Serving the Suncoast of Florida since 2004


_MG_2742-2The focus of our club’s education program is members teaching members. We offer classroom training twice a year at three levels of proficiency, we include two education segments in each monthly meeting, and we maintain a list of recommended web-based learning resources here on the education page of our website. And of course, we all learn from each other through our meetings, our field trips, our website and Facebook pages, our competition participation, and from sharing our ideas through the 52-week photo challenge.

2017 Fall Training Course Schedule

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Intro To Photography:

Saturday, October 14th – 8:30am-1:00pm

Instructed by Larry Deitch



ps-family-marquee-1307x560bIntro To Post Processing:

Saturday, October 22nd – 8:30am-1:00pm

Instructed by Dave Kurshan



Cell-Phone-CameraIntro To Cell Phone and Tablet Photography:

Saturday, November 11th – 8:30am-1:00pm

Instructed by Margaret Lanier




1700_photoshop_plugins_by_myszka011Intro to Plug-Ins:

Saturday, December 9th – 8:30am – 1:00pm

Instructed by Larry Deitch





wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbIntro to WordPress:

Learn the basics and set up your very own free WordPress website and start blogging!

Saturday, November 4th – 8:30-1:00pm

Instructed by Morag Reid




All of these classes will take place at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall,8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch. To register for any course please email Larry Deitch at or register at the Education table at any regular monthly meeting. All classes are free to our members. However you MUST be a member to attend.

Member to Member Training Classes – 2017

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Beginner Post-Processing Course

Classes being held Saturday, February 18th and Saturday, March 4th from 8:30am-12:30pm at the LWR Town Hall.

Class instructor will be Dave Kurshan.

For more information or to sign up for these classes please email Dave at

Once you have captured an image in your camera, the goal of post processing is to transform that image into the best possible photograph. These sessions are an introduction to that process. The material will focus on techniques, rather than specific software or computer systems. Two sessions are scheduled on February 18, and March 4, from 8:30AM to 12:30 PM each day.

If you use a laptop, please bring it, with some of your images, and whatever software you are using to process your images.

There is an outline of the topics to be covered.

I. Technical stuff

A. Computer Basics for Photography – the minimum you need beyond web browsing and email knowledge

1. The file system

2. Where are your images

3. How to move images around

4. How to organize your images

5. How to backup your images

6. How to monitor performance including CPU and memory usage

B. Moving images from Camera to computer

C. Printing images

1. service vs. local printing

2. Aspect Ratio

3. Print size

4. Pixels per inch

5. Color Profiles

II. Using adjustments to improve your images

A. General

1. What are adjustments

2. In camera post processing – jpeg vs RAW file formats

3. Local vs Global adjustments

4. What software choices are available – pros and cons

5. How to become proficient with image processing software

B. Demo and hands-on practice

1. Improve composition via Cropping

2. Using tonal adjustments to correct and emphasize

a) Exposure

b) the Histogram

c) Contrast

d) Highlights

e) Shadows

f) Vignettes

3. Using color to correct and emphasize

a) Fix color casts and white balance

b) Add emphasis or drama via

(1) Hue

(2) Saturation

(3) Vibrance

(4) Luminance

(5) White Balance

(6) B&W

4. Image sharpening and noise reduction

5. Local adjustments for correction and emphasis

6. Putting it all together

7. Advanced techniques and demos

Beginner Photography Course

Classes being held Saturday, April 22nd and Saturday, May 27th from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the LWR Town Hall

Class instructor will be Tim Nerenz

For more information or to sign up for these classes please email Tim at

Advanced Photoshop Classes

Classes will take place each month before the regular monthly meetings at the Woodland Community Church beginning in February.

Class instructor will be Mike McNaughton

These classes are limited to just 25 people. Members MUST sign up in advance to attend. Unfortunately walk-Ins are not welcome.

For more information or to sign up for one of these classes please email Mike McNaughton at

Each month will be a lessons which shows how to do something in Photo Shop.  Included in each lesson I will be explaining one or more of things like:

  • Adobe Camera Raw
  • Layers
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Actions
  • Blending Modes
  • Liquify
  • Smart objects
  • How to make a composite
  • How to make a bookmark
  • How to transplant a head

And all the other everyday stuff we use in Photoshop

Mike really thinks a person attending these classes should have some basic knowledge of Photoshop or Elements.  If a person attends and has no knowledge of PS then they will probably be lost.


