Our Education Committee Chair is currently evaluating and selecting training to present in the Learning Center. Training flyers will be released as classes are scheduled.
Classes and workshops are held either digitally via Zoom, or at the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom. Announcements of upcoming classes are emailed to all members.
Scroll down for details about Workshops, Classes, and other educational resources available through our Club.
Workshops / Classes
Workshops and Classes in the planning stage for January, February, and March 2023 include:
- “The Baker’s Half Dozen” – Beginner and Intermediate Photography Class
JAN. 27, 1:30PM
David Dearing and Friends
Photo classroom of Clubhouse 4
Class & registration details (PDF, 1 MB)
- Beginning Elements Classes
FEB. 1 – MAR. 25, 9-11AM
- Beginning Photoshop Classes
FEB. 3 – MAR. 17, 10AM-12PM
- Photo Restoration
FEB. 17, 1PM
If you are a Club Member, and you want to join the Education Committee, or have experience presenting workshops, training instruction, and/or classes (2 to 4-hour), please contact us at: email@example.com.
Presenter and Training Assistant volunteers – please include a brief description of your experience and/or educational product.
Photo Lab – Fred Granger Learning Center
Located at Clubhouse 4 in the Photo Lab, The Fred Granger Learning Center provides a classroom like setting for various in-person workshops and classes available through our Educational Program.
The Photo Lab also has a wide range of equipment and supplies for use by Camera Club Members and Laguna Woods Village residents.
Supervisors can provide guidance during open hours on using the Lab computers, software, printers, tools, and equipment.
Lab hours: 10:00AM–2:00PM Tuesday-Friday, and additional hours designated for in-person classes and workshops.
Map of the Clubhouse (JPG, 175 KB)
The Resources/Lab Page – details about the Photo Lab.
Saddleback College Emeritus Institute
The Institute was established as an educational opportunity for the pursuit and enhancement of lifelong learning, primarily for the older adult. The Emeritus Institute offers several photography-related courses – free to Village Residents – that meet in the Clubhouse 4 Photography Classroom.
You can pick up a copy of the class catalog at the Emeritus Institute office in Clubhouse 4.
Handouts / Guides
Recommended Smart Phone Apps for PhotographersBy Erin Manning, Travel Photographer
An informative list of smarting phone apps for photography, video, and travelling.
Photographic Apps, by Erin Manning (PDF, 157 MB)
Print MattingHandout from Alan Pollock’s class, May 6, 2013.
Print Matting (PDF, 637 KB)
Ways to Share Your PhotosPresentations from Joel Goldstein’s class, July 18, 2017.
Sharing Photos Workshop Outline (PDF, 116 KB)
Ways to Share Your Photos (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Learning Google Photos (PDF, 2.4 MB)
How to Take Great Pictures of PeopleHandouts from Cliff Getz’s workshop, September 24, 2013.
Epson 4800 Printer (PDF, 767 KB)
Printing GuideA 2-page guide on how to print photos.
Printing Guide (PDF, 652 KB)
Wildlife PhotographyHandouts are from the Wildlife Photography workshop held on February 14, 2012
Adobe TV has been phased out and replaced with “Adobe Learn”, with hundreds of informative videos. Adobe “Discover” displays free assets and giveaways.
Originally “Software Cinema”, Photoshop Cafe offers a large selection of Free and “Premium” (pay) online tutorials.
Phtographer and educator Tim Cooper has several excellent tutorials in this collection.
ON1 Free Adobe Presets
Two sets of Free presets from ON1 and ON1 partners.
Free Camera Raw Presets for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) work in Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud.
Free Adobe Lightroom Presets work with Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and Classic CC.
Stephen Burns Photoshop Tutorials
Photographer, instructor and author Stephen Burns has a series of excellent short tutorials on beginning and advanced subjects. You can even learn to calibrate your printer.
LinkedIn Learning now manages the resources previously found on Lynda.com
These classes are an excellent, extensive resource for learning software and processes for photography, video, email, social media, and website building.
Online training is based on either a monthly or yearly fee.
CreativeLive is a web site offering tutorials on photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop. When a class is being broadcast “live,” you can watch it for free.
You must create an account to participate, but registering does not obligate you financially.
You can also purchase unlimited viewing rights to any of their classes.
Highly recommended are the Photoshop classes taught by Ben Willmore and Leza Snyder.
This site has free tutorials on basic topics. You can also order an online book that has a more in-depth set of tutorials.
Location Ideas for Shoots
Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
Heritage Hill Historical Park, near the Ralphs Shopping Center at Serrano and Lake Forest Drive in Lake Forest has historical buildings and old farm equipment that you can photograph. The park is open on Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. During the school year, be aware that groups of school children frequently tour the park in the mornings, so it is best to plan your visit for the afternoon.
The 50-acre Flower Fields in Carlsbad is a great place to shoot spring blooms. The site is open only between March 1 and May 13 in 2012, so be sure to plan a visit. Hours are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Admission is $11 for adults and $10 for seniors who are 60+.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Laguna Niguel Regional Park at 28241 LaPaz Road offers opportunities for images of Great White egrets, geese, and squirrels before noon. A small stream flows through the park near the entrance. Further into the park there is a lake with fishing from the shore and small boats.
San Juan Capistrano
The City of San Juan Capistrano offers several areas for photography. Get there by taking the 5 Freeway south and exit at Ortega Highway. Turn right to access the mission and the historic district.
Los Rios Historic District, SJC
The Los Rios Historic District (PDF, 6.2 MB), in San Juan Capistrano includes 31 structures which line both sides of Los Rios Street, between Del Obispo and Mission Streets. The District comprises one of the oldest continuing neighborhoods in Orange County, and includes three adobe homes built in 1794 for Mission families. Park at the San Juan Capistrano train station and walk across the tracks to Los Rios Street. You must purchase a photography permit from the city to be able to take photos in this district.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is an architectural jewel that attracts thousands of visitors and offers myriad possibilities for photographers. After exiting the freeway at Ortega Highway, turn right and proceed approximately three blocks. The Mission is on the right side of the street, with free parking is available in two adjadent lots. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 for seniors.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa provides good opportunities for architectural images and reflections. Be aware that security guards are very protective and might ask you to leave.
Soka University offers excellent opportunities for architectural images. The fountains in front of the complex are active subjects in early morning. Late afternoon offers great opportunities for architectural studies with shadows and reflections.
Union Station, Los Angeles
Take the Metrolink into Union Station for an opportunity to photograph this art deco architectural treasure. Tripods are not allowed, but you can freely roam the site and take unlimited hand-held shots. Be sure to increase your ISO for the dim lighting.
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