Within 1 week of registering for a class online, you should receive a personalized confirmation letter with information about where to meet for the class and what to bring. If you DO NOT receive this email, please contact our office at (520) 883-3024 or email arts@desertmuseum.org.

 
Photo by Jay Pierstorff
Photo by Jay Pierstorff
Photo Classes 2018
Flight School: Photographing Birds in Flight
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 9, 10, 11
Instructor: Sharon Schafer
Fee:
$175 museum members /$225 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Previous photography experience and working knowledge of your DSLR camera
This more advanced photography workshop will teach you about the habits and adaptations of the magnificent raptors that grace our skies. The class also provides clear instruction in the challenging art of photographing birds in flight. Emphasis will be on capturing images of birds in flight with a large portion of the class dedicated to an on-site field experience. Time is also set aside to learn the basics of properly processing images and reviewing and critiquing the final results. Participants are required to have a DSLR and at least a 300mm telephoto lens along with a good understanding of the manual control of it.
 
Behind the Scenes Photowalk
Friday 9am – 3pm, Saturday 7:30 am – 11:30am
November 16, 17
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $155 museum members/$205 nonmembers
A professional photographer and staff animal keeper join forces to create two days of exciting picture taking opportunities. This class is for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels no matter what kind of camera you have. Lots of opportunities to learn, take pictures, ask questions and experience the Desert Museum from the inside out!

Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! You may walk a mile or more each day! Join us for a unique experience that has students returning again and again! Learn about animal photography coupled with an up-close experience of how things work behind the scenes. Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of fun!
 
Interchangeable Lens Camera Crash Course
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 12pm
November 17, 18
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
If you have a camera that you can take the lens off of, then you have an interchangeable lens camera! These types of cameras have unique settings not found on most “point and shoot” type cameras but they can be confusing to understand. This class will explain which primary settings and controls are the most important to know about and how to use them. What is “depth of field” and how is it controlled? How do f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO all work together? The importance of resolution and sensor size, lenses and lot’s more will be discussed in beginner friendly terms. Get the most out of your interchangeable lens camera by taking full advantage of its many robust features, after all, you paid for them!
 
Critter Close Ups: Macro Animal Portraits
Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 18
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
This is not, "HONEY I SHRUNK YOUR PICTURE"! In this workshop participants will explore and learn techniques of taking "Portraits" of small Critters, Plants, Feathers, Minerals, etc... Everyone will have time to do some images and may choose to participate in an image critique session
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC with Take Home Lessons (Dec)
Saturday 9am – 3pm
December 1
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Lightroom. We will start from the basics and learn Lightroom’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Lightroom one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons (Dec)
Sunday 9am - 3pm
December 2
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Photoshop. We will start from the basics and learn Photoshop’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Photoshop one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC & Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons
Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm -  December 1, 2
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff - Fee: $120 members/$170 nonmembers
This two-day class introduces you to both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. These two programs are now distributed by Adobe under one subscription. These programs have evolved into a “Lightroom first” and “Photoshop second” workflow. Learn how to use both programs by watching Photo Instructor Jay Pierstorff demonstrate each program’s most useful features. Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
Compact Camera Crash Course
Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm
December 5, 12
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Want to get the most out of your digital "point & shoot" compact camera? This informative class will help you understand these pocket-sized but capable cameras. Learn to lock focus for asymmetrical balance, overcome backlighting using exposure compensation, set white balance, fill flash and creative techniques using the programed shooting modes. Learn about camera Raw vs jpeg and selecting the proper resolution. We will decipher the user’s manual and have time to practice with our cameras.
 
