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Not only does instructor Todd Williams teach photography courses for Informal Class in Austin, he also travels regularly to Antigua, Guatemala and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to teach. He is currently preparing prints for book projects of images made during time he recently spent in Paris as well as prints from his trips to Mexico. His two courses for Informal Classes, Making the Experiential Photograph and Photography: Documentary, are both seminar-styled classes for those who well-understand photography fundamentals and want to develop a deeper capacity to make pictures that are more layered and complex, both emotionally and compositionally. This is the way that Todd composes his images, and you will learn how to do it, too. In his evaluation of the class, student Mike Farmer wrote, “Todd Williams offers the opportunity to consider ‘why’ to click the shutter.” Another student, Marilyn Vache, said that the class was, “inspiring, refreshing, challenging, and promoted inquiry.” Making the Experiential Photograph focuses on the creative process behind photography, as well as on analysis of relevant essays, photographs, and videos created by several of the medium’s best image-makers and critics. Gain awareness about why we photograph and how the process can enrich our lives through the experiences of artists, writers and others who live in and around the visual arts. In Photography: Documentary, students will learn technical aspects of photography and complete their first documentary project. Learn from Todd’s experience and be inspired by his passion! Register on our website.

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Our veteran instructor Brian Loflin is a highly regarded commercial, advertising and biological photographer.  We are excited to have him teaching his courses with us at Informal Classes.  His upcoming course Digital Photography: Beyond the Basics will teach you how to take your photography to exciting new levels. Improve your photography skills and learn to create images of a quality that previously seemed elusive with Brian’s expert guidance.  Previous student Laura Elliot told us that this class was “very informative, well worth it! This was a great class and I learned a lot that will really help me in the future. Mr. Loflin is a great teacher and explains things very well!”  Another student, Tom Nicholson, said that Brian “made complicated subjects attainable.”  The next course starts on January 27, but it has sold out!  Don’t miss the chance to take his March class, which starts on 3/18.  Register on our website!

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Get the most from your interchangeable-lens digital camera and take your photography skills to the next level!  Guided by professional photographer and UT lecturer Matt Valentine, you’ll gain a much better understanding of the tenets of photography, improving your technical skills over the span of the class.  Matt’s goal is for you to have the confidence to set your camera to “manual” and shoot anything, in any light, by the end of the class.  One of his students told us that “Matt was a great teacher and very patient with the classroom questions.”  Another student, Haley Elander, wrote, “This class was enjoyable and educational.  I can’t wait to put my new skills to use!”  Matt’s next session of Photography, Digital: SLR starts on November 19th!

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Photographer Carlos Austin offers his beginning digital photography class with us almost every month - and it’s still hard to get into!  It’s not difficult to see why when you hear what his students have to say about him.  We asked how the class was overall: “Great!  I learned so much in four short classes!” wrote one student.  Another told us that “class was wonderful!  I learned a lot. Carlos was very well-informed and energetic!  FUN CLASS!”  Student Matthew Wingert wrote that the class was “very good.  Gave me the confidence to learn my camera.  Carlos is very knowledgeable and passion about photography.  His class atmosphere is very conducive to learning and to discussion.”  Another student wrote that it was a “great class.  Carlos gave me lots of individual attention and extra tidbits - glad I signed up!”  Don’t miss your chance to sign up for Carlos’s next class, which starts November 4th.

Making the Experiential Photograph
Not only does instructor Todd Williams teach photography courses for Informal Class in Austin, he also travels regularly to Antigua, Guatemala and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to teach.  He is currently preparing prints for book projects of images made during time he recently spent in Paris as well as prints from his trips to Mexico.  His two courses for Informal Classes, Making the Experiential Photograph and Photography: Documentary, are both seminar-styled classes for those who well-understand photography fundamentals and want to develop a deeper capacity to make pictures that are more layered and complex, both emotionally and compositionally.  This is the way that Todd composes his images, and you will learn how to do it, too.  In his evaluation of the class, student Mike Farmer wrote, “Todd Williams offers the opportunity to consider ‘why’ to click the shutter.”  Another student, Marilyn Vache, said that the class was, “inspiring, refreshing, challenging, and promoted inquiry.”  While the creative process behind photography is the main focus of the class, you will also study and examine essays, photographs, and videos by several of the medium’s best image-makers and critics.  Gain awareness about why we photograph and how the process can enrich our lives through the experiences of artists, writers and others who live in and around the visual arts.

