Introduction to Digital Photography workshop – Learn digital photography in Fresno!

Digital photography classes in Fresno, CALearn Digital Photography

Saturday, March 29
Price: $59.00

La Quinta Inn Fresno Yosemite
2926 Tulare St
Fresno, CA 93721

This course is designed for users of digital Singe-Lens reflex (DSLR) cameras who want to learn digital photography but who have little or no previous knowledge or experience. Photographers of all levels are welcome, whether you are using your first digital camera, or just need a refresher.

This course is designed to take the mystery out of learning your digital camera. The first half of the day deals with the technical issues, and the second part of the day deals more with aesthetic and compositional choices that can improve your photography.

Topics include:

  • Basic camera operation
  • Getting proper exposure for your images
  • Understanding depth of field and recording of movement
  • What is ISO and how it affects your images
  • Using white balance
  • Basic flash technics
  • Compositional elements and how they will improve your work
  • What to expect from editing
  • Learning to see creatively

It is highly recommended that you bring a camera that is capable of setting manual control over shutter speed and aperture.
Not sure? Give us a call at 559-307-4917. We’re happy to be offering this and other digital photography classes in Fresno.

Class size is limited to 15 participants…please register early!

Call for details: 559-307-4917

Creative Digital Workshops: Teaching photography to Fresno and the Central Valley.


My New Found Respect for Sports Photographers

Photo: Neil LeiferI’ve never been really interested in sports photography. I mean, I can definitely appreciate a great shot…Ali standing victoriously over Liston, Jordan gliding from the foul line with tongue extended, Bolt breaking the tape…but as a general, I’ve had a hard time coming to a true appreciation, so I never really bothered with it (other than my Boxing series, which was really more about the social aspects than the sport itself) but lately, through happenstance, I’ve been in a position to take a shot at it.

New Respect for Sports Photographers!

I’m finding it surprisingly difficult. Even with a grasp on shutter speed and how it freezes and blurs motion, I’ve found it really tough to get any really compelling shots. I just can’t seem to keep up with the speed, and have yet to be able to capture any sense of drama. Perhaps I need to take more shots, but I shudder at the thought of managing hundreds and hundreds of shots in post.

SOOOOOO…perhaps just to frustrate myself, I’ve been looking into great sports photos…here are two really amazing collects I came across.

The first is 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time from SI…Some real gems…historic shots that I’ve never seen before, but that are really amazing…

The second is What a shot! 30 Amazing Sports Photos from

I’ll keep trying and will share what I get in the coming months…

Photo: Neil Leifer/SI

Boxing Day, Fresno style…

Heroes can raise and fall in the ring. A man can go from nothing to national hero in the span of a single bout.

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Boxing Day, Fresno style...I started this project a few years ago and stumbled across it just last week…It’s great to slow down and revisit your past work…you may find something that you missed, or you may find your interpretation and viewpoint has shifted, giving the images a new meaning.

Before beginning this project, I had not watched a boxing match since 1982. That year, I watched Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini defeat Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim. It was a brutal match and I found out several days later that Kim died from the beating he took in the ring that day. I vowed I would never watch another boxing match from that day forward. As far as I was concerned, boxing was a barbaric sport, one in which I would never allow my own children to participate. So, when I began working on this series, I was forced to come face-to-face with my own prejudice against the sport and it’s participants.

It was a chance passing of a boxing gym in Mexico that sparked my interest in boxing as a photographic topic. The building was literally overflowing with young kids, many of whom could not have been older than 7 or 8 years old! I could almost feel the excitement bursting out of the front doors. I was unable to stop and look around, but upon returning to Fresno, I immediately began looking for a gym to visit. Living in Southeast Fresno, a largely Hispanic area, I had no trouble finding exactly what I was looking for. Frank Aleman, the owner, graciously allowed me to spend a few days wandering around with my camera.

Approaching my first visit, I fully expected to find scared kids, pushed into boxing by their overly-macho fathers…perhaps re-living their own failed accomplishments and attempting to recapture their own youth through their sons. What I found, however, were caring, attentive parents who want the same for their kids as all parents want for their children: self-confidence, self-esteem, a healthy lifestyle, a sense of camaraderie, and, as is often the case in rough and tumble neighborhoods, a distraction from the gangs, drugs and trouble that plague most large cities. Indeed, these are all the things I wished for my own kids when I enrolled them in soccer, dance and piano classes. I met fathers who are former gang members and others who have turned to religion as they’ve grown older. All were good, caring parents.

It became immediately clear to me that the kids (mostly boys, but a few girls) were there of their own free will. They workout between 4-5 days each week, working hard on punching bags, jumping rope and sparring. The boxers showed no discomfort with the camera. They were  quite proud of their affiliation with the boxing club and were the most self-assured kids I had ever met. Many may think of this as a way out of a difficult situation. Like many young athletes, many of these kids believe they will someday turn pro and becoming the next big thing…though statistics say otherwise. But clearly there are benefits that will stay with them for a lifetime.

This project was one of those gems that helped the photographer grow as a person and to widen his understanding of the world around. It has afforded me a better understanding of working constructively with my own prejudices. I hope to take this understanding with me into future documentary projects.

Jonathan, March 9, 2014

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Man…ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of images available to us today? Every now and then its nice to remember a simpler photo-time…black and white film was all the rage! When you spend your day looking at images captured on a sensor, this is a welcomed change of pace. Check out this great collection of classics from LIFE Magazine….I’m partial to the Eugene Smith images myself…and I love the juxtaposition of the Paul Schutzer and J.R. Eyerman images (22 and 23).

See the collection here.