Classes and Other Programs
I teach classes and do programs for photography clubs and organizations on a wide range of subjects. If your photography club or association is interested in having me do a presentation, let me know. I can design a custom program just for your group.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation all classes are now being held virtually using Zoom. Students can attend classes from the comfort and safety of their home. Classes are live so students have the ability to ask questions and interact (as opposed to webinar style). Each student will receive a handout before class and access to a video recording of the class afterwards enabling them to review specific topics from the class.
To see the current class schedule go to the Events Calendar.
Below is a list of classes I am currently teaching
NEW – Understanding Color and How to Use It to Express Your Creative Vision
The complexity of color is often overlooked by photographers. Most understand the basic concepts of how to adjust color during post production, but they don’t often consider the effects the colors in a photo have on one another or how they impact the look and feel of their images.
This is a special two-session version of this class that adds additional content previous attendees requested. It will take you deep into the world of color for an exploration of the technical aspects of color, as well as the emotional impact color can have in a photo. After this class you will never look at color the same, in your photos or the world around you. Learn More
NEW – Learn to See Differently with Black and White Photography
Though black & white has been around since the beginning of photography, many photographers have not fully explored its creative potential. Working with black & white requires a different way of thinking about how light interacts with subjects and how we see differently in black & white as opposed to color.
This brand new class dives deep into the subject of black & white photography. We will explore many of the nuances that make or break a great black & white photo. You will learn some of the classic concepts of working with black & white and see how they relate to modern photographic techniques. Learn More
NEW – Film Scanning 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get the Best Digital Files from Your Negatives and Slides
If you shoot film now or if you have in the past, you’re probably interested in film scanning. This class is for people who want to begin scanning film and for people who already have a scanner and want to know more about getting the quality scans. Mark will cover scanners and scanning software and provide all sorts of tips including how to integrate Lightroom Classic with your scanning workflow. And he will discuss “scanning” with a camera, which is becoming popular with photographers who don’t have a scanner. Learn More
NEW – Taking Lightroom on the Road: Best Practices for Traveling Photographers
This class is designed to get you ready to hit the road with your camera and Lightroom. It is broken down into three main areas; before the trip, during the trip and after the trip. The primary goal of the class is to help you prepare for your next photo trip so you don’t run into any surprises away from home or when you return. There will be tips and tricks for people who travel with a laptop and those who prefer to travel light without a computer. Learn More
Introduction to Lightroom Classic
If you are new to Lightroom Classic, this class is for you. You’ll get the bird’s-eye view of Lightroom’s organizing and editing tools and how they combine to create a simple and powerful workflow. You’ll experience the workflow from import to export and see why Lightroom has become the go-to editing program for so many photographers – from beginners to established pros. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to begin using Lightroom Classic to tame your postproduction workflow. Learn More
Getting Organized with Lightroom Classic
One of Lightroom Classic’s strengths is its ability to help you organize your photos so that you can find any photo you are looking for with a few simple clicks. This new class is designed to highlight the important features that make this possible and show you how to use them to organize your Lightroom photos. By the end of this class you will have the tools you need to get your Lightroom Classic catalog hyper-organized. Learn More
Lightroom Classic Develop Module: Basic
Understanding Lightroom Classic’s Develop module is the key to making your photos look their best. The Develop module’s non-destructive editing sliders and tools enable you to explore different options while having the ability to undo any edits at any time. Having a good understanding of how these features are used and when to use them makes all the difference when editing important photos. This class will explore the Develop module and take you through the basics to show you how a few simple adjustments can help make your photos pop. Learn More
Lightroom Classic Develop Module: Advanced
This class picks up where the Lightroom Classic’s Develop module Basics class left off. It takes you deeper into the Develop module and explores important tools and techniques that give you power over your photo editing workflow and enable you to explore your creativity in new ways. Learn More
The Fine Art of Printing with Lightroom Classic
Today’s photographers are truly fortunate to have so many options when printing their work. But with these options comes complexity due to the large number of choices in papers and printing technology. In this workshop Mark Fitzgerald will help you understand important concepts and terminology about printers, paper, and color management. He will also show you how to use Lightroom Classic Print module to quickly layout and produce high quality prints. Learn More
Photoshop for Lightroom Classic Users
Lightroom Classic is a powerful program that can handle ninety percent of most photographers’ workflows. But there are times when the editing task at hand requires Photoshop’s advanced tools and techniques, such as masking, compositing or detailed retouching. The main problem with most introductory Photoshop classes is they cover many things Lightroom Classic users already know how to do in Lightroom, such as tonal and color adjustments, and cropping. This class was designed specifically for people who are ready to learn about important Photoshop tools and techniques that can add additional power to their Lightroom Classic editing workflow. Learn More
Lightroom Classic for Photoshop Users
Many experienced photographers rely on Photoshop to fine-tune special images. But a workflow that depends solely on Photoshop misses opportunities for enhanced efficiency and flexibility. This program is designed to introduce a workflow that places Lightroom Classic at the hub of the workflow and treats Photoshop more as a plugin that is used only when needed. Learn More
Create a Custom Photo Book Using Lightroom Classic
It wasn’t that long ago that photo books were the primary method for photographers to show and share their projects. For most photographers, these books were expensive to print due to the large number of books needed to fulfill a minimum order. Today, that’s all changed.
One of Lightroom Classic’s coolest features is the ability to design custom photo books without leaving Lightroom. This gives you the flexibility to layout each page and easily select photos from your Lightroom catalog. You can upload your completed design directly from Lightroom Classic and then order just one book or as many as you need. You can also make your book available to sell to the general public, or simply make one just to give to friends and family. Learn More
Going Mobile With Lightroom Desktop
One of Lightroom’s most underused features is the ability to synchronize photos with mobile devices. Many users don’t find this feature useful because they don’t understand how it works. This two-hour program is designed to help photographers understand catalog syncing and explore methods for using Lightroom CC on phones and tablets. By the end of the program attendees will have everything they need to begin leveraging the power of Lightroom on their mobile devices adding a new flexibility to their workflows. Learn More