Photoshop Elements Quickstart
Thursdays 1pm – 4pm - December 6, 13
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
This simplified, beginner friendly class is designed to get you off to a solid start with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We will concentrate on the most important Photoshop tools you need to know about in order to quickly improve your photographs. Learn just eight simple steps for making fundamental image corrections and properly prepare your photographs for emailing or printing. You will find out how to “rescue” a bad shot, set the resolution of an image, remove color tints and red eye, fix blemishes, improve photos that are too dark or too light and find out how to make your photos really “pop.” Bring your laptop and follow along. Photoshop Elements version 12 or newer must be installed
 
Photo Ops: More Behind the Scenes (Dec)
Saturday 7am - 11:30am, Sunday 7:30am – 11:30am
December 8, 9
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $155 museum members/$205 nonmembers
Join Photographer Jay Pierstorff and ADSM Curator Shawnee Riplog-Peterson for this two-day Summer photo event. Start early in the morning when many of the Museum’s animals are active as Jay and Shawnee set up photo ops for great animal photos outdoors. Go behind the scenes and see how the animals live at the Desert Museum. As the morning heats up, we move inside to photograph live animals on plain backgrounds in a studio setting including rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Learn about tethered shooting directly to your computer. Continuous lights, and depth of field for close ups.
 
Lighting a Small Subject
Sunday 9am – 3pm
December 9
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee:
$65 museum members/ $115 nonmembers
Photography is all about "painting with light". How a subject is lit determines if the image is flat and boring or exceptional and interesting. Lighting a small subject can be a challenge. This class will demonstrate some techniques to achieve lighting that will create interesting images. There will be time for participants to practice either on grounds or in the classroom with direction from the instructor who is well versed in taking photos on the museum grounds
 
To HDR or Not?
Sunday 9am – 3pm
December 16
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee: $65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
This class will discuss the technique of High Dynamic Range Photography at the Macrophotography Level. When should you use it or not use it. What are the challenges? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Participants will have time to practice their photography either on grounds and/or in the classroom.
 
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 23)
Sunday 7:30 am – 11am
December 23
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
A Photographer and Museum Curator team up to give you a memorable holiday experience! Did you get a new camera, lens, or camera phone for the Holidays? Do you have friends or family visiting this season? What a perfect holiday experience for a photo enthusiast, animal lover and fan of the Desert Museum! This class is for of all skill levels, no matter what camera you own! Join us for this very special Holiday edition of the Art Institute’s Behind the Scenes Photowalk. Only three walks will be held. In these early morning classes, you will have the opportunity to photograph many of our Museum animals as they react to enrichment activities! You will also get to see and tour “Behind the Scenes” areas of the Museum that the public never gets to see! Come ready to take pictures! No classroom time for this special event! We will maximize the experience by taking photos and visiting locations right away! Note: we may walk a mile or more during this class! Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of holiday fun! Because of the limited "behind the scenes" areas this class only has room for 10 people and fills up quickly!
 
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 24)
Monday 7:30 am – 11am
December 24
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
A Photographer and Museum Curator team up to give you a memorable holiday experience! Did you get a new camera, lens, or camera phone for the Holidays? Do you have friends or family visiting this season? What a perfect holiday experience for a photo enthusiast, animal lover and fan of the Desert Museum! This class is for of all skill levels, no matter what camera you own! Join us for this very special Holiday edition of the Art Institute’s Behind the Scenes Photowalk. Only three walks will be held. In these early morning classes, you will have the opportunity to photograph many of our Museum animals as they react to enrichment activities! You will also get to see and tour “Behind the Scenes” areas of the Museum that the public never gets to see! Come ready to take pictures! No classroom time for this special event! We will maximize the experience by taking photos and visiting locations right away! Note: we may walk a mile or more during this class! Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of holiday fun! Because of the limited "behind the scenes" areas this class only has room for 10 people and fills up quickly!
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 25)
Tuesday 7:30 am – 11am
December 25
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
A Photographer and Museum Curator team up to give you a memorable holiday experience! Did you get a new camera, lens, or camera phone for the Holidays? Do you have friends or family visiting this season? What a perfect holiday experience for a photo enthusiast, animal lover and fan of the Desert Museum! This class is for of all skill levels, no matter what camera you own! Join us for this very special Holiday edition of the Art Institute’s Behind the Scenes Photowalk. Only three walks will be held. In these early morning classes, you will have the opportunity to photograph many of our Museum animals as they react to enrichment activities! You will also get to see and tour “Behind the Scenes” areas of the Museum that the public never gets to see! Come ready to take pictures! No classroom time for this special event! We will maximize the experience by taking photos and visiting locations right away! Note: we may walk a mile or more during this class! Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of holiday fun! Because of the limited "behind the scenes" areas this class only has room for 10 people and fills up quickly!