For any additional questions or comments about our club training classes please email Education Director, Larry Deitch at

2016 October/November Classes

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Our fall classes will be held on Saturday, October 8th, October 15th and Sunday, November 13th from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.

The Camera Basics class will be led again by club favorite Tim Nerenz. Tim will teach you all the basics about your camera in a fun and easy to understand series of classes.

Our Beginner photo editing class will be led by club member Dave Kurshan. Dave will introduce our members to the basics of photoshop and lightroom. This class is not for advanced advanced photo editing.

Classes are for Members Only. If you would like to register as a member please see the “Become a Member” section of this website. To sign up for either class please email Mindy Towns at Please include which class you would like to register for in your email.

Saturday, August 20th – Feedback Session

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The next feedback session will take place on Saturday, August 20th at the Woodlands Community Church, room 228. The session will begin at 9am. Please RSVP to LB at ASAP, so he knows how many judges to schedule.

Our LWRDPC Feedback sessions are an opportunity for members of our Club to bring up to 5 digital images on a flash drive to receive comments from some of our more advanced members (judges) for positive comments and constructive criticism. The judges help the members select what they feel are the best photos for competition. They may also show on their computer some of the ways to improve photos either in Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements.

This event is for MEMBERS ONLY.

Saturday, June 30th – WordPress Workshop

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images (1)Any members interested in learning how to creating their own wordpress blog using is welcome to join in on this fun morning workshop! Morag Reid will be the instructor.

Saturday July 30th from 9-12
Lakewood Ranch Town Hall,
8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard,
Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

If you are interested in attending please email Morag at

Please note that is a basic class on how to set up a blog on Participants must know how to use their computer and be able to navigate the internet. You will need to bring your own laptop computer. If you already have a blog and would just like a refresher, please stop by 11-12.

Due to the limitations of the w-fi connection at Town Hall, the class is limited to 15 participants.
Please RSVP by July 23rd if you would like to attend this workshop.

2016 February Classes

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Classes will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 13th and 20th from 8:30 am – 12:30pm. Classes are already full and we have started a waiting list. If we have any cancellations we will contact those on the waiting list in the order they are received. If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email Mindy Towns at

We will be offering classes again this winter at the Beginning Photography, PhotoShop Fundamentals, Advanced PhotoShop Techniques and Advanced Workshops.  Classes will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Town hall and run concurrently for three weeks in February.  Class size is limited to 20 in each of the four levels, and we ask that if you cannot attend all three days of lessons that you wait for the fall classes so that space is available for those able to complete the courses as scheduled.   A signup sheet will be available at the November and January monthly meetings.  Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis. In our fall session some of our classes did fill very quickly so don’t delay.  

Beginning Photography – learn the functions, features, and operations of your DSLR camera, the general rules of composition and good shooting technique, and the basics of editing and organizing images on your computer.  No prior knowledge of photography or computer editing is required.  

PhotoShop Fundamentals (formerly Intermediate Photography) – introduction to the three Adobe Creative Cloud photography applications – PhotoShop, Lightroom, and Bridge.  Learn the tools, brushes, layer types, and blending modes in PhotoShop and what capabilities each offers.  Knowledge of computer application use and familiarity with basic photo editing principles is required.  

Advanced PhotoShop Techniques (NEW course) – moving from the basics of PhotoShop tools to applying them in techniques to achieve dramatic and professional looking image effects.  Knowledge of PS fundamentals is required – either by taking the PS Fundamentals course or equivalent experience.  

Advanced Workshops – Four focused workshops led by Spencer Pullen that combine shooting techniques and software image editing  – lighting, HDR, monochrome images, and preparing prints for competition/exhibition.   Advanced knowledge of both shooting techniques and image editing required.

At this time, we do not plan to offer classes in Elements.  There are only so many volunteer instructors and classrooms available, so we prioritize around the most asked-for and most used editing software.   Now that Adobe has made Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge available on a monthly license we have chosen to focus on those three, although there are Elements tutorials you can access via the links provided on the Education tab of the LWRDPC website.   We provide links to 10 training sites with over 2,000 tutorials online on a variety of subjects.

If members are not sure which course is right for them, it is a good idea to select the lower-ranked course.   They will learn a lot and be better prepared when the more advanced courses run again. 

