Rafael Torres

Rafael Torres

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH RAFAEL TORRES – Schedule varies, check back  for current schedules.   

 Rafael began his art career as a painter’s apprentice in Cuba, and continued as a graphic artist/editorial illustrator for a Florida newspaper.  “Always an admirer of photography,” Rafael relates, “I began taking pictures of people and places, eventually teaching myself the mysteries of the chemical darkroom.  It would be decades later when I turned off the red safe light for good and chose the computer screen to process my photographs.”

Today Rafael’s images reflect many subjects, including the natural world and people and places.  Most of his work is in color, but once in a while he returns to the allure of the abstract black and white image.

The Art League of Daytona Beach, 433 South Palmetto Avenue in the historic downtown district, is opening its doors for a Fall Season of classes and workshops for those interested in learning and improving their skills in various media. 

Starting in October, as soon as the weather outside gets cooler, we will provide a series of classes in Nature Photography incorporating field trips to interesting locations in Central Florida as well as practical lessons using Photoshop to improve and enhance pictures. 


It’s almost Springtime and a great opportunity for all of us to get back outdoors and continue learning and enjoying our photography. 

I am presently planning a new Spring Nature and Photoshop Course to start on the last week of March as the weather and the light changes for the better. 

This course will run for 8 weeks and will alternate each Saturday with time outdoors at various locations in Central Florida (to be announced) to do your Nature photography and then returning the next Saturday to the Art League’s studio and classroom to develop and improve your image processing skills. We will use the images you created on each previous field work and make them come alive in your own laptop computers.  

I plan to use a variety of applications, including but not only Adobe Photoshop and Elements as well as other lesser known but very useful plug-ins to enhance your pictures. 

The 8-week Intermediate course is available to participants at a reduced 10% from the $35.00 weekly fees if paid in full on the first attended class on Saturday, March 31st., 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Art League of Daytona Beach. 

We need to know how many students are planning to attend to confirm this starting date no later than March 24; email the Art League at artleague@bellsouth.net. 

Looking forward to another great adventure outdoors and in the magical classroom.




A practical 4 week course at the Art League of Daytona Beach designed primarily for artists who need to improve their digital skills.

1- The Camera and its important menus and controls. This cover “point and shoot” models, DSLRs and even smart cell phone cameras. Principles of image capture and use of light for good color. 

2- The Computer for processing captured digital files. Use of various applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Elements to resize, color-correct, frame and improve color files for the web as well as submissions to contests and exhibitions. 

3- Lighting for best results. How to set controls for White Balance of light, ISO, adequate shutter speed and depth of field especially for those who shoot “En Plein Air” landscapes for painting. 

4- Basic printing at home. Use of digital color printers to make working photos to paint from. Also, how to prepare Jpeg files for in-store printers. 

Attending students will provide their own camera equipment and have access to a computer for processing their images. A laptop computer with an installed copy of Photoshop Elements or similar application is encouraged but not required. 

Students will practice in class with their own paintings, drawings and 3-D artworks. Weekly home assignments with further critique by instructor Rafael Torres will help improve results. 

Preregistration is required by calling the Art League of Daytona Beach at 386-258-3856 during daily office hours, or email the Art League at artleague@bellsouth.net. Cost of each weekly session is $30 or $25 for current Art League members. 

Classes are on Tuesday mornings beginning on APRIL 3rd. from 9 AM to noon. Additional weekly classes on APRIL 10, 17 and 24.











 Rafael C. Torres
Digital Photography Instructor
Art League of Daytona Beach, FL


Field Photo class on an excursion