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Tuesdays, September 18 – October 23

Whether you’re picking up the camera for the first time or exploring the endless possibilities of Photoshop, The Image Flow is here to help with our beginners photography workshop.

with Stuart Schwartz & Chrysta Giffen

Develop your passion for photography and learn to take control of your camera! This digital photography class includes on-your-own photo assignments, explanation of camera functions, RAW processing in Lightroom, and weekly critique sessions. Learn to photograph in manual mode and make the most of your new digital camera. Participants must have a passion for photography and a DSLR (digital camera with manual controls and interchangeable lenses) or a mirror-less digital camera that can operate in manual mode. A laptop computer running Adobe Lightroom 6 or Classic CC is also required.This six-session workshop is designed for beginning and early intermediate photographers to help them make the most of manual mode, create an organized workflow, and get shooting on a regular basis.

Without assignments, life can get in the way of getting out to shoot.
— Stuart Schwartz, Founder of The Image Flow and your PE instructor

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Instructor Bios


Stuart Schwartz graduated from the Art Center in 1979 and then spent 35 years as an advertising photographer in the U.S. and Europe. Stuart is comfortable working in the studio, on location, and with all sizes of productions; he recently returned from Tokyo where he was shooting with long-time client Applied Materials. Stuart’s personal work spans a variety situations and styles, from street photography to mixed-media.


Chrysta Giffen earned her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her MFA at San Jose State University, and has more than 12 years experience in the photography industry primarily as a digital retoucher. Her client list includes Nike, Disney, Sephora, Discovery Channel, Showtime, New York MagazineWired, and the California Academy of SciencesShe is also an experienced educator, curator, and fine art photographer. Chrysta teaches workshops at The Image Flow, works one-on-one with clients on digital retouching and printing projects, and curates exhibitions.