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Instagram? Over It. Learn Real Photo Editing from a Professional

Hey hipster. Stop shooting shit with your iPhone and pretending you're artistic. We're over it -- you and your incessant snapshots of your carefully laid out "best moment ever" scenario, replete with a "Toaster" or "Kelvin" filter.

You too, Crafty Moms. Your baby isn't any cuter in black and white -- not even with that hot pink color pop on the ridonculous bow on its headband, dwarfing its pudgy body like some rhinestone-encrusted mitre.

You're going to start a pretend photography business with its own Facebook page and everything, aren't you? God help us.

Still think you got the chops? Here's a good way to find out, after the jump.

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Photographer Charles Cramer will be on hand at Sun to Moon Gallery on Friday January 13 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a one-day workshop covering Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW in Photoshop. Influenced heavily by the work of Ansel Adams, the pianist-turned-photographer Cramer produces vivid landscapes, inspired by and fostered through the natural luminescence of flowers, leaves, water and clouds found in the hidden coves of Yosemite and at the edge of red rock canyons. Initially trained in the fickle and often heartbreaking dye transfer print process -- in which prints are formed by removing all color and meticulously replacing it in gradual, numerous, precisely exposed sheets similar to screen printing -- Cramer began using digital tools in the mid-'90s to create resplendent prints with sharper, more well-controlled and "more accurate" colors. Through his expert knowledge, you'll learn how to make the most of your shadows, pulling out an intense glow by "orchestrating" the light in very dark images. You know, like the ones you took of your roommate sleeping. What.

If you can, bring a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom to follow along with provided sample files. But don't worry if you don't have the gear, as you watch the maestro at work during the lecture and take home the materials for practice later.The cost is $240, payable by check, MasterCard or Visa, and that includes lunch.There are only 15 spots available, so don't delay and call 214-745-1199 to enroll. While you're there, check out the exhibition Charles Cramer: Illuminated Prints, which features a wide variety of Cramer's landscapes -- all glowing, all color popping, no traumatized babies.

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