Classes

Union Station provides the perfect backdrop for hands-on learning and spacious classrooms for lecture and live demo classes.
With over 100 classes, there’s something here for everyone!

How do I register for a class?
You will be able to select classes 
IN THE SHUTTERFEST APP two weeks before the event (first come, first serve). READ THE FAQ and/or monitor the private Facebook group for more details.

SF22 Class Lineup

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Conceptual Portraits

Speaker: Scott Detweiler

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

Approaching unique situations and creating a story, that is the goal of this hands-on class. We will have several models, each with a very unique look. We will discuss the thoughts behind lighting each one. This is an open-minded class we explain exactly why we do what we do, and the goals behind the light, pose, and purpose. This is an ideal session for wedding and portrait photographers, as the challenge of the environment often comes up in our work. Everyone gets a chance to shoot, but more importantly, learns a mindset on how to get more sellable images in fewer clicks of the shutter. Please note that may be a bodypainted model in this class, so partial nudity should be expected.

Couples Poses that Sell

Speaker: Miguel Ocque & Rafael Serrano

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

How to pose couples easily while making them look great and in turn, sell more images!

Create Amazing Anywhere

Speaker: Curtiss Bryant

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

This class will discuss how we can create amazing portraits for our clients in any location at any time of day. I will discuss how to create different looks at the the same location so we can maximize our time without driving all over the place for different looks.

– How to see the “good” in a location
– How to add lighting to change the look of the images
– How to pose efficiently to create multiple looks very quickly
– Color theory and how to choose shooting spots based on the colors our clients choose
– Learn to embrace “ugly” locations.. We can create great portraits anywhere.

Creating a Killer Website That Sells

Speaker: Joey Thomas

Lecture   

All Skill Levels   

“I’m in the process of updating my site,” is the most common excuse I hear when I get handed a business card! Let’s admit–websites are hard, tedious, and frankly, can be quite confusing. In this class, I will walk through how to absolutely rock each page on your website, elevate your brand message, strategically walk clients through phenomenal experience while priming them to spend BIG! From selecting the right images to mapping out a strategic, effective flow to your site…you need this class now!

Creating a Shared Studio Space

Speaker: Jeff & Lori Poole

Lecture   

All Skill Levels   

So you know you want a studio. Perfect lighting 24/7/365. A place to call your own. A controlled sales environment. But ugh — that overhead! If you’re willing to share your space with others, you can also split the costs! Learn how to navigate the sometimes tricky waters of a studio share and come out on top! What you’ll learn:
– Best branding tactics for serving multiple photographers
– Determining the best service offerings and structure for your goals
– Finding your target market (hint: it’s not for everyone!)
– Unexpected curve balls that will be thrown your way
– Policies that keep everyone happy and keep the studio running
Whether you’re looking for a way to share your rent costs or open a full studio-share concept, we’ll share the lessons we’ve learned from almost a decade of running The Shoot Space.

Creating an Amazing Client Experience for Your High School Seniors

Speaker: Jenn Lewis

Lecture   

All Skill Levels   

*ideas on things to do/provide to give clients a great experience
*what kids want from photo session
*how to get them talking
*how to get them to share on social media

Creating Dramatic Portraits With Video Lights – What You See Is What You Get.

Speaker: Alain Martinez

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

This hands-on class will teach students of all experience levels how to create dramatic indoor portraits regardless of how beautiful or not the room may be using only 2 video lights for continuous lighting. We will create patterns on the walls or even subjects’ faces for even more creative results that will set you apart from your competition. Everyone will be able to follow along, learn about the settings on the camera and direct the models once the lighting has been set up.

Sometimes we have no choice but to take photos in places that are not very attractive and the existing lighting sucks! Flashes will wash everything out, bounce everywhere and give you something completely different than what you were envisioning. Come learn what to do in this scenario.

  • Learn how to expose for the background first
  • Introduce 2 light system
  • learn about White Balance, Rembrandt lighting and patterns and shadow.

Everyone will have a chance to shoot. Come ready to be blown away with the images you’ll get.

Creating Emotional Imagery

Speaker: Mariea Rummel

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

Emotional images can be hard to capture if you don‘t know how to approach your clients. This hands-on course will help you achieve the confidence you need in assisting your couples to relax and put emotion into their images. You will learn:

– Coaching methods
– Motion
– Action to reaction cues

Creating Environmental Portraits With Off-Camera Flash & Compositing

Speaker: Jesse Rinka

Live Demonstration   

Intermediate, Advanced   

If you love soft light like I do, then you can probably appreciate the importance of getting your light source as close to your subjects as possible. The closer, the bigger, the softer right?? This is a pretty straight forward process for tight, intimate portraits but what happens when you want to take a step back or switch to the wide angle to pull in more of the environment around your subjects? Do you just put away the strobes and shoot at the mercy of the natural light? I mean that’s fine and all when the light is perfect but wouldn’t you rather be able to be in full control in case it wasn’t? The solution is learning to incorporate a quick and easy compositing process into your workflow. Start creating stunning off-camera flash-inspired environmental portraits with ease with just a few simple steps to keep in mind and follow while shooting.

