Picture the models in the high-end fashion magazines. Or the over-the-top scenes presented in clothing catalogs. And the exaggerated hair and make up looks we are bombarded with every day by advertisers. Now, run the other direction – fast and far – right into this class geared toward a more human approach to posing your subjects. 

Over the course of eight Wednesday night sessions, wedding and portrait photographer Jesse Boone will teach you the basics of posing models, so you know just enough to begin to break the rules and bring out your subjects’ true personality. Through demonstrations and lectures he will teach you communication skills to use in directing your subjects, the importance of having confidence in your understanding of your equipment, the basics of storytelling through imagery, and embracing people for who they are in order to encourage them to express themselves. 

Four of this class’ sessions will consist of lectures and critiques, while the other four will include field shoots at various locations in downtown Missoula with models on-hand for you to work with.

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Beyond the Basics

4/10/2017 - 4/24/2017


It clicks. You get it. You've experienced the "lightbulb moment" of photography. You know how to manipulate your aperture, ISO and shutter speed to achieve a proper exposure in a variety of situations. However there is still so much more you want to do with your camera, but you just aren't quite sure how to make it happen. The good news here is that you are already in the ballpark. Now it's simply time to push yourself and your capabilities by furthering your education.

How do people achieve those "streaky" night time shots you see all over Instagram? How come your landscape images never have the depth or vibrancy as the images your friend posts? What's the secret behind all those images you see in magazines every month?

This six-session course begins with a brief review of photography basics including ISO, f-stops, and shutter speeds. Then you will move on to more advanced topics such as the Zone System of exposure, techniques for landscape photography, and an intro to night, portrait and documentary photography. Each meeting will include lectures, demonstrations, assignments, and (except for the first meeting) image critiques by Claire and Quinn. One of the sessions will also include time in the field with your instructors.

Students will need a digital SLR camera (or an interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera) for this class as well as a way to edit and view images.

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Take Better Photos

5/5/2017 - 5/7/2017


Sometimes don’t you just want to ignore all of photography’s technical jargon? Or pretend like the confusing menus on your camera didn’t exist? You are definitely not alone. Every time we hear about these hurdles stopping people from really diving into their photography, we cringe. 

And then we create a class to make it better!

This weekend-long class is your chance to revel in every aspect of photography EXCEPT the technical; to create images WITHOUT worrying about megapixels; to use WHATEVER camera you have. Beginning with introductions and a discussion on Friday evening, Sarah Ehlen will get you thinking about creative compositions that can be created when looking through the viewfinder. She finishes the discussion on Saturday morning, and then takes you into the field to play and practice at different locations. Peppered in are additional lectures, breaks for meals and an evening sunset shoot. Sunday is all about critiquing Saturday’s work and beginning to see how post-processing can add a bit of “wow” factor to your images. She will also dedicate time to talking about mobile photography and answering any and all of your questions.

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