Photography Classes

Owens provides numerous opportunities to develop your personal skills in photography to enrich your life. If you are interested in expanding your skill or are thinking of beginning a hobby Owens has programs for you. Check out the fast changing world of Photography training that will make you and your life more interesting and enjoyable. Discover what you want to be.

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You don't need to have the most expensive camera on the market to take great pictures. With so many features available on smartphones, iPads and other devices, it can be a snap, but you need to get off of "auto-mode" to harness the power. Whether you are looking to take better action shots, portraits or just become more creative with your photos, this class is for you. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51184 Wed 1/13 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49
51185 Mon 2/29 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Findlay $49
51186 Tue 4/12 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


Do you own a DSLR that you would like to take off of "auto-mode" or would you simply like to learn to take better and more creative photos? Does your manual create more questions than answers? Join our fun and informative hands-on class, where you will learn everything you need to begin mastering the different camera modes and techniques available to the aspiring photographer. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51187 Tue 1/12 & 1/19 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Findlay $99
51188 Thu 1/14 & 1/21 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $99
51189 Wed 2/10 & 2/17 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $99
51190 Tue 3/22 & 3/29 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Findlay $99


Take your photography skills to the next level in this advanced informative hands-on class. We will work with advanced lighting techniques, low-light and night photography, long-exposure, "lightpainting" and stop actions, plus "tricks" that will have your friends insisting you used Photoshop! Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51191 Tue 4/19 & 4/26 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $99


Technology does not make the artist, but rather creativity and ingenuity sculpts this path. Experience this calming alternative to the fast-paced digital world by exploring the lost art of pinhole photography and discover your artist within. Together we will plan and build your very own pinhole camera, then learn how simple it is to use by delving into the possibilities unleashed once you remove
the obstacles produced by a standard camera and lens. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51198 Mon 3/21 & 3/28 5:30 - 9 p.m. Maumee $99


Take the skills you learned in our digital photography class and learn basic photo editing techniques to perfect your work. Using Photoshop Elements in a computer lab, you'll learn how to crop, resize and adjust the contrast in your photos. Learn how to add effects and remove unwanted items from your photos. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51192 Tue 1/26 & 2/2 5:30 - 9 p.m. Maumee $99
51193 Wed 2/24 & 3/2 5:30 - 9 p.m. Maumee $99


Go beyond the ordinary with this fun and fascinating hands-on Photoshop class. Learn techniques that will simply amaze you or anyone with an appreciation for artful creation. Most of the techniques can be implemented in minutes. Learn to master multiplicity, HDR, image displacement maps, polar coordinates and many other advanced Photoshop techniques. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51194 Wed 3/23 & 3/30 5:30 - 9 p.m. Maumee $ 99


If you would like to sell prints online or in a gallery; this class is a must for you. Learn the essential equipment, software and legal forms you will need. What your rights are for photographing subjects, objects, buildings and whether you need permission when selling these works. Also learn how to make sure your equipment is covered by your insurance, getting your work online and noticed with a digital portfolio and much more! Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51174 Thu 1/28 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49
51175 Thu 4/28 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


Wedding and event photography can often be the most challenging and the most rewarding (personally, professionally and financially) due to the dynamic nature of the venue. After all, you may only have one opportunity to get that shot, so it had better be great! This class will teach you how to be prepared to get those shots, and the basic equipment you will need to overcome the most daunting circumstances. You will even learn how to price your work competitively and how to find new clients by marketing yourself online and offline. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51176 Thu 2/4 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


In this hands-on class we will examine various lighting and positioning techniques to ensure we are enhancing our subject's best features while diminishing any unflattering ones. You will learn how to position key light, fill light and background light, along with getting the right ratios for the effect you desire. You will also learn other more specialized lighting techniques using softboxes, grids, barn doors, cookies, gobos and reflectors. And, to save money, you'll even learn how to make most of these items DIY! Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51177 Thu 2/11 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