Topics:
– Pre-visualization – Knowing the composition that you are after
– Light Direction – Lighting your subjects in a way that makes sense and mixes well with the scene
– Execution – Positioning your light/assistant with compositing in mind
– Plate Shot – Whether using a tripod or going handheld, obtaining the right plate shot will make or break your post production workflow
– Post Production – The 1, 2, 3 Compositing process that will make it all come together

Creating Stunning Senior Portraits That Parents Will Buy and Kids Will Love

Speaker: Isaac Coffy

Hands-On   

Intermediate   

I’ll teach my system I use every day in my studio to create images that have impact, but don’t lose touch with what the parents want to buy.

– Simple OCF techniques that just make sense and prepare you for any scenario.
– Fun lighting hacks using non-flash gear including reflectors, LEDs, and more.
– Posing that’s clean and fashionable

Creating the Senior Experience

Speaker: Curtiss Bryant

Lecture   

All Skill Levels   

What seniors want is constantly changing, especially for their portraits. No longer is it just pretty pictures in the park. They can do that on their cell phones. They want experiences.

This class will discuss how we can create an experience seniors will want.

We will touch on the following points:

– Marketing the experience
– How we can create an experience for our seniors
– Things we can do to help us stand out in our market.

Creating Your Own Textures for Fine Art Photography

Speaker: Barbara MacFerrin

Hands-On   

Beginner, Intermediate   

-Using your own images to create textures
-You can even use iPhone images!
-Manipulate the image in Photoshop to create different textures

Creative In-Camera Lighting Effects

Speaker: Seth Miranda

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

Get Creative with Lighting learn how one press of the shutter can get you more than one type of exposure by using lighting of all types mixed together. Learn how to balance flash with constant lighting and even wild effects with random light sources you can find from a dollar store. This class goes from practical techniques for multiple images, shutter drags, ghosting techniques and more to work with motion all the way to wild stylized flares, streaks and other things to make your images dynamic to jump out at the viewer.

Crush It As a Part-Time Photographer

Speaker: Clay Souza

Lecture   

Beginner, Intermediate   

Everybody talks about 6-digit earnings. But there’s a profitable way to incorporate extra income without the pressure of 6-figure.
Students will learn
– No, it isn’t easy. It’s a full-time job with long hours and A LOT of work. REALITY CHECK!
– How to manage expectations when you have another job other than photography.
– How to take advantage of not relying 100% on photography income to make your dreams come true
– How we went from 5 to 25 weddings a year while having an 8-5 job!
– WHAT, WHEN, and HOW IMPORTANT it is to outsource TO THE RIGHT PARTNERS
– How hard work got us to make more money with photography than our other job!

Crush That Concept | Stylized Shoot

Speaker: Brandon Hunter

Hands-On   

Intermediate, Advanced   

– dramatic beauty
– shoot creative concepts
– cool make up looks and some face pieces and tops

Dark, Moody and Dramatic – Low Key Portraiture

Speaker: Lisa Jones

Hands-On   

All Skill Levels   

As a portrait photographer, my jam is dark, moody and dramatic portraiture. When clients come to me for portraits, this is what they expect. In this class you will learn the various elements that come together to create this style of portraiture. I will talk about:
• Lighting
• Wardrobe
• Styling
• Posing
• Expression
We will then break into small groups and work to create dark, moody, and dramatic low key portraits!

Day Care & School Photography: How to Set Yourself Up For Success

Speaker: Matt "The Body" Kemmetmueller

Lecture   

Don’t Have a Panic Attack, It’s Just a Headshot!

Speaker: Emily McClure

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

Working with all types of individuals requires putting people at ease….especially with the stress of the last two years!! Putting others at ease with your confidence, professionalism, humor and just downright awesomeness, IS a skill that can be learned. Whether you have two minutes with a medical provider or C suite exec, to a realtor to a small business owner, all have earned the right for your best and your brightest ideas and energy!!

A. How to talk to different temperaments of people.
B. Variety ways to explain the same direction you are wanting.
C. Overcoming emotional obstacles in a headshot session.

Drama With the Dress

Speaker: Brandon Hunter

Hands-On   

Intermediate, Advanced   

– off camera flash
– shooting fashionable dresses
– using low angles
– adding fabric to some of the dresses to add drama
– how that wide angle helps, get below 24mm!

Dramatic Portraits Start to Finish

Speaker: Josh Russell

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

Josh Russell demonstrates how to pose, light and capture a dramatic photo AND how to edit it using a mixture of Luminar, Lightroom and Photoshop. This workflow will take your photos to another level and have you creating banger portraits that will wow potential clients and fill up your portfolio with some killer photos!

