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Photography, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator


Digital Photography 1- Basics and Beyond next steps

 

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video! Video clip class summary: Digital Photography1

Have you got a new digital camera and are confused by complicated menus?

This class will familiarize you with the most important features of your camera so you can get better photos. Besides learning to control your camera, you'll learn how to avoid bad lighting situations and recognize when the lighting is right for general people photos, formal portraits, architecture, small objects (eBay) and landscapes.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to get good photos! If you've got a moderately priced camera and a desire to learn, your photos will be forever changed after this class. And, the class is fun!

Bring your camera, your manual, and your questions.

There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class for a DVD of the entire lecture with graphics and additional supporting documents. Bring your camera, manual and questions.

Sat., June 2
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 509
Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85
Register two or more: $75 each
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

Sat., August 25
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 509
Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85
Register two or more: $75 each
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Great Shots from Your Cell Phone Camera!

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video!
Video clip class summary: Great Shots with Your Cell Phone Camera

Come join Jeffery Luhn, a professional photographer for 35 years, as he shares his excitement and knowledge about cell phone cameras with you. Learn about the limitations, work-around, unconventional uses, filters, editing, latest apps, and advantages over full size cameras. But most of all learn to have fun with one of the most innovative and accessible technology toys of the modern age! Bring your cell phone and wear comfortable walking shoes.

There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class for a DVD of the entire lecture with graphics and additional supporting documents. Bring your camera, manual and questions!

This class is suitable for all levels.

Sun., June 24
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 509
Register before May 31: $58
Register after May 31: $65
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Sun., August 26
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 509
Register before May 31: $58
Register after May 31: $65
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Travel Photography

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video! Video clip class summary: Travel Photography

When we travel we want to capture the excitement of our trip with great digital photos. You’ll learn how to capture the spirit of the locals, and the beauty and drama of your environment. Learn tricks about how to plan your trip to get the best images, get control of the lighting, use the right lens, know what to do in difficult situations, and much more. We will also discuss organizing photos and creating albums. Your travel photos will look completely different after this class – and you’ll learn how to have more fun while you’re taking them too!

Bring your camera, manual and questions!

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, examples and printable lesson material.

Sat., June 23
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 509
Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85
Register two or more: $75 each
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online


Jeffery Luhn
- see bio

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Great Portraits - Fundamentals

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Learn the fundamentals of portrait photography with a hands-on approach to the classic lighting patterns and styles developed by photographers from 1860 through modern day Hollywood. Techniques include the use of artificial and natural lighting. Find out how to make the most of your subject, adapt to challenging shooting conditions inside and outdoors, and pose your subject for maximum effect. This class is for anyone with the desire to take their photography to the next level; hobbyists, photo enthusiasts and people that use photography in their jobs. The techniques are applicable to digital cameras, cell phones, film and video.

Bring your camera and manual.

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, and examples.

Sun., June 3 CLASS CANCELLED
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85
Register two or more: $75 each
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn is a full time working photographer who began his career at a small town newspaper, worked up to United Press International, eventually owning and operating studios in Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and has a California College Lifetime Teaching Credential in Art and Photography.

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Art Photography in the Field - Seeing the World Through the Lens of the Artist

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Join an experienced artist and photographer to look at the world through the lens of your camera with an artistic eye . Explore the coastline with your camera and tripod and increase the artistry of your photography with long exposures, and creative composition. Working in a small group setting, students will immerse themselves in on-location photography at particularly dramatic times of the day and into the evening! With a professional photographer by your side to guide and assist your vision, you'll capture images and make visual statements in an entirely new way. Explore the epic vistas of our local area and learn to capture superior imagery using histogram, exposure compensation, and strong composition.

Our schedule is arranged to capture as many lighting and environmental scenarios as possible. In our first meeting bring your camera, lenses and tripod for an overview on equipment, and watch a slide show. On day two we will be in the field to capture midday to evening light, and day three we'll meet at first light through mid-day.

Students should have a basic understanding of your camera. If not, please see the workshop “Digital Photography – Basics and Beyond” for necessary skills training.

