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Centnnial School District Community Education

The following is list of classes that I am offering through the Centennial School District's Community Education Program.

New programs area added for each season.  The registration buttons will take you directly to the program in the school district's community education catalog.  This is a much easier way to locate the classes than going through their on-line catalog.

Digital Photography Fundamentals

Regardless of the type of digital camera you have, learn how to take better photos that you will be proud to share.

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This class will cover a variety of topics designed to help you get the most from your camera. Topics include, understanding exposure, camera modes, focusing techniques, lens selection, white balance, and several other topics. Time for questions and answers will be provided. No experience necessary, all camera types welcome including phone cameras.

 

The class consists of a lecture followed by a photoshoot where you will be able to practice the techniques discussed during the class.

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Drinks

The Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Daily 

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Mains

A Pasta Hack That Will Transport You to Rome

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Healthy

Creative Salad Ideas for the Veggie Lover

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Instructor Led Holiday Lights Photo Hike

December 9, 2023

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Caribou Coffee 

730 Apollo Drive

Lino Lakes

The holiday season provides all sorts of photographic options allowing you to really get creative.

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We will spend a couple of hours photographing holiday light displays around the Lino Lakes area. During the photowalk, I will spend time helping participants with camera settings, focusing at night, creative camera effects such as zooming with long exposures, and shallow depth of field.  We will also work with some of the challenges such as dealing with movement, and sequenced light displays. 

 

We plan to be out for about 2 hours so please dress appropriately for the weather.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

 

You will need to bring a camera that allows for manual camera settings, a lens that can range in focal length from 35mm to 105mm, and a tripod.

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Tabletop Photography

March 9, 2024

9:00am - 12:00pm

Centennial Middle School 

399 Elm Street

Lino Lakes

Whether you are a crafter, online seller, or just someone who enjoys still life photography, this class will help you improve your photos.

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Creating an interesting still life photo does not require a lot of expensive gear or a fancy studio.  You can create some amazing photos in your house using simple lighting and staging.  During this class, Don will show you how to select a stage, design a set, arrange lighting, determine the proper camera angle, and set your exposure.  Would you believe that the image of the oil lamp above was taken using only window light?  It was!  The secrets are understanding how to compliment your subject with supporting "actors," and managing the shadows.

 

This class will take place in a classroom environment with plenty of hands on activity.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

 

You will need to bring a camera that allows for manual camera settings, a lens that can range in focal length from 35mm to 105mm, and a tripod.  Optionally, bring along some of your own items to photograph.  We will also have subjects for you to work with if you prefer.

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Instructor Led Winter Instructional Photo Hike at Martin Island

February 17, 2024

10:00am - 12:00pm

Martin-Island Linwood Lakes Regional Park

Lino Lakes

Winter is a photographer's wonderland.  The low sun angle, clean air, and simplified scenes make for some great photo opportunities!

Icy Chain at Gooseberry Falls State Park

We will spend a couple of hours wandering around the park looking for interesting landscapes, wildlife, and anything else that catches our attention.  The great thing is that in the winter there is always something interesting to capture with our cameras.  Don will demonstrate how to get nice white winter scenes using whatever type of camera you may have.  In addition, he will provide guidance on composition, subject selection, and exposure.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

 

We plan to be out for about 2 hours so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Chemical hand warmers are highly recommended. 

 

You will need to bring a camera that allows for manual camera settings, a lens that can range in focal length from 35mm to 105mm, and a tripod.

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