News > Press Releases > Press Release

Press Release

Release Date: April 13, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Tanya Lowrance, of Sulphur, has planned a series of photography classes aimed at equipping shutterbugs with all of the insight, knowledge and skills needed to capture the perfect image.

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St., will host each of the six classes, one a month from April until Sept.

Lowrance has been involved with art since early childhood, when she enjoyed drawing tablets and colored pencils. Her artistic inclination was shaped and supported by teachers and mentors in grade school, through college and still today. Now, she returns the favor by teaching art every chance she gets, whether it be at the college level or with community classes.

She’s a multimedia artist who creates and appreciates art which tells a story or allows the viewer to become emotionally involved with the piece. Much of Lowrance’s work reflects simple rural Oklahoma scenes and landscapes.

Lowrance’s photography classes at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios are $10 per session and can be taken independently, no requirement to attend them all. Dates, times and topics are as follows.

April 21 -  Lenses and Focal Length
The class will focus on matching the correct lens to photography goals. Participants will explore telephoto and wide angle lenses plus learn what “all those numbers” on the lenses mean.

May 5 - Aperture and Depth of Field
The class will focus on aperture, the variable hole in the lens light passes through on the way to the camera’s sensor. Changing shutter speeds or aperture settings controls the light. Participants will discuss F-Stops and learn how to use aperture to best suit their needs.

June 23 - Introduced Light
The class will explore how to best use studio lights. A studio setup can be as simple as a subject and a backdrop or complex enough to require an entire team to prepare. But the need for introduced light is a constant when it comes to indoor photography.

July 21 - Composition
The class will cover the different theories, techniques and rules involved in framing and composing appealing images. Following composition guidelines makes it easier to arrange the subjects and objects of an image on the fly. As an example, the well-known “rule of thirds” uses a grid which divides the image into three horizontal and three vertical sections. The dividing lines and intersectional points of the grid make for quick and easy compositional reminders.

August 11 - Black and White Images
The class will focus on the simplicity of black and white images. Leaving out the color brings many of the core components in an image to the foreground. Shapes, contours, light, shadows and composition are all accentuated in black and white, or grayscale, photography.

Sept. 22 - Shutter Speed
The class will focus on manipulating shutter speeds for night photography and for shooting “silky” water. The class will work with long shutter speeds, which open’s the camera’s sensor to light for an extended duration, so a tripod is recommended to reduce unwanted blur.

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 580-622-8040.