Monday, June 6, 2011

Upcoming Workshop, or, Go West Young Woman

The details are set!  I will be in Rapid City on July 23 for a three-part beginner's photography workshop, hosted by my friends at Fountain Springs Community Church.

If you've never taken a class with me before, let me tell you why I think they are so important:

1.  Learning photography can be intimidating, particularly if you're working with a more accomplished photographer in-person.  These classes are very informal and relaxed, we work step-by-step together in a fun, supportive group, and I am very ordinary.  I promise I will not freak you out with my coolness at any point, because there is none to be found. 

2.  I work with natural light only, and almost exclusively use examples from my everyday life in my classes.  These classes are geared toward everyday photographers who want to be creatively inspired and technically equipped to take excellent shots in everyday life, without purchasing extra equipment or software.  This isn't a workshop for aspiring professionals, nor is it a class for people who want to learn how to use Photoshop (though I commonly answer editing-related questions in class).  These classes are about getting excellence in your straight-out-of-camera shots, and that is extremely important to me.

3.  Anyone who has ever taken a class or workshop with me has access to ask questions via email, skype, or phone at any time in the future- and I mean that.  This is just a starting point.  As you go and apply these skills in your real life, you'll have questions, and I'm here to help.  Past students really do take me up on this.  You can too.

4.  Your session fees are tax deductible, and 100% of the profits will be used to support Poetice, and to fund travel expenses as we travel to Zambia in November. 

You can read more about Poetice, and our part in it here.

Workshop Details:

When: Saturday, July 23

Where:  Fountain Springs Community Church in Rapid City (directions here).

This workshop will be held in three parts.  You may book a spot in one, two, or all three sessions. 
Note that space is limited.  There is a cap of 15 participants per session.

Session 1: DSLR Basics

Learn the core basics to understanding your DSLR camera, how it functions, and how to gain control to begin using it to it's full potential. Grow in confidence and skill with this hands-on informative class. This class is appropriate for anyone with a DSLR who does not yet shoot in Manual mode with confidence.  If possible, bring your camera's manual for reference along with your DSLR. 

Session Time: 9 AM
Cost:  $25 minimum donation (see below)

Session 2: Basic Photography

Almost everything that makes a photograph great happens before you click the shutter.  We will cover the technical and creative basics you'll need to take great photographs with any camera. Bring your camera, and the manual, if possible.

Session Time:  10:45 AM
Cost:  $25 minimum donation (see below)

Session 3:  Natural Light and Portraiture

We'll learn the basics of portraiture and learn how to harness and maximize available light in your photographs. Bring your camera to practice your skills, and learn how to take better pictures of the people in your life. Model provided.
Participation in the Basic Photography session in tandem with this class is highly recommended.

Session Time:  1 PM
Cost: $25 minimum donation (see below)

Feel free to email me with any questions at

Ready to book a spot?

To save a place in one, two, or all three sessions, send me an email indicating which session(s) you'd like to reserve, and send your tax-deductible donation to:

The Ransom Church
700 N Main Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Make your check out to The Ransom Church, and please put KOCH ZAMBIA in the memo line.

In order to reserve your spot, please postmark your gift no later than July 9.*

Any available spots after July 9 will be open for purchase on the day of the workshop, for a minimum donation of $35 per session.  Book early to guarantee a spot! 

*Life happens!  The last date to cancel a reservation for a full refund is July 9, via email.  After this date, cancellations will receive a 50% refund.

If you live in the Rapid City area, or know someone that does, would you please let your friends know about the workshop?  Send them this link, or post it to your facebook wall.  You rock!

Interested in hosting a workshop?  I am available to travel within SD and the surrounding area through August 20.  Email me for more information.

Peace out,


Unknown said...

Hi Megan

Do you know when you will be coming back to Rapid City to do another photography workshop?

Megan said...


Thanks so much for the interest in classes! I do not currently have any future dates scheduled for Rapid City.

Thank you!