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Updated: March 28, 2019

The Monticello Camera Club

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Scheduled Training

If you know of any training opportunities, let us know.

Bryan Hansel - has a variety of workshops that he puts on each year. Here's a link to his workshop page on his site. He puts on excellent workshops and we have used him as a guest lecturer in combination with putting on training for our camera club.

National Camera Exchange has a variety of training available. You can view them all on their website here. They have a large number of classes at reasonable prices. Some are free. If you purchased a camera from them, they have coupons they give you for free training. I've been to training there and it is worth taking advantage of.

The Twin Cities Council of Camera Clubs (aka Camera Council) lists classes on their website. Check out their upcoming events page at

Classes at the MN Landscape Arboretum - All sorts of new classes for 2015. Check them out and see what might work for you. Information and registration at

Lake Maria State Park - More Info: Call (763) 878-2325.

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers photography classes. Here is a link to their photography classes and events. Descriptions of these are shown below. You may need to search for photography classes on their site to get this list or an updated one or to sign up for the classes. Immerse yourself in 1300 acres of rich subject matter, dramatic color, open spaces and abundant wildlife to capture stunning nature photographs. Your close-to-home photographic excursion awaits.

Online or Special Events

Nikon has some good free training on their site. Don't need to use a Nikon for some of it to be useful to you.

3.2 Million Minutes and Counting- The Photoshop Playbook Index | PHOTOSHOP.COM BLOG.webloc

5 Ninja Tips to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow.webloc

A Few Things You Can do to Make Sharper Photographs | KelbyOne Blog.webloc

Friends of Sax Zim Bog

Depth of Field- A Visual Lesson.webloc

Easy Ways to Add Pizzazz To Blank Walls in Photoshop » MCP Actions.webloc

Filters Tutorial 2014.mp4 - YouTube.webloc

How to Use Lightroom’s Lens Correction Controls | Light Stalking.webloc

Tamron Photo Tips and More

The 15 Features of Your DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know - YouTube.webloc

The B&H Guide to Exposure- Understanding Aperture | explora.webloc

Other Training Opportunities

Minnetonka Center for the Arts offers photography classes. This entry was recommended by Steve F. You can ask him more about it if interested. The Center's mission is to "... provide teaching excellence, quality exhibitions and cultural enrichment for people of all ages, interests and abilities. As part of that they offer a variety of classes including photography classes. Check out this link for their classes. They have changed this now so that you have to go through a lot more menus to find what you want but the info is still there.

Creative Techs Training - free worldwide creative courses. This one was provided by Carol H. She says: "I just sat through a GREAT FREE Webinar on Digital photography. They also have a 6 month free class on Photoshop. You can register and check out at Check it out.

Training items from our members

A Black and White to Color Trick in Powerpoint - Jean Davids demonstrated a technique she found on using powerpoint to show the dramatic difference in a photo going from black & white to color. It can really add a dramatic effect. The one I demonstrated isn't quite as dramatic as the more difficult version but it works good. It was more dramatic when saved to a movie format versus the powerpoint slideshow demonstrated here (note it is 4.6 mb in size so you should have high speed internet to view it). You can go to the website here to view the detailed instructions. You will need the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer or Microsoft Powerpoint (2004-2007 or newer version) to view this. The more difficult variation can be found on this website. It uses the animation settings to animate layers on a slide in Powerpoint. It is more effective but more confusing to setup.

Non-Photoshop Editing Software - Jean Davids and Arne Myrabo gave a presentation at the October 2011 meeting on photo editing software that is available other than Photoshop. Here are notes from that presentation. They are if PDF format and will require a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, to view them. These notes include information and links to software including Google Picassa and Picnik, GIMP, Seashore, Raw Therapee and ACDSee Pro 5.0. Update (11/8/11): Arne found an article of interest regarding post production software. Digital Photography School conducted a poll to see what the most popular software used is and the most popular now is Adobe Lightroom at 32%. In 2009 Photoshop CS was at 37%. Now the numbers have reversed in popularity. See the full results at DPS website here.

Macro Photography - Ken Kvam gave a great presentation on Macro Photography at our August 2011 meeting. Here is the link to the information he provided us at that meeting. Thanks Ken!!

High Dynamic Range Photography - Claire and Patrick McGillic gave a presentation on HDR photography in August. The program that they liked for creating these HDR photos is called Photomatix. It can be done in Photoshop CS3 and newer using their Merge to HDR function. However, Photomatix does it much quicker and has a lot of setting options to try different effects easily. Another program they recommend if your photos end up with noise in them is a program called Noiseware by Imagenomic. It is fast and does a great job at removing unwanted noise. You may recall that they were passing around a book on HDR photography. The name was "HDR Photography Photo Workshop" written by Pete Carr and Robert Correll. The link I provided is to but you can Google it and see what your other options are if you are interested in it. Note: Both Photomatix and Noiseware will run on either a Mac or Windows machine.

Classic Portrait Lighting - Kelly Klatt and Wendy Dappen gave a presentation on this topic in our April 2010 meeting. Wendy had a handout at that meeting that discusses Light Source, Light Ratio, Light Pattern and Lighting Terms. She updated the copy we are presenting here for you to be able to download. When she gets her samples of each completed, we will provide a link to that here, too. Watch for it at a later date. Thanks to both of you for a great session and thanks Wendy for the additional updated documentation.

Photo Organizing Software - Jean Davids, Ken Kvam, and Sanford Smith gave a presentation on this topic for our September 2010 meeting. Included here is the slideshow presentation that Jean did (PDF format) as well as the comparison chart that she presented at a 2007 meeting (PDF) and the overall notes that were the basis for this current years presentation. It gives more comparison regarding the 10 best products listed on Ken gave a demo of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Windows or Mac). Here's a link to their website where you can obtain a free 30 day demo to try it for yourself if you like. Jean gave a demo of Google Picasa (Windows or Mac). [Note: Google Picasa has now been replaced by Google Photo as of 2017.] Click on any of these links to learn more about photo organizing software. In answer to one of our member's questions, "Can I edit video in any of these photo organizing programs or in Photoshop or comparable photo editing programs?", the question may be answered best in Tim Grey's 9/17/10 edition of the "Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter". I have included the eNewsletter here that answers this best. By the way, this eNewsletter is an excellent resource for information about Photoshop, Lightroom, or general photography questions. It's free. At the end of the PDF version of his newsletter here, you can find a link to subscribe to his eNewsletter.

To view the information and obtain the powerpoint slideshow from the "Options For Printing Your Own Photo Books" seminar that was presented at the Monticello Photo Show on Saturday, March 27th, 2010, by Jean Davids and Val Somerville, simply click on the link shown above.

Other Items

One of our club members indicated that he did not have RAW support for Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 for Windows. Here is the link to Adobe's website where you can download Camera Raw support for your version of Photoshop Elements. Here is the equivalent link for you Mac users. Here is a link that shows video on doing editing camera raw with photoshop elements. Hope this helps you all out.



Matthew Breiter

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