3 Peaks Photography & Design

Photography & Photoshop Classes in
Colorado Springs, CO

2018 Class Schedule

3 Peaks Photography & Design offers photography and Photoshop classes in Colorado Springs. Check out our class schedule for the latest dates and times.

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- Adult Digital Photography - Adult Photoshop Sessions -

 

Special Events!

Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan - Saturday, December 9, 2017. Register on the El Paso County Parks site (you will need to set up an account and browse activities). This event is listed as #10400-05 Active Adult Series - Paint Mines Interpretive Park Photography Workshop under the Bear Creek Nature Center Winter Programs heading.

2018 Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops in Westcliffe - Westcliffe is one of only 15 towns in the world that's designated as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, so it is an excellent place to view and photograph the night sky and the Milky Way. Workshop dates will be posted soon. For more information and to register, visit the workshop page.

 

Adult Digital Photography

This 4-session course is designed to teach adult students how to get the most out of their cameras and how to photograph a variety of subjects. Instruction includes discussions of camera settings, equipment choices and composition. Participants will apply what they’ve learned through hands-on sessions in portraiture, macro photography (flowers, small products, etc.) and low-light/long-exposure shooting. This course also covers sports, event, flash, landscape, wildlife, candid, lightning, firework and night-sky photography as well as “painting with light” techniques. Bring your camera, camera manual and a thumb drive. You have the flexibility of registering for the classes that suit your learning needs. A discount isgiven for signing up for all 4 sessions (see chart below).

All sessions will be held at the Manitou Art Center (MAC) 513 Manitou Ave. There is a discount for MAC members. Register phone (719-260-6637) or e-mail or by clicking the "Buy Now" button for the clases listed in the table below (select the appropriate choice for MAC members and nonmembers). If paying online for multiple sessions, please make a note of which sessions you are registering for at the bottom of the order form. Refunds are only given if classes are canceled. Your MAC membership will be verified upon registration.

Session 1 - Camera Basics and Composition

In this class you will learn about basic camera settings, auto focus, equipment choices, composition and how to start thinking like a photographer to make better photos. Half the session will concentrate on compositional elements and techniques. Bring 5-10 photos on a thumb drive for a critique of your work (if time allows). This session is open to anyone regardless of the type of camera you own.

Session 2 - Advanced Shooting Modes and Camera Functions

This session covers advanced camera settings, including shooting in manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes. You will learn how to use the camera's meter, focus modes/points, white balance and the histogram, and there will be time to practice these skills.. You should attend this class if you have a more advanced point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR. Bring 5-10 photos on a thumb drive for a critique of your work (if time allows).

Session 3 - People/Portrait Photography and Studio 101

This class concentrates on techniques for photographing people, whether it's while covering an event such as a concert or sporting match or if you're creating portraits. There will be a hands-on demonstration to teach you how to use studio lights with a model. Please bring an extra $10 as a modeling fee. It's best that you have a camera with a hot shoe attachment in order to get the most out of this demonstration.

Session 4 - Subject Matter (Nature, Wildlife, Low-Light and Macro Photography)

This session includes tips and techniques on a variety of subjects, including nature/landscape, wildlife, low-light (lightning, fireworks, night sky, painting with light) and macro (flowers, small objects, textures) photography. There will be hands-on macro and low-light demonstrations. Please bring some small items such as candies, coins, jewelry, etc. to photograph and a tripod.

What people are saying about this class:

"I was in your photography class. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much the class helped me! A few weeks ago, my 3-yr-old daughter was in her first dance recital and I got some really great, near professional looking, shots! It took me about 20 test shots of other dancers to get the right settings. I needed a fast shutter speed, but it was also low light and no flash photography. I was so excited that I knew what was wrong in the test shots, what to change, and how to get the correct settings for great pictures – all in a matter of a few minutes in time for my daughter to take the stage! I took some shots of our friends’ kids and the other moms were so excited since they had used point-and-shoot cameras and none of theirs turned out. So just in case you’ve ever wondered if students really walk away with more skills, I certainly did! If it weren’t for your class, we would never have gotten great pictures of my daughter’s first dance recital! Thanks Again!" Christie Beverly

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Session
Dates
Time
Cost
Contact Info
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1 - Basics/Composition

01/06/18
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$60
call 719-260-6637
or e-mail
1 - Basics/Composition
MAC member discount
01/06/18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50  
2 - Basics Part II

01/20/18

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$60
2 - Basics Part II
MAC member discount
01/20/18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50  
3 - People/Portrait

02/03/18

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$60
3 - People/Portrait
MAC member discount
02/03/18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50  
4 - Subject Matter

02/17/18

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
$60
4 - Subject Matter
MAC member discount
02/17/18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $50  
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$205
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Choose All Four Sessions
MAC member discount

 

$175
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Adult Photoshop and Lightroom Sessions

This 7-session course is designed to provide students with a wide range of photo-editing skills. Participants should possess a strong set of basic computer skills to get the most out of these classes. This is a hands-on learning experience in which everyone will be provided a set of photographs to work with in real time as a technique or tool is being demonstrated. You will need to bring your own laptop with the latest version of Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Bridge CC installed. Use of a mouse is highly recommended. Photoshop Elements is not taught in this course.

