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Learn How To Be A Better Photographer For Free

A free 11-week photography course is being offered in Newark and begins Feb. 7.

Photography is about more than pushing one button.

One Newark woman has partnered with a professional photographer to teach others all about the art of photography – for free.

Bay Area photographer Keith B. Dixon and Newark resident Sheila Morgan are offering an 11-week free photography program in Newark, presented by Photographers Working Together.

The classes are known as C1 - Newark and PS1 - Newark and in each class, students will learn the basic fundamentals of photography, including camera functions, lighting and editing.

C1 will be led by Dixon and is for photographers with DSLR cameras. The PS1 class is taught by Morgan and is focused on teaching individuals on how to take captivating photographs with a point-and-shoot camera.

Both classes begin Feb. 7 and are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the , 37620 Filbert St.

The goal of the program is to help support and mentor other photographers of all skill levels.

But the course also gives photographers a chance to network with one another, Dixon said.

Dixon and Morgan started offering the free program in Newark one year ago after meeting at a different photographers group.

The two, Dixon said, wanted to more active in the community, though, which is why they started the program.

“We wanted to provide a service people could use and benefit from,” said Dixon, who emphasized the networking offered through the program.

“That’s what I call community involvement. We’re giving them a skill set,” Dixon said.

And that is the reason why Morgan said any one can join the program.

“Photography teaches you how to see,” said Morgan. “Do you need a big camera to take a beautiful picture? No.”

Morgan, who works as a technician for a lighting company, said she has enjoys teaching the courses because it allows her to share her knowledge and experience of photography with others.

Part of her PS1- Newark course focuses on how to present photos when showcasing artwork in a gallery.

Gibson has a bachelor’s of fine arts from Cal State East Bay, while Dixon has a bachelor’s in communications from Sacramento State.

To sign up for the program, visit http://www.meetup.com/photographers-working-together. There is a total of 20 vacancies between the two classes.

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