Mountaineer Photo Excursions | Classes

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 2018-2019 "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. 


2018 -2019 Mountaineer Photo Excursions Classes at a Glance

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"Introduction to Photoshop Elements 2018," on Wednesday, April 25 
West Virginia State University-Economic Development Center, Charleston, WV
To register, and for more info, visit .

"Digital Photography," as a three-night course, on May 2, 9, 16.  
WVU-P Community College, Parkersburg, WV   
Please register in advance with WVU-P by calling 304-424-8383, or by email at     

As a follow-up to our "Intro to Photoshop Elements 2018," Mountaineer Photo Excursions is now offering a mini-workshop on Photoshop Elements 2018! June 29 & 30 at WVSU-edc, accepting 12 students.



  See below for further class descriptions and registration information.


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! 


With WVU-P, we are offering our Digital Photography class once again! Ron Gaskins will be the instructor at the Workforce building at the Parkersburg campus.

The course will consist of three classes, covering different information on subsequent classes. The first class will be on Wednesday evening, May 2, and you must register in advance. 
We will discuss basic camera controls, and how to get the most from the camera you have.

We'll discuss different types of cameras and photography equipment, and which choices may work best for different people and subjects. You will learn simple ways to improve your photos, along with the rules of composition. You'll learn when you want a wide-angle lens, when to use a telephoto lens, and when to stick with what you have.

We'll also share a "show & tell" on photo-editing, such as cropping, black & white conversion, RAW conversion, and more!

WHEN:     Wednesdays; May 2, 9, 16, beginning at 6:00 pm. 

WHERE:     The main campus of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, in the Workforce & Economic Development Building (Room B100A) across from the main building. 

FEE:     Cost is $40, and pre-registration is required. 

CONTACT:     To find out more or register, visit, e-mail, or call 304.424.8383.


Photoshop Elements 2018 - Mini-Workshop

You're working to improve your photography, but you're not comfortable with editing.  You've heard about different programs, computer tools, and more, and you just want to learn how to make your photos better.  "Learn! Improve! Create!"  That is the message we share in our classes, and that's what you will accomplish when you're finished with this "Photoshop Elements 2018 Mini-Workshop!"

Amanda Haddox and Ron Gaskins of Mountaineer Photo Excursions have used Adobe Photoshop Elements for years, and are currently using the new 2018 version.  Photoshop Elements 2018 has all the tools you will need to put the final polish on your images.  You will learn "hands on" how to crop to improve composition; clear red eyes; how to "dodge & burn"; straighten your tilting horizons; adjust your colors; create black & white from color; convert RAW to JPEG; and with the newest version, you can even clean up camera shake and turn frowns into smiles! 

Bring your laptops with any version of Photoshop Elements (PS Elements 2018 is available as a free trial-recommended for this mini-workshop).  Ron and Amanda will bring photos for you to learn from, as well as their experience and this editing software, and you will be amazed at the difference a little "polishing" will make in your photos. 

WHEN:    June 29 & 30, 2018; Friday evening - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm/ Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with lunch break).

WHERE:     West Virginia State University's Economic Development Center (WVSU-edc), 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, WV  [phone:  304-720-1401] 

FEE:     Cost of class is $75.00 

CONTACT:     Register for this Mini-Workshop on this site:   Registration will open on Monday, April 30. 



Photoshop Elements 2018 - Mini-Workshop

(SAME Description as Above)  Elements Mini-Workshop to be held at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, at their Workforce & Community Education Facility.

WHEN:    September 21 & 22, 2018; Friday evening - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm/ Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with lunch break).

WHERE:     WVU-P / Workforce & Community Education Building, across from main campus (300 Campus Drive) Parkersburg, WV. 

FEE:    Cost of class is $40.00. 

CONTACT:    Register for the mini-workshop here:  email or call 304-424-8383. 



We are currently working with both WVU-P and WVSU-EDC to schedule additional classes, as well as other organizations.  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.  These include:
"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"