Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 2:00-5:30pm

Tuition and Handout Packet Cost: $55

This workshop is designed for artist or anyone who needs an introduction to managing photographs on the home PC or MAC computer. It covers basic computer operation and workflow related to image handling and photo manipulation starting with the captured image (from your camera or provided by a photographer) through basic image manipulation in Photoshop Elements.

The first part of the workshop covers topics including importing photographs into the computer, storing and organizing images, designing a folder structure for archiving photographs for easy retrieval, the digital imaging basics of file types (jpeg, Tiff, PSD, RAW, etc.), sizes and resolution (dpi/ppi) and using external hard drives and burning CD/DVDs as backups to prevent losing your images. We will then use Photoshop Elements to improve images by cropping, resizing, color correcting, sharpening, correcting flaws, adjusting contrast, and much more. We will also discuss preparing files for email, your web page, print output and Internet sites such as Facebook, Zapp and Juried Art Services. Bring a few images to work on to class. If you open Elements before coming to class, DO NOT ALLOW Photoshop Elements Organizer, or Appleā€™s iPhoto to import your images automatically.

Class size is limited to four to six participants per workshop in order to give maximum attention to the particular needs and skill level of each participant. We have three PC computers for use here, or you can bring your laptop running Windows, or MAC laptop (required to bring if using a MAC) loaded with Photoshop Elements (Version 16 or later preferable)-available from local office supply stores or online at sites like B&H Photo in New York. A basic understanding of computer operation and Microsoft Windows (or MAC-OS) is needed, but no prior Photoshop knowledge is necessary. Be sure to bring your laptop power cord and a mouse for your computer and a few images to work on. 

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Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:00-5:30pm

Tuition and Handout Packet Cost: $55

This workshop is geared to those who have a digital camera, either a DSLR with interchangeable lenses or simpler "point-and-shoot" version, and want to know more about how to use it. Maybe you are the owner of a new camera, or have had one for awhile but are not as knowledgeable about it as you would like to be. If you'd like to take your camera off the fully automatic mode and began to explore the range of what is possible, this class is for you. We will cover the basics of shutter speed for action control and aperture (f/stop) settings for depth-of-field.

We will discuss how to set up your camera including ISO, jpeg and RAW quality options, picture modes, using histograms to judge correct exposure, menus, and white balance settings. Other topics include shutter and aperture priority modes, using a built-in or hotshoe mounted flash, exposure compensation in automatic modes, tripods, lenses, filters and accessories, and much more. Note that not all camera options will be available with every camera, with point-and-shoot models having much more limited options than DSLR with interchangeable lenses. We will also touch on less technical aspects of photography including composition and learning to see the world as the camera records it. Bring your camera outfit, instruction book, and questions!

COMPOSITION and Better Photographs

Date: To Be Announced

Tuition and Handout Packet Cost: $55

Course description in process. To be posted by March 10th.


We offer private instruction (hourly rates) on a variety of topics including basic, intermediate, and advanced photography, computers and their use with photography, Photoshop, nature photography, darkroom and inkjet printing, and can also customize half-day, all-day, and weekend workshops for individuals, groups of friends, camera clubs, and the like. We do consulting as well and can come to your home or business to help with your photo and computer needs.

Mr. Barnwell also designs custom fieldtrip workshops for photography enthusiast who want to get experience photographing on location with nature subjects, rural scenes, or any other type of subject matter. Typically these are 3-5 hour excursions to neighboring locations that draw on his vast knowledge of the area to provide one-on-one hands-on instructional experiences in beautiful settings around Asheville, NC. Spouses are welcome. Cost is based on time and travel. Call or email to discuss your wishes.