Workshops

It’s September and it’s finally cooled down a bit, here, in Virginia! The perfect time of the year for photography!!! Have you been out shooting yet? What’s your favorite thing to capture in the fall? (Or spring, if you live south of the equator???) I can’t wait to take some photos of pumpkins and autumn foliage!

I’m looking forward to helping people unravel the mystery of their DSLRs or mirrorless cameras in October, with my Camera Mechanics Workshop! I’m still deciding on the date, between Saturday, October 14th and Saturday, October 28th. If you’d like to take the class, send me a message on the Contact Me tab and let me know which date is best for you. I’d love to hold it on a date that is convenient for everyone! You can read more about it below.

I’ll be teaching my next Lightroom Workshop in January of 2018. Did I just type that??? I can’t believe that 2018 will be here so soon! You can find more information about it below. It will be in Williamsburg, too. I’ll post the exact date closer to the end of this year.

If you’re interested in either workshop, click on the Contact Me tab and let me know. If the dates don’t work out for you, but you’re interested in future dates, let me know that, too. I’ll add you to my mailing list, so you’re the first to know when I announce future workshop dates. Also, if you’d just like to receive my monthly newsletter, you can let me know the same way!

On the subject of the fall… I’ll be leading the Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk in Colonial Williamsburg, again, this year, on Saturday, October 7th. It will be my fourth year. If you would like to join us for a morning of fun shooting, followed by a Dutch treat lunch at Blue Talon Bistro, click here to sign up. It’s free, but they do hope you’ll donate a dollar to an orphanage in Kenya when you sign up. If you buy a t-shirt for the walk, all the proceeds will go to the orphanage, too. I’ve already ordered mine! 😃 It’s also the weekend of An Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg, so there will be plenty for you to do, all day long!

Finally, I hope you’ll find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc!

Caroline


CAMERA MECHANICS

Do you own a DSLR or mirrorless camera and wish you could figure out the buttons and menu settings and get out of AUTO mode? This is the workshop to take! In this one-day, very hands-on class, you’ll go from beginner to advanced. In the end, you’ll be able to shoot in Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual and know why to chose each one. These are the four modes that professional photographers use. You’ll receive a workbook that you fill out during the workshop, which will become your custom camera manual.

For this workshop, you’ll need a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Those are the types of digital cameras that have interchangeable lenses. (Some mirrorless cameras only have one lens…) If you don’t own a DSLR yet, click here for a  reasonably priced Canon DSLR to learn on. If you’d like a more up-to-date version, that does cost more, click here. And, finally, if you would rather something smaller and lighter, Canon has a new mirrorless camera you can check out here. Either way, be sure to add a memory card. Stick to SanDisk or Lexar memory cards. They are reliable and well worth the money. All of these links are affiliate links. Clicking on them won’t cost you more… and I get credit with Adorama. A win-win for all of us! Thank you!!!

This fall of 2017, I’ll be teaching Camera Mechanics on a Saturday in October, date to be announced. This is a one-day workshop in Williamsburg, VA. The classes run from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $175.

To sign up,  please click on the Contact Me link and let me know if you’d like to pay the $100 deposit by check or PayPal. (The total cost is $175.) I’ll get right back to you with more details. 

If this date won’t work for you, I’m happy to add you to my email list so that you’ll be one of the first to know when I announce future classes!

I do teach private lessons, but much prefer to teach small groups. People seem to learn better in the group! I also charge more for private lessons…

LIGHTROOM CC

It’s time to learn Lightroom, the best processing software for photographers! My next Lightroom workshop will be in January of 2018, which isn’t really that far away… 😉 This is a one-day workshop in Williamsburg, VA. The classes run from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $175.

To let me know you are interested,  please click on the Contact Me link. Obviously, you won’t be paying a deposit until the date is announced… but do let me know you are interested, so I can add you to the mailing list. That way, you’ll be one of the first to know when I decide on the date. 

In this one-day workshop (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) , the focus is on the Library Module and the Develop Module. You’ll learn how to set up your catalog and automate your import. Then, we learn processing, the way to make your photos stand out. You’ll learn how to create your own Processing Presets! And we’ll set up some Export Presets, to make it easier to print, share or save your photos.

You’ll need a laptop (or strong arms to carry your computer…) and an installed copy of Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6. I also recommend that you bring an external hard drive to set up your photo backup within Lightroom.  If you own a Mac, I’ll teach you how to format this disk for Macs. It literally takes a couple of minutes, max! Just don’t use it before the class.

What’s the difference between the two Lightrooms? The CC version is a monthly subscription and Lightroom 6 is a one-time purchase. Adobe will be updating the CC version with new features. With Lightroom 6, you are buying a version that will be updated for bugs and new cameras, but will not receive new features when they are released. If you think that you might want to try Photoshop, then the CC version if the one for you! It also comes with many mobile apps that will coordinate with your Lightroom Catalog! Otherwise, Lightroom 6 will be fine. Be sure to download the correct version of Lightroom 6 for your computer. Please note: I will be teaching from Lightroom CC, so you may not have all the features if you are using Lightroom 6. If it were I… I’d go with Lightroom CC. Finally, I recommend that you buy Scott Kelby’s book about Lightroom: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers. 

Lightroom CC can be used by all photographers, on both Macs and PCs. If you want to shoot your photos in RAW format (It’s what I use and recommend.), you have to use software to process your photos to create the JPGs that you can print or share on social media. Lightroom CC is the gold standard of processing software. What if you’re happy shooting JPGs right in your camera? You also can use Lightroom CC to organize your files and enhance your photos!

