Happy New Year from the VCC Workshop Committee! We’ve put together a great line-up of workshops to help you jumpstart your 2023 photography resolutions, based on member input from the 2022 Workshop Survey. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up in January and February. This is your opportunity to learn about the VCC website, explore black and white photography, brush up on post-processing skills, or get expert feedback on your images, tailored to your skill level. Visit the VCC Upcoming Workshops Webpage or the VCC Calendar to access full details on these opportunities.
For those new to VCC workshops – please note that you must pre-register to attend. VCC workshops open for registration on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM, ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Once registration opens, a registration link will be accessible from the VCC Upcoming Workshops webpage or the VCC Calendar. Don’t be left out in the cold – register early!
Novice Image Review (January 16 and February 13)
Learn how to improve your photography in a comfortable and welcoming setting. VCC member Dave Clow reviews images submitted by novice members while maintaining the submitter’s anonymity. Don’t miss this opportunity for feedback on the strengths as well as suggested improvements for each image. Dave will include a “before and after” photo comparison to illustrate suggested changes whenever possible. Novice photographers who aren’t quite ready to submit photos are welcome to register and learn as observers. Via Zoom.
Website Orientation Workshop (January 17)
Discover how to find the information that’s the most valuable to you on VCC’s extensive, award-winning website. Join Greg Blaney (VCC Website Administrator) and Douglas Layden (VCC Website Manager) for a guided tour to learn about navigational tools and shortcuts, as well as hidden gems of information. Via Zoom.
Lightroom Tips and Tricks + Using the New Masking Tools (January 23, January 30, and February 6)
Improve or refresh your Lightroom skills and learn about the latest enhancements to the application. Professional photography educator Elizabeth Gray will present a three-part workshop on using Lightroom Classic to efficiently organize, edit, and export your images. Note – participants will register once to attend all three sessions. Via Zoom.
Intermediate and Advanced Image Review (January 24 and February 21)
Receive feedback for taking your photos to the next technical and aesthetic level. VCC members Nick and Kathryn Delany, plus a VCC guest reviewer, continue their monthly evaluation of Intermediate and Advanced images submitted by VCC members, with PSA scoring. The goal of these sessions is to help you create your strongest photos through constructive evaluation and critique. Intermediate and Advanced photographers are invited to submit one photo/person/month for review or to register as observers. Via Zoom.
Black and White Photography (February 4, 11, 18, and 25)
Discover the rewards and challenges of black and white photography. Ed Moniz’s popular Black and White Photography Workshop returns in February as a four-session, in-person event. Creating an excellent black and white image will challenge your all of your photography skills, including visualization of the image, taking the image, and editing to create a final print. This workshop will be presented as a lecture/discussion series and participants will be expected to complete assigned homework. Please register only if you can attend all four sessions. In-Person.
Luminosity Masking (February 28)
Come learn what Luminosity Masks are and how adding them to your post-processing workflow can improve your photographs. Guest presenter Greg Benz is a professional photographer, Photoshop instructor, and software developer. He is widely known as the developer of the “Lumenzia” luminosity masking panel for Photoshop.