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All About Lenses: the Eye of the Camera

Join us as special guest instructor Laura Hoffman talks about how the lens is the eye of the camera.

Choosing the right lens for the task can become a complex trade-off between cost, size, weight, lens speed and ultimately, image quality. In this presentation, we’ll examine how image quality, focal length, aperture, perspective, prime vs. zoom lenses can dramatically change your photographic results and make photography your art.


A brief biography on Laura:
Laura D. Hoffman is a commercial photographer, illustrator and credentialed photography instructor at Saddleback Valley Unified School District Adult Education and teaches Design at California State University Fullerton.

With decades of experience as an award winning commercial photographer and illustrator, Laura’s work has been published in numerous publications worldwide. Laura lives with her husband, dachshund and Siamese cat in southern California. She can be reached for projects at [masked].

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  • Laura H.

    The notes from the lens presentation is available - go to this link:
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/484580024927531/503028196416047/

    January 23, 2013

  • Teri

    Laura,May I have a link to the class we had on Saturday.I do not do facebook etc. but I like some sort of link,bc there was so much to remember,lol...Thank you :-)

    January 22, 2013

    • Don H

      The notes for the class can be found both on Dropbox and the Photography Basics Group Facebook page. To get added to the Dropbox account send me an email at [masked]

      January 23, 2013

  • Laura H.

    If anyone is interested in signing up for one of my photography courses at Saddleback Adult Ed, we still have a few openings for Spring. Though the upcoming Photo I class is full, the school is taking names on a wait list. Register here:
    http://www.adultedreg.com/saddleback/index.cfm?processtype=department&deptid=19321
    and call[masked] M-Th 12:00-9:00 PM and get on the wait list if a class is full.

    January 21, 2013

    • Laura H.

      Hi Atul, You can go to the link. If the class is open, you can click on "Add to Cart" and then follow the prompts. Or call Sandie at[masked] between 2:00-9:00 PM Monday through Thursdays. The tuition is on the site - $80 for 6 week courses and $105 for 8 week courses.:)

      1 · January 22, 2013

    • Atul

      Thank you Laura - I shall touch base with Sandie and register , I also would be glad to have your insight on these two classes - if 8 weeks will be better than 6 weeks. I am OK with the fees part.

      January 22, 2013

  • Jan E.

    Great lecture Laura! Is it possible to obtain a link of the PDF you used for your class?

    January 20, 2013

    • John C

      Don, can you tell me the exact name of the group on FB?

      January 21, 2013

    • Don H

      Photography Basics. Here is the link http://www.facebook.c...­

      January 22, 2013

  • Teri

    It was very informative and Laura is very patient with the class, very professional and an excellent teacher.Thank you Laura.

    January 21, 2013

    • Laura H.

      Thank you so much for the great feedback and warm welcome. :)

      January 22, 2013

  • Laura H.

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and great feedback about the talk this past Saturday. I should have notes on All About Lenses: The Eye of the Camera available this week.

    January 21, 2013

  • Bob

    I'm having difficulty finding our group's Facebook page where "Eye of the Camera" will be uploaded. Facebook search for what?

    January 20, 2013

  • Atul

    Hello Don, are you updating the PDF on Drop box for those who could not attend this class OR is there any possibility to hold another session like this soon?

    After reading the reviews, I feel I missed a great session.

    January 20, 2013

    • Don H

      We will be uploading the presentation to the Photograhpy Basics Facebook group page

      2 · January 20, 2013

    • Atul

      Thank you Don :)

      January 20, 2013

  • karen

    Very Informative, Definitely walked away knowing more than I did. Thank you for the presentation.

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good. Addressed all the basics.

    January 19, 2013

  • Paty

    Was great and I learned a lot.

    January 19, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Another great photography class at The Refinery. Definitely worth hour plus drive!

    January 19, 2013

  • Let

    thank you Don for briging such a great photographer teacher to the class. I love it!!

    January 19, 2013

  • Cindy S

    Thank you Don for inviting Laura, very professional, well spoken and extremely helpful.

    January 19, 2013

  • CoCo

    Excellent class. Very professional presentation by Laura. I appreciated her style of repeating each question and answer along with hands-on demonstration tasks. Very comfortable venue as well. Thank you for organizing this great meetup!

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent work, thanks Don for the work you put in this class. Get well soon, my prayers are with you.

    January 19, 2013

  • Teri G.

    good class. It helped fill in gaps for me, in my knowledge of photography and lenses.

    January 19, 2013

  • Atul

    Don - some exigency came up & l had to miss this class. Hope to see the detailed notes later in dropbox

    January 19, 2013

  • Larry H.

    Is it a good idea to bring my camera and most used lenses? Will we hands on, or just learning about lens options and why? Thanks. Looking forward to it.

    January 18, 2013

    • Don H

      This class is instructional and not hands on. However bring your camera to class if you have any questions.

      January 18, 2013

    • Don H

      Larry, Bring your camera and favorite lens to class.. There is going to be a hands on instruction midway through the class.

      January 18, 2013

  • Laura H.

    Bring your camera and your favorite lenses!Tthere will be some hands on instruction throughout the talk.

    January 18, 2013

  • Hanna

    I RSVP'd "Yes" but there was no computer generated feedback. I intend on coming of whether or not you are full. Hope that coming to the event is okay.

    January 18, 2013

    • Hanna

      Hi Don H. I did not receive any confirmation. (Double checked) But Cool if there's room enough for everyone

      January 18, 2013

    • Don H

      It could be in your Meetup preferences on how what emails you receive from the group.

      January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Spoke too soon - just received it.

    January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me too Hanna.

    January 18, 2013

  • amy n.

    Looking forward to learning better techniques and understanding pf photography

    January 15, 2013

  • amy n.

    Looking forward to learning better techniques and understanding pf photography

    January 15, 2013

  • Roger R.

    Really looking forward to learning new techniques From Laura,
    and a special thanks to Don, Roger

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering how long the class is.

    January 12, 2013

    • Don H

      The class will probably last about 1.5 hours.

      January 14, 2013

  • Atul

    Lenses & Expenses go together - Looking forward to learn how to make the best use with whatever is available. As always THANKS to Don for inviting Mrs. Hoffman, and giving opportunity to all of us to get more insight about the “Lenses – additional Eye for Photographers” .

    1 · December 25, 2012

  • Atul

    Interesting & vital subject Don - Thanks a lot for arranging this class, HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Cheers

    AK

    1 · November 22, 2012

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