Panasonic LUMIX Brings Digital Photo Academy To 20 Cities Across The Nation

Panasonic LUMIX has announced the dates and locations of its first Digital Photo Academy workshops in 20 cities across the United States. Digital Photo Academy is a series of classes for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras' features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences. The Academy courses are taught by local professional photographers, giving students ongoing access to photo experts and tips in their own community. Furthermore, after courses have finished, participants can enter photo contests and assignments with other Academy students from across the country.

The Digital Photo Academy is designed for a digital camera owner, at any level, with classes offered to accommodate the beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographer. Students are welcome to bring whatever brand of camera they currently own and courses will be available in the following markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

In each market, courses will be taught in professional studios, museums and other inspirational locations. To view the locations and schedule of all 20 cities visit www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com. Some locations and dates include*:

Atlanta
Location:
The Bonaventure
650 Bonaventure Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
Dates:
· Beginner: 6/21/07, 6-9pm
· Intermediate: 6/23/07, 2-6pm
· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm

Boston
Location:
Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Dates:
· Beginner: 6/9/07, 9am-12pm
· Intermediate: 6/9/07, 2-6pm
· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm

Detroit
Location:
The Park Shelton
15 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Dates:
· Beginner: 6/13/07, 6-9pm
· Intermediate: 6/14/07, 6-10pm
· Advanced: 6/30/07, 10am-7pm

Initially, each level of Digital Photo Academy courses will be offered once a month in each city. Class descriptions include:

Beginner, Three-Hour Course, $50: Targeted for the family record keeper, passionate scrapbooker, casual point-and-shoot user, or for the person looking to choose the right camera, the beginner class, "Discovering Digital," is perfect for all these types of users. Instructors will address how to reduce red-eye, better use a flash, include special effects and create better composition. Beyond photographic techniques, the course will also teach valuable "post-capture" skills, such as how to use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements to create a greeting card or calendar, and send prints to friends and family via email.

Intermediate, Four-Hour Course, $65: The "Digital Endeavors" intermediate-level course is perfect for users who are quite familiar with the settings on their point-and-shoot and are looking to take digital photography to the next level. Either a recent purchaser of a digital SLR, or someone considering buying one, would benefit from this course. The class will compare point-and-shoot cameras to SLRs, discuss the differences between the two categories, helping to ensure a smooth transition. For those who have some experience in post-capture and Photoshop, this class will offer more advanced techniques, such as burning and dodging and an introduction to color management. It will also discuss printed layouts, and how to make newsletters and brochures.

Advanced, Two-day Course, $150: At the advanced level, the "Digital Vision" course is be divided into two parts: in-field shooting and learning post-capture computer application skills. The four-hour in-field shooting session is held in local parks, vibrant streets, during seasonal events like fairs and marathons to capture newsworthy current affairs. The second component, involves six hours of classroom time learning techniques from Adobe® Photoshop® Creative Suite 2, such as converting and processing RAW files, using layers and masks, working with black and white files, and more.

To sign-up for Digital Photo Academy, please visit www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com or call 1.877.DP.ACAD.4. Instructor biographies, additional schedules and workshop locations are also available on the website.
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