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Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Course Number: 231PHPP010

Dates: Saturday, January 21, 2023
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Meets: Sa from 10:00 AM to 12 N

Fee: $105.00

This course ended on January 21, 2023

Ever wonder why your photos don’t quite look the same as “everyone else’s”?
Attention all small business owners, mom-preneurs, artists or anyone who is looking to sell their work online.
Let Starr help you take some of the guesswork out of the "how did they do that" or "why do their images look so good" by helping you understand how to use simple, inexpensive household lighting, natural lighting, props and set-ups to begin creating your own eye-catching photos.
This class will start with a discussion over various lighting and set-up techniques, then move to hands-on practice with your own pieces and set-ups.
Basics of composition will also be introduced. Some props, backgrounds and additional lighting will be provided.

A 30-minute lunch break will be taken during class.

What to bring:
- Item you plan to photograph with i.e. smartphone or dslr/mirrorless camera
- Your own products or art you'd like to photograph, any fun props or lights you may have at home, anything that is fun, weird or inspiring you have around the house that you think would be fun to bring.
Fee: $105.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 95.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00
Mandatory FeeMaterials Fee$ 10.00

Starr Petronella

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Starr's Classes

Starr teaches photography classes and workshops building on creative composition, lighting and camera skills for teens/tweens and adults. She incorporates lots of hands-on learning, introduction to natural and artificial lighting scenarios, and includes real life model experience when it fits the curriculum. Starr also offers 1-on-1 tutoring for learning camera basics, lighting, portraits, and more for those needing a more personalized learning experience. In addition to photography classes, Starr also teaches Kiln Fused glass workshops for beginners.

Tapping into the beauty and uniqueness of forgotten, abandoned and often overlooked subjects is at the core of Starr's art and the way in which she interacts in the world.

She has degrees in Commercial Photography and Sociology and has been a professional portrait photographer for over 15 years. Starr has experience in various types of photography such as weddings, families, events, headshots and more; however her favorite clients to work with include High School seniors, teens/tweens, people with Special needs and small business entrepreneurs. When Starr works with clients she strives to capture their true essence by helping to empower them and increase the confidence in themselves that they may initially not believe they possess.

Starr was nominated as one of the Top 100 Senior Photographers by The Senior Style Guide in 2015 & 2016. In 2019, Starr began teaching photography workshops and classes. In 2021, she began teaching Photography Art Camps for teens with the City of Milton and is currently helping to build their photography offerings.

Starr grew up in Southern California and has lived outside of Atlanta since college. She is married and the mom of a 16 year old man-child. When she's not taking art classes you can find her searching for treasures: along the river for glass, combing the seashores for shells, collecting "trash" along the roads or roaming in thrift stores. She is currently trying her hand at gardening and learning about edible plants.

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Photo of Starr's Fused Glass Work


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