Dramatic Portraits With Only Speedlights

Speaker: Michael Anthony

Hands-On   

Beginner, Intermediate   

Let’s be honest, if you are that photographer carrying a wagon to your shoot full of lighting gear, you MAY be bringing too much (and you might look a little nerdy). But fear not because you can create bad-ass images without carrying much at all.

I started my career with speedlights, and in this class I am going to show you how to use them to create epic portraits. We are going to use hard light, soft-light, gelled-light, and bare-light to create dramatic portraits with the ultimate precision. So if you are coming, leave the wagon behind, bring two speedlights, and get ready to create some epic imagery with small gear!

Dynamic Posing for Seniors

Speaker: David Beckham

Live Demonstration   

Beginner   

more and more we need to stand out from the crowd as a Senior Photographer. Trendy, Dynamic Posing will get you noticed and that can keep you ahead of the every changing curve of Senior Photography.
– We will look at the “Elements of posing” to the the base for photos that sell
– Then we’ll put together a wide variety of extreme and dynamic flow posing.
– Bring your short lenses 70, 50, 35, 24mm! We’ll use wide angles to set the mood.

Edgy Editorials

Speaker: Brandon Hunter

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

– fashion set up
– single or couple portrait.
– building on your light set from one up to five
– adding gels!
– light placement outside of the basic light patterns we start learning with.

Elevate Your Wedding Photos

Speaker: Kiamarie Stone

Hands-On   

Beginner, Intermediate   

Ever wonder why other photographers’ images always look consistent and have a similar aesthetic? Let me show you how I use available light, what lenses I choose and the camera settings I utilize at every wedding to create images that stand out, remain similar and help my Brand stay on point to ultimately attract my ideal clients.

Email Marketing is Not Dead

Speaker: Gary Hughes

Lecture   

Intermediate   

As the lights went out on the two largest social media platforms in October of 2021, small business owners got a glimpse at one of the most important truths in marketing: social media is rented land. Email marketing continues to be one of the most used and effective strategies for generating business and every big company knows it, so you should too. Learn how to build and grow an email list that engages your audience and will become your secret weapon in marketing your business. After this class, no matter what happens with social media, you will still be able to reach your audience and convert that engagement into money in your studio.

Empowerment Through The Lens

Speaker: Zsa'nee Gaines

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

Learn how to help clients feel empowered when they step in front of your camera.
• I will share my approach of how I help my clients, whether they are couples, high school seniors, tweens, etc., feel comfortable and amazing during a shoot.
• How to help clients embrace who they are and love it!
• Bring life to the photography experience, don’t just stand there and shoot; this is not school picture day.

Family Posing

Speaker: Lori Nordstrom

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

Watch a full family portrait session and get tons of tips for posing, lighting and what sells!

Filming Video For YouTube

Speaker: Miguel Quiles

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

In this class, I will walk you through the process that I use to film one of my YouTube videos. You will learn about setting up lighting, audio, camera, and your lens, while watching me film a video for YouTube.

Fine Art Child Portraits Part 1: Styling, Posing and Lighting

Speaker: Newborn Nerds

Live Demonstration   

All Skill Levels   

– Boy and girl posing
– Clamshell lighting and why
– Outfits + accessories, where to source

Fine Art Child Portraits Part 2: Editing

Speaker: Newborn Nerds

Live Demonstration   

Intermediate   

– Demonstration of fine art editing techniques
– Using a Wacom tablet
– Start to finish editing a child portrait
– How to achieve an oil painting-style edit

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SKILL LEVELS

Beginner: Just starting out or relatively new to a given subject matter. Basics will be covered and the course will move at a slower pace. The instructor will spend a little more time trying to explain concepts to ensure everyone is following. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 1-3 on the given topic.

Intermediate: Has a grasp of some basic concepts. This course level will move at a faster pace and assume you have basic knowledge covered on the given subject matter. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 4-6 on the given topic.

Advanced: You have working knowledge of the given subject matter, but are looking for more fine-tuning and some advanced topics to take your work to that next level. DO NOT expect instructors to explain basic concepts in this course. On a scale of 1-10 consider this level a 7-10 on the given topic.

Class Types

Hands-On

These are shooting courses. You will be shooting and working. Bring your camera, gear, or whatever you need for the course and to create create images. Expect to have some level of shooting.

Live Demonstration

These are instructor-led courses where you will see a live demonstration of what the instructor is teaching. You can still bring your camera to these courses and you can photograph, but the goal of the course is NOT for you to shoot or to ensure you get a shot. The goal is for you to see how and why the instructor does what he/she does in order to get the final result.

Lecture

These are non-shooting courses. Typically classroom-based, bring your laptop and notepad and focus on learning!