2015 Fall Classes

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We will be offering classes again this fall at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels on three weekend afternoons in October – on the 11th, 24th, and 31.   Classes will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Town hall and run concurrently from 1-5 pm.  Class size is limited to 20 in each of the three levels, and we ask that if you cannot attend all three days of lessons that you wait for the winter classes so that space is available for those able to complete the courses as scheduled.   To signup for the classes email Mindy Towns at A signup sheet will also be available at the Salon competition.  Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect classes to fill up quickly so don’t delay.  

The Beginner Course

The Beginner Course covers the operation of your digital camera, shooting techniques and image composition, basic editing and file management, and an introduction to the common accessories used in photography – tripod, case, filters, straps, etc.   Students will bring their camera and a desire to move from taking snapshots to taking photos, all other course materials will be provided by the club – the lessons combine classroom instruction with shooting and mentoring from experienced members.  If you want to discover what all those buttons and knobs and menu items are for on your digital camera, this is the course for you.

The Intermediate Course

The Intermediate course is an editing course that covers the basic tools and palettes used in Photoshop to enhance digital images efficiently.   Students bring notebook computers with Photoshop and Lightroom installed and the club will provide sample images and links to a series of web-based video tutorials that will be viewed and then put into practice under the guidance of a facilitator.  If you understand basic editing – crop, straighten, lighten, darken – but get lost when people talk about layers and blending modes and masking brushes, then this is the course for you.   

The Advanced Course

The Advanced course will be a series of workshops led by Spencer Pullen – HDR, Lighting, Shooting and Editing in RAW, and Optimizing for Print.  In addition David Kurshan will provide a tutorial and demonstration of Lightroom and Bridge, the other two elements in the Adobe CC suite.  Students bring cameras and notebooks with Adobe CC installed, other course materials are provided by the club.  If you are proficient at processing images in Photoshop/Lightroom and want to learn how to produce ribbon-winning and display-quality art, this is the course for you.

If you are unsure about which level is right for you, our education director Tim Nerenz suggests that you “downshift” to the intermediate or beginner – classes will be offered twice a year and It is better to be confident at each level and move up when ready than to be overwhelmed and frustrated.


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Education Segments At Monthly Meetings

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At most of our monthly club meetings, we have two education segments featuring our club members who share tips, techniques, and ideas that have caught our attention at field trips, outings, or in sharing of our work.   

The first segment is Advanced Shooting Techniques – a short 5 or 10 minute demonstration of a particular shooting technique with sample photos, settings used, explanations of set-up and process steps, and those special little tips that make the difference between “nice photo” and “WOW!”   

The second segment is called “What’s In Your Bag”, where members share the little gizmos and gadgets we have discovered that make our time out shooting more enjoyable.  Camera accessories, creature comforts, do-it-yourself creations – anything unusual or interesting is fair game if it is noticed in someone’s bag when we are shooting together.

If you have a shooting technique or something in your bag you would like to share, or know someone who does but is too shy to say so, please let Tim Nerenz know so we can add you to our schedule.

Self-Directed Learning Resources

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There are hundreds of web-based sources of information and education for photographers, and the Club regularly reviews data and listens to members to provide a list of ten links to the most popular sites so that all of our members can find somewhere to start that matches their own personal learning style.   And of course we encourage members to support our local businesses that provide education and training – it is in everyone’s interest to supported with local businesses that share our love of photography.

The following list of self-learning resources provides access to over 2,000 tutorials and lessons, covering camera operations, shooting techniques, lighting, editing and processing, and special effects.   They are broken into three categories – printable step-by-step guides, instructional videos, and paid courses.

Printable Collections and step-by-step guides:

Adobe – Learn Photoshop

Adobe – Learn Lightroom

Digital Photography School  – hundreds of tips and techniques, categorized

Photoshop Essentials – step-by-step instructions for hundreds of editing techniques

Instructional videos – categorized by playlist:

Adorama TV – over 1200 tutorials with a shooting focus

Phlearn – 320 tutorials with a Photoshop focus

Anthony Morganti  – 350 tutorials with a Lightroom focus and over 1,000 salon-style image critiques

Paid Course Sites:   

Kelby One  – monthly and annual subscription courses in Photoshop editing and workflow ($19/mo)

CreateLive – each class is a series of videos – fee per course

Lynda – Photoshop CC for Photographers ($19 month individuals unlimited course views)