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Lightroom: The More Advanced Workflow

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Lightroom:  The More Advanced Workflow

If you have been using Adobe Lightroom for your photographic workflow and would like to increase your knowledge you should look into the upcoming class Lightroom: The More Advanced Workflow taught by Tom Turner on Saturday August 15th.

He will take up where he left off in the Lightroom Lite class last June, discussing advanced keyword searching to create smart catalogs.

Tom Turner teaching the Lightroom Lite class in June

Tom Turner teaching the Lightroom Lite class in June

He will also cover printing, how to make a book, using Lightroom’s slideshow capabilities, and web modules. Adobe Lightroom is a very powerful software program and you should take this opportunity to learn more about its powerful tools. For more information about this class go to under computer classes and you will find all of the important details. And of course if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Cavender Garcia at 210-367-0724.

Lightroom Workshop – Great Beginning

Well I called myself a curmudgeon regarding Lightroom but after today’s The Creative Light workshop about Lightroom I can honestly say I understand it a little better. Tom Turner took the four students (Dixie Lee, Joyce Seibel, Jennifer Martin, and Lynn Brown)

Jennifer Martin, Dixie Lee, Tom Turner, Joyce Seibel, and Lynn Brown

Jennifer Martin, Dixie Lee, Tom Turner, Joyce Seibel, and Lynn Brown

and myself through Lightroom’s Library and Development Modules and gave us all an idea of what Lightroom can do for a photographer.

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We learned about workflow and editing, discussing how to organize images through better use of the modules in Lighroom. Tom was patient and we all had a good discussion about how Lightroom can help us be better photographers.Stay tuned to for the next installment of Lightroom two and Tom will take us to the next step as we improve our Lightroom skills.


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Adobe Lightroom – Exploring the Basics

This Saturday you have an opportunity to learn Adobe Lightroom from an expert. Tom Turner will be teaching a Lightroom class for beginners. This is the start of a series of classes to be taught by Tom which will progressively work you through Lightroom and all it has to offer. Lightroom is an Adobe program that allows you to organize, edit, and share your photographs.

Tom Turner instructor for the Lightroom workshop.

Tom Turner instructor for the Lightroom workshop.

According to Adobe, “with Lightroom you have all the tools you need to bring out the best in your photography. Punch up colors, make dull-looking shots vibrant, remove distracting objects and straighten skewed shots. Plus, the latest release includes powerful new ways to create incredible HDR images and panoramas, import and edit faster.”

So join us on Saturday, June 27th from 10:30am to 2:30pm and see what Lightroom has to offer you. See for more information. And if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Cavender Garcia, 210-367-0724, for more information.

Develop your own visual style

Have you ever said, “If only I had a better camera, then I could take better photographs?

phtography design classesWell you would be wrong in thinking that cameras make great photographs. It is your vision that makes better photographs! The number one tools for photographers are your eyes and your brain. And if you know how to visually see the image then you can make great photographs with any kind of a camera.

On Saturday, June 13th, The Creative Light is offering you an opportunity to learn how to jump start your visual creativity and make better images. This workshop is about those compositional elements that will help you transform your photographs. Things like Rules of Thirds, line, shape, texture, balance and more will all be discussed. Nancy Cavender-Garcia will be the instructor and she has been teaching photography and art since 1998. If you are wondering about her as an instructor you can go to and read reviews from previous students.

Come join us and in four hours we will work at developing your own personal vision!

See for more information about the workshop and/or call Nancy Cavender-Garcia 210-367-0724 with any questions.

Lots of Learning Going On!

Tom Turner discussing off camera flash

Tom Turner discussing off camera flash

A fun and educational time was had by all during The Creative Light’s first workshop on Saturday, May 23rd. Tom Turner, instructor, brought loads of equipment and the students, Nancy Damron, Joyce Seibel, and Alexei Wood, all spent four hours learning and experimenting with off camera flashes.





When asked what she thought Tom Turner’s greatest strength was as an instructor, student Joyce Seibel said, “Personable. Tom was easy going and down to earth. I found him easy to communicate with and I loved that he interacted so well with all of us”.

Photography class by The Creative Light

Photography class by The Creative Light. Left to right Joyce Seibel, Alexei Wood, Nancy Damron and Tom Turner









The Creative Light is excited to have such a creative start and everyone stay tuned to for more classes to be offered. For instance, Saturday June 13th there will be a four hour workshop about Developing Your Personal Vision. We will explore how you can make your photographs great no matter what camera you are using.

