May, June, July, August Photography Class Schedule

Here is my schedule for upcoming photography classes for the rest of May, June, July, and August, as well as a list of upcoming workshops that still have openings:

For a complete list and to register online, go HERE

Photography 101
June 17 – July 8
June 21 – July 12
June 29 – July 20
August 1 – 22
August 3 – 24

Basic Camera Operation
May 25
May 31
June 20
June 25
July 2
July 7
July 16

Photoshop I: Basic Photoshop & Bridge
June 21
July 15

Photoshop 2: Layers & Adjustments
July 22

Composition 101
June 29 – July 13

Exposure Equation
May 24
June 1
June 20
July 14
July 20

Light & the Light Meter
May 30
July 5

Before You Buy
June 25

Workshops: for complete list and to register, go HERE

Alvord Desert, Oregon June 3 – 5
Oregon Coast, June 7 – 12
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, June 14 – 16
Cyanotype printing, June 18
Oregon Coast, Sept 6 – 11
Scotland, Sept 21 – 28 (only 1 space remaining!)
Iceland, Oct 3 – 14 (only 1 space remaining!)

Acadia National Park Oct 19 – 26 (pending)
Bruneau Dunes, Idaho November (date pending)

2017 Workshops in planning

Death Valley, Feb
Oregon Coast, April
Yellowstone National Park, May
Iceland Twilight, May 16 – 25
Scotland Highlands, May 28 – June 6
Grand Teton National Park, June
Palouse, Washington, June
Palouse, Washington, Aug 13 – 16
Yellowstone National Park, Sept
Acadia National Park, Maine, Oct
Iceland, Oct
Yosemite National Park, Nov
Monterey/Carmel, California, Nov

10 Things Photographers and Artists Should Consider

I don’t usually do lists, but as I was working on a project and reading at the same time, this popped into my head. I’ve left off explanations for some and used minimal explanation for others. You should fill in your own blanks (that could be #11 or #12).

1. Explore: internally (introspection) and externally (exteroception)
2. Experiment: Don’t follow convention (for too long). Blaze your own trail
3. Challenge yourself mentally and physically: Don’t bite off more than you can chew – work in increments you can accomplish yet have a need to push yourself beyond current limits
4. Challenge your skills
5. Share your progress in a way that is informative and interesting but not self-serving or bragging
6. Don’t care what others think about what you do or how you do it. They are not you and you are not them. You are you. Do what you love, create what you love
7. Set goals (see #3 & #4) but be flexible in how, when, and if you reach them. Don’t be afraid to coast, regain your bearings or your balance or to reassess and change course. They’re your goals, they don’t belong to anyone else
8. Don’t be afraid
9. Seek knowledge and experience wherever it can be found, in all areas. You never know when one thing will connect with another in an amazing way
10. Have fun

Ok, here’s an 11

11. Be a friend to other artists

February – May Workshops

This is the year to dive deep into your creative process, to explore and discover what makes you tick and what excites you as a photographer. 2015 is the Year of Why. I’ll be offering a series of what I call Why Workshops where we’ll explore how we use our senses to be more aware of and find meaningful subjects to photograph, how our senses and perception affect what and how we photograph, and what it is about us as individuals that inspires us to create what we do. Join me for one or more of these workshops for February – May. More information and registration on my Workshops page:

Practical Smartphone Photography
January 31
February 9
February 21

Basic Photoshop & Bridge
February 6

Senses & Perception: Portland, OR
March 6 – 8

Central Oregon Coast Workshop
April 14 – 21

Senses & Perception: Oregon Coast
April 22 – 24

Senses & Perception: Columbia River Gorge, OR
April 25 – 27

Senses & Perception: McCall, ID
May 8 – 10

Fall 2015

Scotland: Isle of Skye & Highlands
October 5 – 17

February and March (partial) Photography Class Schedule

Here is my upcoming February class schedule and a partial listing for March. All classes unless otherwise Click on the class title to go to the registration page (will open in a new window).

Basic Camera Operation (2 hrs)
February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
February 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
February 21, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Photo 101 (8 hrs)
January 7 – 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
February 3 – 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
February 4 – 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
March 4 – 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Composition 101 (5 hrs)
January 15 – 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Before You Buy (2 hrs)
February 4, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Before You Buy & Equipment and Accessories Combo (4 hours)
February 4, 9:00 – 11:00 am Before You Buy
February 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Equipment and Accessories

Equipment and Accessories (2 hrs)
February 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Exposure Equation (2 hrs)
February 11, 9:00 – 11:00 am
February 13, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Light & the Light Meter (2 hrs)
February 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Your Cost of Doing Business (2 hrs)
February 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Copyright (2 hrs)
February 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Personal Digital Workflow (2 hrs)
February 7, 9:00 – 11:00 am
February 21, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Class Schedule for January/February 2015

Here is the list of schedule classes for January and February, 2015. If class times or dates are not convenient to you, One-on-One sessions are always available. Classes are typically held in Boise, ID, at Brown Mackie College at Overland and Maple Grove. Other classroom locations, such as coffee shops and outdoor venues, are used as appropriate. Locations for One-on-One sessions are determined based on the needs of the instruction.

