Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2014, 10:53 am

Photo workshop to be held March 8

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

River Action and the Figge Art Museum are co-sponsoring a workshop for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in exploring ways to improve the quality of their photos.

The free workshop, "Beyond a Snapshot: The Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 8, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

Two of the presenters are professional photojournalists -- Todd Mizener of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus and John Schultz of the Quad-City Times -- who both received academic degrees from the University of Iowa. They will talk about the challenges of taking quality daily photos.

Robyn Smith, a fine arts instructor with Eastern Iowa Community College District who specializes in painting and printmaking, and Roxanne Westphal, who teaches digital photography with the Davenport school system, also will give presentations on the various building blocks for strongly-composed pictures.

In addition, Ted Doty, manager of Camera Corner, will discuss new technology and show some new and exciting products. Brian Tugana (who minored in art at the University of Chicago and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago) will share experiences of the seven years he has participated in the Valley Bank Calendar Project.

The workshop will conclude with an opportunity for presenters and participants to network, socialize and swap insights. Reservations are required due to limited seating, and can be made at RiverAction.org.