YES!  Mountaineer Photo Excursions also offers classes, in addition to our Excursion Workshops!  Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox are working with some of our local colleges and other organizations to provide general and specialized photography classes.  We are also available to speak at your local club or a conference. See our 2017-2018 "Classes at a Glance" schedule with detailed descriptions of each class below. If you have questions, or want to be added to our “Mile Markers” newsletter, please visit our Contact Us page. 


2017 -2018 Mountaineer Photo Excursions Classes at a Glance

                          2017 2018                             



October 4 - Personal Travel Photography  
                 West Virginia University at Parkersburg
                 Workforce Development Building - Parkersburg, WV  

October 19 - "13 Mistakes Photographers Make and How to Stop;"                   part of the "Creators Program"at West Virginia State                         University - Economic Development Center - Charleston,                   WV

November 1, 8, 15 - Digital Photography  (3 class course)
                 West Virginia University at Parkersburg
                 Workforce Development Building - Parkersburg, WV 




  See below for further class descriptions and registration information.




Personal Travel Photography
We are also pleased to offer this class in cooperation with West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVU-P).  Ron Gaskins will be the Instructor, and will cover the same curriculum as above.
WHERE:  The  WVU-P Main Building, Room 0414A; 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV. 
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 4, beginning at 6:00 pm, concluding at 8:00 pm.
WHO:  Class is open to the public.  Check with WVU-P for class size.
FEE:  The fee for this class is $15, payable to WVU-P.
REGISTER:  Please register in advance with WVU-P by calling 304-424-8383, or by email at More info is available at   
CONTACT:  For questions, please contact us at . 
13 Mistakes Photographers Make, and How to Stop! 
Haters gonna hate. Creators gonna create!  The Creators Program of West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center is a series of short community workshops, panels and talks focused on key skills and knowledge essential to “creating” for mass media and art. The Creators Program, directed by EDC Artist in Residence, Daniel Boyd, packages expertise from WVSU, the West Virginia Film Office, WVSU Cultural Activities and local artists and entrepreneurs to deliver information you need to move your ideas forward.
Our instructors, Ron Gaskins & Amanda Haddox will describe 13 unfortunate mistakes that many photographers continue to repeat again and again...and how to correct these bad habits.  Identification and correction of these common errors will provide a better success rate for stunning photos, with less headaches and stress. 
WHEN:  Thu, October 19, 2017; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  
WHERE:  West Virginia State University Economic Development Center; 1506 Kanawha Blvd West; Charleston, WV 25387 
REGISTER:  This event is FREE, but seating is limited, so you must register.  Please visit:
Photographer taking pictures with SLR camera at night. Nature landscape photographer with telephoto lens. Silhouette of woman taking photo after sunset.

Digital Photography – Learn, Improve, Create!

Mountaineer Photo Excursions is working with West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVU-P) to provide an additional three-evening photography class across three weeks in November 2017.

The course will consist of three classes, covering different information on subsequent classes.  We will discuss basic camera controls, and how to get the most from the camera you have.  Please bring your cameras, along with additional lenses you may have.  Also, bring your camera owner’s manual. Students that know the controls on their cameras will learn how to use their knowledge to improve their photography results.

We will discuss different types of cameras and photography equipment, and which choices may work best for different people and subjects.  Students will have the opportunity to bring in their photos for group critiques.   

You will learn simple ways to improve your photos, along with the rules of composition.  You will learn when you want a wide-angle lens, when to use a telephoto lens, and when to stick with what you have.  We will also discuss some limited post-processing techniques, such as cropping, black & white conversion, and more.

WHEN:            Wednesday, November 1, at 6:00 pm; Class 1

                        Wednesday, November 8, at 6:00 pm; Class 2

                        Wednesday, November 15, at 6:00 pm; Class 3

WHERE:          All classes will be held in the Workforce & Economic Development Building, located directly across from the main doors of WVU-P; located at 300 Campus Drive in Parkersburg, WV.

WHO:              Classes are open to all.  Attendance is capped at 12.   

FEE:                 $25.00

CONTACT:     Go to for a full list of classes, including this one.  For registration information, call 304-424-8383; or email