“Back-to-School Classes and Programs” Led by Ruth Hoyt

A Green Jay fluffs its feathers in order to appear larger, as it notices a potential enemy in the deep south Texas thorn scrub.

A Green Jay fluffs its feathers in order to appear larger, as it notices a potential enemy in the deep south Texas thorn scrub.

Photo credits:  Ruth Hoyt of Green Jay (bird)

This September Ruth Hoyt of Green Jay (bird)mber professional nature photographer, writer and instructor Ruth Hoyt leads two evening classes: “Basic Nature Photography” and “Learning Lightroom.” She also plans to teach an October evening Photoshop class.

Her “Basic Nature Photography” class covers camera handling and operating, composition, exposure and impact, as well as some of the flora and fauna of the Rio Grande Valley.

The nature photography class takes place on four consecutive Wednesday nights, starting September 16 and ending October 7. Class begins promptly at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm at the Valley Nature Center, 301 South Border, Weslaco, Texas.

A Saturday morning field trip connected to the nature photography class is scheduled for October 3. Details are to be discussed during the first evening of class.

Cost for this class is $250 and includes a one-year single membership at the Valley Nature Center valued at $35. Registration should be made by contacting the Valley Nature Center via email (info@valleynaturecenter.org) or phone (956-969-2475).

Ms. Hoyt has received requests to conduct an Adobe Lightroom class and has set aside six evenings to conduct a hands-on class for setting up and using Lightroom.

The Lightroom class covers setting up a laptop or desktop computer with Adobe Lightroom software, choosing appropriate preferences, creating a catalog and importing, organizing and editing photos, followed by exporting photos for various uses such as website, email, posting online and making small to large prints.

Participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers and digital photos in order to have a hands-on experience.

The Lightroom class takes place on six evenings – three evenings each on Mondays and Tuesdays, starting September 21 and ending October 6. Class begins promptly at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 North Main, McAllen, Texas.

There is no photographic field trip associated with the Lightroom class.

Cost for this class is $250. Registration should be made by contacting instructor Ruth Hoyt directly via email (ruthhoyt@gmail.com) or phone (956-330-2900).