Who’s behind the camera? You, too, can take great photos!


A few weeks ago, Tom Baker led a class entitled “Eyes on the Street: Community Photojournalism Walk and Critique,” which took students on a photo walk through the streets of Minneapolis. It ended with students sharing and critiquing each others’ images. One of those images, above, was taken during the class by Michaelyn Kvasnik. (Others appear below.) 

As you probably know, the Twin Cities Daily Planet — and the Twin Cities Media Alliance — are all about “people powered journalism.” That’s why we organize community classes about writing, social media, digital privacy, photography and more. They’re taught by people who know what they’re talking about. For example, one of our newest photography instructors, Avye Alexandres, is a Jerome Foundation/Northern Lights Grant recipient and has exhibited locally at the Weisman Art Museum, Spotart and Concordia Galleries, and presented during the Soap Factory’s Artery festival and at Red Eye Collaborations. 

Here’s a sneak peek of the kinds of things you might learn in Avye’s May 30 class, Digital Photography for the Amateur: What Makes a Great Photo and How to Hone Your Craft: “Did you know? Most cameras focus upon pressing the shutter halfway, before the picture is even snapped. So, you can experiment with your composition and maintain focus on a very particular element.   Center on your subject initially to focus, press the button halfway but then recompose to make the image more dynamic.” 


Photos by Saibal Ghosh 

Our instructors (and classes) are first-rate, but they are not expensive–in fact, many are free! (Check out our current class listings here.)

• Tom Baker’s next class (May 16) is “The basics of exposure and what makes a good photograph with Tom Baker“, and it costs just $10.  

• Personal Privacy in a Social (Media) World —Confused by all of the privacy options on Facebook? Overwhelmed trying to figure out what is meant by “private”? You’re not alone! Marcos Lopez will help you sort it all out on May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Register now! 

 • May Social Media Clinic — Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest—wherever you are online, if you’re a little confused, you’re not alone! Come to our monthly social media clinics at the Daily Planet office and get a hand from Twin Cities Daily Planet associate editor Jay Gabler—in addition to connecting with other community members and sharing your own best practices on Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m. Click to register.






Photos by Emily Gunderson 

Photos by Michealyn Kvasnik