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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., Feb. 24
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: 509
Register by Jan 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85
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., Dec. 3
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 509
Register by Sept. 11: $48
Register after Sept. 11: $54
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Sun., Feb. 25
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 509
Register by Jan. 29: $58
Register after Jan. 29: $65
plus $15 materials fee at class

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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. March 17
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Register by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online


Jeffery Luhn
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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., March 18
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register by Jan. 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85
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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Landscape Photography - Davenport and Coastal Shots at Sunset

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Join other like-minded photographers who want to advance their landscape photography skills. We will sort out the challenges of composition, lens choice, exposure, camera handling, and some of the unique challenges of photography in outdoor settings. Additional topics will include depth-of-field control, HDR (high dynamic range) and the use of polarizing filters.

With a professional photographer to guide you, you’ll capture images and make visual statements in an entirely new way! We will meet at Davenport to discuss composition and reading light, then setup to capture beautiful landscapes while the sun sets over the ocean.

Some paths are uneven and steep, wear shoes for hiking. Moderately challenging walks are required to reach locations. A hat is advisable. Bring your camera, tripod, and a polarizing filter and a headlamp!

Please see Class Resources for details about meeting place.

Sat., March 10
3:30 - 7:30 pm
Davenport
Register before Jan 29: $78
Register after Jan. 29: $85

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Nick Borelli - see bio below

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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 for details about meeting place.

Sat., April. 14
5:30 - 10:30 pm
North Coast and Pigeon Point
Register before March 26: $78
Register after March 26: $85

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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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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 Wed., Sept. 20 - Oct. 4
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $110

 

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Alixandra Mullins
- see bio below

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Intro to Surface Textile Design with Adobe Illustrator

Learn to create detailed, professionally illustrated patterns for fabric using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you draw detailed designs by hand, want to create a fabric pattern from your photos or draw freehand using Illustrator's tools, this class will teach you how to get your pattern ready for fabric.

Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to focus on Surface Textile Patterns to be printed on fabric. Techniques most useful for graphic artists & Surface Textile designers will be covered. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, add and control colors for related designs, trace and edit your design and turn it into a usable repeating pattern design for printing on yards of fabric. Learn where and how to print or license your surface textile pattern.

Bring a flash thumb drive and line drawings if desired.

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

3 Wed., Nov. 1 - 15
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 11: $95
Register after Sept. 11: $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., March 10 & 17
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Jan. 29: $85
Register after Jan. 29: $98

 

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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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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. 14 - Nov. 4
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 11: $165
Register after Sept. 11: $185

 

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4 Sat., April 7 - 28
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Mar. 26: $165
Register after Mar. 26: $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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Great Portraits - Outdoor Portraiture

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This class is fun! We meet at a park in Santa Cruz with some great lighting and locations. After a 50-minute walk through the locations and an overview of the 5 techniques, we begin setting up and taking photos. The instructor and his assistant will circulate to help each student succeed.

Who are the models? Each student may bring up to 4 friends or family members!

The goal of this class is for each student to produce a collection of remarkable natural light portrait images and use that knowledge for future sessions.

Class will meet in Felton at the covered bridge park. A map and directions will be provided. Students will be e-mailed examples of the setups and the location details. In the event of rain, the class will be moved to the Cabrillo Campus.

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.

COMING SOON!
1 - 5 pm
Room: Off site at the Felton covered bridge park

Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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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 10 students.

COMING SOON!
Fri., 7 - 9 pm (Room: Horticulture 5001)
Sat., 2:00 - 9:00 pm (offsite)
Sun., 6:00 am - 1:00 pm (offsite)
Register by June 5: $240
Register after June 5: $255

 

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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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