ADVANCED CAMERA MECHANICS (These classes are available only to students who have completed Camera Mechanics.)

These one-day or partial-day workshops will be offered to people who have taken Camera Mechanics and want to have fun perfecting their skills. The times and prices vary with the workshop.

I’ll be contacting former students soon. You may take them in any order.

Coming Soon…  PHOTOSHOP FOR LIGHTROOM USERS. I’m busy developing a workshop for people who have taken the Lightroom Workshop. If you use the CC version of Lightroom, you also have Photoshop! Why not learn how to use it? I hope to have the workshop written in time to be offered later this fall. When it’s ready, I’ll be contacting the graduates of my Lightroom Workshop.


Curious? Here’s what some of my students have said about the workshops:

 

I so enjoyed the camera class the first of the year.  I think of your class often, as I take lots of photographs.  The information you taught has been invaluable.  
Mary Maney

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned everything I need to know to get started with my new Nikon 3400.  Caroline shines as an instructor by using excellent teaching techniques that make understanding everything from focal point to depth of field easy to understand. She freely shares her talents and experiences while making sure each participant understands how to use their specific camera. I now have the confidence to bring my camera with me each day as I venture out. Well done.
Mary C Rogers

 

Thank you for generously offering such an engaging and productive workshop. Your love of photography, knowledge of the camera and enthusiasm for teaching are so evident and helped this non-geek have a great time learning camera mechanics. 
Sally Fisk

 

Many thanks to you for teaching me that my camera has more than just an “auto” setting! What you taught us in such a short time was definitely worth the price of admission!  
Eric Ward

 

Love your classes! I took photos last night of the super moon and they turned out great.  Not just a white ball in the sky. I also attempted my first time lapse photography shoot on a sunset last night.   Both of these have to be done in manual mode.  Could never have done these without your class.
Elaine Rountree

 

FINALLY…..I had a good “practice” session at my FAVORITE park. Just wanted to share. I used your ‘back door’ solution to get my shutter speed and ISO “in line” for a few good shots. One happy camper over here!
Heidi Traynor

 

Your Camera Mechanics workshop was excellent!  I have had other photography classes but none concentrated on how my particular camera settings work.  This is a great “hands-on” workshop.   Now I am able to utilize many more of the capabilities of my Canon Rebel T1i.  Your creative and inspiring method of teaching is just the ticket for taking great shots.  More workshops, please!  I give your workshop Five Stars!!!
Janet C. Taylor

 

Caroline Maryan’s camera class was fantastic.  She’s a super-enthused teacher who really knows her cameras and photography.  In our class I learned absolutely everything that my camera can do—even a low-end digital SLR.  You don’t need a jillion dollar camera to start learning all its ins-and-outs with Caroline.  I was more than fully satisfied with my experience.
Don Shepler


I wanted to pass on my most sincere thanks. Not only have I learned a huge amount, I have enjoyed every class with you. You are so willing to share all your knowledge and experiences and I feel we have all benefitted so greatly from this. Perhaps most importantly, I have learned to look around me with a much more observant eye, and feel I have started my journey to feel like a photographer, instead of just feeling lucky when I get a good shot.
Kerrie Matthee


I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and fantastic teaching ability! I imagine to you it feels like you’re sharing something you are so passionate about. But, at least for me, you’re helping me to find myself in a life totally focused on my kids. You really have made a difference in my life and I think in so many others’ lives as well.
Jennifer Gordon

Lightroom has been a bit of a revelation for me, and I NEVER would have had the confidence to download it and start playing with it without your encouragement and guidance (actually, I never even would have known it existed without you!).   The class has also given me the confidence (and links to web training!) to seriously start thinking about the next steps (ie Photoshop, or maybe Illustrator – I haven’t decide yet! But either way, I think with the knowledge and resources you’ve given me I feel sure that whatever I choose I’ll be able to work my way through it – so again, thank you!).
Emily Orpin

 

I truly enjoyed our time together today and as in our last class, I felt just one session was worth the entire payment!  You offer a great learning experience, with effective, gentle guidance.  I can’t wait until our next class!
Willie Berwick

 

It really helped me understand the basics of my camera and actually dare to take photos without permanently using the auto button and wondering what the heck all other buttons mean! You have a great way of explaining things to absolute photographic beginners in such a way that one can quickly grasp the gist and actually see results. And its always fun!!! As I mentioned this morning, my husband actually praised my photography last week and admired the progress I made, something that has never happened!!
Monika Liebig

 

I have been meaning to write and say how enjoyable your class was, and that I got a GREAT deal out of it – the camera is much less intimidating to me now, and I am feeling confident that we’ll get some great photos in Kenya, so thank you for your expert help!
Elizabeth

 

 And some photos, too…

Practicing Shutter Mode on moving feet during a Camera Mechanics Workshop in Williamsburg, VA

 
Julita-Wick-along-the-Cheonggyecheon A student shooting the Seoul Lantern Festival during a workshop photo walk.

Chimping-at-a-Camera-Mechanics-WorkshopChimping at a Camera Mechanics Workshop

Tapgol-Park-in-Seoul-South-KoreaLearning travel photography at Tapgol Park in Seoul, South Korea

Advanced-Camera-Mechanics-WorkshopStudents capture a falling strawberry during an Advanced Camera Mechanics Workshop

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