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.

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Work Fast With Speedlights

Speaker: Seth Miranda


All Skill Levels   

Speed lights are compact portable and full of features to help you control your light but every now and then we all get into a tight spot and need to get creative. This hands on class is all about figuring out the core principles of using speedlight to aid decisions on when and how to apply them as well as using low cost off the shelf modifiers and some everyday items you have around you to get you the light you want.

Working With a Makeup Artist to Create Creative Portraits

Speaker: Ray Alvarez


Beginner, Intermediate   

Attendees will learn:

How to approach/inquire with a local makeup artist
Building a profesional cooperative relationship with a makeup artist
Brainstorming and concept building with makeup artist to excel portfolio
Recommendations on shooting concepts
Market your studio/business with makeup artist

Wrapping Your Head Around Portrait Lighting

Speaker: Gary Box

Live Demonstration   

Beginner, Intermediate   

A deeper understanding of portrait lighting
proper light placement
balancing off camera flash for a more natural look

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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


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.


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