What we're about

Welcome to San Diego Photography Classes (Run by LocalPhotoClasses.com (http://localphotoclasses.com/meetup))

Why we are different (and better)

-We focus on learning HANDS-ON learning with YOUR equipment so you can take control of your camera and master it with practice.

-We offer many of our courses online in video form (included with purchase of class time) so you can take an in-person course and follow up and review with the online course.

We are committed to:

- Experienced teachers with a background in TEACHING as well as professional photography
- Small class sizes ranging from 6-20 depending on the location and content
- Hands-on learning style with in-class practice
-Professionally organized and presented material with Powerpoints in most cases.
-Online classes available (included with purchase of class time) to supplement in-class learning

Here is your opportunity to go from taking pictures to taking jaw dropping photographs. Whether you are a beginner with a point-n-shoot camera or an advanced amateur with a DSLR camera these are the classes for you.

Rob Andrew, a full time commercial photographer has 10 years of photography and training experience and is offering to teach you how to take better photographs. Our other instructors are experienced teachers with professional photography experience as well, each with their own teaching style and specialty.

There are 10+ different classes available to you that will cover the basics of photography and taking photographs, not pictures. Sign up for a class today because they fill up fast.

Currently available classes and the pricing :

Photography 101: Learning Composition (2 hours) = $40

Photography 102: Mastering Your Camera (3 hours) = $79

Landscape Photography (3 hours) = $69

Taking Great Portraits Outdoors (3 hours) = $89

Understanding Flash Photography (3 hours) = $69

Photo Editing with Adobe Lightroom (3 hours) = $69

Photoshop Basics (3 hours) = $69

Product Photography Basics (3 hours) = $99

Studio Portraiture (4 hours) = $99

On-Location Portrait Lighting (4 hours) = $99

OCF hands on workshop (4 hours) = $129

To RSVP for a class just go the calendar and select the class you want to attend and click on the red button "Count me in" then follow through with the payment.

****Because we will hold your seat from the moment of booking and commit the instructor to be on site with you, all sales are final. If we need to cancel or postpone a class due to under enrollment or weather we will issue you full credit for a future class of equal value.

Have questions? Call us at (619) 618-2067

You can purchase gift certificates here for loved ones and friends here!

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Upcoming events (5+)

*FREE* Meet & Critique: Show Off Your Photography

Plaza Studios

This FREE monthly event is geared toward improving your photography quickly! You can be there to just observe, or if you prefer to have some of your images critiqued, please bring up to three recent images on a USB flash drive. We will provide honest, constructive criticism, while enjoying a night at the studio with fellow photographers. Each forum will start with a brief 30 minute lesson or photography story and introduction of everyone and then lead into the critique section. This event is held at the end of every month with the goal of having everyone in attendance present their work. This is something incredibly valuable from a learning experience and allows you to not only get feedback on your photos but get ideas from other people's photos and learn from each other. Participants will have a chance to get their work critiqued by professional photographer Rob Andrew and any additional instructors that are in attendance. Peer input will also be given. This is a very fast way to learn the ins and outs of what makes a great photograph. How it Works • Show up on time with a way for you to share your photos. This can be either via a USB drive, SD card, compact flash, or online gallery. Please have this ready so we can efficiently move from one person to another. • Please limit your amount of photos to 3. If we see there are more than 3 photos we will pick a few from the mix to critique so that we can give as many people as possible a chance for a critique. We may not get to everyone. • The whole event should take around 2 hours. Rules for the Critiques • No inconsiderate or inappropriate feedback/critique will be tolerated. This is meant to help lift you up and make you better, not to put you down. All experience levels will be present and this rule will be enforced to provide a comfortable environment. • Please come ready with your photos ready to view. • The instructors are usually willing to hang out later so if your photos were not selected you can ask the instructors if they wouldn't mind staying late to give you a critique. We always try to be as accommodating as we can. The event is FREE! Please take advantage!

Photography 101: Introduction to Photography

George's Camera


Come Join Us! Photography 101 is the intro to photography class that combines the basics of composition with new techniques so that you can become a better photographer! In this class, we'll learn what separates snapshots from great photographs with classroom conversation, PowerPoint examples and hands-on learning. Hands-on Learning Experience This class lasts 2.5 hours and focuses on an in-depth experience of practicing everything you learned in the online lecture. This is where you get the opportunity to apply each concept learned in the class. Your instructor will walk you through practical exercises around: • Proper lighting • Getting away from the “tourist position” • Rule of thirds • Leading lines • Symmetry & repetition • Framing • Zooming in and filling the frame • Shallow depth of field and creating that blurred background effect • Portrait tips • Focusing your camera • and much more This is workshop you don’t want to miss. Get the hands-on learning you need to capture images faster, better and have a lot more fun doing it. After this class: • You will have a better understanding of your goals for learning to become a better photographer. • You will have learned how to better compose your photos and see instant improvements in the photographs you take. • You will have gained a better understanding of using natural and artificial sources of light to your advantage in different lighting situations. • You will know what other classes might be of interest to you in your pursuit of becoming the photographer you want to be. What to Bring to The Class: • Point-and-shoots, compact cameras, or DSLRs. Any camera is appropriate for this class • Fully charged battery • Empty Memory Card • Pen & Paper • Open Mind Ready to Learn

Photography 102: Get to know Your Camera!

