05. March 2017 · Comments Off on PHOTOS AND STORY FOR DRAMATIC COMMUNICATION – PIXAR VETERAN

The Power of Image and Story – Mastering Dramatic Communication  4-hour event

GREAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, WEB DESIGNERS, VIDEOGRAPHERS, FILM MAKERS, ETC…

Note: You must register in advance online with Cabrillo College. 

http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/photo.html#story

Join Matthew Luhn, story and branding consultant with over 25 years of experience creating stories and characters at Pixar and The Simpsons, and Jeffery Luhn, Photographer and Communications Specialist, for this primer for visual artists, filmmakers, animators, marketing and communications professionals. 

This workshop will change your perceptions about human understanding and communication and is designed to empower each of us with new skills to convey our ideas with clarity, humor, drama, and excitement. 

The content includes the methods used by Pixar and Disney studios to create the enduring characters and stories from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up, and many other blockbuster films. 

https://vimeo.com/201499055

Additional content includes the methods used by advertisers and public relations companies to influence the way we buy, vote, and lead our lives. 

Once you know these techniques you can use them to create compelling stories, promote your business, persuade people to understand your point of view, and communicate more effectively. It’s an eye-opener and it’s fun! 

Sat., March 11
1 – 5 pm
Room: VAPA 1001
Register by Feb. 27: $110
Register after Feb. 27: $125

05. March 2017 · Comments Off on Learn to Light – Flash Skills Meetup

Hi Folks, let’s kick things off this year with a flash skills meetup. In this session, we’ll start with on-camera flash skills to work through the basics of balancing ambient with flash. Next, we’ll shift to moving speedlights off camera to start working on how to position the light to get the results you want. We’re going to focus on one-flash setups, so let’s keep things simple.

Don’t bring a ton of gear. Just one camera, one speedlight, and your off-camera flash triggers (if you have one). It’s ok to join if you don’t have a flash trigger. We’re primarily working on flash settings, not modifiers. Please don’t leave any gear in the car, as Santana Row is notorious for car break-ins.

We’ll be using each other as models in this meetup.

We’ll shoot for 2 hours in various setups, then get together for drinks to review the materials.

Note: In order to be fair to everyone who wants to participate, I will take roll at the beginning of the meetup and mark no-shows. In the future, the members with no-shows will need to pay fees to attend future events.

18. February 2017 · Comments Off on Digital Camera – Basics and Beyond!! 4-hour workshop

Digital Photography 1- Basics and Beyond

You must register for this class online at the following link:

<a href=”http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/photo.html#digital”></a>http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/photo.html#digital

This workshop/class has been taken by over 1,200 people and many have repeated it!  IT IS LOADED WITH INFORMATION!!!  

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video! 

https://vimeo.com/116131811

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. The class is $76 and there is an additional $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!

07. October 2016 · Comments Off on Wet Plate Photography Demonstration (self-guided)

There is a demonstration of Wet-Plate photography that’s being held at the Saratoga Library. This is an old technique, which produces a unique look, common in the photos that you see from the Civil War.

This is not a hosted event, and I will not be in attendance. I’m just posting an  an FYI in case if you’d like to learn more about this technique.

There is also a collection of wet-plate photos at the library on display to look at as well.

http://sccl.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=77684&ag=all&private=0&lib=8&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2016/10/07

For more background on the wet plate process, check out this video:

https://vimeo.com/39578584

05. August 2016 · Comments Off on Happy Hour + Intro to Candid Street Portraits

In this meetup, we’ll first sit down as a group and talk about candid street portraiture. This isn’t street photography. It’s how you interact with strangers on the street and get to the point where you feel comfortable taking a photo. It’s similar to the approach you would take as a travel photographer.

If you’re nervous or shy around strangers, that’s ok. It’s normal. But join us and expect to push your boundaries a bit and learn new things.

Event format: Meet at The Fountainhead at 6:30 sharp, and we’ll grab drinks and talk. We’ll spend about an hour going through the thought process and some of the technical process of shooting. Then we’ll break up and work on an exercise at the South First Friday artwalk. 

Please keep in mind that there will be traffic and parking challenges getting to downtown, especially if you are planning to take 101. Public transportation / Light Rail are recommended.

Gearwise, I don’t recommend bringing anything more than a camera and one lens (preferably a fast prime), and possibly a flash. The more gear your bring, the less you’ll shoot. Don’t leave backpacks or gear in your car. 

Please note that if you no-show, it will impact your ability to reserve slots at future events.

22. July 2016 · Comments Off on Digital Camera – Basic and Beyond – Workshop

Digital Camera – Basics and Beyond – 4-hour workshop
Saturday July 30th 1-5 PM
Scotts Valley, CA $76 + $15 Materials fee

You must register for this class online at the following link:
http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/extension/photo.html#digital This workshop/class has been taken by over 500 people and many have repeated it! LOADED WITH INFORMATION!!!

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video! 

https://vimeo.com/116131811

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. The class is $76 and there is an additional $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!

