, age 18 and older, working primarily in two-dimensional media, suitable for duplication on posters. There is no entry fee. All Minnesota artists, with the exception of the chosen 2004-2012 Official Commemorative Artists, are eligible for consideration for 2013. Any artist who submitted work for consideration last year should resubmit all materials outlined in the application requirements to be considered again for
2013, as the application requirements have changed. Managers, officers and full-time, part-time, seasonal and fair-time employees of the Minnesota State Fair are not eligible.

Application Requirements
(Please note: application requirements have changed from previous years.)
You must submit the following materials in hard copy form:

  1. A completed application form (click here to download).
  2. An artist statement that describes why this particular submission would be a good fit for you, along with a detailed artistic description of the final artwork and the medium you would use to create it (maximum of two 8 ½” x 11″ pages, name on each page).
  3. A drawing/sketch that details and captures your visual interpretation. This should support the artistic description provided in the artist statement.
  4. A current resume (maximum of two 8 ½” x 11″ pages, name on each page).
  5. Between three and six representations of current two dimensional work, Please provide these samples in hard copy form – 8 ½” x 11″-sized photos or copies (no CDs, slides, electronic files or original art accepted). Each work sample should be labeled with full name, title of work, date of completion, medium and original dimensions.

The submissions will not be returned. Please do not staple or bind your application.

Selection Process

  1. A panel of judges will review the applications and invite a short list of applicants to present and share, in an interview-like setting, their artist statement and supporting sketch/drawing of their State Fair visual interpretation.
  2. The panel of judges will then select one official artist to finish his/her artwork in collaboration with State Fair staff. The final piece will be unveiled as the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art in spring 2013. The official artist will receive a commission of $5,000.

For more information regarding the application process and to download an application form please visit mnstatefair.org/art.
Minnesota State Fair

Free workshop Alert

August 2, 2012 Posted by Diane Pietro

Digital Days is giving a free workshop this weekend August 4th.  The workshop will offer  hands on learning the fundamentals of camera operations.

Details on how to register  can be found on our meetup site at the below link

http://www.meetup.com/tcphotogroup/events/76074032/

Fundamentals of camera operations

June 29, 2012 Posted by Blips

Sign up now for August 2nd or 11th

Did not sign up for a groupon or Living Social deal? sign up here for the same great price: http://www.meetup.com/tcphotogroup

Making your summer picture perfect!

Goal: Understanding the features your camera offers and how to use them to maximize the quality of your pictures.This workshop is geared toward photographers using point and shoot , advanced point and shoot  and digital SLR cameras.
Bring your instruction manual.

Class fee normally $60,-  now for just $30,-

 

To book your class:
1. Use the bright green Eventbrite calendar on the right side of the screen.
2. Find  Making your summer picture perfect using the calendar
3. Select the date you want to attend and click REGISTER NOW. (Bottom of the box)
4. Select the date again in the top drop down menu
5. Click on Enter promotional code.
6. Click on Order Now and finish the registration.
7. Bring your print out to to class.

 IMPORTANT: You can not reschedule this class!

Class content:

Differences between a point and shoot and a DSLR

How a digital camera works (Basics)

Megapixels what it means

Lenses (classification)

Image stabilization / Vibration reduction

Camera button functions

- Mode dial

-   Control dial

-   Power  (off/stand-by)

-    ISO

Mode dial  (With explanation what each mode is doing)

-Program or automatic mode

-Aperture priority

-Shutter priority

-Manual

-Portrait mode

-Landscape mode

-Close up/ Macro mode

-Sports mode

-Night portrait

Various menu systems (Settings and custom functions)

The build in camera flash

TTL what it is and how it works (Basics)

Autofocus and different modes

Difference between single shot, servo and continuous shooting

White balance introduction

Metering the light

Self timer

JPEG and RAW

Camera accessories

Camera maintenance

Digital media ( How big, how fast, format vs erase)

Digital darkroom (About freeware,  lightroom and photoshop (elements)

June 12, 2012 Posted by Diane Pietro

This is irrelevant but  fun info. click the pictures to see several photo images

that have been altered through history

 

Looking for a way to make some easy Money?

June 9, 2012 Posted by Diane Pietro

Announcing a new way to help support TCPG and put some money in your pocket.

TCPG’s  has a new affiliate program.

On certain workshops we will be offering TCPG members a chance to become a paid affiliate in helping to promote them.

If you know some beginner photographers who would like to take our Fundamentals of Camera Operations Workshop on Thursday June 21, 6pm – 8pm  or  Saturday August  11, 2012 1pm – 3pm invite them to  come through your affiliate links and earn come extra $$$.

Just sign up for our affiliate program ,  tell them what paypal account to send your commission checks to then  invite your friends to join the workshop.

It is that easy

Register Here