Training Classes for 
Plano Photography Club and Dallas Camera Club Members

DCC Training Tuesday - Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

PPC Training Thursdays - Every 2nd and 4th Thursday

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Session 1 Session 2
6:30 7:30
DCC 1st Tuesday Apr 06 Heidi Phillips
Fun with Photoshop
Frank Richards
Focus Stacking
PPC 2nd Thursday Apr 08 No Training No Training
DCC 3rd Tuesday Apr 20 Heidi Phillips
Fun with Photoshop
Nancy Mack
Composition Techniques for
Still Life Photography
PPC 4th Thursday Apr 22 Craig Rowen
Selections in Photoshop
Larry Petterborg
DCC 1st Tuesday May 04 Nancy Mack
Composition Techniques for
Still Life Photography
PPC 2nd Thursday May 13

Current and Pending Classes

Larry Petterborg

Photojournalism is a form of documentary photography that goes beyond merely depicting a scene to telling a story about people and events. This class will cover the development of photojournalism, from the earliest days of photography to the present. Classic and iconic examples of the genre will be discussed as a way of exploring the elements of a memorable image. 

Printing and Mounting Your Photographs
Dennis Fritsche

Description: Ansel Adams famously said “The negative is the score, and the print the performance." This remains true in the digital age as well. Prints provide a unique opportunity to enjoy, display and share our photographs.  This class will demonstrate the basics of printing your photographs or preparing them to be printed by a service.  It will also demonstrate how to mount a photograph for display and judging.

File Formats in Photography

Davis Swinney

Description: In photography, we are presented with a variety of file formats – JPEG, TIFF, RAW, DNG, PNG, etc. These sessions will unravel the terminology and help you understand what they are and when to use them.
Session 1: (RAW and XMP) vs. DNG - the pros and cons of each file type along with usage scenarios/workflows

Session 2: Using Different File Types When Roundtripping between Lightroom and Photoshop 

Preparing Slideshows
Dennis Fritsche

Description: During the club year, we can share our photography and creativity with our fellow members with slideshows. These sessions will use Photostage Slideshow Software from NCH Software. We will cover considerations for choosing and sequencing the slides, creating title slides, when to use and not use special effects, how to find and add music, and how to prepare the final product into a movie that displays well on Zoom.

Techniques to Expand the Capability of Your Camera
Frank Richards

Description: Today’s cameras are marvelous instruments with capabilities unimaged just a few years ago. However, there are some things that are currently beyond our camera’s capabilities. We can capture multiple images and combine them in post processing to overcome some of these limitations. Frank will explore in three situations where multiple images can be combined to create a new image that exceeds the exposure range of your camera’s sensor or exceeds the viewing angle or depth-of-field limitations of your lenses. These three techniques – HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panoramas, and Focus Stacking – will each be addressed in a separate session.

What Judges Look For
Larry Petterborg

Description: As both clubs move from one contest year to the next, it is good to keep in mind What Judges Look For when judging a club contest. Larry shares his observations from competing and judging other clubs for many decades into a helpful set of observations.

Ask Me Anything
 Dennis Fritsche

Description:  This is an open session to discuss anything photographic - cameras, Lightroom, color management, technique, gear, printing, travel planning, back-up strategies, whatever. If I don't know, someone else in the room will. It is a great place to learn something new. If you have a problem image or a question, email it to me at

Street Photography
Hugh Adams

Description: This training session will include the history and definition of street photography, including examples, equipment, approaches, composition, locations, ethics, legality, and resources of street photography.

Selections in Photoshop
Craig Rowen

Description: Their are many ways to make selections in Photoshop. This class will give an overview of the many options and dive into the most used methods.

Completed Classes

Luminosity and Color Masks in Photoshop
Anita Oakley

Description: Luminosity and color masks allow you to make edits to your images that would be impossible without them. They can be as intricate as a single shade in the leaves of trees. They also blend beautifully so the edits appear more natural. However, manually creating luminosity masks is a difficult and time-consuming process. Ted Kuyper’s TK7 Rapid Mask module makes them a snap! We will edit three images and show you how effective and easy they really can be.

Photographing Moving Water
Alan Whiteside

Description: Whether you’re photographing naturally moving water (e.g., a creek, ocean, even rain) or an artificial source (e.g., a faucet, fountain, fire hydrant), there are numerous considerations that affect the final image. We will explore these factors, which range from your own safety, to your vision for the image, to manipulating the light to express your intent. Most of the example photos will involve water, but the considerations can be applied whenever you want to capture and interpret the motion of everyday objects while your camera remains stationary.

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