Community Workshops

Amherst Media works to provide a variety of workshops for the community and for our members.  

Got a workshop you'd like to see taught at Amherst Media? Fill out this form and we'll see what we can do for you.

Direct questions to info@amherstmedia.org or (413) 801-1306


 

Wednesday, February 20th, 5 p.m to 7:30 p.m

Final Cut Pro X Basic

Learn the ins and outs of FCPX for beginners

Teacher: Director of Programming, Faith Gregory

 

Welcome future video editor! In this workshop, you will learn how to properly create video projects and import media, make cuts, intros, outros, and transitions, and create a complete video that you can be proud of. Computers and program will be provided. Bring your own footage for editing, or simply use our training footage. Max class size is 5. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund.

 

Register HERE.

 

$50 non members $35 members

 

 


 
 

Thursday, February 28th, 5 p.m to 7 p.m

Audio for Video

Get a sense of how to capture good quality audio for your video productions.

Teacher: Director of Media Technologies, Jeff Mastroianni

 

While many flaws with video are able to be managed during post production, audio problems can be quite difficult to fix and can ultimately be the downfall for any video project. The focus of this course will be understanding the basic principles of sound, sound recording, and equipment, with a brief overview of audio post production if time allows. Max class size is 10. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund.

 

In this course we will cover:

 

The basic fundamentals of sound

Understanding your recording environment

Common microphone types, recording devices and their applications

In-camera vs. externally recorded audio

Studio vs. Field production and how to prepare for your shoot

Working with audio in post (if time allows)

 

Register HERE

 

$35 non members $20 members

 

 


 
 

Wednesday, March 6th, 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m

Final Cut Pro X Intermediate

A follow-up course to Final Cut Pro X Basic

Teacher: Director of Programming, Faith Gregory

 

Hooked on FCPX? Want to learn more? This is the course for you. Now that you’ve grasped the basics of creating a video in FCPX, come back and learn advanced editing techniques, color and audio correction, and how to seamlessly create larger video projects. The content of the course will be largely based on what returning students from FCPX Basic want to learn. Participants must be returning students from FCPX or must send an email to faith@amherstmedia.org explaining why they qualify for intermediate. Max class size is 5. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund.

 

Register HERE

 

$50 non members $35 members

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 13th, 6 p.m to 8 p.m

Basics of Graphic Design

Learn to use basic free web tools to create stunning and versatile graphics

Teacher: Director of Programming, Faith Gregory

 

 

Do you run a small business or non-profit but don’t know the first clue about graphic design? Do you want to learn to create stunning and platform specific advertisements in minutes? Then this is the course for you! Learn to use free online design platforms like adobe spark and google drawings to create easy and eye catching advertisements for you and your business. Bring your laptop! Max class size is 10. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund.

 

Register HERE

 

$35 non members $20 members

 

 


 
 

Saturday, March 16th, 10 a.m to 12 p.m

What Makes a Good Photograph

Teacher: Photographer, Bob Solosko

Anyone can take pictures. Whether it’s with a smartphone or a camera, just set it to AUTO, snap away, and 95% of the time, the images will be in focus and perfectly exposed. But the camera equally records everything in its field of view – it doesn’t know what you’re seeing or why you’re taking the photo, so the results may be photographs that more often than not are mediocre at best. In this workshop, we cover the basics of perception, composition, structure and camera settings to help you consistently get good, and even great photographs.

 

At the end of the workshop, as time allows, we’ll review photographs that participants bring in.

 

Max class size is 15. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund.

 

Register HERE

 

 

$55 non members $40 members

 

Bob Solosko started in photography 60 years ago when, as a young teenager, a relative gave him his old camera and when he learned darkroom techniques - he’s been an active photographer ever since. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries, banks and hospitals in Western Massachusetts and are in a number of private collections. In April 2018 he was featured in the Art Maker column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. He’s an Adobe Lightroom Certified Expert and he teaches photography, camera handling, and Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

 


 
 

Saturday, March 30th, 10 a.m to 12 p.m

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

Teacher: Photographer, Bob Solosko

Adobe Lightroom is a family of software for organizing, editing, and sharing your photography. Lightroom lets you organize your photos on your computer and offers a rich set of tools for keeping track of your photos, such as collections, keywords, face recognition, flags, stars, color labels. It has an extensive array of search filters so you can find any photo based on when you took it, where you took it, who is in the photo, the camera used, camera settings, etc. In addition, Lightroom has a powerful set of advanced photo editing tools to make global adjustments to color, brightness, contrast and perspective and tools for local retouching. Photos in Lightroom a can be exported in a variety of different formats for printing, web posting and sharing, photo book creation and slide shows.

 

In this hands-on workshop, we will cover the Lightroom philosophy, modules and panels and explore in detail the Library module for organizing and managing your photos, the Develop module for photo adjustment and correction and we will touch on the Print module printing your photos.

 

Please bring a laptop or tablet computer with Lightroom 5, Lightroom 6 or Lightroom Classic CC installed. “Lightroom CC”, which is a different program than “Lightroom Classic CC,” is a cloud-based version of Lightroom and will not be covered in this workshop.

 

Max class size is 15. Payment required for registration. Non-attendance does not guarantee refund

 

Register HERE

 

$55 non members $40 members

 

Bob Solosko started in photography 60 years ago when, as a young teenager, a relative gave him his old camera and when he learned darkroom techniques - he’s been an active photographer ever since. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries, banks and hospitals in Western Massachusetts and are in a number of private collections. In April 2018 he was featured in the Art Maker column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. He’s an Adobe Lightroom Certified Expert and he teaches photography, camera handling, and Lightroom and Photoshop.