Please bring your camera and lenses, memory cards, batteries, and a tripod.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a list of supplies and equipment, and information about preparing for outdoor photography.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 12 students.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., June 1, 2 & 3
Fri., 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Room: Horticulture 5001)
Sat., 2:00 - 9:00 pm (offsite)
Sun., 6:00 am - 1:00 pm (offsite)
Register before May 31: $240
Register after May 31: $255

 

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Nick Borelli - see bio below

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Lightroom Post Processing for Photographers

 

Shooting images is only the beginning, editing brings them to life! Learn to upload, organize, edit images, and export with a step by step workflow in Adobe Lightroom. This software is an essential tool for editing, organizing, and sharing your photography. It is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite and is one of the most powerful editing tools available. It is particularly well suited for artistic photographers as it allows special tools for enhancing and adapting images, and logical workflow for processing a lot of images in an effective and efficient way .  It can be used on your computer, iPad iPhone or Android.

This is a post processing class for students of  "Art Photography in the Field", or for budding landscape, nature of artistic photographers. This one-day workshop will cover the fundamentals of Lightroom. This software can be used with a PC or Mac, but this workshop is taught in a Mac lab, so students need to be comfortable working on a Mac.

Bring your raw files to class and we’ll get them ready for print!

Sat., June 9
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register before May 31: $65
Register after May 31: $76

 

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Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Register for both Art Photography in the Field and Lightroom Post Processing for just
Register before May 31: $295
Register after May 31: $320

 

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Night Photography - North Coast and Pigeon Point

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This class is scheduled early in the season to be sure you have as much evening light and clear skies as possible. With only a sliver of a new moon in the sky you will have some of the best conditions to explore night photography.

We will meet early enough to begin shooting 1 hour before sundown, photographing the sunset, the blue hour, and finally star trails and the Milky Way. Meeting at Davenport across from the Whaler Bakery, we will carpool up moving to the expansive views at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, you’ll experiment with long exposures, Milky Way images, and light painting as well as bold colored images of the lighthouse! It doesn’t get better than this.

Prepare for light hiking. Bring a camera with manual controls, a tripod, headlamp and your cell phone.

Please see Class Resources webpage for details about meeting place.

Check out the new Imaging Editing workshop below. Register for both Night Photography and Image Editing at a discounted rate!

Fri., May 18 - NEW SESSION!
6:30 - 11:00 pm
North Coast and Pigeon Point
Register before Mar. 26: $78
Register after Mar. 26: $85

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Sat., August 18 - NEW SESSION!
6:30 - 11:00 pm
North Coast and Pigeon Point
Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85

register online

 

Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Image Editing for Night Photography

 

Shooting images is only the beginning, editing brings them to life! Adobe Lightroom is an essential tool for editing, organizing, and sharing your photography. It is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite and is one of the most powerful editing tools available. It is particularly well suited for artistic photographers as it allows special tools for enhancing and adapting images. In this workshop we will edit a few images from Night Photography to get you up and running in Lightroom. The light editing will show you how adjust your colors to bring the stars and Milky Way to life. Bring your raw files to class and we’ll get them ready for print!

This software can be used on your iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac , but this workshop is taught in a Mac lab, so students need to be comfortable working on a Mac.

Sat., May 19
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register before May 31: $28
Register after May 31: $35

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Sun., August 19
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register before May 31: $28
Register after May 31: $35

register online

 

Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Register for both Night Photography and Image Editing for just...

Session 1: May 18 & 19
Fee: $98

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Session 2: August 18 & 19
Register by May 31: $98
Register after May 31: $110

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Rivers, Streams and Tides - From the Mountains to the Sea

 

Learn how to photograph cascading rivers and streams of the Santa Cruz mountains, and crashing waves and silky ocean waters at the Santa Cruz beaches. We will spend the first part of class in the forest of Nisene Marks and finish the class at sunset on the beach in Aptos. This class will cover the use of neutral density, graduated, and polarizing filters to slow the shutter and create stunning dramatic images. When you leave this class you will have the skills to photograph moving water at any lighting situation.