If you would like to learn how to shoot sports like a pro, then this is the class for you! Whether you're shooting your kids' events or photographing a professional venue, the same principles apply. So join us to learn the correct camera settings it takes to stop action and get tack sharp focus, the proper techniques for composing your shots to tell the story within the game, and how to choose the right gear to capture your subject in the heart of the action. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51178 Thu 2/18 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


In today's modern real estate world, curb appeal, it can be argued, is good photography. People are busier than ever and expect everything available with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger on a mobile device. They simply don't do drive- by's anymore unless they're actually interested in viewing the whole home inside and out; and they are not likely to become interested, unless good quality photos are available. With limited time and countless listings online to review, buyers will quickly move on if photos don't reflect well on a property. First impressions are everything, and because they're so important, home owners and their realtor should focus as much energy and time on a photo shoot as they would on creating curb appeal or getting prepped for an open house. A picture is worth a thousand words, and in real estate they can be worth thousands of dollars. Join instructor, Grayling Lathrop, for this workshop if you want your properties to sell more quickly and at a higher selling price.

51200 Thu 2/25 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


Learn how a "hot-shoe" flash can be the single best accessory for your digital camera. You will learn how to use your flash as a fill and as a bounce light. We will examine the effects of fast and slow shutter speeds with a flash and how to balance this with your flash settings to match your ambient background light to get the effect you desire. You will learn how and when to use a "rear" or "2nd" curtain flash, high-speed sync flash, and manual flash settings to get the perfect shot; and those shots which would not be possible without flash photography. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51179 Thu 3/24 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee


Photography is all about the light. In this class you will learn how to create the exact photo you desire by controlling every aspect of light in your image. The techniques in this class will show you how to create stunning images which are more three-dimensional, more textural and more professional. We will begin with a key light and then build out our scene by adding more lights or reflectors. Next, we will examine how softboxes and other diffusion devices change the characteristics of our light. Finally, we will work with gels and with our shutter speed and aperture to balance exposure between flash and ambient light. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51181 Thu 3/31 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


Fine art photography is photography created in harmony with the vision of the artist as photographer. This is, by far, our most creative class and in it you will explore your creative vision and learn the skills needed to portray, that which you imagine, through your photography. Our lessons will help you to understand the techniques necessary to express your perceptions and emotions as an artist and to discover unlimited creative visual opportunities using light, color, texture and more. Learn how to create stunning artful pieces, in camera, that your audience will insist were done in Photoshop! Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51180 Thu 4/7 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


Some of the most stunning and dramatic photographs are those taken at night or in low-light situations using longer exposure values. If you have a desire to add this type of photography to your portfolio then this is the class for you. In this class, you will learn how to expose properly for lights, the moon and other objects illuminated by reflected light, all while adding and/or balancing differing light sources to get your desired effect. You will also learn proper techniques to eliminate camera shake and how to create sharp wellexposed photos while minimizing the "noise" in the image. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51182 Sat 4/9 7 - 11 p.m. TBA $49


Learn the skills needed to make products and fashions jump off the page and grab the viewer. This creative class will teach you the basics of exposure, and how to position and control light to create the proper mood for a wide range of subject matter. You will learn
how to photograph problematic materials such as shiny, reflective and metallic surfaces. Make merchandise more desirable by creating spectacular images using various techniques to highlight important features, pose the subject effectively, find the right camera angle, choose the right background, add and position props. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51195 Thu 4/14 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Maumee $49


This class will teach you how to create stunning landscape and wildlife images in nature. The lesson is packed with information and follows a step-by-step approach to the art of nature photography. From planning and preparation, selecting the right gear, to the most important topics of composition, lighting, and exposure -all critical toward capturing the scene as precisely as you desire, as you learn the skills necessary to create an image as breathtaking as nature itself. Instructor: Grayling Lathrop

51183 Thu 4/21 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. TBA $49

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