Before You Buy (2 hrs)
January 12

Basic Camera Operation (2 hrs)
January 10
January 13
January 19

Photo 101 (8 hrs)
Jan 7 – 28
February 3 – 24

Composition 101 (6 hrs)
Jan 15 – 29

Exposure Equation module (2 hrs)
Jan 8
Jan 14

Aperture & Shutter Speed
module (2 hrs)
Jan 20

Light & the Light Meter module (2 hrs)
Feb 10

Let’s Break Barriers

Let’s break barriers together. There are many barriers to creative vision, from the seemingly impossible variety of cameras and equipment, to software, missing skills and knowledge, and your fears. I offer a wide variety of photography instruction in a classroom setting, one-on-one, or workshop. You can take a full class or mix and match the things you would like specific assistance with, like aperture’s control of depth of field, basic image processing and corrections in Elements or Photoshop (which also applies to Lightroom users), long exposure, or the business of photography, among others. Gift certificates are also available in nearly any amount if you know a friend or loved one who would like to have more control over their photographs. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Visit blueplanetphoto.com for details and to register and purchase gift certificates.

Let's break barriers together. Photography classes, workshops, and one-on-one instruction.

Let’s break barriers together. Photography classes, workshops, and one-on-one instruction.

Upcoming Photography Workshops

These upcoming workshops are as much about helping you think about and consider your subject, yourself, your goals, as they are about technique and camera operation. I’m going to encourage you to push yourself, extend yourself, challenge yourself to do something different and interesting, to explore for yourself what it means to you to be a photographer. Join me and let’s see what happens.

Workshop Details and registration

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HDR Photography: Idaho City, Idaho September 20

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Senses & Perception: the Alvord Desert of Oregon September 27 – 29

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Long Exposure Photography: Payette River October 11

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Landscape Photography: Stanley, Idaho October 18 – 21

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Oregon Coast (optional Columbia River Gorge extension) November 7 – 14

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Senses & Perception: Isle of Skye August 3 – 9, 2015

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Senses & Perception: Highlands & Skye October 5 – 17, 2015

Month of Photography – Boise schedule

Month of Photography-Boise

Month of Photography-Boise

Month of Photography – Boise schedule:

March 6, Artist Reception, Boise Creative Center, 1204 Front St, Boise, 4 – 8pm

March 6 – April 29, Photography Show, Boise Creative Center, 1204 Front St, Boise, M-TH noon-7pm

March 7, Ami Vitale, Photojournalist, sponsored by ASMP Mountain West and ASMP Foundation, Hotel 43, 981 Grove St, 6:30 – 9pm. http://asmp.org/education/event/register?venue_id=1183. Portfolio reviews available March 8 (see registration page)

March 15, Practical Smartphone Photography, Boise Creative Center, 9am – 4pm. http://www.blueplanetphoto.com/dir/workshops/practical-smartphone-photography.html

March 22, PhotoCrawl, Bruneau Dunes State Park, 5pm – 9pm

April 5, Cyanotype Photography, Boise Creative Center, 9am – 4pm. http://www.blueplanetphoto.com/dir/workshops/cyanotype-photography.html

April 11 – 12, Boise Squared photo contest with live judging, sponsored by ASMP Mountain West. The Rose Room, 718 W Idaho, Boise. http://boisesquared.com/

April 19, Sean Duggan, Creative Masking & Compositing with Adobe Photoshop, Brown Mackie College, 9050 W Overland, Boise, 9am – 1pm. http://seanduggan.com/training/creative_compositing_boise.html

April 26, PhotoCrawl, Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho. 5pm – 9pm

Maria Piscopo comes to Boise, August 16 – 17, 2013

Maria Piscopo, Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion

Maria Piscopo ASMP program, August 16 – 17, 2013

Register Today

Marketing is one of the more difficult tasks we face as creatives. Making contacts and establishing relationships can be intimidating. Luckily, we have just the program for you! Join us for a presentation on Friday evening and portfolio reviews on Saturday by artist rep, author, lecturer, and instructor Maria Piscopo.

Based on her recent book, 4th edition, The Photographer’s Guide to Marketing & Self-Promotion, this program has been updated for today’s commercial photography client. Maria’s new marketplace overview will give you the information you need to find and keep clients. Her techniques are specific, efficient and cost-effective for every area of photography.

Topics include: identifying your direction and updating your marketing message, improving responses to your ad and direct mail, email and web marketing tips and techniques, reducing rejection when calling clients, dealing better with voice mail, “no-fail” selling scripts, planning different presentations to get your work in the door and using new follow-up techniques to give you an unbeatable edge over your competition. Even experienced professionals will get new ideas!

Maria Piscopo (www.mpiscopo.com) is the author of the 4th edition Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion and Graphic Designer’s and Illustrator’s Guide to Marketing and Promotion — both published by Allworth Press — and she has been an art/photo rep for twenty five years. She writes magazine articles for industry publications such as Shutterbug Magazine and Communication Arts and teaches marketing classes at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Maria’s topics have been successfully presented to industry associations such as AIGA, ASMP, APA, ICON, CAPIC and PPA.

Private portfolio reviews with Maria are available on Saturday, August 17, for a separate fee of $150.

Friday, August 16, we will begin at 6pm with a social and networking hour at the MK Nature Center Auditorium. The program begins at 7pm. Refreshments and door prizes.
Saturday, August 17, portfolio reviews are scheduled in 30-minute sessions from 8am – 6pm.

Admission:
Program Only
ASMP Member: Free
IMP Member (Idaho Media Professionals): $10
Non-Member: $15
Student: $5

Portfolio Review:
ASMP Member: $75
Non-Member: $150

Register Today