Photography Classes

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as we add new classes online throughout the season. Dates and times are subject to change.

Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met for our visiting instructors, there is a health or weather emergency, or other unforeseen events.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our students, and we’ll do our best to inform you as early as we can of the cancellation.

If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll offer a full refund or credit towards another course, at your discretion.

If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class. After that time, no refunds are provided. If you sign up for a multi-day or multi-week class but do not attend the entire course, we will not pro-rate the class as we need to pay our guest instructors for your spot in the class.

Photography Classes

iPhone Photography Workshop with Robert Ashmun

THURSDAY 4PM (at Oliver Art Center), and 5:30-8 OUTSIDE

This class will cover various aspects of iPhone camera technology using the editing software built into phones from the iPhone 11 to the most recent model (iPhone 15 Pro-Max). We will start with about 1.5 hours of class time to allow a visual demonstration of what phone cameras are capable of, as well as before and after examples of what the editing software can accomplish. After a break, we will go outdoors to expose several images that will show how to apply some of the photography and editing tools. We’ll also practice finding the right light and angle, explore camera positions, review composition and framing, and other traditional photography concepts as they apply to iPhone photography.

Instructor Info:  Robert Ashmun is a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America and has earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman through the association. He is a strong advocate of continuing education to keep up with changes in the industry and he has taught his style and technique of photographing families and high school seniors to other professionals at national seminars for many years. Robert owns Ashmun Portrait Art studio in Leelanau County and has hosted workshops in Sedona Arizona and locally. His published book of techniques help his students with off-camera flash and building inexpensive backgrounds.

Thu June 27, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 7

 
Photography in Manual Mode with Wendy Wernet

Learn how to use your camera in manual mode. This class is for beginners who want to learn the manual mode basics of photography. You’ll be taught basic settings and receive a handout for review. (Instructor uses Nikon cameras.) Please bring your camera and instruction manual with you to class to help locate your settings.

Instructor Info:  Wendy Wernet got her start in photography, then found encaustic art by accident, and immediately became intrigued with the medium. To this day, she is still discovering new techniques and possibilities. Her creations typically involve abstract or landscape themes. Wendy has been in several juried exhibitions across Michigan, and she teaches beginning photography classes as well.

Sun June 30, 2024

Member Price: $54.00

Non-Member Price: $60.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
2-Day Digital Photography Workshop with Robert Ashmun

NOTE:  THIS CLASS MEETS ON TWO DAYS (SOME IN-CLASS, AND SOME OUTDOORS - CALL OAC IF RAIN DATE IS NECESSARY)

This program will be directed towards those who are comfortable wiht the basic camera functions of shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure control, etc.  A tripod and a camera that allows manual settings are required.  The class will be broken into two parts.

Part 1:  3-4 hours in the classroom with visual presentations reviewing a variety of topics (composition, lighting, color vs. b/w, focus stacking, HDR, depth of field, slow shutter speeds, and more). After a break, students will meet at a designated location to shoot photos with later afternoon light. 12-4 pm, 5-8pm

Part 2:  The following day, students will again meet at OAC to work on post-production effects.  Expand your digital photography skills! 12-4pm

Instructor Info:  Robert Ashmun is a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America and has earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman through the association. He is a strong advocate of continuing education to keep up with changes in the industry and he has taught his style and technique of photographing families and high school seniors to other professionals at national seminars for many years. Robert owns Ashmun Portrait Art studio in Leelanau County and has hosted workshops in Sedona Arizona and locally. His published book of techniques help his students with off-camera flash and building inexpensive backgrounds.

Sat July 6, 2024

Member Price: $175.50

Non-Member Price: $195.00

Available Spaces: 9

 
Street Photography Presentation with Steve Growcock

Street Photography is our effort to capture an image that records that single instant in a lifetime to entertain or provoke thought. Photographer Steve Growcock will discuss common styles and techniques of street photography, and will discuss the “how-tos”, the equipment typically used when taking street photos, as well as the legalities of pressing the shutter button. Join us for this fun introduction to street photography!

Instructor Info:  Steve Growcock had a decades-long career as a consultant to the electric utility industry. Since his retirement, Steve has rediscovered his passion for Street Photography and has participated in several group and solo gallery shows in the Manistee regional area. Steve is currently on the Board of Directors for the Ramsdell in Manistee.

Thu July 11, 2024

Member Price: $10.00

Non-Member Price: $0.00

Available Spaces: 16

 
Cyanotype Photo Prints with Mark Videan

An alternative photographic technique using sunlight to develop images on specially treated paper or fabric. Objects such as twigs, leaves, flowers, feathers, paper cut-outs, netting, lace, are placed on the paper and exposed to the sun or an ultraviolet lamp. UV exposure leaves images of the objects on paper, creating photograms. All materials will be supplied.

Instructor Info:  Retired after 42 years as a custom-design jeweler and goldsmith, Mark is now enjoying the freedom of being an artist unconstrained by choice of medium. He studied art, with an emphasis in metalsmithing, at Michigan State University. He has been making baskets since the early 80s, exploring many different materials and techniques. His basketry work has been exhibited internationally, and his jewelry and metal work have been found in galleries and stores throughout the U.S. His interests include science & space, relief printmaking, woodcarving, cooking, homebrewing, papermaking, making books, photography, and designing tattoos. Some of his photos, writing and original word puzzles can be found locally in Freshwater Reporter, a free community newspaper he and his wife co-edit.

