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Creative Portraiture: Using Water, Smoke and Color

In this class we will discuss how to come up with creative solutions to everyday photographer problems. We will discuss the creative process and how photographers can learn to think through any scenario they encounter. We will produce portraits and landscapes with smoke, gels, filters, water and other random objects to add variance in our work. This class will have a practical discussion and then a shooting experience focusing on adding randomness to the shoot to create imagery outside the norm.

Please register early, within 5 days of the start date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation.

THIS CLASS WILL NOT MEET AT PRECISION CAMERA. The class will meet at TerrAdorna 10900 HIbbs Ln, Manor, TX 78653

Topics Covered

• The Creative Process
• Off-Camera Lighting with Smoke and Haze
• Dealing with Photographic Problems with Creative Habits
• Photographing Models utilizing Water, Haze, Gels and Mirrors


This class is geared towards photographers who want to expand their creative pallet. You should have a working knowledge of camera basics and working in manual mode. It is ideal for photographers who want to try something new and expand their portfolio.

Required Equipment

• Camera
• Portrait Lens
• Memory Card
• Note taking supplies
• Off-Camera Lighting (optional)

Schedule and Format

The first section covers the Creative Process and how to photograph with new elements. The remainder of class time will be spent shooting with smoke and haze, Gels and Colors, and Water.



About the Instructor

Josh Baker, founder of AzulOx Visuals and cofounder of North Austin Photographic Society. He has spent the last few years exploring creative portraiture including his Soaked and Submerged Series. See more of his work at and

This class qualifies as a special event. Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class & Event Cancellations

Tier 2: Special Events and One-Time Classes
You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Flash Fest, Portraits in Depth Series, Photo Campouts (including Spring and Fall Photo Camping Extravaganza), special events and one-time classes to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a tier 2 class your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. Cancellations made within 7 days of the class will receive a 50% refund.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.


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