14. June 2016 · Comments Off on Morning Meetup – Food Photography for Social Media

Photography is a big part of the fun for social media and blogging. Taking pictures of food is one the ways that we share the experience of the places we go and things that we try.

But food photography is more challenging that it looks, because you don’t often have a lot of control over the environment, and you don’t have a lot of equipment either.

This session will provide you with some quick tips on how to improve your food photography to make your social media shine and generate more likes. This is a morning meetup to cover pastries. We’ll grab a bite to eat and have some coffee while doing some early morning shooting in small groups.

09. June 2016 · Comments Off on Practice Natural Light Portraits (REPEAT)

I’ve had requests to add another date. This session is a repeat of the content from the June 2nd/June 23rd Meetup. 

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Have you ever wondered “What’s the difference between a portrait and taking a snapshot”?   Intent and practice. Capturing a portrait requires intent to previsualize what you want to shoot, and then making decisions to get the results that you want. It also requires practice.

In this meetup, we’ll spend time together working on decision making in natural light, and practicing those skills.

We’ll spend approximately 30 minutes to talk about basic portrait skills. This will include basic principles of natural light and posing.

We’ll break up into shooting teams, and practice the process of directing a shoot and rotating jobs. Everyone will take turns being the shooter, the assistant, and the subject.

You should already have a basic understanding of exposure and your camera controls. 

• Bring your camera

• Bring only one lens (it’s a great opportunity to bring a prime if you have one, but a zoom is fine)

• Bring a 5 in 1 reflector. These usually have a silver side, a gold side, a black side, and a translucent white side. Any size and any brand will do. A small 32″ one should cost no more than $10-$20 on eBay or Amazon. I personally use a 43″ one. If you don’t have one, you can bring a silver car sunshade, a piece of white cardboard, or even a piece of cardboard covered in foil. Please make sure that you can identify your own gear as well, so it doesn’t get mixed up.

Please do not bring a lot of equipment, and try to avoid storing gear in your car due to the risk of break-ins. 

NOTE: I will take roll at START TIME and mark no-shows. Anyone who no-shows or cancels with less than a day notice will be marked as a no-show. We’ve been having a problem with no-shows who fill up the RSVPs, which end up taking up a slot away from other people who want to come.

We’ll have some door prizes available at the end of the event.

Look forward to seeing you!

26. May 2016 · Comments Off on Civil War Re-enactment – Amazing Photo Event!!!

Civil War Re-enactment! Friday, Sat. and Sun. Great photo opportunity!

Friday, May 27, 2016 10:00 AM
to Sunday, May 29, 2016, 6:00 PM

Roaring Camp Railroad
5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton, Ca (edit map)

Pay $10 parking fee and walk into the event

This is one of the best photo opportunities of the year!

Hundreds of people dressed up in 1860 era costumes

willing to pose for photographers. Staged battles,

firing squads, camp life, loud cannons, impromptu

lectures, etc. Wonderful place to practice your portrait

shooting! Great fun for all ages!!

Giant loud fire spewing canons and muzzle loading firearms in mock battles!! Amazing action!

24. May 2016 · Comments Off on Practice Natural Light Portraits (REPEAT)

By popular request, let’s try a repeat of the same content from our June 2 meetup.  If you already plan to attend the June 2 meetup, you’re still welcome to attend, but keep in mind that this is a REPEAT for people who can’t make the  location/time of the first event.

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Have you ever wondered “What’s the difference between a portrait and taking a snapshot”?    ght or planning. Capturing a portrait requires intent to previsualize what you want to shoot, and then making decisions to get the results that you want. It also requires practice.

In this meetup, we’ll spend time together working on decision making in natural light, and practicing those skills.

We’ll spend approximately 30 minutes to talk about basic portrait skills. This will include basic principles of natural light and posing.

Next, we’ll break up into shooting teams, and practice the process of directing a shoot and rotating jobs. Everyone will take turns being the shooter, the assistant, and the subject.

You should already have a basic understanding of exposure and your camera controls. 

• Bring your camera

• Bring only one lens (it’s a great opportunity to bring a prime if you have one, but a zoom is fine)

• Bring a 5 in 1 reflector. These usually have a silver side, a gold side, a black side, and a translucent white side. Any size and any brand will do. A small 32″ one should cost no more than $10-$20 on eBay or Amazon. I personally use a 43″ one. If you don’t have one, you can bring a silver car sunshade, a piece of white cardboard, or even a piece of cardboard covered in foil. Please make sure that you can identify your own gear as well, so it doesn’t get mixed up.

Please do not bring a lot of equipment, and try to avoid storing gear in your car due to the risk of break-ins. 

NOTE: I will take roll at START TIME and mark no-shows. Anyone who no-shows or cancels with less than a day notice will be marked as a no-show. We’ve been having a problem with no-shows who fill up the RSVPs, which end up taking up a slot away from other people who want to come.

We’ll have some door prizes available at the end of the event.

Look forward to seeing you!