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Basic Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom - ONLINE

Have you used Adobe Lightroom for simple edits but want to learn more about what is possible for your images? Learn the basics of photo editing using this popular and versatile photography program. In this course, you will learn how to use the basic develop submodule, how to create a develop preset and get a functional introduction to the tone curve, HSL, split toning and lens correction submodules.


Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with review of images, discussion and Q&A session.


This session will be streamed online through Vimeo. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.


Price: $41, $36 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a wedding and portrait photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a writer for PhotographyLife.com, a top-ranked photography blog, and co-creator of an educational video series about photography.


Special Instructions: Students should bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom, Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic (Version 6 or higher) installed. Students can bring their own images, but will also be provided with some images to edit, so they should have an available USB port to download images.

Creative Basics of Photography-Classroom Session





Macro/Close Up Photography for DSLR Shooters

Learn about the technical and aesthetic demands of macro photography with a DSLR camera. See different techniques and equipment in use. After an early morning shoot we'll head to the classroom to look at some images and review the gear in more detail.

This class is meant to inform and inspire you to a higher level of technical and creative ability.

Basic photography knowledge necessary.


A limited offering of adult education programming will follow social distancing protocols, with advanced registration and seating in a room or outdoors with students separated by at least six feet and wearing face coverings.

Price: $47, $42 member

Instructor: Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer of Denver Botanic Gardens

Special Instructions: 8:00 to 9:30 in the Gardens. 9:30 to10:30 in the classroom. Some lecture, mostly shooting images. Bring Your Gear.


Workshop - Floral Transformation - ONLINE

When we think of floral design, we think of a traditional bouquet in a vase for your table. In this transformative floral workshop we will make use of non-traditional containers, manipulate traditional flowers and colors, or a combination of all three. This class will stretch our creative minds and talents!


This session will be held online. Details on how to join the live session streamed through Vimeo will be emailed the day before the program.

A full material list is provided below, and will be sent to participants again, prior to the program. This way, you can follow along from the safety of your home!


Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner


Supply List:

  • One unique vase of your choice. Think outside the box - a cowboy boot, water pitcher, bucket, basket, birdhouse, etc.
  • A few pliable branches from a bush or tree (roughly 1-2 ft long) - remove all the leaves OR a block of floral foam (available at most craft stores)
  • 1 bundle of flowers from the grocer or a variety from your local florist - look for bundles that include roses, Gerbera daisies, daisy poms, alstroemeria and filler flowers
  • About 6-9 stems of greenery - eucalyptus, leatherleaf, salal leaf or other greenery
  • 1-3 Hydrangea
  • Plastic bags or trash bags, in case your container needs to be lined. You could also use other lining options such as an empty plastic tub or container that fits your chosen "vase".
  • 1 set of sharp clippers or scissors
  • A few wire twist ties


  • Wire cutters
  • Some type of tall, linear material - similar to curly or pussy willow - adding height and movement to your arrangment.
  • Anything else you find interesting! (butterflies, birds, ribbons, jewels, etc.)


Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader.  She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor this coming May.


Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

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