YES!  Mountaineer Photo Excursions also offers classes, in addition to our Excursion Workshops!  Ron Gaskins and Amanda Haddox offer occasional photography classes, both online and in person, as a series of general and specialized photography classes.  We are also available to speak at your local club or a conference, or can arrange to share an online class with your group. See our "Classes at a Glance" schedule with detailed descriptions of each class below.

 

We have spoken with multiple camera clubs in West Virginia and in neighboring states.  We have also shared presentations and judged photography entries with larger organizations, including the Mountain State Photographers' Conference, Mid-Atlantic Photo Visions, the Photographic Society of America and the Carolina Nature Photography Association. 

 

Our refund policy for Online Classes is shared on our "About Us" page. If you have questions, or want to be added to our “Mile Markers” newsletter, please visit our Contact Us page. 

 

 

2022 Mountaineer Photo Excursions Classes at a Glance

                          2022 2023                             

We are now offering online photography classes via Zoom. Registration for all online classes will be on Eventbrite.com.  Once you have registered/paid for your class, you will receive the needed info to access the online class prior to the class date.   

We are also planning for "in person" classes this winter.  Remember those!?  

Amanda Haddox & Ron Gaskins of Mountaineer Photo Excursions have a presentation on "Dos and Don'ts For A Successful Photography Trip."  The tips we share are based on our workshop scouting trip to Alaska in 2021.  We are leading Alaska workshops in both 2023 & 2024.  We would be happy to visit your photo club and share this presentation, or we can also share via Zoom.

 

Private Individual Classes are available in the Charleston, Ripley and Parkersburg, WV, areas. Ask about special arrangements for other locations.  Both two-hour and four-hour classes are available.  Contact [email protected] for full details.
 

       

 

January 5:  Your Digital Camera  (In person class) 

Class begins at 6:00 pm and concludes at 8:30 pm.  Advance registration is required.  Class fee is $29.  Go to Eventbrite to register, see below. 

 

January 19:  Winter Photography - Get Off The Couch!  (In person class)

Class begins at 6:00 pm and concludes at 8:30 pm.  Advance registration is required.  Class fee is $29.  Go to Eventbrite to register, see below. 
 

February 09, 16, 23:  Digital Photography Techniques - Three Nights!  (In person class)  

Please NOTE:  This is a THREE NIGHT CLASS for one fee of $70.  Class begins at 6:00 pm and concludes at 8:30 pm.  Advance registration is required.  Class fee is $70.  Go to Eventbrite to register, see below.   

MORE TO COME!  

How to Improve Your Landscape Photography

So You Want To Try Film Photography

How to Improve Your Travel Photography  

Jumpstart Your Photo-Editing with Photoshop Elements  
 

 

 

  See below for further class descriptions and registration information.

 

2023

In-Person Classes

 

 

Your Digital Camera - January 5, 2023

 

Dust that camera off and learn how to use it for improved photos during your family activities, sporting events, holiday gatherings, and visits to new places! Preserve those memories!

Bring your camera and manual and learn about the buttons and dials; learn some simple techniques to improve your photos; learn how better composition makes your photos more attractive.

This class is designed for users of adjustable cameras, such as DSLRs, Mirrorless, and advanced Point & Shoots, but can also be useful for those using camera/phones.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 5, 2023.  Class begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.  

WHERE:  Class will be held at the WVSU-EDC (West Virginia State University - Economic Development Center) at 1506 Kanawha Boulevard West Charleston, WV.  

FEE:  Class Fee is $29.00.  This includes all fees and WV Sales Tax.  Ticket sales end on January 3.

REGISTRATION:  Please register in advance on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/your-digital-camera-tickets-470620166587  

 

CONTACT:  Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 304-532-0070.  

 

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Winter Photography - Get Off The Couch! - January 19

 

Winter can be a beautiful and exhilarating time to go out and create images, from holiday lights and snow-covered landscapes to wildlife and children playing in the snow! However, cold temperatures can make your winter excursion chilling and challenging for both you and your camera. Let’s keep it fun and safe!

In this class, students will learn how to stay warm and protect themselves from the cold; how to protect their camera, batteries and other gear from low temperatures; how to be prepared for cold-weather emergencies; how to watch the weather for the best opportunities; why & how you may need to make exposure adjustments; how to plan for a road trip and more!  

WHEN:  Thursday, January 19, 2023.  Class begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.  

WHERE:  Class will be held at the WVSU-EDC (West Virginia State University - Economic Development Center) at 1506 Kanawha Boulevard West Charleston, WV.  

FEE:  Class Fee is $29.00.  This includes all fees and WV Sales Tax.  Ticket sales end on January 17.

REGISTRATION:  Please register in advance on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-photography-get-off-the-couch-tickets-473753949817

CONTACT:  Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 304-532-0070.  
 

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Digital Photography Techniques - February 9, 16, 23

Three Night Class

 

 

Please NOTE! This is a THREE NIGHT CLASS for one fee of $70. Over the course of three evenings, we will discuss a variety of photography topics.

