A free workshop for photographers of all skill levels who want to improve the quality of their images will be 12:45-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.
Titled "Beyond a Snapshot: the Art of Building and Creating Fine Photographs," the workshop is sponsored by the Figge and River Action Inc., Davenport.
A panel of six professional speakers will address the essential ingredients needed to make a quality photograph: light, composition and an interesting story.
• John Schultz of the Quad-City Times and Todd Mizener of The Dispatch/ Argus, both graduates of the University of Iowa. They will talk about the process that each has developed as they meet the challenge of taking photos under deadline that tell or show something.
• Robyn Smith, a painter, printmaker and fine arts instructor with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and Roxanne Westphal, a fine arts photographer and instructor of digital photography for the Davenport Community School District.
They will talk about the building blocks for constructing pictures that are strongly composed and various tools to consider.
• Ted Doty, the manager of Camera Corner, Davenport. He will lead a show-and-tell session to bring participants up to speed on new products and innovations in camera technology.
• Brian Tugana, a photographer with art instruction from the University of Chicago. He will share some of the themes — both good and bad — he has observed during 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 and swap insights.