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Review by George
"I've taken two classes from Leigh. Both were held at the Sonoma Community Center. The first was "beyond auto settings." I had an SLR film camera and was
pretty good with it. When I "graduated" to a digital camera I was a bit confused and intimidated by all the buttons, bells, and whistles. I knew it could do what my old SLR could do, but the manual was of little help to me. So I kept it on "auto," which is not what I wanted to do. And then I took the class. Leigh presented topics in a logical progression. The handouts were helpful. (I still have all my handouts.) One challenge was that each student had a different camera. Leigh took the time to work individually with each student if he/she was having any trouble with the topic at hand. We had weekly assignments -- use a slow shutter speed, "bracket" your shots -- and we brought them to the next class. (We did need to get a flash drive for this.) Leigh would show each students pictures and we'd critique them. Gotta say that I took some pretty crappy pictures, but Leigh always offered constructive comments, usually on how this could have been a better shot, as well as what she liked about each shot. For one class, we went on a "field trip." We met at Sonoma Plaza and fanned out, shooting whatever we wanted. Leigh was available to offer advice as to setting up the shots as well as the technical settings on the cameras.
The second class was "learning to see photographically." This was a bit different and, in my opinion, far more challenging. We were to take the technical knowledge we learned in "beyond auto settings" and apply it to a themed project. Each week we had an assignment and again brought the photos in on a flash drive. Again, good comments by Leigh on our work. And again, I had some pretty crappy shots. As Leigh pointed out how they could be better, I would go and reshoot many of them -- and they were remarkably better the second time!
For both classes, Leigh provided each student with a CD of his/her best shots. Nice touch.
I enjoy Leigh as a person. I admire her photography. (She shared some of her own work with the classes. Nothing egotistical, mind you, just showing us some techniques and explaining the technical aspects of each.) I've gotten to know Leigh outside of class. She's a good person!
I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take a photography class."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Joan
"I've had 8 lessons so far and am loving every hour. Even when I feel inept, Brad helps me feel accomplished. I was intimidated by my camera, didn't know
/couldn't use Adobe Lightroom and felt it was all too complicated. But I am boldly going where I never thought I would and am eager to keep learning. Brad is patient and wildly knowledgeable. He can get deep into the science of light and color, or just keep the lesson incredibly practical. I just signed up for 12 more lessons, so I guess I have put my money where my mouth is!!!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Wonderful lesson... my daughter loved it!"
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