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Photo classes and events July 2009

From: Jeffery L.
Sent on: Thursday, July 9, 2009 10:42 AM
Here?s a note about some classes and photo opportunities for July.

Classes ? all these are 1-4 PM Los Gatos Recreation 123 E Main St. Los Gatos
Register on line at www.LGS Recreation .org Fees are $87.

July 11 ? Digital Basics and Beyond (description below)
July 18 ? Photographing Children Family, and Friends
July 25 ? Getting Great Portraits Level #1

July 11 - Digital Basics and Beyond
New camera? Confused by complicated menus? This class will familiarize you with the most important features of your digital camera so you will 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, children, formal portraits, architecture, small objects (eBay) and landscapes. Detailed CD included in fee. 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. This class is fun! A good follow up to this class is Getting Great Portraits. Students must be 18 yrs. or older. CD is included in the fee. Bring your camera, your manual, and your questions.
Instructor: Jeffery Jay Luhn. has been a professional photographer for 30 years, shooting in 30 countries for United Press International and many Fortune 500 corporations. Visit his website, www.luhnphoto.com

July 18 - Photographing Children Family, and Friends
Stop being disappointed with your people pictures and start getting great photos! This class teaches students how to capture good shots of wild kids, individual adults and groups of people. We discuss indoors and outside available lighting, and why some situations work better than others. The process is broken down into simple steps. Also discussed: sporting events, parties, travel, creating family albums, online photo services, camera brands, finding the best place for photos in and around your home. A good follow-up to this course is 'Photographing Events for Family, Work, and Profit'. Students must be 18 yrs. or older. Handouts are included in the fee. Bring your camera, your manual and your questions.
Instructor: Jeffery Jay Luhn. has been a professional photographer for 30 years, shooting in 30 countries for United Press International and many Fortune 500 corporations. Visit his
website, www.luhnphoto.com.

July 25 ? Getting Great Portraits Level #1
No matter what type of camera you have; film, digital or video, this class teaches you how to use natural and artificial light to get professional quality portraits of individuals and groups. This simplified system is based upon the five basic lighting patterns used in Hollywood films and professional portrait studios. There's no experience necessary with this system because we start at the very beginning and use the auto exposure mode for the whole process. You'll learn about soft lighting, hard lighting, solving common problems, and making tough lighting situations work for you. Your people pictures will look totally different after this class! Students must be 18 yrs. or older. Handouts are included in the fee. Bring your camera to class.
Instructor: Jeffery Jay Luhn. has been a professional photographer for 30 years, shooting in 30 countries for United Press International and many Fortune 500 corporations. Visit his website, www.luhnphoto.com.


Photo opportunities:
The free summer concert series ?Jazz on the Plazz? has begun in Los Gatos! Every Wednesday night from July 1st through August 26th Los Gatos presents jazz headliners for free from 6:30 to 8:30PM. The stage is under the trees with a few stands of sparkling lights hanging from branches. There are lots of places to kneel down and shoot to get good angles. The tree at the left of the stage is particularly good to steady your camera. A 200 or 300mm lens set wide open will yield excellent head and shoulders shots with good ?bokeh? backgrounds.

Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz is a photographic buffet of seascapes, old barns, Victorian farm houses, livestock, draft horses, open range, meadows, oaks, fire trails and flower gardens. It is probably one of the best locations in the region to get 30 great backgrounds within walking distance from one another. The farmhouses are open on the weekends to get interior shots. Park closes at sunset. Go online to get updated event info.

Surfing photos: This summer has been pretty good for waves. When you cross over highway 17 follow the cars with surfboards to the best beaches to shoot the hotshots! Additionally, Davenport Landing has some amazing sailboard action. On a windy day you can get shots of guys getting big air. You?ll need a 300 or better for Davenport Landing.

Lastly: Rite Aid is closing out their simple 10x10 sunshades for 25 bucks including tax!!! GET THE WHITE ONES - NOT THE COLORED ONES!!! These ten-foot canopies are the best lighting accessory for outdoor portraits!!! Don't miss this sale. If you use one of these, you'll be getting great shots while the Strobists are trying to dig themselves out of their wires, wizards and wonderment.

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