softball player silhouette cloudy dayIf you’re a teenager, or have one in the house, and interested in becoming a better photographer, we’ve got a class for you.

This three-hour class, designed to help any level teenage photographer, starts with the basics, and finishes with personal critiques of simple lessons sent weekly to each student.

The primary goal of this class is to help each student discover a shooting style that reflects their attitude and personality.

Part of that process is learning how the camera operates, what each setting can do to help reach a goal, and how to refine the process.

We’ll have hands-on demonstrations using high-end digital SLR cameras and lower-end point & shoot cameras.

Each student will get to shoot  a subject, see the result and watch as it is processed for best reproduction using Photoshop and online editing tools.

There will be a brief discussion of iPhone and other smart phone cameras and how they can be used as daily substitutes for professional gear.

  • What to shoot and where to shoot
  • Understanding proper exposure
  • Understanding and shooting in any type of light
  • Creative composition
  • Portraits, formal and informal, with proven portrait techniques
  • Becoming a storyteller with photos
  • Followup four-week lesson plan with e-mail and online critiques (With parent’s permission)
  • Ebooks to help them after classes are completed

The class is taught by Gary Gardiner, a newspaper and Associated Press photographer and Photo Editor for more years than he wants to mention. His experience spans generations of photographers, techniques, and styles.

This is an all-digital class. Photographers are encouraged to bring their cameras and examples of their work. They should also bring any examples of the types and styles of photography they admire and would like to emulate.


One of the discussions will center on Social Media (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google+) and its impact on your child’s photography and how they are portrayed in their photography. This is an important issue and deserves discussion to help your child cope with the difficulties of the Web.

The followup lesson plan will be presented online. Student’s photos and response critiques will be done via email.  Any public display of your child’s work and associated comments will be done only with your permission.

  • Sunday, January 22, 2012 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $75
  • Class Length: Three hours (Usually runs longer)
  • Requirements: Ages 13-19 only. Pre-registration.
  • Call Classic Studio at Gallery202 (614-890-8202) or Photographer Gary Gardiner (614-270-5705) to information or inquiries
  • Class Materials: Provided. Bring your camera.
  • Location: Gallery 202, Partners In Art, Inc. in Uptown Westerville

Class size limited to 6 photographers. Register early!

Registration by calling Gallery 202, 614-890-8202. Credit card, check or cash. Pre-registration required.