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Photography Classes and Workshops where Mary Louise Ravese will be teaching.
Announcing "Photographing Fall Color in California's Wine Country Workshop"
02nd January 2018
October 27 - November 3, 2018 Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in an 8-day, 7-night workshop exploring the renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys during Fall color. Excite your senses with an itinerary that will satisfy your visual and creative interests, your appetite for gourmet cuisine and your thirst for some of the best wines in the world. A variety of unique shooting opportunities await you in this workshop that is open to photographers of all skill levels. Our two instructor format assures no more than 6 students per instructor. Register by May 31st and save $100. Consider registering early, last time the workshop sold out in 3 weeks!
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Photo workshops in Raleigh starting in 2018
29th December 2017
Now that we're located in North Carolina, Mary Louise will kick off her photography workshop offerings with her Digital Photography Essentials weekend one-day class in Jan and again in February 2018 in downtown Raleigh.
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We've Moved to Raleigh, North Carolina
30th August 2017
Bella Vista Photography has moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. We will continue to exhibit at shows and offer classes in the mid-Atlantic area from time to time, but coming soon look for our participation in shows and class offerings in the Triangle area of North Carolina!
Show your camera who is boss - learn how to use it beyond just auto/program modes
01st May 2017
Learn the essential camera settings in an afternoon. This introductory class on Sunday June 11th is for people with a digital camera who are interested in learning how to successfully use their camera beyond automatic / program modes. Master these five settings and you'll be well on your way to photographing with greater confidence and more reliable results.
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Gift Certificates available for Holiday Gift Giving
01st November 2016
We offer Gift Certificates which can be redeemed for a gift of our photography, private lessons, or applied to one of our Bella Vista Photography run classes. Gift certificates are available for purchase online here or email Mary Louise for more unique requests.
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Mary Louise is now a co-organizer for the NANPA Meetup Group for the National Capital Region
25th May 2016
Mary Louise has signed up to be one of three new organizers for the North American Nature Photography Meetup Group for the National Capital Region. She is looking forward to planning some future nature photography field trips for the group. Read on to find out more info about these (mostly) free field trip opportunities.
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Upcoming May Workshop: Photographing the Best of Tuscany with Optional Excursion to the Cinque Terre
23rd December 2015
May 2016 join professional photographer Mary Louise Ravese photographing the quintessential Tuscany experience in a small group photography workshop. Extend your trip with an optional 3-night trip to the Cinque Terre. Refine your skills, learn new techniques and come home with some great photographs and stories. Save $200 when you register by March 18, 2016!
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Mary Louise to teach 2 photography classes this spring at Shenandoah University
20th December 2015
Mary Louise to teach two classes: "Digital Photography: Fundamentals for Beginners" and "Using Adobe Lightroom to Organize, Edit and Share Your Photographs" in March / April at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.
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Mary Louise to teach at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
01st September 2015
Mary Louise is happy to announce that she will start teaching photography classes this fall at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Her first class will be "Digital Photography: Fundamentals for Beginners". Wednesdays September 30 - October 21 from 3:30 - 6 pm. Contact Shenandoah University Center for Lifelong Learning to register.
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Join me Photographing in the French Riviera this September
28th February 2015
September 13 - 20 come explore the French Riviera with acclaimed photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Learn how to shoot like a travel photographer, capturing the grand vistas, quiet back streets, glamor of the nightlife and sweet moments of life that convey a sense of this part of the world. More information and online registration
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Join Mary Louise photographing in Tuscany in May 2015
15th January 2015
Mary Louise will be returning to Italy again this spring. Join her as she explores some of her favorite parts of Tuscany with a small group of only 6 photographers May 14 - 24. Register by March 31st to save $200 on your workshop registration.
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Get creative this winter with our series of Abstract Photography Workshops
29th December 2014
Get your creativity flowing with our Saturday afternoons Abstract Photography sessions in January. This intermediate level workshop is for those who understand basic digital SLR camera use and are looking for a creative challenge, unique photo opportunities and to expand the vision of their "photographer's eye". The workshop is divided into 3 self contained sessions, each one concentrating on a different technique: unique reflections, light painting, bubble-mania. Take 1 session or all 3 and save $. Register by January 4th for a discount! Space is limited, act now.
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Digital Photography Essentials - a popular 3 hr private lesson option
01st January 2014
For those short on time, Mary Louise's 3 hr Digital Photography Essentials private lesson session helps people understand the essential camera settings to effectively use their digital camera off automatic/program mode. A great quick start option for those with a new camera they are unfamiliar with.
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