Class Scheduling Reinvented!
I've completely reinvented my class structure, breaking up my multi-session classes into manageable 2 to 2.5-hour modules. Now, you can select the module specific to what you want to learn, and in any order you choose.
I'm still offering the regular Photo I & II, Composition I & II, and other classes in the traditional format. But with the new format, you now have more flexibility!
Take a look at the Class listings over there on the right and register for the class or classes that meets your needs.
Do you know a friend, loved one, employee, or complete stranger who enjoys photography? The gift of photography lasts a lifetime (and beyond). are available. Gift Certificates are good for the purchase of any Blue Planet Photography service or product. I also offer instruction that can be purchased for yourself or as a gift.
Photography Classes & Modules
Blue Planet Photography classes are arranged into three groups:
Classes are generally held in Boise in a classroom setting. Some classes are held outdoors or in other parts of the Treasure Valley as necessary or available
Foundation Classes & Modules
Photo I (four 2 hr sessions: $225)Register Today »February 5 - 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
February 7 - 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
This class lays the foundation from which to build a successful hobby or career in photography, covering the fundamental components of light, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera settings, and the exposure equation. More details on registration page.
Photo II (five 2 hr sessions: $275)Register Today »On Request
This 10-hour class (over 5 sessions) explores the practical application of Photography 101 foundations. We alternate practical photographing in the field and in-class reviews. We begin with a camera operation and exposure refresher classroom session followed by photographing in the field. Then we're back in the classroom to review, another field session, then a final classroom review. Photography 101 is not a pre-requisite to enroll in this class, but to get the most out of this class you should have a basic understanding of camera operation and principles of exposure.
Composition I (three 2 hr sessions: $175)Register Today »On Request
Composition is about how to design a photograph, arranging the various picture elements in a pleasing way to help illustrate an emotion, thought, concept, or story. More details on registration page.
Photo I Modules
Before You Buy (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »February 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm pm
February 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
March 7, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
March 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
This seminar is for people thinking about purchasing their first digital camera or upgrading a current one. This 2-hour seminar is for people thinking about purchasing their first digital camera, upgrading a current one, or purchasing a gift for someone else. We'll cover the pros and cons of digital photography, explore brands and models available (DSLR, compact, mirrorless, micro 4/3rds, 4/3rds), their features, costs and accessories, and try to fit a selection of camera recommendations to your needs and budget. No sales pitches. This class is to prepare you for when you're shopping onine or in-store so you're less likely to spend more than you need to or buy something you don't want or need. More details on registration page.
Basic Camera Operation (one 3 hr session: $99)Register Today »February 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
February 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
February 20, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
March 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
March 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
March 14, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
March 29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
March 31, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Basic Camera Operation is a straight-up overview of your camera and how it works. We'll go over how to use the common camera settings like color space, image quality, autofocus point selection, vibration reduction/image stabilization, white balance, shooting modes (aperture and shutter priority) and the types of situations in which you might use them.
Light and the Light Meter (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
Without light, there would be no photography. The light meter could be considered the brain of the camera, and having a better understanding of light, color temperature, behaviors of light, and other properties is crucial to photography
Aperture and Shutter Speed (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
In this module, you'll gain an understanding of the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, how to control depth of field, and how to show or freeze the motion of moving subjects
ISO & Histogram (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
Understanding the ISO and how it affects the exposure of an image, interpreting the historgram and how it represents the lights and darks in your photograph.
The Exposure Equation (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
An easy-to-understand and practical way to understand and apply the relationships between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO/ASA in making and adjusting the exposures you envision. Plenty of examples and hands-on-practice.
Equipment & Accessories Overview (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
This session will inform you about the various options available to you when it comes to equipment, including cameras, tripods, tripod heads, lenses, on-camera and studio flash, filters, portable storage, computer storage, image processing, cataloging, and archiving software, bags, belts, cases, and more
Personal Digital Workflow (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
This module will provide you with an overview of the steps involved in the digital workflow process, from pre-exposure through post-processing and archiving finished image files so you can create a personal workflow. Building a personal workflow based on your work habits and needs will make processing images more efficient and help ensure your fragile digital image files are safe and protected.
Basic Photoshop & Bridge (one 4 hr session: $225)Register Today »February 7, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
March 13, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
This 4-hr workshop is an introduction to Photoshop CS6/CC covering workspace set up for Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop, file naming conventions and archiving, an overview of the foundation tools in Photoshop and Bridge, creating metadata templates, and automating basic repetitive processes.
Layers & Common
Adjustments (one 3 hr session: $150)Register Today »
This 3-hr workshop covers common image adjustments using Camera Raw and Photoshop in CS6/CC, such as over and underexposure, contrast and color, image resizing, and using layers.
On-Camera Filters and Their UsesComing Soon »On Request
While digital post-processing can create effects and correct for some exposure situations, on-camera filters like polarizer and neutral density still provide benefits to digital photographers not able to be recreated on the computer.
HDR PhotographyComing Soon »On Request
The technique of High Dynamic Range photography is useful to create photographs beyond the capability of a single exposure. Learn the techniques for realistic and illustrative image making.
Time Lapse PhotographyComing Soon »On Request
Time Lapse, taking a series of exposures of the same scene over time, is a very creative way to interpret your subject.
Long Exposure Photography (4 hour session: $175)Register Today »On Request
Learn the technique and nuance of making long exposures of flowing water, light trails, and starfields. This class is held in the field and you will be making long exposure photographs.
Business Classes & Modules
Business of Photography 1 (four 2 hr sessions: $225)Register Today »On Request
This 8-hour class will help you get your feet solidly on the ground and headed in the right direction in your business, from legal structure to contracts and copyright. More details on registration page.
Business of Photography Modules
Copyright (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
Understand your legal ownership of your images and how to register your copyright. More details on registration page.
Cost of Doing Business (CODB) (one 2 hr session: $75)Register Today »On Request
What is your cost of doing business? In this module, learn how to calculate your CODB to assist you in budgeting and setting your fees/prices. More details on registration page.
Business Legal Structure (one 2 hr session: $75)Coming Soon »On Request
What are your options as a business owner for setting up the legal structure of your company? We'll cover three common options and discuss the pros and cons of each.
Contracts (one 2 hr session: $75)Coming Soon »On Request
Contracts are essential to a successful business and ensures both understanding of expectations and legal recourse should something not go according to plan. A contract protects both you and your client. More details on registration page.
Business Website (one 2 hr session: $75)Coming Soon »On Request
Your photography business website is your portfolio, storefront, and liaison to your customer or client. We'll cover different website formats, hosting options, design considerations, and hiring a web designer versus DIY. More details on registration page.
Portfolio (one 2 hr session: $75)Coming Soon »On Request
We'll overview different portfolio types, print and electronic, the various uses of a portfolio, and discuss editing and formatting images for your portfolio. More details on registration page.