Created to support professional artists after the Great Depression, the Art Center regularly exhibits cultural multimedia pieces, abstract paintings, and multicolored installations by local artists. Its experienced faculty leads more than 200 classes per semester including the principles of digital photography, ceramics, figure drawing, oil painting, glass blowing, and lithography. Members receive multiple discounts for services and events including 16% off classes and programs, invitations to member appreciation nights and exhibition openings, a 10% discount in the studio shop, 5% discount on birthday parties, a subscription to the Paper Canvas newsletter, and more.
Whether its family or high school senior pictures, custom-designed family photo holiday cards, or professional executive and business portraits, Spotlight Photography's Mark T. Watson has established dominance over the photographic arts. Taking an artistic approach, his subjects pose in front of celebrated area parks and landmarks, or decamp to the studio's two-acre estate where a ring of piney evergreens conceals rustic accents including a barn, and gazebo. In addition to overseeing these shoots, Mark also focuses on the needs of the community, helping local kids battle cancer and other illnesses through their participation in Flashes of Hope.
Professional clicker Eileen Keenan guides pupils through the basics of using their DSLR cameras and bringing their vision for artistic images to life during two-hour introductory workshops. Keenan teaches her students to bend light and photogenic spoons to their will by revealing the secrets of camera's photo-perfecting mechanisms such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. A group of 15 or fewer students bonds with their cameras as they coordinate the three techniques to properly expose images and then manipulate them for desired visual effect. Budding shutterbugs spend the final 30 minutes of class actively practicing what they’ve learned about balance, composition, and capturing fairies on film as they venture forth to work their shutters under the instructor’s watchful eye. Students must provide their own DSLRs.
With a love for candid shots and days spent traveling to homes, weddings, and parks, life passes through photographer Stephen Jeffery Crabtree’s eyes as a series of still moments from which beauty can be taken, whether accidental or composed. Depending upon the size and nature of the shoot, he arrives by himself or with up to three other photographers to help him capture every angle of special moments. His fully equipped studio prints high-quality images on demand, and all wedding packages come with full rights for brides and grooms, who can print out favorite shots of themselves at their leisure and turn them into masks so that their special day lasts forever.
Flashes flicker from coast to coast in StacksPhoto's classes. Photographers of all experience levels learn fundamental lessons on evocative composition, balancing light and dark, and capturing memorable shots without photographing National Geographic pages. Other lessons include understanding optics and the effects a lens has on the image, and learning to use the camera’s manual mode.
At The Studio by Mark A. Rice, professional photographer Mark uses more than 20 years of industry experience to create lasting memories for each image's subjects. He and his team specialize in portraits of graduating seniors and weddings.