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BLOG: Get Off of Auto Mode with Your Camera. Take a Photography Class

In the age of selfies and snaps, it seems as if we attempt to capture every moment in time from our beautiful latte served up at our favorite coffee shop to a selfie of ourselves with 20 of our new, best friends. 

But, how many times do you look back and think – hmmm. That photo wasn’t quite Instagram worthy or Pinterest quality? I do, a lot. 

The reason? I tend to use my iphone for almost everything these days. Granted, the iphone has come a LONG way and it is much easier and lighter to bring your iphone on a bike ride or hike than lug around a DSLR camera. Still, even when I pull out the big mack daddy camera, I’m guilty of not using it to its fullest capabilities. That’s right I’m a lazy auto camera operator, a wanna-be photographer. 

I dabble with ISO and shutter speeds but I usually revert back to auto mode. 

If you’re like me, it’s time. To learn to use your camera and “elevate” your photography.

Now is your chance. Pro photographer and photography educator, Matt Lit, is offering a 4-week course in photography at ELEVATE. 

Sessions will meet 1 night a week for 4 weeks (2-hour class each week) with an additional field trip (to be scheduled for either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday). You’ll learn the basics of photography – ISO, composition, editing software (Lightroom, Photoshop and Bridge) and digital asset management. Includes class materials. 

Oct. 5: 6:30-8:30 pm

Oct. 12: 6:30-8:30 pm

Oct. 19: 6:30-8:30 pm

Oct. 26: 6:30-8:30 pm

And a field trip (to be scheduled)

For a supply list or more information, visit


Contact Matt with more questions: 

Or, contact to register or with questions. 



Entrepreneurship is booming in Summit and in the US

According to this story in the Biz Journals, there’s a record number of Americans involved in starting or running a new business. 

The report by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor stated that “24 million Americans are engaged in startup business activity. Another 14 million are running established businesses.” 

And the future looks bright – 51 percent of Americans are hoping to start a business. In Summit County, we’re seeing more businesses start and more business owners and startups seek out opportunities to grow, enhance and “elevate” their business.

To find out more and to join a community of innovators, entrepreneurs, problem solvers and business owners, contact us:

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