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We offer classes that will teach you the the necessary tools to have as a professional photographer. Our classes are taught by experts in the field using a hands on learning approach to meet all of your needs.

Fall 2017 Workshops (4 Weeks)

Studio Portrait Lighting


October 3 – 24 / Tuesdays 6-9pm

Instructor: Hal Silverman
Skill level: Intermediate / Advanced

Cost: $110 members+ $175 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Learn how to use all the equipment in the Lighting Studio to create beautiful and engaging photographs. Lighting techinques will focus on the art of portraiture and topics will include posing, lighting set-ups, and camera settings. The first two hours of each class will be instruction, followed by one hour of open studio time

Meet Your Instructor 
Hal Silverman graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications with a Bachelor of Science in Illustration Photography. A brief assignment shooting national advertising and catalogue illustrations under deadline pressure for Macy’s taught him the importance of organization and meticulous preparation. After a few years of shooting and learning in the studio of another nationally respected commercial photographer, Hal opened his own shop in 1989.


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*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

Introduction to Photoshop


October 3 – 24 / Tuesdays 6-9pm

Instructor: Rachel Fein-Smolinski
Skill level: Beginner

Cost: $110 members+ $175 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Learn the foundations of adjusting and manipulating your images with Adobe Photoshop. This course will introduce workflow techniques and concepts for adjusting color and tone, resizing, saving, and printing your photographs through Print Tool. The first two hours of each class will be instruction, followed by one hour of open studio time.

Meet Your Instructor 
Rachel Fein-Smolinski is an artist who works in photography, video, and installation. She received a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and in 2017 an MFA in Art Photography from the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where she taught photography and media theory courses. Her work uses sci-fi and adopts the authoritative aesthetics of biology and medicine to deal with neurosis and intellectualism. She has exhibited internationally, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Constance Saltonstall Fellowship in Ithaca, NY, and the 2016 Berlin Fall Semester Residency. She is currently the Digital Services Coordinator at Light Work.


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*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

Advanced Photoshop


October 2 – 23 / Mondays 6-9pm

Instructor: Amrita Stützle
Skill level: Intermediate / Advanced

Cost: $110 members+ $175 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Take the next step in adjusting and manipulating your images with Adobe Photoshop. This course will introduce workflow techniques and concepts for adjusting color and tone with selection tools and layer masks, compositing, cloning, and printing through Print-Tool. The first two hours of this course will be instruction followed by one hour of open studio time.

Meet Your Instructor 
Amrita Stützle is an artist who works in photography and video. She received a BFA in Art Photography from the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Her work takes a cinematic approach at investigating the contemporary American service industry and the fleeting American Dream. She is currently the Lab Manager at Light Work.


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*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

Adobe Lightroom


October 4 – 25 / Wednesdays 6-9pm

Instructor: Gabe Conte
Skill level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Cost: $110 members+ $175 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Learn how to use Adobe’s amazing image editing and management software. Efficiently organize, enhance, and share your digital photos by understanding the Lightroom workflow. Everything from storage, to color adjustments, cropping, printing, and sharing on the web happens easily with Lightroom.

Meet Your Instructor 
Gabe Conte is a visual artist who works with image//text. His work is about that one time you thought you saw somebody through a crowd, but it was actually just a tree. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in photographic illustration in 2016, and is currently a printmaker at Light Work.


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*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

Portfolio and Professional Practice


October 1 – 22 / Sundays 12 – 3pm

Instructor: Antone Dolezal
Skill level: All skill levels

Cost: $110 members+ $175 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Learn how to create a professional portfolio in print and online. This class will cover and review application processes, writing artist statements, and how to use websites and social media as part of your artistic process.

Meet Your Instructor 
Antone Dolezal’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at 555 Gallery (Boston), Candela Gallery (Richmond), Filter Space (Chicago), Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología (Guatemala City), photo-eye Books & Prints (Santa Fe), Webber Represents (London) and are held in notable public collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library, Museum of Contemporary Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Additionally, his words and images have been published with GEO, National Public Radio, Oxford American, Photo District News, among others.


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*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

1 Day Intensive Workshop

Large Format Printing


November 4, 2 – 5pm

Instructors: John Mannion + Rachel Fein-Smolinski
Skill level: Intermediate/ Advanced

Cost: $50 members+ $75 non-member
Find out more about membership here.

Class Description

Learn how to use our Epson large format printers. In this 3 hour single session workshop, learn how to properly color manage your files and printing environment. This workshop will cover proper resolution, sharpening, exposure, and fidelity to teach you how to make beautiful large scale inkjet prints.

Meet your Instructors
John Wesley Mannion  is an artist and educator based in Syracuse, NY and throughout his career has worked with artists to make the most of their work in preparation for publication and exhibition. For the past 15 years he has been the Master Printer at Light Work, an artist-run, non-profit organization that provides direct support through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a community-access maker-space, and other related projects to emerging and under-represented artists working in the media of photography and related media. John also teaches in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University and has exhibited his own work nationally, including the Everson Museum, Griffin Museum, and Munson Williams Proctor Museum.

Rachel Fein Smolinski is an artist who works in photography, video, and installation. She received a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and in 2017 an MFA in Art Photography from the school of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where she taught photography and media theory courses. Her work uses sci-fi and adopts the authoritative aesthetics of biology and medicine to deal with neurosis and intellectualism. She has exhibited internationally, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Constance Saltonstall Fellowship in Ithaca, NY, and the 2016 Berlin Fall Semester Residency. She is currently the Digital Services Coordinator at Light Work.


Register here
*Pay by in person or by phone by calling 315.443.2450. Payment must be confirmed 48hrs. prior to Workshop. Limited slots are available*

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