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November 8, 2013

BAG camera club to host photography workshop

Beckley Art Group’s Camera Club will host a photography workshop Nov. 16, “Making Better Photographs: The Basics.”

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Beckley Art Center classroom and will be offered to novice photographers and intermediate-level photographers.

Seating is limited and the cost is $45 for the public and $35 for Beckley Art Group members; participants are being asked to bring their own camera and sample photographs.

The workshop will focus on improving the quality of your photographs and will cover a mix of visual and technical topics, such as image (composition and framing), exposure (ambient light, ISO, aperture and shutter speeds), and focus (lenses and depth of field).

“I have talked with many photographers, from novice through advanced, that say they have invested time and money in their cameras, lenses, and other equipment but are still dissatisfied with the photographs they produce,” said Ron Bailey, with StudioElevenTen.

“Much of the attention of workshops and books on photography is on the camera and unfortunately, much of the advertising around cameras pushes the bells and whistles, the necessity to have the latest and greatest camera. We want to take a different approach with this class. Our attention is first on the photograph — what makes a good photograph, how can you strengthen composition, how do you control depth-of-field, and so-forth.”

He said the class is open to everyone and whether the photographer is interested in family holiday photos or a photo essay highlighting a distressing social issue, “this class will have something to offer.”

Bailey said this will be the first of a series of workshops sponsored by the Beckley Camera Club that will be topic oriented. Future workshops will cover editing photographs with Lightroom or Photoshop; producing prints, books, and other forms of output; as well as specific forms of photography, such as macro, portrait or landscape.

Bailey, a member of the Beckley Art Group and the Beckley Camera Club, will lead the workshop. He is a Tamarack juried artist and a juried member of the Allied Artists of West Virginia.

To reserve your seat, call 304-253-9226 or e-mail

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