Ruth Hoyt
Photography
956-330-2900

Computer Class for Photographers Led by Ruth Hoyt

A young bobcat stares toward the photo blind where the photographer is sitting, before it approaches the water hole for a long drink. Photo Merge of files 0659 and 0662

A young bobcat stares toward the photo blind where the photographer is sitting, before it approaches the water hole for a long drink.
Photo Merge of files 0659 and 0662

Have you ever taken a photo that was almost perfect, but needed an adjustment, touch-up or “a little help” to make the photo look like what you wanted? This month professional nature photographer, writer and instructor Ruth Hoyt leads an evening computer class for novice to experienced photographers: “Learning Photoshop.”

The Photoshop class covers setting up a laptop or desktop computer with Adobe Photoshop software and learning how to use the software to edit, process, adjust and enhance photographs.

The class takes place on six evenings over a two-week timeframe – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights on October 19th, 20th, 21st and 26th, 27th and 28th. Class begins promptly at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N Main Street, McAllen, Texas.

No previous experience with Photoshop is required, but for participants to have a hands-on experience they are encouraged to bring laptop computers and digital photos. The version of Photoshop that Ms. Hoyt uses is the most current version, “Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.”

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

The McAllen Creative Incubator is located at 601 N. Main Street, in the Cultural Arts District of McAllen.  The “Incubator” as it is called by its students, admission free and open to the public.  For more information on upcoming classes or events visit us at www.mcallenart.com or 956-687-2787.

Studio portrait of Ruth Hoyt

Studio portrait of Ruth Hoyt

“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).

New Basic Nature Photography Class at the McAllen Creative Incubator

 

Portrait of Ruth Hoyt

If you have a camera and want to learn, nature photographer Ruth Hoyt has the perfect class for you. She teaches a fun, interactive four-week evening class at the McAllen Creative Incubator starting this week on Wednesday, May 6th. To provide the participants with some hands-on time in the field, the class includes one Saturday morning field trip.

All cameras are welcome in Ruth’s class, including digital, film, SLR and point-and-shoot cameras. For those with complicated schedules or other special situations, Ruth does private instruction as well. Contact her for more details.

The basic nature photography class runs May 6th through 27th and takes place four consecutive Wednesdays.

Participants learn, hands-on, about their camera’s parts, features and handling. In addition, class time is spent viewing photographs and discussing composition, lighting and other technical aspects of photography. Participants can also expect to learn about some of the local flora and fauna.

The class takes place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the McAllen Creative Incubator in McAllen (the former McAllen Public Library), 601 North 10th Street, for four Wednesday nights, as well as a Saturday morning field trip May 16th.

Cost for the four-week basic nature photography class is $250. Two people who register together receive a discount.

Check the events page on Ruth’s website (www.ruthhoyt.com). For more information and to reserve a spot in this class, contact Ruth Hoyt via email at ruthhoyt@gmail.com or telephone at (956) 330-2900.

Portrait of Ruth Hoyt, taken by John Pickles in Barataria, LA

Studio 6 – Ruth Hoyt

Hi! My name is Ruth Hoyt and I am a naturalist and full-time photographer who spends as much time outdoors and as little time at the computer as possible. I say this but actually spend a good deal of time indoors at the computer.

Some of my time spent indoors is on my blog or website, but more of it is spent working with photos (some mine, some belonging to clients), performing research, writing classhandouts, magazine articles and much more.

I love to travel for photography, adventure and fun but prefer living in South Texas ranch country where I photograph, lead workshops and tours, guide photographers on private ranches and teach nature photography both in classes and private instruction.

I have taught photography since 1990 and have led tours and workshops for various companies such as Kodak and agencies such as the National Parks system.

Photo Credits

National Geographic Books, The Nature Conservancy, Birder’s World, Texas Wildlife Association, Valley Land Fund (Texas), Coastal Bend Focus on Wildlife (Texas), Missouri Wildlife, Missouri Magazine, AAA’s Home & Away, Michigan Living, Texas Monthly, Rio Grande Valley Nature, North American Birding Association’s Birding, Vision Magazine and many more.

Photo Competitions

I have won major awards in significant national and international photo competitions. Some include Nature’s Best (international), Valley Land Fund (Texas) and First Grand Prize with my partner and teammate John Pickles in the Coastal Bend’s wildlife photo contest (based in Texas ranch land).

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I work with private students and consult with photographers interested in competition photography, with a very high success rate for grand prize awards.

Organizations

I am a CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide) with NAI (National Association for Interpretation, a national organization with training requirements) and CTMN (Certified Texas Master Naturalist, Texas organization with annual training and volunteer work requirements) with more than 800 hours of volunteer time logged since 2009.

I founded MoNEP (Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers, www.monep.org) in 1996 and served as President & Chairman of the Board for five years. I founded TexNEP (Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers, www.texnep.org) in 2001. I served as President & Chairman of the Board for seven years and am a current, active member who serves on the Board of Directors.

I also maintain memberships in Texas and the United States with various nature, conservation and photography organizations.

Ruth Hoyt

Photography

956-330-2900

ruthhoyt@gmail.com