Photography workshop at CWS




Center for Western Studies (CWS) encourages people who are interested in photography to come to their “Saturdays at CWS: A Workshop Series” event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.

Gene Smith, the manager of Harold’s Photo Center in Sioux Falls, will be the speaker of the workshop. Smith will provide information about using a DSLR camera in various situations.

Smith has experience in the photography industry, in addition to working through different phases of photography.

“[Smith] is our go to guy whenever we have a photo- graphic situation that we need help with,” Kristi Thomas, the education assistant for CWS, said.

DSLR cameras have different settings and functions that can be confusing to a lot of people, especially those who are just starting in photography. Thomas said Smith will clear up the misconceptions on how to do certain things with the camera.

Smith will inform the workshop participants about how to use the right setting in different occasions and situations whether it is indoor, outdoor, sporting or music events and the like.

“It’s going to be a fairly elementary course,” Thomas said. The “Saturdays at CWS” work to increase the number of visitors the CWS has. Previous events include: “Building Your Art Collection” and “Gathering

Family – A Guide to Genealogical Research.” However, Thomas said that this digital photography workshop will be CWS’s “biggest workshop to date.”

Photojournalism professor Janet Blank-Libra encourages students to come to this digital photography workshop.

“Photographs are a way for us to call up memories,” Blank- Libra said, “Digital photography is made possible for people to take lots and lots of pictures, and I think most people want those pictures to be quality pictures.”

Blank-Libra believes that this workshop is a good way for people to achieve those quality photos.

The workshop will be free, but registration is required. To register for a spot, contact Thomas at 605-274-4007 or