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Larry R Wagner

Larry R Wagner

Larry R Wagner

Larry R Wagner

Larry R Wagner

Larry R Wagner

Instructor: Larry R Wagner
October 13–14, 2018 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Are you looking to significantly improve the power of your images? This class is about creating a great photo that captures the moment and will focus on the four components of doing that:

1. The subject – capturing something new or portraying it in a way no one has seen before

2. Creating an emotional impact – awe, provocation, humor – something that grabs the viewer. Your photo must not be boring!

3. Composition – the components of your photo should draw the eye into the photo and keep it there.

4. Photographic excellence – the photographer needs to use good lighting and have command of the ingredients that make a high quality image: exposure, focus, depth of field, color management, contrast.

The class will give the student practice in integrating these four components while photographing scenes, people and still lives. There will be a shoot with a model using natural, artificial and strobe lighting, some street photography and shooting around Mendocino. We will review your photos with the class and learn how well you are doing in meeting the big four.

This class is for any photographer who wants to shoot better. I suggest that students should have enough knowledge about their camera to shoot in shutter priority or aperture priority mode, and understand and be able to use the big three tools of exposure: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, how to download their photos, and, ideally, have a digital camera that has a flash shoe on it so they can use strobes.

Extra camera batteries and/or a battery charger recommended.


Theater, circus, wildlife, portraits, glamour, scenery, still life, street photography, collage and whatever strikes his fancy, LARRY R WAGNER is an eclectic photographer. But there is a common theme for all that he does – a foundation, commonality and style inherent in all his work. Larry’s photographs are an affirmation of the majesty of the moment. He wants his photography to do what no other art can do. What is common in his images is that they capture a moment as only photography can. The objective of the portrayed moment is to emotionally affect his viewers, hold their attention and bring them back for more looks. His photographic image is not an emulation of a painting nor should it be. It is a photograph.

A professional photographer since 2006, he was a founder of the Mendocino Coast Guild and Gallery and his work has been displayed in many venues on the coast including Mendocino Art Center, where he had a month long exhibition, Highlight Gallery, Oddfellows Gallery, Savings Bank of Mendocino, Edgewater Gallery, Brewery Gulch Inn and Beachcomber Motel. He specializes in portrait, publicity, performance and portfolio photography. He is well known for his photos of Mendocino Center for Circus Arts performers and MeCCAs’ annual calendar, and Mendocino Theatre Company and Gloriana Musical Theatre publicity, program and lobby shots. Larry juried the 2016 Members’ Photography Exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Model fee: $15

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