Photography classes scheduled at museums

Learn more about your cameras and area history. Join “Visual History – Then and Now,” a series of three camera classes scheduled June 10, 17 and 24 at the O. Winston Link Museum and History Museum of Western Virginia.

Classes will run 10 a.m.-noon. Cost for the series is $30, which includes workshop photos. Participants should bring their favorite camera (including cell phone, iPad or point-and-shoot) so that they can capture historical photo sites the way they look now.  Instruction will focus on how to make properly exposed photos and how to use processing tools and techniques.

Hotel Roanoke 1886

Class 1 will feature Hotel Roanoke history with a lecture from George Kegley of the Historical Society of Western Virginia and featuring photos from the museums’ archives. Camera instruction will include a photo workshop and a critique of participants’ photos. Other classes will include histories of the Hunter Memorial Viaduct and the historic passenger station site and the Center in the Square arts and culture center. On-site photography sessions are part of the classes.

At the end of the series, students should be comfortable enhancing photographic elements, emphasizing composition, employing the ‘Rule of Thirds’ in photos and placing lines, shapes and forms to improve photos. Photos from the sessions will be selected for display at the museums.

Instructors are members of the Roanoke Camera Club, which is co-sponsoring the classes with the Historical Society. They are:

  • Tom Cerul holds a Master of Education from the George Washington University and has taught for the Rockbridge Camera Club, Exposure Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake Photo Club and Salem Art Center.
  • Wayne McKinney turned research for the 125th anniversary of the Norfolk Southern Roanoke Shops into a book, “Roanoke Locomotive Shops and The Norfolk & Western Railroad” (Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014).
  • Art Sellers, a former Course Director at the Central Intelligence Agency, is a past president of the Roanoke Camera Club and the Roanoke Area Advanced Photographic Arts Club and helped organize the 1,000-plus members of the Exposure Roanoke Camera Club.
  • Bob Schwabik, an engineer who spent most of his career in some form of process improvement, is an author of articles for “Photo Techniques Magazine.” His photos have been used by the U.S. Coast Guard for magazine content and the USCG Repair Yard’s Calendar. His website:

The museums are located in the historic train passenger station at 101 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke, Va.

To register for the classes, visit and select Camera Classes under Events in the Museum Store, or contact Lynsey Allie, Visitor Services, Historical Society of Western Virginia, 540-982-5465 or


Sandra Kelly

Board Member, Historical Society of Western Virginia Graduate: Hollins University, BA and MALS in English; Virginia Western Community College, AA in Business Administration Profession: Writer, editor