Class will meet at the parking lot adjacent to the kiosk at the entrance of Nisene Marks. Please wear water-friendly shoes and clothes, as we may get wet during the photography.

Register Early! Class is limited to 12 students.

Check out the new Imaging Editing workshop below. Register for both Rivers, Streams & Tides and Image Editing at a discounted rate!

Sat., July 14
3:30 - 8:30 pm
Meet at entrance to Nisene Marks
Register before May 31: $78
Register after May 31: $85

register online
 

Nick Borelli - see bio below

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Image Editing for Rivers, Streams and Tides

 

Shooting images is only the beginning, editing brings them to life! Adobe Lightroom is an essential tool for editing, organizing, and sharing your photography. It is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite and is one of the most powerful editing tools available. It is particularly well suited for artistic photographers as it allows special tools for enhancing and adapting images. In this workshop we will edit a few images from  Rivers, Streams and Tides to get you up and running in Lightroom. The light editing will bring your images alive with brilliance. Bring your raw files to class and we’ll get them ready for print!

This software can be used on your iPad, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac, but this workshop is taught in a Mac lab, so students need to be comfortable working on a Mac.

Sun., July 15
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register before May 31: $28
Register after May 31: $35

register online
 

Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Register for both Rivers, Streams and Tides and Image Editing for just
Register by May 31: $98
Register after May 31: $110

 

register online

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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

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Learn to create detailed, professional illustrations and drawings digitally, whether you draw by hand or want to create an illustration from your photos. Adobe Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to get acquainted with some of the basic tools and techniques most useful for graphic artists & photographers. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, convert a photo into editable vectors, create gradients, use layers, create repeating patterns, designer text tricks on a path and more. Much of what will be learned will be useful for Photoshop and InDesign as well.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.

3 Thu., June 14-28
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: 317
Register before May 31: $95
Register after May 31: $110

 

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Alixandra Mullins
has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges.

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Photoshop for the Hobby Photographer

You can create the best photos ever digitally, whether you use a digital camera, or scan your photos. Photoshop is a huge application and this is your chance to get acquainted with some of the basic Photoshop tools and techniques most useful for hobby photographers. Find out how to repair damaged photographs, correct color, remove unwanted elements, transform your photographs into sepia tones or hand-tinted looks, and more. Much of what will be learned will be useful for Photoshop Elements as well. This class will be taught on a Mac computer, but is adaptable to Windows.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

2 Sat., August 4 & 11
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register before May 31: $85
Register after May 31: $98

 

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Deborah Cardillo - see bio below

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Creative Photoshop - Using Artistic Filters

 

Are you ready to get creative with your photos? Learn how to take your perfect shot past reality and transform it into a creative statement. Lighting effects can be enhanced and altered, your photo can take on the appearance of a sketch, a vintage photograph, an impressionistic painting, or you can create unique design transformations using distortions and special effects. Learn how to use filters and layer blending modes to make your photo into an artistic vision!

Students should have basic Photoshop skills and can bring a thumb drive with images they would like to alter.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch.

Sat., June 2
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register before May 31: $58
Register after May 31: $65

 

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Deborah Cardillo - see bio below

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Advanced Photoshop Techniques

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Already know the basics? Learn refined selection techniques using masks, channels, and vector tools. Create panoramas with layer masks and use textures and blending modes to make your images pop. Get the best balance of light and dark using High Dynamic Range. Reposition content to perfection with content-aware tools. Adjust exposure and contrast balance with Curves. With these techniques, you will never have to put up with a less than perfect photo again!

Prerequisite: It is recommended that you have solid basic knowledge of Photoshop, or have taken Photoshop for the Hobby Photographer before you take this class.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

4 Sat., Oct. 6 - Nov. 3 (no class Oct. 20)
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register before Sept. 10: $165
Register after Sept. 10: $185

 

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Deborah Cardillo is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and is a Photoshop enthusiast who loves to teach others.

 

 


 

 

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