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.

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.

One-on-One Sessions: Remote or at our location

Not seeing what you are looking for? Don’t have time in your schedule for a class? Our one-on-one sessions are a great option. 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. Many of our sessions can be done remotely. Take a look at the topic ideas below, or reach out with your idea.

Recent Remote 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 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.

Spring 2020 — Online Classes

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Mondays / April 27- May 18, 6-8pm
Instructor: Kendra Ward
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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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 preparing your photographs to print or presentation online

Meet your instructor

Kendra Ward is a photographer originally from Texas and currently living in Syracuse, New York. She earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University, and is currently working as a Lab Assistant at Light Work.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Tuesdays / April 28- May 19, 6-8pm
Instructor: Becky Marris
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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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.

Four Week Online Class

Wednesdays / April 29 – May 20, 6-8pm
Instructor: Ryan Krueger
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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Class Description

Learn the ends and out of this incredibly versatile software. Lightroom is a great way to edit and develop your images. In this course you will learn the fundamental elements of Lightroom and discover ways to integrate Lightroom into your workflow

Meet your instructor

Ryan Krueger is originally from New Jersey and has lived for the past decade in Portland, OR, where he received his BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited his work over the years at Blackfish Gallery and HQ Objective (both in Portland), and at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles. Outside his art practice, Ryan also engaged with Portland’s arts community through his work as a photo technician. His years of specializing in film processing and photographic digital printing has informed his practice through commercial and community-based labs as well as a self-directed Do-It-Yourself printing practice from his own home.