Art and Photo Classes, Private Lessons


Lessons cost $20 per person per hour.

Contact Dorie by email, dorie_parsons@hotmail.com or by telephone, (251) 948-8922, to make arrangements.

If I have expertise in the areas you wish to cover, we can design your own class.


  • Better photos with your point-and-shoot camera



    Winter Plumage

    This is a hands-on photography class designed to help you take advantage of more features of your point-and-shoot camera. We will learn about the camera controls and work on overcoming common problems. Come get to know your camera better and improve your photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).

    Tips and Tricks handout


  • Better photos with your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera




    Do you only use the automatic mode on your DSLR camera? If you would like to know more about your camera functions, please join us for this class. You may be surprised at what your camera can do.

    Each person should bring their DSLR camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and camera manual (if available).



    Galapagos Sea Lion

  • Photographing two-dimensional artwork



    Lily Bucket

    Do you need high quality digital photographs of your art to post online or to send to the printer? This class will cover the basics of accurately capturing your two-dimensional art work.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).



  • Photographing birds



    It can be challenging to get good pictures when your subjects won't hold still or are hidden deep in a tree. Here are some hints on photographing the beautiful birds of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


    Egret Profile

  • Post camera production--After you take the picture what's next?


    Notecard

    Snapping a digital picture is only the start of the adventure. What can you do with all those pictures on your camera's memory card?

    In this class we will cover downloading digital photos to the computer, searching for files, organizing and renaming pictures, enhancing pictures with free image editing software and sharing your photographs as email attachments, slideshows, prints, photo books and in online galleries.

    If you have a laptop computer, bring it to class.


  • Editing Digital Photographs—Adobe Photoshop Elements


    Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron - Find Edges Great Blue Heron - Watercolor

    Learn to edit your images on the computer using Adobe Photoshop Elements (the home version of Adobe Photoshop). We will cover the basics of cropping, correcting exposure, straightening the picture, capturing and moving parts of the picture, combining several pictures, and other image editing skills.

    If you have a laptop computer, bring it to class.

    Photoshop Elements handout


  • Beach photography tips and tricks



    Getting good photographs at the beach can be a bit tricky. Learn to take advantage of your camera’s special settings to capture the beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


    Perdido Pass Dunes

  • Travel photography tips and tricks


    Balloons over Capadocia

    How do you get the photograph when the tour bus won’t stop? What if the sun is in the wrong location when you visit the site? How do you capture the splendor you see in our state and national parks? Join us to explore some solutions to these and other travel photography problems.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


  • Exposure--Capturing Light and Motion




    Exposure and focus are key elements in digital photography. In this class we will explore the following questions: How does shutter speed affect the image? How can I determine what will be in focus? What is the best lighting for my photographs?

    Exposure is the SCIENCE of photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).



    Amazon Sunset

  • Composition



    Beach Chorus

    What is the difference between a snapshot and a photograph?

    In this class we apply the elements and principles of design to emphasize the photograph's subject. Learn how to add interest and drama to your digital pictures. Photo composition is the ART of photography.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


  • Creating your own Photo Book


    Photo books are a great way to share your pictures with others. We will cover how to prepare your pictures, pick an online publisher, build your book and employ the rules for good book design. Learn to amaze your friends with your publishing talent.

    If you have a laptop computer, bring it to class.



    Alabama Seashells Pocketbook

  • Holiday Decorations from Mardi Gras Beads


    Mardi Gras Throw Bead Crafts

    Do you have a bag of throw beads left over from Mardi Gras? Come learn how to turn them into glittering holiday decorations, bowls, garlands, jewelry and tiny animals.

    Come join the fun!


  • Photographing two-dimensional artwork


    White Pelican

    Do you need high quality digital photographs of your art to post online or to send to the printer? This class will cover the basics of accurately capturing your two-dimensional art work.

    Each participant should bring their digital camera, charged batteries, a camera memory card, and the camera manual (if available).


  • Design your own class


    Interested in learning more about photography or image editing?

    If I have expertise in the areas you wish to cover, we can design your own class.

    The cost is $20 per person per hour.

    Contact me by email, dorie_parsons@hotmail.com or by telephone, (251) 948-8922, to make arrangements.



    Dorie Parsons