Making the Experiential Photograph

Not only does instructor Todd Williams teach photography courses for Informal Class in Austin, he also travels regularly to Antigua, Guatemala and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to teach.  He is currently preparing prints for book projects of images made during time he recently spent in Paris as well as prints from his trips to Mexico.  His two courses for Informal Classes, Making the Experiential Photograph and Photography: Documentary, are both seminar-styled classes for those who well-understand photography fundamentals and want to develop a deeper capacity to make pictures that are more layered and complex, both emotionally and compositionally.  This is the way that Todd composes his images, and you will learn how to do it, too.  In his evaluation of the class, student Mike Farmer wrote, “Todd Williams offers the opportunity to consider ‘why’ to click the shutter.”  Another student, Marilyn Vache, said that the class was, “inspiring, refreshing, challenging, and promoted inquiry.”  While the creative process behind photography is the main focus of the class, you will also study and examine essays, photographs, and videos by several of the medium’s best image-makers and critics.  Gain awareness about why we photograph and how the process can enrich our lives through the experiences of artists, writers and others who live in and around the visual arts.

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Do you have a digital camera and are comfortable with its controls but want to make images with stunning impact?  This course will explore the creative controls and the art that will allow you to take your photography to the next level.  Explore the use of lenses for compositional creativity, understand how light and color affect the creative outcome, and get into advanced techniques, including shooting in RAW, High Dynamic Range Imaging and much more!  Instructor Brian Loflin offers over a half dozen different courses at UT Informal Classes over the span of a year and his students rave about him.  He has many students progress from one class to the next.  One student wrote, “this class was excellent!  I learned so much!  I am excited about my photography again.”  Another student told us, “Brian is extremely knowledgeable on all photographic topcs and very eager to share his knowledge with others.”  Brian’s next Composition and Light course starts on October 28.  Check out his instructor page for a list of all of his upcoming courses.

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If you’ve recently invested in a digital SLR camera, the best place to start getting a handle on it is in Carlos Austin’s beginning digital photography class!  Digital Photography: Beginning starts up again on October 7th.  Student Elise Blum, who took the class this summer, wrote, “Thank you Carlos!  I see a clear passion for your work in the way you teach!”  Another student said, “Carlos was great.  I loved the class.”  Lea Dekker wrote that Carlos taught her the “skills to improve my abilities and confidence behind my camers.”  Come learn for yourself why his students rave about him and his class!

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Brian Loflin is one of our photography teachers.  With classes that range from how to effectively use a camera’s flash to nature photography, his classes cover the breadth of the topic and dig deep into it, too.  We interviewed Brian to be highlighted on our monthly newsletter and featured some of the interview there, but here is the full interview.

Informal Classes: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?

Brian Loflin: In my field we are now on the cusp of remarkable technological advances in photography, both in image capture and post processing in the computer. My goal is to get my students to learn that technology alone does not make great pictures. Cameras and computers are only tools in a larger arsenal. The main component is the gray matter between our ears. In order to make inspiring images I try to encourage students of all ages to step away from the “auto-everything” mode of technology and develop their acumen to control the camera in order to capture their vision.

IC: Tell us about your background with photography.

BK: I have been inspired by photography and photographers since I was very young. I was blessed by an excellent combination of opportunities and support from others. This has created my great passion for photography and image making. I am most excited by students picking up that passion and growing their own image making. It is a big thrill to see “the light bulb go off” when someone puts it all together. It’s great sailing from that point forward.

I am a biologist by education. Early on I had the requirement to document my work through photography. That work included producing high magnification images and processing the materials in a traditional darkroom. As they say, it got in my blood. Later, I had many fortunate opportunities to travel around the world photographing people, places and products. Today I am back to the pursuit of natural sciences with my wife, Shirley, through writing, photographing and publishing books through Texas A&M University Press. I have recently completed my third in that series and two others. We also lead nature photography workshops in a variety of locations.

I have been teaching now for about four decades. I started teaching at a VoTech school and went on to Community College and then University level. Regardless of where I was, I was always amazed by the desire to learn of my students. Many were like sponges sucking up every morsel. This is a great stimulus to anyone who teaches.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from your students?

BK: I learn a lot from the students’ reaction to visual media. Visual communication today is an increasingly important source of information in a short time. Photo imaging, whether still or motion, is by far the most powerful communication tool.

Brian’s upcoming classes:

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Turn your iPhone into an exciting creative tool!  Delve into the secrets of your iPhone and learn how to easily create dynamic images from your iPhone’s camera. iPhoneography, or iPhone photography, is growing in popularity and in relevance - it is an ideal way to create and share photos. You will learn the key techniques and skills needed to transform plain iPhone snaps into amazing images.  Instructor Carlos Austin will walk you through several fantastic apps that will improve your images.  Students from his last iPhoneography class reported that Carlos was “very passionate and enthusiastic” and teaches a really enjoyable class.  Sign up for his fall session, which starts on September 17th!

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Instructor Brian Loflin came to us with a new course idea this past summer, focusing on how digital photographers can make their pictures even better through the use of Adobe Lightroom.  His students commented that the class was “excellent,” “interesting and informative.” 

Outstanding, had great information, well-presented.

He made it easier/less intimidating to learn.

Brian is an excellent instructor.  I have enjoyed his expertise.

Brian is a fantastic instructor.  Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining as well.

Brian teaches several photography classes for us, from Beyond the Basics to Composition and Light to Macro.  Check out his photography classes and more at www.informalclasses.org.