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Instructor Matt Valentine aims for all of his students to gain the confidence to set their cameras to “manual” and shoot anything after taking his class, Photography: Digital SLR.  With his guidance, you will get the most out of your interchangeable-lens digital camera and take your photography skills to the next level! But don’t just take our word for it. Previous student Susan Rieff told us, “This class was excellent!  It certainly exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed Matt Valentine’s approach to teaching - very accessible, responded well to students of widely varying expertise.” Matt is a professional photographer and UT lecturer, ready to share his expertise and passion with you. His next class starts on September 2nd. Sign up on our website.

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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 June 3. Check out his instructor page for a list of all of his upcoming courses.

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Learn to shoot better pictures and how to improve the ones that aren’t great to start with in Digital Photgraphy for Mac Users. Instructor Bob LeVitus (a.k.a. Dr. Mac of “iPhone for Dummies” fame) discusses getting the best picture you can on the camera you happen to have on you, be it your iPhone or iPad, point-and-shoot pocket camera, or digital single-lens reflex (DSLR). Then he teaches you all about managing and improving your digital photos with iPhoto (free) and other free and inexpensive tools for the Mac. Let this be the first step towards feeling confident when you have to re-touch your images! Class starts May 27.

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If you’ve recently invested in a digital SLR camera, get the hang of using it in Carlos Austin’s beginning digital photography class! Photography: Digital Photography for Beginners will begin again on  starts up again on May 7th. Student Travis Young wrote that he “loved class! Carlos was enthusiastic and I learned so much! The class was what I envisioned and then more. There was great group discussion and our instructor was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and fun.” Come learn for yourself why Carlos’s students rave about him and his class!

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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.