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Exploring Off Camera Flash

Light is a photographers medium and on Saturday May 23rd Tom Turner, teacher extraordinaire, will be giving a workshop on how to control light. In fact you will learn how to add light with an off camera flash to add that needed sizzle to your photographic images. But you only have one week to sign up! The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, from 10:30am to 2:30pm and in four hours you will learn how to make your images better than you ever thought possible.

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All you have to do is go to to get the details and sign up. Also if you have any questions please feel free to contact Nancy Cavender Garcia at 210-367-0724.

Summer is coming and you will want to be able to save those memories by taking great photographs. So come join us and learn how to make even better images.

Call for Entries

An excellent way to keep your creative juices flowing is to keep making art and if you have a goal you tend to actually get it done. With that in mind I would like to tell you about a Call for Entries by Clamp Light Artist Studio & Gallery.

2015-FOTOSEPTIEMBRE-USA_Clamp-Light-Artist-Studios-And-Gallery_Call-For-EntriesThe exhibit is planned for this September as a part of the FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2015. The theme of the exhibit will be The Altered Landscape and it will be curated by Tom Turner, Clamp Light’s Co-Director. This is an excellent opportunity to create something of which you can be proud. So see the details below and get to work!

Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery
Call For Entries – FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2015 Curated Exhibit

Deadline June 10, 2015: No Fee: Email Submission

Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery (San Antonio, TX) invites artists to present lens-based work for a curated FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2015 exhibition, The Altered Landscape.

The Altered Landscape will consider ideas surrounding the contemporary landscape. Photographers exploring place in terms of histories, geographies and geologies, focusing on the interaction of people and environment or on environmental concerns are encouraged to apply.

Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery is an artist-run studio and gallery space with monthly exhibitions. Clamp Light Co-Director Tom Turner will curate The Altered Landscape which will be on display throughout the month of September as part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2015. The exhibition will be listed in the FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2015 Calendar, Catalog and Quick Sheet.

Submit only one email per artist with all images attached, and include the title, size, medium, and date for each of the submissions in the body of the email message. Also include, artist’s statement, artist’s CV, and a link to the artist’s website.

All accepted work must be delivered ready to hang. Accepted entries may be shipped or hand delivered. All shipped and hand-delivered work must be adequately packed in secure, reusable containers. The artist is responsible for delivering or shipping the artwork to and from Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery. The artist is responsible for insuring the artwork while it is in transit.

Email images and information to:

Submission requirements : Deadline; June 10, 2015
Five (5) photographs no larger than 1200 x 1200 pixels
Artist’s statement
Exhibition CV
Link to artist’s website


Photo credit

An FYI related to the last post “Tom Turner- Teacher Extraordinaire”

The photograph of Tom was taken by Jake Garcia; an excellent photographer in his own right. Great image Jake!whole image larger

Tom Turner: Teacher Extraordinaire

I want to introduce you to Tom Turner, one of the instructors at The Creative Light. His impressive knowledge about photography makes him a great resource for anyone whwhole image largero wants to make their photographs better. I am always gaining knowledge from him and certainly when I have a technical question I go to Tom. He is a really nice guy and is eager to help students understand.

So if you want to meet this guy, he is teaching two classes for The Creative Light. The first one is “Exploring Off Camera Flash” on May 23rd. This is a great opportunity to figure out how to add that little touch of light to your images without having people say “Aw you used your flash”. Don’t you hate it when people talk about your technique and not your image. So here is your chance to gain those skills.

He will also be teaching “Lightroom Workflow – Lightroom Lite” on June 27th. This will be the beginning of our Lightroom classes because this program is way too deep to be taught in its entirety in four hours. Tom is an avid Lightroom user and if anyone can teach you about this software it is Tom!

I will certainly be a student at both of these classes and maybe we will see you there.

How to Use Your Digital Camera!

How to use your Digital Camera!

Have you ever thought that your digital SLR camera might be smarter than you? Would you like to learn how to aHow to use your camera imagectually control your camera and take your photographs on manual? Well here is your opportunity to learn how to do just that. In four hours you will learn the basics of your manual controls and how you can use them to create even better images than you do now.

For example, you will learn how to put Depth of Field to work to create the images you see in your head. Did you know that the definition of Depth of Field is – the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image. We will go into this in depth so you can use it in your own images.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Nancy at 210-367-0724 for answers. If there is anything Nancy likes to talk about it is photography. And for more information on the class such as when or where take a look on Class Page. And in the meantime pick up your camera and go out and shoot!

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