Your instructors will show examples of good composition, and demonstrate how composition will improve the quality of your photos. We will discuss how awareness of these aspects can be used to make your photos more interesting. We will discuss the digital camera's exposure controls, and how to get the most from the camera you have.

During our second night, we'll do some review and then discuss the use of different lenses, how they will achieve varying results in your photographs, as well as recommendations on when to use specific types of lenses. We will also discuss different lighting situations (daylight, evening, nigh), as well as artificial lighting. Students will have ample opportunity for questions. We will also review and critique students' photos within the group.

On the third night, we will demonstrate some basic post-processing techniques. These may include cropping a photo, conversion to black & white, how to remove unwanted items in your photos, and more. We will also share some suggestions for organization and protection of your images.  

 

WHEN:  Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, 2023.  Class begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:30 pm.  

WHERE:  Class will be held at the WVSU-EDC (West Virginia State University - Economic Development Center) at 1506 Kanawha Boulevard West Charleston, WV.  

FEE:  Class Fee is $70.00.  This includes all fees and WV Sales Tax.  Ticket sales end on February 7.

REGISTRATION:  Please register in advance on Eventbrite:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-photography-techniques-3-nights-tickets-474309591757
 

CONTACT:  Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 304-532-0070.  
 

 

 

 

"2 Photographers, 4 Cameras, and 60+ Bears"

Amanda Haddox & Ron Gaskins of Mountaineer Photo Excursions would like to share a special presentation for your photography clubs!  Gaskins and Haddox are based in Ripley and Charleston, WV, and teach photography workshops and classes.  Since 2012, they have led over 40 workshops across the eastern United States including West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Maine, and others. 

In September of 2021, they traveled to southern Alaska, about 200 miles west of Anchorage.  With the goal of returning for an Alaskan photo workshop, Gaskins and Haddox spent a week with a local outfitter.  Traveling each day, they photographed beautiful snow-capped mountains, the colorful fall tundra, and of course, grizzly bears; taken from the air in bush planes and on the ground with their experienced guides.  

During their presentation, they will share some of their photographs and stories from their trip to “The Last Frontier,”  as well as sharing some “dos and don'ts” for an extreme adventure of this type.   Haddox and Gaskins will also have information on their upcoming schedule of photo workshops in 2023, including trips to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Alaska!  

If logistics permit, we are willing to come to your club meetings.  Otherwise, we can also offer this presentation via Zoom.  We have previously shared this presentation with the Jackson County Photography Club in Ripley, WV; the Ohio Valley Camera Club in Huntington, WV; the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (via Zoom); the Buckhannon-Upshur Camera Club in Buckhannon, WV; and the Charleston Camera Club in Dunbar, WV.   

 

If your photography club is interested in having Ron & Amanda share this presentation at a meeting or via Zoom, please contact us at [email protected]  

 

 

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Private Individual Classes - Appointment Only

Our two-hour private class usually includes basic camera handling, including exposure controls, lens characteristics, and other related techniques.  We can tailor your private class to include specific topics that you wish to cover, along with targeted coverage of your particular camera model.  This class would be a classroom setup, although with the Covid-19 precautions, we would probably hold this at an outdoor location.  The two-hour class would not include a field trip.  We can also offer optional follow-up two-hour classes, if desired.  

We also offer a private four-hour class, which includes the same classroom instruction as the two-hour class, followed by a two-hour field trip with the instructor.  The field trip instruction would include additional hands-on camera usage, with emphasis on using the common camera controls and understanding how they contribute to achieving a well-exposed image; in addition, coaching will be provided on subject and lens choice and composition.  The four-hour private class requires completion of our standard Liability Waiver for participation.

 

We do offer the option of having a friend join you for the private classes at a discount.  Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more about rates, dates, and locations.    
 

In addition, we can arrange special private workshops at various locations.  Please contact us at [email protected] for full details, fees and to check for available dates.

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If your camera club or other organization is interested in hosting us to teach a class, please contact us.  We have offered several classes previously.  While most of these have been done traditionally, we can also offer many of them as "Zoom" online presentations.  These include:  
 
"Jumpstart Your New Camera"  
 
"Exposure and Understanding Your Light Meter"  
 
"Hocus Focus:  Get Sharper Photos"  
 
"Doin' It After Dark:  Night Photography"  
 
"Personal Travel Photography"
 
"13 Mistakes Photographers Make, and How to Stop!" 
 
"Digital Photography" 
 
"Winter Photography-Get Off the Couch!"
 
"Digital Camera Techniques"
 
"Forensic and Emergency Scene Photography" 
 
"Advanced Photo-Editing for the Beginner"
 
"The Original 50 Shades of Gray: Black & White Photography" 
 
"Get To Know Your Camera" 
 
"Critique Your Own Photos & Beat The Competition" 
 
"How to Photograph Your Art"