George's Camera


Come out and learn to control your camera! If you are still taking pictures in ‘Auto’ or ‘Program’ mode then this class is designed with you in mind! Photography 102 is not only a great follow up from our previous course, Photography 101, but it will allow to become more comfortable with using the various functions in your camera. In the class you will learn the what the different exposure modes are and why you want to use them. You will finally learn how shutter speed, aperture and ISO work together and so much more like white balance, metering, flash, etc. This class is perfect for people like you trying to get out of “Auto” mode and take control of their images and stop taking blurry or improperly exposed images. Students attending this class will be granted access to an online version of the class for FREE so they can review afterward if needed. Hands-on Learning Experience It is one thing to soak in the information from the class, but you know that you will need to practice what you learn to really master the concepts. In this local class with an expert instructor you will be walked through each lesson discussed in the online lecture and apply it to different subjects and scenarios. You will be challenged to learn quickly but have the comfort of the instructor by your side. You can expect to understand the following concepts after completing this class: • Aperture and f-stops and how to use them in different situations to create blurry backgrounds and tack-sharp landscapes • Shutter speed and how to stop and blur motion • ISO in low light and bright situations, grainy vs. non-grainy • The M, A, S, P, or Tv, Av modes on your camera and when to use which • The various white balance settings and when to use them • Using exposure compensation when not in manual mode • Using the light meter This class is estimated to last 3 hours. This class is great for those who want a better understanding of their camera and want to learn how to control their settings rather than having the camera control them. What to Bring: • A Digital SLRs or other Manual Controlled Camera. If your camera has a M or Manual mode on it then this class is will be perfect for you. If you are unsure, please consult your manual or contact us. • Please bring your cameras (fully charged) and fresh memory cards. • Pen & paper to take notes if you wish to do so. This class is going to cover the essentials of mastering your camera. Ultimately, we want to get you away from “Auto” mode so you can start taking control over your camera settings and improve your images. Proceed with the registration below to reserve a spot for this class before it runs out.

Lightroom- Download, Edit & Backup Your Photography

Plaza Studios


Are you confused by the "computer side" of photography? Lightroom is a great entry point for photo editing and workflow. We will provide you with a future-proof SYSTEM for downloading, organizing, editing and saving your images without a degree in nuclear physics! Knowing how to take a photograph is only half the battle. Come join us and learn how to edit your photos to make them stand out like the pros do! Make sure to bring your laptop with Lightroom already installed so you can follow along and ask questions. Ansel Adams did a great deal of his magic in the darkroom and that applies to us digital photographers today, but in the form of Lightroom- our digital darkroom. I have always been one to preach about getting the photo right in the camera, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make changes to them on the computer to really make the images POP! This class is for those of you who wish to get the most out of their images or those who simply want to know more about photo editing. If you have ever looked at others’ photos and wondered how they got the colors to really pop, or if you’ve ever wondered how to convert your photos to black and white or sepia, then this is the class for you. Why You Want to Take This Class • Learn the basics of Lightroom workflow including importing your files, making backups, naming them properly and organizing things in a scalable, "future-proof" way. • Learn where everything is and what all those buttons and sliders do, how to use them, and why to use them under the “Develop” tab. • Edit images and learn how to export them properly. • You will have an expert photography instructor there with you to help you import, edit and export your photos to look the way you want them to. • Learn how pros add watermarks and copyright information so you can seamlessly protect your photos. • Learn the tricks save a ton of time in the editing process to go from spending 8 hours to 30 minutes in Lightroom. • You will get to edit your own photos live in the class. There will be tons of hands-on learning in this class Details of the Class In order to get the most out of this class we strongly encourage you to bring your laptop or desktop to the class. We will have plenty of plugs for you to plug into, WiFi, and tables for you to get setup on. It would also be helpful if you have Lightroom already setup on your computer (Versions 1, 2, 3,4, and 5 all work for this class). • The local class is about three hours and may go over a little depending on how many questions there. What to Bring to The Class: • Your computer with Adobe Lightroom already installed. • All the necessary cables and accessories to run your computer or laptop in the class. • Have some photos already on your computer or a memory card to work on during the class. • Open Mind Ready to Learn Proceed with the registration below to reserve a spot for this class before it runs out.

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Photography 102: Get to know Your Camera!

George's Camera


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