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About the Artist Facilitator

Mike Pach, owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design, is an internationally known, award-winning photographer and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in photography. He is the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group and has been teaching photography and Photoshop classes since 2007. Mike is the host of The Photo Show podcast, and he conducts night-sky photography workshops. He is an avid outdoorsman who is knowledgeable of many of the best locations for photography in Colorado and is available for private photo tours and coaching. Mike is a member of Canon Professional Services, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, the Pikes Peak Arts Council and Dark Skies, Inc. He has lived in Colorado since 1996 and enjoys showing people the best of what Colorado has to offer.

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MY EXPERIENCES

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About this Experience

Take your photography to the next level with a customized session designed to help you learn the skills you want to improve upon. You decide what you want to learn, and we will work towards reaching the goals you choose. This experience is for people of all skill levels. First-time students will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to our first meeting in order to make the most of your session.





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Individual
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Virtual
Located at:
Virtual
Date(s):
To be agreed upon
Time(s):
To be agreed upon
Virtual Private Photography Lesson (1 hour)

About this Experience

Photography and Photoshop classes are postponed at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The earliest classes will resume is August 2020.

This 4-session course is designed to teach adult students how to get the most out of their cameras and how to photograph a variety of subjects. Instruction includes discussions of camera settings, equipment choices and composition. Participants will apply what they’ve learned through hands-on sessions in macro photography (flowers, small products, etc.) and low-light/long-exposure shooting. This course also covers sports, event, landscape, wildlife, lightning, firework and night-sky photography as well as “painting with light” techniques. Bring your camera, camera manual and a thumb drive.

Session 1 – Camera Basics and Composition – In this class you will learn about basic camera settings, auto focus, equipment choices, composition and how to start thinking like a photographer to make better photos. Half the session will concentrate on compositional elements and techniques. Bring 5-10 photos on a thumb drive for a critique of your work (if time allows). This session is open to anyone regardless of the type of camera you own.

Session 2 – Advanced Shooting Modes and Camera Functions – This session covers advanced camera settings, including shooting in manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority modes. You will learn how to use the camera’s meter, focus modes/points, white balance and the histogram, and there will be time to practice these skills.. You should attend this class if you have a more advanced point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR. Bring 5-10 photos on a thumb drive for a critique of your work (if time allows).

Session 3 – Subject Matter (Nature, Wildlife, Sports/Events and Macro Photography) – This session includes tips and techniques on a variety of subjects, including nature/landscape, wildlife, using filters, sports, events, and macro (flowers, small objects, textures) photography. There will be hands-on macro session. Please bring some small items such as candies, coins, jewelry, etc. to photograph.

Session 4 – A Shot in the Dark – This session features instruction on taking photos in low-light conditions, including night scenes, the moon, lightning, fireworks, night sky and painting with light techniques. There will be a hands-on session to learn and practice how to take photos in dark conditions. Bring your camera and tripod.

2021 Fall dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 9
Saturday, October 23
Saturday, November 6
Saturday, November 20





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
The Next Us Workspace
Located at:
525 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs
Date(s):
10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20
Time(s):
1-5 pm
Adult Digital Photography Class

About this Experience

This 7-session course is designed to provide students with a wide range of photo-editing skills. Participants need a strong set of basic computer skills to attend these classes. This is a hands-on learning experience in which everyone will be provided a set of photographs to work with in real time as a technique or tool is being demonstrated. You will need to bring your own laptop with the latest version of Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw, and Bridge installed. Use of a mouse is highly recommended. Photoshop Elements is not taught in this course.

Session 1 – The Basics

Sessions 2 & 3 – Photo Editing in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom Parts 1 & 2

Session 4 – Tools and Adjustments

Session 5 – Layers Part 1

Session 6 – Layers Part 2

Session 7 – Black and White, Selective Color, Panoramics

2021 Fall dates are 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16





Level:
Beginner
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
The Next Us Workspace
Located at:
525 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs
Date(s):
10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16
Time(s):
6-9 pm
Adult Photoshop Class

About this Experience

Experience photographing the night sky in Colorado’s first dark sky community in this overnight workshop.

2021 dates are as follows:

Sunday, May 9
Thursday, June 10
Saturday, July 10
Saturday, August 7
Sunday, September 5
Thursday, October 7
Visit https://3peaksphoto.com/westcliffeworkshops.html for more information.




Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Westcliffe, CO - TBD
Date(s):
5/9, 6/10, 7/10, 8/7, 9/5, 10/7/2021
Time(s):
Starting at 6PM
Night Sky Photography Workshop in Westcliffe, CO

About this Experience

Photograph the night sky among the hoodoos at a unique location on this overnight workshop.

The Paint Mines is an excellent place for night photography, however, permits are needed to be there after dark. Arrangements have been made with El Paso County Parks to conduct night sky photography workshops at the Paint Mines. Space is limited to 6 participants for each date. The workshop includes instruction, hands-on practice in the field and a full evening/morning of shooting. The workshops will start after sunset and end just after sunrise (we plan to stay up all night). You should have a good understanding of your camera functions, including how to shoot in manual and how to change your settings.

2021 dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 10
Saturday, May 15
Sunday, June 13
Wednesday, July 14
Thursday, August 12
Thursday, September 9
Visit https://3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html for requirements and more information.




Level:
Intermediate
Type:
Group - Open to Community
Age:
Specifically for Adults
Venue:
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Located at:
29715 Paint Mine Rd, Calhan
Date(s):
4/10, 5/15, 6/13, 7/14, 8/12, 9/9/2021
Time(s):
Starting at 9 PM
Night Sky Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines
Level:
Experience Level 1 Beginner
Experience Level 2 Intermediate
Type:
Individual Individual
Group/ Public Group - Open to Community
Group/ Private Group - Military/Veteran Only
Age:
All Ages All Ages
Youth Youth
Adult Adult
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