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Joy of Photography class offered by RAAC

More than 20 years ago, Mark Freier started taking photographs. It’s been a source of joy for him ever since, and he hopes to share that feeling with budding photographers this spring.

Freier will teach Joy of Photography, an introductory class to learn the basics of the art form. The class will focus on composition, lighting, exposure and some post processing.

While that all sounds complicated, Freier said it’s a fun class that helps people take quality photos of the things they love, such as kids, pets and landscapes.

“It’s really more about having fun with your camera,” said Freier.

Freier has taught the class before and said it’s a good way to meet other photographers who are just starting out.

“Going through the class can be a neat bonding experience,” said Freier.

The class will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday nights, March 19, 26 and April 2. The March 19 class will introduce students to their camera, photo composition, shutter speeds and F-stops. The March 26 class will review compositions and then provide information on lighting and the settings appropriate for different conditions. Lastly, the April 2 class will focus on techniques of landscape and night photography.

An optional session will be held March 22 at the Minnesota Zoo. Those photos will be reviewed at the April 2 class. Freier said the zoo offers some unique opportunities and is a fun place to shoot.

The class is sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council.

The cost is $50 for all the sessions. Register online at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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