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Learn to Bend Your Vision: Exploring The Lensbaby Basics with April Milani

Whether you recently purchased a new Lensbaby, thinking about getting one or had your’s awhile and were left discouraged – you’ve come to the right place. Grab that unopened box or take your dusty lens off the shelf and join April as you learn to love your Lensbaby. Become a master of selective focus and creative imagery with the natural, organic optical effects that only a Lensbaby can create.

This is a course for those who need a refresher or are new to the world of Lensbaby. Learn with April this September as she teaches you how to find your sweet spot of focus and learn to tilt with intention. After learning the basics, take a peek into the creative side of Lensbaby, with the group’s artist study. 

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This course is held 100% online. There is a dedicated Facebook group held specifically for April’s class where discussions and peer review is also welcomed. Weekly LIVE classes will be held through an offsite website; link to be provided in the Facebook group.  All LIVE classes will be recorded and uploaded into the Facebook group for those unable to attend. A free Dropbox account will be needed to turn in assignments and receive feedback

This course is for any artist looking to reconnect with their Lensbaby. With the tools given by April, you will be able to create photography that is art. All artists are welcome to join, as April has made her material adjustable for artist of all ranges.

To get the most out of the course, students should have a basic understanding and access to Photoshop and/or Lightroom. All students must own a DSLR, with an understanding of manual mode. Lensbaby will be loaning out lens for US students who currently do not own one but wish to participate in April’s course.

This course is a four week interactive, learning experience. Weekly LIVE classes will be held with April, as well as weekly assignments and feedback. Course dates are September 10th – October 8th.

Yes, throughout the course April has provided assignments that follow along with the material. These assignments will be turned in via Dropbox for April to provide feedback, as well as peer advice in the Facebook group.

During the course, only active students will be able to turn in assignments and receive feedback from April personally. Both active and silent students receive all the material that April has provided.

April M profile

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I am a military wife and homeschooling mom of two wild boys. I am not afraid to go out and try something new, even if I fail. I’ve still won because I didn’t let fear stop me. I am human; I make mistakes; I am perfectly imperfect; I am saved by grace. My saying this year is, “don’t feed the fears.” My love for photography started in my grandmother’s kitchen with her Polaroid camera. She made me really think about the shot before I took it and would always tell me, “you only get one shot, so make it count.”  Although I went to college for black and white film after high school, my journey wasn’t straightforward, and as a young adult, photography and I went our separate ways. Being a mom caused our paths to cross again, however, and I began to fall back in love with taking pictures because photography allowed me to see my kids through the lens, inspiring me in a number of new and different ways. As with most everything else that touches my life, I am rarely satisfied with only taking on hobbies and doing things for fun. I can’t learn just the basics of something and move on I have to fully immerse myself and know the art form inside and out. So after the spark of photography was reignited, I studied and completed the photography course offered at the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP). Since then I have gone off on so many rabbit trails, I never know what path I will take next.  All of the trails I go down have their own sets of artistic challenges, some more than others. My life’s journey, and the lessons I learn along the way, are what continually draw me in. It is the not knowing what there is to see that takes me down the next trail. Published in: Child Model Magazine, Mozi Magazine Fine Art addition, Conceptual Magazine, Beyond the Wanderlust, Clickin Moms Pro, Alien Skin Software photo of the year and photo of the month. Blog post: Alien Skin software, Beyond the Wanderlust, Lensbaby Love, Soul Focus, Two Gallery openings at Shop88, Rfotofolio, Inspire, Honorable Mention, 2014