Lab / Education

As a Light Work Lab member, we want you to get the most from our facility and staff. We are proud to offer a variety of classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to go deeper with your photography, learn from professionals in the field, and meet fellow members.

Online Workshops & Classes

Workshops at Light Work Lab focus on a single idea or topic and take place in one day. This is an opportunity to learn, meet fellow members, and leave with a new skill. We often bring professional artists and skilled community members in to lead our workshops.

Classes cover basic to advanced topics and run once a week for four to six weeks. Our classes give you an opportunity to build up your work and ask questions over several meetings. Our knowledgeable staff run our classes. They can pass on their great technique to you.

Light Work Lab members receive discounts on all classes and workshops. No matter your skill level,  staff are here to help you go further with your photography. Begin or renew your membership today. 

Scroll down to see our current line-up of workshops and classes.

Virtual One-on-One Sessions

Not seeing what you are looking for? Don’t have time in your schedule for a class? Our virtual one-on-one sessions are a great option. Virtual one-on-one sessions allow you to pick a topic and meet directly with an expert. Please inquire about our pre-created options, or send us the topic and we can get started on crafting a session just for you. Take a look at the topic ideas below, or reach out with your idea. Sessions start at $30 per hour.

Recent virtual session topics:

  • Color Correction
  • File organization
  • Photoshop basics
  • Lightroom workflow
  • Masking
  • Retouching
  • Camera Raw
  • Book Editing

No matter your skill level, we’re here to help you go further with your photography. E-mail us to book your virtual one-on-one session today! If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of our workshops, classes, or sessions, please inform us when booking.

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Summer 2020 — Online Workshops

Capture One Demo

Tuesday / July 21, 6pm EST
Instructor: Dylan Nelson
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

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Class Description

Capture One is an image editing software program used in professional photographic environments. In this course we will learn the end-to-end workflow of Capture One—from file ingest to output. Through demonstration and hands-on experimentation, we will walk through the software’s various powerful tools and key components. Looking to optimize your tethered workflow? How about batch process images through multiple output recipes that also preserve your crop and metadata? What?! Come find out what all of that means—it is way simpler than it sounds.

Meet your instructor

Dylan Nelson is an artist with a day job living and working in Minneapolis. His book Amber Gambler is in the collections of Pier 24, St. Olaf College, and The Walker Art Center. His works are in the private collections of literally two people and one was a family friend so it sort of doesn’t count. He has exhibited work at Aperture Gallery, the University of Minnesota, Yeah Maybe Gallery, and a bunch of other ones. During the day he is a re-toucher and digital tech working with a wide group of commercial clients including Levi’s, Puma, Target, and Wal-Mart.

Fundamentals in Retouching for Artists

Tuesday / August 4 / 6pm EST
Instructor: Ryan Leitner

Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

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Class Description

This workshop will demonstrate the fundamentals of a retouching workflow from a Senior Retoucher and artist who has worked in Photoshop for over a decade. You will learn how to use masks, fundamental color theory applications, and the essential use of brushes. This workshop will let you in on a professionals practice so you can see the creative and interesting ways to solve complex retouching issues with ease. This workshop does touch on some advanced topics but is suitable for anyone who has a basic knowledge of photoshop and looking to streamline their practice. At the end of the workshop, the instructor will leave you with a downloadable folder of his own brushes and screenshots of how to organize your files.

Meet your instructor

Ryan Leitner is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, photography, video, installation, and performance. His artistic inquiry is directed toward the visualization of queer bodies in different environments such as public spaces, local businesses, the workplace, and archival documents. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Plumbing Museum (Watertown, MA), Red Truck Gallery (New Orleans, LA), AREA Gallery (Boston, MA), Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), and Lohio Gallery (Cincinnati, OH).

Leitner received his MFA in 2016 from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts under the guidance of Magdalena Campos-Pons and Danielle Abrams and has had residencies including Manoog, Art Klub, and Chashama. He was recently awarded a grant from The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana and a Traveling Fellowship in 2018 for his work with LGBTQ+ monuments. He has performed at ICA Boston and Havana Biennial 2016 and curated exhibitions at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), and Syndicate Gallery (New York, NY).

InDesign Workshop

Thursday / August 27 / 1pm EST
Instructor: Elana Schlenker
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.


Class Description

This workshop will cover the basics of InDesign, with a focus on the tools and best practices most relevant to photographers and the photobook design process. Led by graphic designer Elana Schlenker, this crash course in InDesign will cover file setup, margins and grids, master pages, style sheets, placing image and text, basic typesetting, alignment tips and tricks, and preparing files for press. Along the way, Schlenker will provide practical design advice guided by her own experiences creating photobooks.

