Note:  Classes are below:

1. Photography Fast Track

2. Intro to Photo Editing


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Shutter-Buds 2020 Membership

Membership to Shutter-Buds for the calendar year 2020 from January 1 to December 31, 2020.



1.  PHOTOGRAPHY FAST TRACK  (What I Wish I’d Known When I Started)

Description below!


DATE:  Saturday, April 4, 2020,   9:00 – 4:00

COST:  Only $55 + CT tax

LOCATION:  (studio)  175 Pine Street, Manchester, CT 

Photography Fast Track

An extensive 6-hour photography class for beginners or a great refresher for intermediate level.


“Excellent workshop, loads of super info & great presentation.” Kim Marie

“Great stuff Sue! I think you were able to get an f/2.8 amount of light through my aperture brain in 1/2000 shutter time.” Vesta

“Excellent! So much information and ideas that I can put to use right away. Really filled in the gaps I had. Sue is so energetic, enthusiastic and generous . I highly recommend this class!!” Susan Terni Taf

LIMIT: 10 (minimum 5)

TIME: all-day 6-hour workshop, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one-hour lunch)

When I first joined a photography group, I was clueless and frustrated. I spent over a year struggling in manual, believing that was how “real” photographers shot – but it isn’t. It seemed like everyone else knew what they were doing; like they knew the divine “secret settings,” but I didn’t. I was overwhelmed by over-technical presentations and hesitated to ask advanced photographers questions, thinking it was “privileged” information. (I was intimidated; silly, I know.) Mostly, I had no idea what I was supposed to learn; what I needed to know. When I finally did begin to make progress, I often found myself saying, “I wish I had known this when I started.”
So, I decided to write a workshop to help beginners; to give them the “wide-angle view” of photography, a firm foundation, expectations, sneak previews, and a direction to guide their journeys.  Join me for this special and unique all-day workshop for beginners. It will expose you to everything from taking photos to composition, basic editing and processing, to fun with photos (framing, cards, slide shows, etc.) and all the related information in between.

TOPICS INCLUDED: (the basics to give you lots of info and confidence)
Equipment – lenses, filters, and accessories; light; exposure; shutter, aperture, ISO and how they work together; depth of field; determining settings; focus; painless manual; metering, exposure compensation, special effects; composition; memory cards; uploading and organizing photos; tips on special shooting situations (fireworks, landscapes, night photography, waterfalls, light painting, portraits, etc.,) single vs continuous shooting modes; timer, remote, cable release; RAW vs JPEG files; standard buttons on cameras; legal issues; good habits; basic editing and software options; photo art; resources for what to do with photos; slide shows; basic framing and exhibiting; informative links and tutorials; advice for continuing your journey in photography, and more surprises!

FEATURES: A colorful Power Point presentation, charts, short videos, metaphors to facilitate learning about exposure; spiced with humor, rhymes to remember tips, & music. You will receive a hefty handout.

LOCATION: 175 Pine Street, Manchester, CT (in a studio downstairs from the Manchester Historical Society offices in the former Cheney Silk Factory complex)
LUNCH: There are eateries in the area (TBA.)
BRING: Your camera, notebooks for taking notes, and your MANUAL.

It will be a lively, enjoyable, and very informative day, and you’ll leave photographically empowered! I hope you’ll join me. Sue

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Saturday, March 14


COST: $55 plus CT tax

TIME:  9:00 – 4:00

LOCATION: (studio) 175 Pine Street, Manchester, MA

This class is an introduction to photo editing. It will consist of information, instruction, and some hands-on application. The first topic will be an overview of the types of things that can be done with photos (basic improvements, removing things, adding effects, combining photos, turning to B&W, and lots more.) Next, the standard tools of editing software will be identified and demonstrated; saturation, cropping, contrast, dodging and burning, cloning, selecting, moving, removing spots, etc. The concept of layers and the benefits will be discussed. There will be an overview of the various types of editing software. Many are online, are FREE, and have cool features.

There will be a tour of Photoshop Elements, my recommended best choice for a serious photo editing program which is of extremely high quality and very user-friendly with lots of creative features. Before the class, students will be asked to download the free trial of Photoshop Elements 19.

HANDS-ON: We will visit some of the FREE online editing programs and play!!  We will do some basic tasks to get try out Photoshop Elements.

PHOTO ART: Students will learn about tools that will allow them to dabble in creative photo art.

By the end of the class, students will be very informed about what photo editing entails and the popular software programs, and be able to do lots more cool editing!!