San Diego Gaslamp Photo Night Photography Workshop

Attend my fun sunset/ night photography workshop in San Diego

Workshop Dates in San Diego : Oct 27 – Dec. 22, 2019

Workshop Fee : $ 175 per person. $ 200 for 2 people, $ 300 for 3 people
Please reserved by Paypal before attending.
Meeting Place : Caffe Italia, 1704 India St.
What to bring : Any DSLR with short zoom lens, a 50mm 18 or prime lens, and a tripod

Theme of the class: Shooting a travel assignment for an Asian travel magazine. We will shoot pics to depict the lifestyle and nightlife in San Diego.

Creative focus on this night class – Composition techniques such as rule of thirds, leading lines,and frame within a frame is what I would like to see use in everyone of your images. Also shooting high, low,and eye level camera angles. shooting very wide and long focal lengths. We will start shooting around sunset. For the night shooting we will be shooting handheld techniques using high ISO ( 1600 and up )and fast lenses ( 2.8 min aperture ) and also tripod method using ISO 100 and apertures of F11-16 and long exposures ( 30 secs and longer ).

To book this night photo workshop, please send me email to
photosafari@inbox.com

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Digital Photography Bootcamp for Beginners – Old Town & Sunset Cliffs – A fun class

What is cool about this class:

Learn the basics of photography: lighting, exposure, and composition from a pro photographer. Elle will help you demystify the complicated controls of your digital camera without reading the manual. Learn cool composition techniques with focal lengths  and camera angles. Master shooting color and black and white in overcast weather. Results will amaze you. You will learn how to create creative images in the worst weather conditions.Practice your creative and composition skills with Elle’s unique composition tool. Go home with awesome photos that will amaze your friends on Facebook.

This is a walking and driving photo tour.

Workshop Dates : Oct. 26 – Dec. 18 , 2019. Other dates available by request.
Workshop Fee:  $ 175 for the 5 hour class.
Morning Class : 730am – 1230 pm, Afternoon Class : 2-7 pm
Meeting place: Living Room
All students will learn the Triangle of Exposure.

Shooting locations : Old Town, Sunset Cliffs

Subject Matter: Architecture, Interiors, Macro Photography, Winter Landscape Photography. Technical topics: Mastering the three most popular exposure settings ( Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual ), Color correction techniques using White Balance Settings, and Picture Styles, Exposure Compensation experiment ( effects of over and under exposure ).

What’s included: Hands-on photo instruction with a small group, photo tips book ( PDF files ) Elle’s special composition tool, photo critique

n Digital camera or point and shoot , Winter jacket and hat
comfortable walking shoes, note pad and pen

What’s not included: transportation, optional dinner after the photo tour

 

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Master your DSLR Camera – Great beginners class in Old Town

Master your DSLR Crash Course for Beginners

Dates available :  October 26 – Dec. 14 , 2019
All classes by reservations only. Reserve for yourself or for a group. Go from zero knowledge in digital photography to beginner basics in a few hours. Master your new Nikon or Canon DSLR complicated functions & learn from a working professional photographer
Meeting Place: Old Town. Meet at Living Room Cafe Time: 1- 6pm
Cost per student – $ 175 – Limited to 4 students max.
Reserved your space by paying with Paypal. Email us on this link:

 

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Balboa Park Photo Walk

Master your DSLR or Iphone/Android in our fun 3-hour walking photo safari of Balboa Park.

Workshop Fee: $ 150 for each person
Available Dates : Oct. 26- Dec. 15, 2019
What to bring: Any DSLR camera with 18-55mm lens, telephoto lens (optional )

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Topics Covered:


Basic photography skills- lighting, exposure,composition,
Camera operation ( how to adjust ISO film speeds, shutter speed, and aperture, white balance settings, etc.
How to prevent blurry shots by adjusting shutter speed
How to compose a great photo using the rule of thirds ?
Why flash improves your photo quality?
How to decide which subject to photograph ?
How to photograph your friends and family in front of famous attractions ?

