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Private Photographic Lessons and Workshops

Imagine spending an entire workshop with your own professional coach.
Yes, just for you!! ...or a small group that wants private lessons together.


What would you like to learn? ...your digital or 35mm film camera, lenses, exposure, working with light, composition, tripods, extension tubes, and more...

What about a personalized tour to a specific destination?

Lou designs the workshop or tours to meet your specific needs. Begin at your skill level and advance to where you want to be.

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Feb. 10 - Mar. 10, 2015 (Tuesdays)

Beginning with a Digital Camera (CLC and Discovery Course)

Want to shoot without using AUTO?

Learn from a professional photographer how to set up and use your camera to capture beautiful images through simple tips that will dramatically improve your photos. You’ll see instant results. The joys of digital are about to begin!

NOTE: To each class, participants must bring their digital camera, fully charged batteries, owner’s manual and be able to load image (jpg) files on to a USB flash drive or CD. The digital camera must be adjustable (have a manual (M) setting = be able to manually change shutter speed, lens aperture/f-stop, ISO, etc.), either a point-and-shoot or one with interchangeable lenses (DSLR).

Class meets for five sessions:
1) Tuesdays, 12:15 - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake, Vernon Hills Campus

OR

2) Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

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March 7, 2015 (Saturday)

Macro Workshop

Looking for a great opportunity to explore macro photography with Lou’s coaching? Join Lou Nettelhorst, in this one day Macro Workshop to get close-up and personal with your images. There’s nothing like going into a tiny world and seeing whole new “vistas.” He’ll have extension tubes available to try with your Canon or Nikon cameras and telephoto and/or macro lenses. So, if you don’t have a macro lens, you can still sign up and use the extension tubes to capture those close-ups. Why not try shooting through art glass?

The workshop includes a macro lesson followed by two shoots in the mini-studio with a wide variety of subject materials available, as well as two feedback sessions with sample images from each participant. You’ll bring a sack lunch and need a laptop and flashdrive to make your images available for review.

Lou also will have Lensbabies to loan during the day, allowing each participant to manipulate focus and depth of field in a very special way. For information about Lensbaby go to: www.lensbaby.com/ www.lensbaby.com/ To purchase use code: Wnettelhorst.

To register and see images illustrating this workshop Click Here For More Information, then on the Macro Workshop Registration Form.

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Mar. 17 - May 5, 2015 (Tuesdays)

Designing Your Photographs (CLC and Discovery Course)

Don’t be satisfied just taking pictures, learn to design them!

Discover seeing differently, tap into your creativity and compose beautiful photographs, as you expand your awareness of subjects. Learn by doing with the understanding assistance of a professional photographer.

NOTE: To the first class, bring five samples of your photos in jpg files on a USB flash drive or CD.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants must provide a digital camera, either an iPhone/android phone camera, a point-and-shoot or one with interchangeable lenses (DSLR) and be able to load image (jpg) files on to a USB flash drive or CD.

Class meets on TUESDAYS for six sessions [NOTE: No class, April 21]:
1) 12:15 - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake, Vernon Hills Campus, Room R230.

OR

2) 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Room E125.

Students are welcome to repeat the course.

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May 9 - 23, 2015 (Saturdays, 10 - 5pm - Grayslake Campus)

Photographing in Nature (CLC Course)

Looking to shoot better nature photos, like scenics and close-ups of flowers and insects?

This three-Saturday class is for those who want hands-on fun with their camera, where you learn by doing. It consists of two days, each with some classroom lessons to dramatically improve your photos, and then we head out to a natural location to practice what you've learned. In the field, receive professional coaching, as you work with your camera to select, compose and shoot photos. During the second and the shortened third class you’ll share images from the field trips and get helpful feedback on them.

NOTE: To the first class, bring five samples of your photos in jpg files on a USB flash drive or CD, and please bring water and a sack lunch.

REQUIREMENTS: For the first two classes, participants must [a] bring and be familiar with a tripod and an adjustable, digital camera (have a manual (M) setting = be able to manually change the shutter speed, lens aperture/f-stop, ISO, etc.), [b] be able to load image (jpg) files on to a USB flash drive or CD, and [c] provide their own transportation to the field locations.

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July 18, 2015 (Saturday)

Hawthorn Gardens Photo Workshop

Hawthorn Gardens Photo Workshop
On Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 am - 12 noon at the Hawthorn Gardens and Gift Store in Hawthorn Woods, I will conduct a photographic workshop to help people improve their images.

Following some instruction on my Ten Tips for Improving Your Photography, you actually practice the tips with my coaching, right there at the Gardens. Come and learn while having fun photographing!!

Hawthorn Gardens & Gift Store
24481 Old McHenry Road
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Registration fee is: $20

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO REGISTER
(847)726-0627 or hawthorngardens@comcast.net

Aug. 16 - 22, 2015 (Sun. - Sat.)

Olympic Peninsula Workshop with Lou Nettelhorst

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula?

Join Lou Nettelhorst in this six day, late summer workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in the Olympic Peninsula. Bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and anchored by the Olympic Mountains, no other place in America can match its diversity in terrain and weather in such a compact geographic area. There are three totally different and distinct environments: wild rocky coasts and pebble beaches, lush moss-draped rainforests, and soaring snow-clad mountains with extensive alpine meadows. There’s a stunning variety of marine and mountain plants and animals.

Some of the fantastic locations that we’ll visit (conditions permitting) are: Hurricane Ridge; Lake Crescent; Salt Creek Recreation Area; Sol Duc Falls; Hoh Rainforest; and Ruby, Rialto and Kalaloch Beaches. Lou arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable shooting locations. During the various shooting experiences, Lou provides coaching and also offers numerous critiquing sessions and lessons in a classroom setting. Our home base will start in Port Angeles and move to Forks, Washington. The workshop is informal, relaxing, and a fun way to learn. PLEASE JOIN US!!

To register and see images click below, then on Olympic Peninsula Workshop Registration Form.

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Nov. 7, 2015 (Saturday)

Macro Workshop with Lou Nettelhorst

Looking for a great opportunity to explore macro photography with Lou’s coaching? Join Lou Nettelhorst, in this one day Macro Workshop to get close-up and personal with your images. There’s nothing like going into a tiny world and seeing whole new “vistas.” He’ll have extension tubes available to try with your Canon or Nikon cameras and telephoto and/or macro lenses. So, if you don’t have a macro lens, you can still sign up and use the extension tubes to capture those close-ups. Why not try shooting through art glass?

The workshop includes a macro lesson followed by two shoots in the mini-studio with a wide variety of subject materials available, as well as two feedback sessions with sample images from each participant. You’ll bring a sack lunch and need a laptop and flashdrive to make your images available for review.

Lou also will have Lensbabies to loan during the day, allowing each participant to manipulate focus and depth of field in a very special way. For information about Lensbaby go to: www.lensbaby.com/ www.lensbaby.com/

To register and see images illustrating this workshop Click Here For More Information, then on the Macro Workshop Registration Form.

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