Class Calendar

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 – 12:00Sunday, April 28,2019 9:00 – 12:00

This class is for any photographer who wants to make their photos look better. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program Lightroom. All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all…well, almost all.

Whether you photograph your family and pets, close ups, landscapes, flowers, animals, or lakes and rivers, Lightroom can be used to manage and improve your images.

This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic Editing Tools, Advanced Editing Tools, Lightroom Workflow, Adding Watermarks, Exporting Photos, and much, much more.

No experience with Lightroom is needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on

About the instructor: Les spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from one hour long to five days long. He has taught a two-day session at the International Wolf Center as well as presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.

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Chasing Northern Lights
Apr 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $5

Have you asked yourself, “How can I shoot those cool Northern Lights photos I see on Facebook? What setting should I use on my DSLR? How do I know when and where I should go?” In this classroom setting, you will learn those answers with many tips and tricks to the trade as we explore this beautiful phenomenon. Students should bring a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with a 24 mm or smaller lens.

About the instructor: Greg Ash is a self-taught Aurora chaser and enjoys the chase! He has also taught at the Duluth Folk School.

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Preserving the Wilderness Above Us
Apr 27 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuition: $20

Roy will speak about the Dark Sky movement and how light pollution affects humans, animals, plants, and even insects. There is a wilderness above our heads just like the awe-inspiring beauty and peace that the wilderness beneath our feet provides to us. Both are vulnerable… both need preservation and protection.

About the Instructor: Roy Misonznick is a professional artist & nature photographer. He often shoots the night sky. Roy is founder of Ely Photographic Collaborative, a member of the International Darksky Association (darksky.org) and also the founder of ElyDarkSky.org.

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Understanding and Acting on Light Pollution
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:00 PM- 8:30 PMClass may resume at 9:00 PM if weather conditions permit

Tuition: $20

Is street lighting blotting out the stars in your night sky? Are you concerned about the creep of light pollution? We’ll explore the different types of lights and ways to use lighting effectively while still preserving dark skies. Weather permitting, the class will reconvene at 9:00 p.m. at the Ely golf course parking lot for constellation-finding and telescope viewing after the session at the Folk School.

About the Instructor: Bob King has loved the stars since he was a kid and shares that love through teaching and writing. He lives in Duluth with his wife Linda and is recently retired from a career as a photojournalist and photo editor at the Duluth News Tribune. His books “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” and “Wonders of the Night Sky” are available on Amazon and at area bookstores. His latest book, “Urban Legends from Space” will publish this fall. Bob has 31 years teaching community education astronomy for the Duluth School District and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and North House Folk School.

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May
4
Sat
2019
Deep Space Astrophotography
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Saturday, May 4, 201912:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos of astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky. In this digital age we can take images of the night sky from our backyard that only a few years ago required a university-grade telescope and a trained staff. This is the golden age of astroimaging.

This class is an overview of what is possible and a place to get you started. We will cover the types of telescopes and cameras that can be used, the telescope mounts needed to track the sky when necessary for long exposure, and you will learn how to connect your camera to a telescope. You will also learn how to connect a camera to a laptop computer to make focusing and long exposures, if necessary, easier.

Northeastern Minnesota is one of only a few places in Eastern US were we can still see the Milky Way. If you are not afraid of the dark, this is a perfect place to see and photograph the night sky.

About the Instructor: Richard Willits “When I first tried this, I used a small telescope which my son bought when he was twelve. He now is a member of AARP. The telescope had good optics and worked fine. After retirement I got a larger telescope with a mount and searched the sky. One night, I connected my camera to the telescope and saw those things that were just out of my reach. I posted my first astroimage on my 70th birthday, five years ago. I find astrophotography fun and exciting and I want to share the experience with anyone willing to listen.”

Richard is a retired HVAC technician, steamfitter, and pipe welder. He taught technical classes at St. Paul Technical College Extension for 35 years.

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Feathers or Flowers – Take your pick
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Feathers or FlowersSaturday, May 4, 201912:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25 Materials: $15

Create a one-of-a-kind necklace featuring either a feather or flower focal point. Once the technique is mastered, this simple-to-make bead embroidered technique can be modified in many ways using clay, button, bead, or collage accents. This process allows the individual to use a variety of texture and color to create depth in the completed piece. The completed pendant will be approximately 2″ by 2″.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Soil Clinic
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 4, 20191:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $5 (Bring a two-cup sample of your soil.)

What’s going on in your garden? At the Soil Clinic you will learn about the condition of the soil in your lawn and gardens and how you can improve it to help them flourish. Bring a two-cup sample of your soil to the class to discover your soil pH, texture, organic matter and other essential physical and chemical characteristics that are important for plant growth.

About the Instructor: Dr. Cooper taught beginning soils for 35 years in California and Minnesota with a hands-on teaching style. He was also the soil judging coach and has worked with many student projects on soil properties.

Dr. Cooper has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Michigan State University where he first became interested in teaching others about Soil Science. He spent five years at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, and then moved to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. His experience in teaching includes both lecture, lab and field. He especially likes to work with people to improve their soil knowledge so they can improve their own soil for better plant growth.

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Star Trails and Night Sky Photography
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – May 4 @ 10:00 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PMSunday, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the night sky and how to photograph and create star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed and photography procedures as well as post-production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and star trails. On day two, we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. If the weather does not cooperate (cloudy), I’ll provide everyone in the class with a set of files from one of my star trails photography sessions. If possible, bring your computer, we’ll create a number of star trails images right in class.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp (with red light option). Star trails requires you to capture a number of consecutive images. An “in camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the post production editing. Adobe Lightroom and StarStax is strongly recommended.

About the instructor: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from one hour long to five days long. He has taught a two-day session at the International Wolf Center and presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. He spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.

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May
5
Sun
2019
Ask the Photography Experts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bring your questions: Photography Studio Open House (But please register ahead of time so we know you’re coming.)With photographers Les Conrad, Ken Hupila, and Richard Willits

Sunday, May 5, 20193:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tuition: $15

This is your chance to ask all those niggling questions you haven’t quite figured out. These excellent photographers from our region will be on hand to help you with your camera and the mysteries of photographic editing software. Les works primarily with Adobe Lightroom and Ken with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Richard will be on hand to explain the mechanics of astrophotography. Do bring your questions along with your camera and learn from other people’s questions, as well…and do register ahead of time.

About the Instructors: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky which never ceases to amaze.

Ken Hupila has been fascinated with photography since receiving his first box camera as a kid, and in retirement has been able to devote much more time to exploring photography and nature. His photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular including Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, Landscape Photography, Advanced Photography, and Introduction to Photoshop.

Richard Willits is a retired HVAC technician, steamfitter, and pipe welder who taught technical classes at St. Paul Technical College Extension for 35 years. After retirement, he became fascinated with astrophotography and started experimenting using his camera attached to a telescope. He taught himself how to make amazing, beautiful photographs of deep space.

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Star Trails and Night Sky Photography
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – May 5 @ 10:00 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PMSunday, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the night sky and how to photograph and create star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed and photography procedures as well as post-production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and star trails. On day two, we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. If the weather does not cooperate (cloudy), I’ll provide everyone in the class with a set of files from one of my star trails photography sessions. If possible, bring your computer, we’ll create a number of star trails images right in class.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp (with red light option). Star trails requires you to capture a number of consecutive images. An “in camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the post production editing. Adobe Lightroom and StarStax is strongly recommended.

About the instructor: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from one hour long to five days long. He has taught a two-day session at the International Wolf Center and presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. He spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.

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