Photo classes and events Sept 2009

From: Jeffery L.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 3:35 PM
Hello South Bay Photography Meet Up members!

Here?s the monthly update on photography classes and educational events presented by Jeffery Luhn. To reduce emails, I don?t schedule these as Meet Ups on the South Bay Photo calendar. For detailed information about these events please visit

--Free educational events in September:

[masked] Careers in Photography 7PM
Adult Education Campus 4430 Alma Ave. Castro Valley, CA 94546

--Photo classes in September: (These are all low fee classes. Prices vary, so log onto the website above for registration and cost information.)

Digital Photography Basics and Beyond
Three Tuesday nights 7-9PM Harvey West Park Clubhouse, Santa Cruz

[masked] Portraiture Level 1
Three Wednesday nights 7-9PM Cabrillo College Aptos, CA

[masked] Portraiture ? ?Getting Great Portraits?
Single day workshop 1-5PM Los Gatos Recreation Center

[masked] Digital Photography Basics and Beyond
Single day workshop 1-5PM Los Gatos Recreation Center

[masked] Lighting Workshop ? Studio Fundamentals
1-5PM Sunday Sept 27 Council Photo Studio 830 Stewart Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94085
NOTE: This class is a good opportunity for anyone that is thinking about buying, renting or using lights. We?re going to use many different types of lights, so you?ll get a chance to see the differences between them.

--Additional techie news:

Camera manufacturers are getting into the High Dynamic Range software game with onboard features that merge bracketed exposures into one image. Sigma already has a camera on the market with HDR and many familiar names will follow. (Here?s a review of the camera on the Adorama site: This will be a major development, as contrast control still eludes even the most expensive camera bodies. For a good video on HDR check out this YouTube video. The music is annoying, but you can just mute it. The video is good, especially for Nikon users.

The first Open Source camera was announce a few days ago! Relax, it?s just a prototype being developed at Stanford. The implications are enormous. I won?t go into detail here, but the short story is that users will be able to write software routines for their cameras so they can accomplish many tasks on the fly. If you?ve tried to automate the HDR process using the steps in the aforementioned video, you?ll understand why an OPEN SOURCE CAMERA could be good. You could just download the routine from a website and make your camera super smart in a minute. As mentioned before, this could mean big progress for HDR advances.

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