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Photography and Video Classes

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., Feb. 20
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Fee: $65
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Sat., March 12
1 - 5 pm
Scotts Valley High School

Register by Feb. 29: $65

Register after Feb. 29: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn See bio below

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Digital Photography 2 - The Next Steps

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

It’s time to step up to the next level with some hands-on photography exercises. This class begins with an hour of lecture/demonstration and then leads students through a series of interactive photography assignments including portraits, architecture, macro, and small object photography. All locations are within walking distance from the classroom. Each assignment is designed to give students the most useful techniques for the most common shooting situations. It’s a fun way to learn how to get the most from your camera.

Bring your camera, tripod, external flash (if you have one), and comfortable walking shoes.

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., March 5
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022
Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Sat., May 14
1 - 5 pm
Scotts Valley High School
Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn See bio below

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night photo

Night Photography: An Introduction

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

Night photographs are unusual, unique and stunning. For the curious and creative photographer, the opportunities to capture dramatic images are endless, especially when special techniques are used.

In this course, Jeffery Luhn shares his experience gained over 35 years as a commercial photographer using night photography for architecture and advertising. In each case, the obstacle of low light is turned into an advantage for achieving time exposures, cityscapes, moonlight scenes, star trails, light painting, multiple exposures, creative use of various lenses, light smearing, and much more.

First meeting: View examples of subjects and techniques. Hands-on session covering manual camera operation, finding the correct exposure, light painting basics for various subjects and achieving stunning results from intentional light smearing.

Second meeting: Night photography at three locations. We meet at the end of the Santa Cruz Wharf. Students should wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and bring a flashlight.

Third meeting: Students show their work and discuss various approaches and techniques. Demonstrations of post-production techniques include general enhancements, image montage, tone mapping, and offbeat methods.

Equipment to bring: Camera capable of full manual settings; sturdy tripod; dim flashlight for seeing camera controls; and a powerful flashlight for light painting of subjects and buildings. Students interested in capturing star trails involving exposures longer than 10 minutes are encouraged to bring a film camera in addition to their digital camera.

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!

Fri., April 1, 7 - 9:30 pm (Room: 317)
Sat., April 2, 7 - 11:30 pm
(Offsite at Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf)
Sun., April 3, 7 - 9:30 pm (Room: 317)
Register by Feb. 29: $128
Register after Feb. 29: $140

plus $15 materials fee at class

 

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn See bio below

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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!

3 Wed., April 13 - 27
7 - 9:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 29: $115
Register after Feb. 29: $128
plus $15 materials fee at class

 

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn See bio below

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lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

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? Make your 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 will help you get the results you want in a lot less time.

Lightroom is image editing and management software designed for photographers at any level of expertise, from beginners to professionals. It is far less complicated than Photoshop, but it also integrates easily with Photoshop when further manipulation of images is desired.

 

5 Wed., Feb. 24 - March 23
6:30 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 29: $185
Register after Feb. 29: $192

register online

 

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., March 20
1 - 4 pm
Room: 509
Register by Feb. 29: $48
Register after Feb. 29: $54

plus $15 materials fee at class

 

register online

 

Sat., June 18
1 - 4 pm
Room: 509
Register by Feb. 29: $48
Register after Feb. 29: $54

plus $15 materials fee at class

 

register online

 

Jeffery Luhn See bio below

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Great Portraits - Fundamentals

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

Video clip class summary: Great Portrait - Fundamentals

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 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.

Sat., March 19
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509

Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $76

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., April 23
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $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., April 9
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $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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Great Portraits - Outdoor Portraiture

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video!
Video clip class summary: Outdoor Portraiture

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. Students will be e-mailed examples of the setups and the location details. The outdoor location has protection from rain, so this workshop goes forward in any weather!

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.

Sun., May 15
1 - 5 pm
Location: Felton Covered Bridge Park Click HERE for map and directions
Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $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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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.

Sat., May 21
2 - 6 pm
Location: Offsite at UC Santa Cruz & Wilder Ranch State Park
Register by Feb. 29: $65
Register after Feb. 29: $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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photoshop hobby

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 5 & 12
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 29: $85
Register after Feb. 29: $98

 

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Deborah Cardillo - See bio below

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advanced photoshop

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., April 23 - May 14
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 29: $165
Register after Feb. 29: $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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Speaking with Pictures - A Primer for Filmmakers, Animators and Marketing Professionals

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video!
Video clip class summary: Speaking with Pictures

Join Matthew Luhn, Story Supervisor at Pixar Studios, and Jeffery Luhn, Photographer and Communications Specialist, in a series of three events that will change your perceptions about human understanding and communication. The first day of the series includes a 4-hour seminar delivered by Jeffery and Matthew, 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. 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 will 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., June 4
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 1001 (Lecture Hall)
Register by Feb. 29: $110
Register after Feb. 29: $125

 

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Matthew Luhn, Director of Story Development and Senior Animator at Pixar/Disney Studios has worked on 12 Pixar Films that have been seen by nearly a billion people.

Jeffery Luhn has been a commercial photographer and credentialed college instructor for more than 35 years. He has shot stills and videos for many multinational corporations in over 30 countries including Apple, Pixar, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and others.

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Story Development w/ Matthew Luhn

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Interesting in learning more about Matthew and his incredible journey?
Visit Matthew Luhn's website

Learn the methods used by Pixar story teams to create plots, scripts and characters. In this new 4-hour workshop on story development you’ll learn the process, in detail, of creating a story structure, generating ideas, and filling in the segments with characters, motivations, highs, lows, conflicts, resolutions, and a proper ending. This is a condensed version of the training Matthew conducts for Pixar and other international media companies. He has given this seminar in more than 20 countries.

Sun., June 5
1 - 5 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005
Register by Feb. 29: $110
Register after Feb. 29: $125

 

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Matthew Luhn, Director of Story Development and Senior Animator at Pixar/Disney Studios has worked on 12 Pixar Films that have been seen by nearly a billion people.

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image design

Hands-on Image Design Workshop: Composition for Stills and Video

 

This 4-hour workshop on photography and graphics with Jeffery Luhn includes the fundamentals of image design used by movie studios, advertising agencies, and commercial photographers to enhance the look of products, people, and scenes. The focus is on lighting, perspective, propping and composition. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your camera, manual, and tripod.

Sat., June 12
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022
Register by Feb. 29: $110
Register after Feb. 29: $125

 

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Jeffery Luhn has been a commercial photographer and credentialed college instructor for more than 35 years. He has shot stills and videos for many multinational corporations in over 30 countries including Apple, Pixar, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and others.


 

 

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