All sessions will be held at the Manitou Art Center (MAC) 513 Manitou Ave. There is a discount for MAC members and a discount for signing up for all 7 sessions.. Register phone (719-260-6637) or e-mail or by clicking the "Buy Now" button for the clases listed in the table below (select the appropriate choice for MAC members and nonmembers). If paying online for multiple sessions, please make a note of which sessions you are registering for at the bottom of the order form. Refunds are only given if classes are canceled. Your MAC membership will be verified upon registration.

Session 1 - The Basics

In the first session, you will learn how to navigate the menus and palettes, customize the workspace, use keyboard shotcuts, and open, view, resize and save files in various formats, and use the crop and straighten tools. You will also learn how to use many of the adjustment tools, such as levels, color correction, contrast, exposure and shadow/highlight. 

Sessions 2 & 3 - Photo Editing in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Parts 1 & 2

In these classes we will dive deep into the tools used in both programs to edit RAW images. Adobe Camera Raw, which is part of Photoshop, and the Develop Module in Lightoom are almost exactly the same since they use the identical processing engine.

It is recommended that you register for sessions 2 and 3 to get the best understanding Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop Module..

You will learn how to:
Make basic image adjustments. 
Use the graduated filter, radial filter, and various fix tools (spot removal tool, crop tool, adjustment brush, etc.). 
Apply curve, lens correction, HSL and other adjustments. 
Work with multiple files. 
Create and utilize presets and snapshots.

Session 4 - Tools and Adjustments

In the 4th session, you will learn how to use the selection tools (marquee, lasso, magic wand, etc.) the transform, and the fix tools (healing brush, clone stamp, content aware, etc.).

Session 5 - Layers Part 1

In the 5th session, you will learn the basics of using layers and will complete a project containing layers. Using layers is one of the most powerful aspects of Photoshop and is very important to learning how to increase your creativity and get the most out of your images. It is recommended that you register for sessions 3 and 4 to get the best understanding of layers and layer masks.

Session 6 - Layers Part 2

In the 6th session, you will learn how to apply layer masks and will work with several examples. Please bring one or two images files with you on a thumb drive that you would like to work with during this session. We will discuss what edits you would like to make and demonstrate how to accomplish them. It is recommended that you register for sessions 5 and 6 to get the best understanding of layers and layer masks.

Session 7 - Black and White, Selective Color, Panoramics

In the fifth session, you will learn how to make black and white photos, how to create images with selective color, how to stitch pictures together to make panoramics and how to stack images.

 

What people are saying about these classes:

"This was an amazing class. I learned so much. Photoshop is an incredible tool. Mike walked us through all the various functions and tools. We saw how they work. He provided problem photos for us to work on in class. He pointed out the problems and proceeded to show us step by step how to fix them. We worked though them right there. All of the exercises were WOW experiences. He would demonstrate a tool and turn us loose to play. It was a great confidence building experience. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn Photoshop." ~ Alana Thrower

"I have taken photography classes and a Photoshop class from Mike Pach, and I highly recommend him as an instructor. He is well organized, explains topics in an easy-to-understand way, and is very encouraging to his students. I also enjoy Mike's sense of humor and how he keeps the classes a lot of fun. I also appreciate that Mike has been willing to answer my questions, even after the class has ended. I'm looking forward to more classes with him!" ~ Pam Soderholm

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Session
Dates
Time
Cost
Contact Info
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1 - The Basics

01/10/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m..
$45
call 719-260-6637
or e-mail
1 - The Basics
MAC member discount
01/10/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
2 - Adobe Camera Raw / Lightroom Part 1

01/17/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
2 - Adobe Camera Raw / Lightroom Part 1
MAC member discount
01/17/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
3 - Adobe Camera Raw / Lightroom Part 2

01/24/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
3 - Adobe Camera Raw / Lightroom Part 2
MAC member discount
01/24/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
4 - Tools/Adjustments

01/31/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
4 - Tools/Adjustments
MAC member discount
01/31/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
5 - Layers Part 1

02/07/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
5 - Layers Part 1
MAC member discount
02/07/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
6 - Layers Part 2

02/21/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
6 - Layers Part 2
MAC member discount
02/21/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m.. $35  
7 - B&W/Selective Color /Pano

02/28/18

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
$45
7 - B&W/Selective Color /Pano
MAC member discount
02/28/18 6 p.m.-9 p.m..

$35

 
All 7 Sessions     $270 Save $45!
All 7 Sessions
MAC member discount

 

$210
Save $105!

 

The Colorado Photography Learning Group (CPLG)

Three Meetup groups have been formed to help people improve their photography skills and have fun doing it through classes, workshops and photo shoots. Check out CPLG - Colorado Springs, CPLG - North (Denver) and CPLG - South (Pueblo) . Membership is FREE.

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