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Photography and Video Classes

 

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

 

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.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 10 students.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., Nov. 4, 5 & 6
Fri., 6 - 9 pm (Room: VAPA 2014)
Sat., 12:30 - 7:30 pm (offsite)
Sun., 5:30 am - 12:30 pm (offsite)
Register by Sept. 12: $280
Register after Sept. 12: $295

 

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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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Digital Photography 1- Basics and Beyond

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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., Sept. 24
1 - 5 pm
Room: Aptos Campus, room 509
Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Digital Photography - Getting the Essential Shots

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick video!
Video clip class summary: Digital Photography 2

Some shots are classics. We see them in films, magazine ads, travel books, and in frames on walls. These are the essential shots of people, places and things that we want to capture with artistic flair and drama. Can we do it? YES!

In this workshop, commercial photographer Jeffery Luhn covers the equipment and essential setups for basic portraits, still life (products, eBay auctions and artistic compositions), macro basics, moving subjects, low light shooting, and difficult location scenes.

Bring your camera, tripod, external flash (if you have one), and 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!

Sat., October 22
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022
Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Night Photography: An Introduction

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

Join Jeffery Luhn as he explores and explains Night Photography in this 4-hour workshop beginning at dusk on the Santa Cruz Wharf and moving to the spectacular spinning lights of the Boardwalk. If you have wanted to experiment with long exposures, colorful streaking images and bold colors, it doesn’t get better than this.

Bring a camera with manual controls, a tripod, and your cell phone.

NEW DATE: Sat., Sept. 24 (Rescheduled from Sept. 3)
7 - 11 pm
Offsite at Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
Fee: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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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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Adobe Lightroom Basics

Do you feel overwhelmed by all of your digital images? Do you wish you had a quick and easy way to organize, locate, enhance, and prepare your images for viewing, posting on the web or printing? In this introductory class students will learn to make images look stunning, save time, and stay organized as you enjoy the ease and beauty of Adobe Lightroom.

With the massive number of digital images we create these days, we all want a quick and easy way to manage our digital image output. Lightroom is an image editing and management software designed for photographers at any level of expertise, and will help you get the results you want in a lot less time. It is far less complicated than Photoshop, but it also integrates easily with Photoshop when further manipulation of images is desired.

This workshop is an introductory Lightroom class, and students should have a working basic knowledge of computer and technology skills including uploading and downloading digital files.

This class will be taught on Apple/Mac computers using the Mac version of Lightroom.

Please bring a flash drive.

6 Wed., Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
6:30 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 12: $198
Register after Sept. 12: $210
plus $5 materials fee at registration

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Beverly Rayner, MFA, is an Art Studio and Art Photography faculty member at Cabrillo and is currently teaching at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her photographic practice spans from antique to digital to mixed media approaches. Her artwork combines photographic media with materials and objects to create sculptural art works laden with meaning.

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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.

Sat., October 1
1 - 4 pm
Room: 509
Register by Sept. 12: $48
Register after Sept. 12: $54

plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Great Portraits - Lighting

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video!

Video clip class summary: Great Portrait - Lighting

If you’ve ever wanted to take pictures for weddings, families, newspapers or books, this class is essential. Learn how to produce professional level portraits using the same techniques the pros use in the studio and on location. Students will learn how to acquire and use reasonably priced lighting equipment to build a temporary home studio and a location shooting kit. Various lighting styles and shooting situations will be demonstrated.

Not much lecture, lots of picture taking! Bring your camera, manual, tripod and external flash if you have one.

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.

Sat., October 15
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76

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

Capture the excitement of your trip with great digital photos. You can capture the scenes and the locals like a pro if you learn the tricks: Planning your trip, getting control of the lighting, using the right lens, knowing what to do in difficult situations and much more. Organizing photos and creating albums will be discussed too. Your travel photos will look totally different after this class – and you’ll learn how to have more fun while you’re taking photos!

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., October 8
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Register by Sept. 12: $65
Register after Sept. 12: $76

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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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

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.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

2 Sat., Sept. 24 & Oct. 1
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 12: $95
Register after Sept. 12: $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.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

2 Sat., Oct. 22 & 29
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 12: $95
Register after Sept. 12: $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., Oct. 8 & 15
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 12: $85
Register after Sept. 12: $98

 

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Deborah Cardillo - See bio below

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Advanced Photoshop Techniques

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. 22 - Nov. 19 (No class Nov. 12)
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Sept. 12: $165
Register after Sept. 12: $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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Making Great Videos

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick video!
Video clip class summary: Making Great Videos

Video cameras are powerful story making machines. With just a few simple techniques it’s possible to write a script, capture the necessary photos and video, and assemble the elements into a compelling video. Whether you use video for business promotion, family history, how-to educational programs, documentaries, or just a collection of vacation clips with music - The process is the same for all good videos!

You don’t need a high quality video camera. A current cell phone will do just fine for the purpose of learning the process and creating videos for your TV, your website, or YouTube. And it’s FUN! You’ll have your first project completed by the end of the class.

This workshop focuses on the creative process and avoids technological pitfalls by simplifying the steps.

Class 1: We define our concept, create a rough outline and a shot list. Lighting basics for interviews, action shots and general video shooting will be demonstrated along with basic voice recording techniques.

Class 2: We will transfer video clips, music and voice-overs onto the computer and learn how the elements are placed into a timeline.

Class 3: Class members will work on their projects with the help of the instructor. We will concentrate on solving the basic hurdles in order to walk away with a completed video.

Technical notes: We will be using iMovie in the Mac lab, but PC users may bring their laptops and use their software of choice. Students are expected to be familiar with computer basics: Naming, copying and saving files. Operating their video camera, or cell phone camera. Students will be responsible for bringing the necessary cables and connectors to transfer footage and files from their recording devices to the computer. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE!!!

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!

COMING SOON!
7 - 9:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 27: $115
Register after Feb. 27: $128
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn - see bio below

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Nature, Macro and Landscape Photography

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

This workshop is a great way to join with like-minded photographers who want to advance their photography skills. Your instructor, Jeffery Luhn, will be helping you sort out the challenges of composition, lens choice, exposure, and camera handling. Additional topics will include macro shooting, depth-of-field control, HDR (high dynamic range) and the use of polarizing filters.

We’ll begin by meeting at the arboretum at UC Santa Cruz to cover the topics of macro and composition. At 4 pm the class moves to Wilder Ranch State Park to explore the corrals and nearby creek.

Some paths are uneven and steep so wear comfortable shoes for hiking. A sun hat is advisable. Bring a polarizing filter!

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.

COMING SOON
2 - 6 pm
Location: Offsite at UC Santa Cruz & Wilder Ranch State Park
Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76

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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