Meet your instructor

Elana Schlenker is the principal of Studio Elana Schlenker, a graphic design practice established in 2011 that specializes in visual identities, interactive work, and printed matter—in particular editorial and photobook design. The studio’s clients include Aperture, Candela, Carnegie Museum of Art, Conveyor Studio, Columbia University, Cornell University, Google, Image Text Ithaca Press, International Center for Photography, The New Yorker, Phaidon, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography among many others. Schlenker has received the Art Directors Club Young Gun award (2015) and been named to Print magazine’s annual New Visual Artist list (2013), a distinction recognizing the top twenty creative talents under age thirty. Her work has been shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards twice in 2016 (Dark Archives by Andre Bradley / Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why? by Dan Boardman and Aspen Mays) and in 2018 (Wood River Blue Pool by Jo Ann Walters). Schlenker publishes Gratuitous Type, an occasional pamphlet of typographic smut, and is the creator of Less Than 100, a traveling pop up shop for gender wage parity. On select projects, she collaborates with the art director and illustrator Mark Pernice through their joint studio Out of Office. Since 2016, she has lectured at the Image Text Ithaca MFA program at Ithaca College.

Creative Composition

Saturday / July 11 – 18 / 1pm EST
Instructor:  Amrita Stützle
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

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Class Description

There are many considerations in the composition of a photograph—line, depth of field, perspective, texture, pattern, color, and many more. What are some strategies of how composition can be used to make compelling and exciting images? During the first session of the workshop, we will discuss composition strategies and techniques as a means of articulating an image. Students will then have fun and experiment with these composition techniques over the course of the week, sharing and discussing the results during the second session of this two-week workshop.

Meet your instructor

 Amrita Stützle is an Austrian born artist and educator with a focus in lens-based media. Her practice dissects contemporary and historical aspects of her identity, exploring themes of femininity, labor, and power. She was a participant of the 2018 NY Times Portfolio Review and is a 2018 Saltonstall Artist-in-Residence fellow. She was a 2019 Magenta Foundation top 100 Emerging Photographers winner and has recently had her work published in the NY Times and Ain’t Bad publications.

After receiving her BFA in Art Photography from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University in 2014, she worked at Light Work for five years as a printmaker then lab manager. She has recently taught photography workshops at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania.

Summer 2020 — Online Classes

Intro to Video Editing w/ Adobe Premiere
Four Week Online Class

Mondays / July 13 – August 3, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Xuan Liu
Materials Needed: Adobe Premiere

Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Learn the foundations of video editing from scratch with Adobe Premiere. This course will introduce workflow techniques such as navigating the interface, importing files, creating sequences, performing basic editing tasks, basic color correction techniques, exporting, and more.

Meet your instructor

Xuan Liu is a visual artist originally from China. She received a BFA in film studies from the Communication University of Zhejiang and is currently pursuing an MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University. Her works of video and performance art have been shown in exhibitions and art festivals internationally. She is currently a technical assistant for Light Work’s UrbanVideo Project.

Compositing for Artists
Four Week Online Class

Wednesdays / July 15  – August 5, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Dan Boardman
Materials Needed: Photoshop

Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

Classes will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to class.

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Class Description

This course will introduce you to the core concepts of photo compositing. We will explore techniques in shooting and in post production to merge separate photographs together to make one seamless image. We will cover focus stacking, merging, and blending. The best candidates for this class will have decent experience in photoshop as this course deals with advanced techniques.

Meet your instructor

Dan Boardman received his BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in both public and private collections. In 2013, Boardman was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and, in 2016, Aperture short-listed him for their PhotoBook Award. Recent exhibitions include 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, Harvard University, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland, The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame, and Sad Gallery in Seattle.

Summer Camp
Special One Week Online Class

Wednesdays / August 10 – 14, 2 – 2:45pm EST. (45min a day)
Instructor: Amrita Stützle

Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Light Work Summer Camp (Ages 8-13) is a one week session hosted Monday – Friday from July 27th to 31st. Each session will be 45 minutes per day from 2:00pm – 2:45pm (EST) where you can engage with your creativity and inspiration. Led by Amrita Stutzle, the Light Work Summer Camp activities will consist of working with alternative photographic processes consisting of creating pinhole cameras and cyanotype sun printing. Light Work will provide the materials for the week-long session that will consist of each material needed to fully participate for each session per day.

Meet your instructor

Instructor Amrita Stützle is an artist who works in photography and video. She received a B.F.A. in art photography from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Her work takes a cinematic approach to investigate the contemporary American service industry and the fleeting American Dream.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Wednesdays / August 5 –  26, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Becky Marris
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

Materials Needed: Photoshop

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Clases will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to class.

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Class Description

Become a retouching master in this advanced level of Adobe Photoshop. This course will give you all the tools necessary to make complex layer masks, composites, and do difficult retouching work. This workshop will make you an expert in seeing color and tone, understand sharpening, and prepare files for print. The first hour hours of this course will be instruction followed by one hour of open studio and question time.


Meet your instructor

Becky Marris is an artist working primarily in photography. She received a BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, where she had a concentration in Photography. Her work deals with the brain’s ability to subconsciously record information, and how it ambiguously recollects those memories. She is currently a printmaker at Light Work.