 

Sat July 27, 2024

Member Price: $67.50

Non-Member Price: $75.00

Available Spaces: 6

 
iPhone Photography Workshop with Robert Ashmun

WEDNESDAY 4PM (at Oliver Art Center), and 5:30-8 OUTSIDE

THIS CLASS HAS A RAIN DATE FOR THE EVENING/IN SITU PORTION OF THURSDAY AUGUST 1.

This class will cover various aspects of iPhone camera technology using the editing software built into phones from the iPhone 11 to the most recent model (iPhone 15 Pro-Max). We will start with about 1.5 hours of class time to allow a visual demonstration of what phone cameras are capable of, as well as before and after examples of what the editing software can accomplish. After a break, we will go outdoors to expose several images that will show how to apply some of the photography and editing tools. We’ll also practice finding the right light and angle, explore camera positions, review composition and framing, and other traditional photography concepts as they apply to iPhone photography.

Instructor Info:  Robert Ashmun is a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America and has earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman through the association. He is a strong advocate of continuing education to keep up with changes in the industry and he has taught his style and technique of photographing families and high school seniors to other professionals at national seminars for many years. Robert owns Ashmun Portrait Art studio in Leelanau County and has hosted workshops in Sedona Arizona and locally. His published book of techniques help his students with off-camera flash and building inexpensive backgrounds.

Wed July 31, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Photography in Manual Mode with Wendy Wernet

Learn how to use your camera in manual mode. This class is for beginners who want to learn the manual mode basics of photography. You’ll be taught basic settings and receive a handout for review. (Instructor uses Nikon cameras.) Please bring your camera and instruction manual with you to class to help locate your settings.

Instructor Info:  Wendy Wernet got her start in photography, then found encaustic art by accident, and immediately became intrigued with the medium. To this day, she is still discovering new techniques and possibilities. Her creations typically involve abstract or landscape themes. Wendy has been in several juried exhibitions across Michigan, and she teaches beginning photography classes as well.

Sun August 11, 2024

Member Price: $54.00

Non-Member Price: $60.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
2-Day Digital Photography Workshop with Robert Ashmun

NOTE:  THIS CLASS MEETS ON TWO DAYS (SOME IN-CLASS, AND SOME OUTDOORS - CALL OAC IF RAIN DATE IS NECESSARY)

This program will be directed towards those who are comfortable wiht the basic camera functions of shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure control, etc.  A tripod and a camera that allows manual settings are required.  The class will be broken into two parts.

Part 1:  3-4 hours in the classroom with visual presentations reviewing a variety of topics (composition, lighting, color vs. b/w, focus stacking, HDR, depth of field, slow shutter speeds, and more). After a break, students will meet at a designated location to shoot photos with later afternoon light. 12-4 pm, 5-8pm

Part 2:  The following day, students will again meet at OAC to work on post-production effects.  Expand your digital photography skills! 12-4pm

Instructor Info:   Robert Ashmun is a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America and has earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman through the association. He is a strong advocate of continuing education to keep up with changes in the industry and he has taught his style and technique of photographing families and high school seniors to other professionals at national seminars for many years. Robert owns Ashmun Portrait Art studio in Leelanau County and has hosted workshops in Sedona Arizona and locally. His published book of techniques help his students with off-camera flash and building inexpensive backgrounds.

Sat August 24, 2024

Member Price: $175.50

Non-Member Price: $195.00

Available Spaces: 9

 
iPhone Photography Workshop with Robert Ashmun

WEDNESDAY 4PM (at Oliver Art Center), and 5:30-8 OUTSIDE

THIS CLASS HAS A RAIN DATE FOR THE EVENING/IN SITU PORTION OF THURSDAY AUGUST 29.

This class will cover various aspects of iPhone camera technology using the editing software built into phones from the iPhone 11 to the most recent model (iPhone 15 Pro-Max). We will start with about 1.5 hours of class time to allow a visual demonstration of what phone cameras are capable of, as well as before and after examples of what the editing software can accomplish. After a break, we will go outdoors to expose several images that will show how to apply some of the photography and editing tools. We’ll also practice finding the right light and angle, explore camera positions, review composition and framing, and other traditional photography concepts as they apply to iPhone photography.

Instructor Info:  Robert Ashmun is a lifelong member of the Professional Photographers of America and has earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman through the association. He is a strong advocate of continuing education to keep up with changes in the industry and he has taught his style and technique of photographing families and high school seniors to other professionals at national seminars for many years. Robert owns Ashmun Portrait Art studio in Leelanau County and has hosted workshops in Sedona Arizona and locally. His published book of techniques help his students with off-camera flash and building inexpensive backgrounds.

Wed August 28, 2024

Member Price: $85.50

Non-Member Price: $95.00

Available Spaces: 10

 
Photoshop Post-Production For Beginners - Digital Editing Workshop with Tamara Hoffbauer

In this introductory class, students will be taught a variety of tools and techniques in Photoshop to post- process or “develop” digital or scanned photos. These techniques will help students understand when and why to use Photoshop, how to process a digital image for use in print or online, how to set up an efficient workflow, and how to get the best results from their digital or scanned images. Topics will include image cleanup techniques, creating selections, use of adjustments like levels, sharpening, curves, color balance, and more. We will also discuss what formats to save images in for different uses. Students should leave the class feeling confident in their ability to apply what they have learned to their own photos and to tackle further study of Photoshop!

Instructor Info:  Tamara Hoffbauer has been working in the digital design industry for 25 years. She has trained in Adobe software since it first launched, creating and editing digital art for print publications, retail product design, and online stores. Previous work as a Creative Director included 14 years of photographing products for print catalogs and e-commerce sites. Tamara earned a BFA in Design from DePaul University.

Sun October 6, 2024

Member Price: $91.00

Non-Member Price: $99.00

Available Spaces: 6