Photography Classes

The Intentional Photography series:


These seminars are designed to help you take your photos beyond snapshot quality images.  Express more of what inspired you to take the pictures in the first place!




Bill Ray's specialty is translating the technical for the rest of us to understand.  These are meaty classes with ideas you can put to work right away.


All seminars are 7:00 to 9:00 pm and limited to 8 attendees.  The Workshop field trip times are below.


"Lightroom Classic Tips & Techniques"

Three independent seminars which can be taken in any order to take you beyond the basics. Lightroom topics to be covered will include B&W, noise/sharpening tradeoffs, masked background tuning and plugins like Topaz monochrome and clarity. One session will be using Photoshop as a companion to Lightroom. Time will be reserved in each session for questions submitted by attendees.


Prerequisites: My 3-session Lightroom Introduction class or equivalent experience (these are tips not suitable for learning Lightroom from scratch).


Dates:  April 25, 2019

May 9, 2019

May 23, 2019


Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cost:  3 separate registrations at $35 each (no materials fee)


Mail: send registration form with payment to:

Lightroom Tips & Techniques Dates

"Successful Milky Way Photo Shoots"

Efficiently shoot dramatic images of the Milky Way. Follow a straightforward set of steps to plan, capture and post-process photographs of our home galaxy. Don't waste your time standing around in the dark.


Learn how to be in the right place, at the right time, with the Milky Way positioned over your perfect foreground. To bring out the best of the Milky Way requires post-processing. The seminar has examples in Lightroom and Photoshop.


This prepares you for my Snoqualmie Evening Workshop or your own shoot. All the steps are under your control except the weather. You can even rent the right lens..


Prerequisites: Experience using your camera's manual exposure and focus modes, and post-processing in Lightroom or Photoshop.


Date: Thursday May 16, 2019


Cost:  $35 / 1 session  (no materials fee)


"Demystify Camera Exposure and Focus

(Get Off Automatic) "

If your camera has a dial like one of these, but you do not realize what that dial can do for you, please join us!

Get Off Automatic with your DSLR, Mirrorless or advanced point-and-shoot. Learn what ISO 200, f5.6 and histogram mean, and why you should care. Understand what all those focus modes can do. Keep detail in bright whites and saturated colors instead of blowing them out. Capture as much shadow detail as possible. Have blur only when wanted for artistic effect. Understand the ISO-aperture-shutter "exposure triangle" tradeoffs.


Modern cameras will do a decent job of average snapshot scenes automatically. Dramatic, stirring, intriguing images often do not fit those average rules. I'll show you a practical plan to set a few critical controls yourself, then let your smart camera take care of optimizing the


Prerequisites: Have some experience with your DSLR, Mirrorless or advanced point-and-shoot camera, ready to step beyond automatic.


What to bring:  Bring your camera and user manual to class for exercises.



May 30,  June 6, 13, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cost:  $85 / 3 sessions  (no materials fee)


"Milky Way at Snoqualime Workshop"

A hands-on night of astro-landscape photography. We will be at a dark sky site for several hours, plenty of time to capture the Milky Way with different foregrounds in silhouette, moonlight or light painted. Practice shooting in the dark and find the best exposure for your own equipment. The image here was taken on a scouting trip at the site with a little low-angle moonlight on the mountain sides.


Planned date July 6th We will meet near Snoqualmie summit around 10 or 11 pm, about an hour’s drive from Seattle. Easy access about a half-mile from parking into the lake, a level walk on an excellent trail. If the sky is overcast the fallback is July 7th or 13th.


Bring your raw files home to experiment with Lightroom or Photoshop development techniques. We will get together at ArtWorks August 1st from 7 to 9 pm to discuss your post-processed images, share ideas and answer questions.


Prerequisites: Attendance at one of the Successful Milky Way Photo Shoots seminars


Field Date: Saturday July 6, 2019, 10:30 pm - 2:00 am

Follow-up Class Date: August 1, 2019


Cost:  $135 / 1 session  (no materials fee)


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