To book this photo tour, please send an email to
photosafari@inbox.com

Creative Camera Composition Workshop

My  Creative Camera Composition Workshop is a fun and creative photography workshop for beginners. Bring a DSLR or a Point & Shoot.
This is a  4-hour walking photo tour .
Dates : Oct. 27 – Dec. 20 , 2019 . All workshops by appointment
Workshop Fee : $ 175.00 per person, $ 250 for 2 people, $ 350 for 3 people

Shooting Locations : Sunset Cliffs/ Ocean Beach –
Subject Matter : People, Beach Scenes, Actions
Learn how to shoot fast action and capture motion with your DSLR.
You can capture also fast action with Iphone X

Orientation Location : Meet at Newbreak Cafe at 3 pm

We will be shooting around
https://oceanbeachsandiego.com/Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliff
Subject Matter : Architecture, Still Life, Urban Scenes

Learn how to use the composition tool to shoot

Learn cool composition techniques with focal lengths and camera angles.
How to shoot cool filter effects with your Iphone
All creative techniques can be used with a Smart Phone like Iphone or any Android Phones. Be sure you have a good camera on your smart phone.

Composition Exercise- Shooting vertical & horizontals subject matter
such as surfers using wide angle or telephoto.

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Action photography & composition techniques workshop

Dates Available: October 26-  Dec.28, 2019 . Starts at 2 pm
Workshop Fee: $ 175 per student
Shooting Locations: Balboa Park, Ocean Beach

Meeting location :  Entrance of Museum of Photographic Arts ( MOPA )

What to bring : DSLR, short zoom lens, long telephoto lens ( 200 mm ), external flash, A point and shoot with a long telephoto lens is also okay to bring.

Topics covered :

Focusing methods, manual & prefocusing, composition method using negative/positive space principle, shooting with low shutter speed versus fast shutter speed, shooting JPEGs versus RAW files, using flash to stop action, shooting high and low ISO, how to select lenses.

Subject Matter : Wildlife, surfers, runners,

In-depth Photography Instruction: Learn how to take photos like a pro! Topics include understanding light, exposure control, camera settings, lens choices, composition, and utilizing Speedlites.

 

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Lightroom 4/5 Workshops for Beginners

Dates available:  March 17 – May 18, 2019

All Lightroom workshop are one-on-one training with your photo instructor.

Locations: La Jolla, Mission Hills
Hours : Morning, afternoon, or evenings
Workshop Fee: 5 hours for $ 175 only , Full day workshop is $ 250
( includes free 2 hr webinar )

Lightroom is the hottest editing tool in photography. Learn from a pro.

Topics covered will include suggested program preferences, the various revised and new modules and panels and what they do, assorted tools and presets, templates,working in programs with plug-ins such as Silver Efex Pro (for black-and-white conversions), Color Efex Pro (for special effects), Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro (for processing HDR images), and Photoshop (for other tasks – stitching and content aware fill, among others).

We begin with an introductory overview of Adobe Lightroom 4.0, which describes the database components, catalog files, previews files, the metadata structure, and the steps for setting up application preferences specific to your personal digital photography workflow requirements.

The Lightroom 4 or 5 Dashboard

Topics include digital camera setup, choosing appropriate file formats for image capture, efficiently downloading images from camera or hard drive, sorting, rating, editing, global tone and color correction, critical local corrections, input and output sharpening, presenting slideshows, and printing photographic images using Adobe Lightroom 5.0 from start to finish. Our experts emphasizes using Adobe Lightroom to its fullest potential by generating time-saving keywords and metadata searches, presets, and templates.

Once images are organized and processed, participants learn how to produce slideshows and web galleries within Lightroom 4.0. We also study slide presentations and look at ways to integrate Adobe Photoshop or Elements for further image processing if desired. Elle will share his recommendations and strategies for making clear decisions based on how Lightroom benefits each participant’s personal approach and digital photography workflow needs.

Under our guidance, participants come to see why Adobe Lightroom 5.0 puts deliberate focus on the word “speed”.  Learning this program allows photographers to spend less time in front of their computers and more time behind their cameras.

Iphone or Android Photography Workshop

Learn how to shoot well-composed and exposed travel photos using your new Iphone X or any model Iphone and show them on Instagram

This is a 5 hour photo workshop for beginners. This will be a fun smartphone photography workshop for all ages.

Shot with a Nokia phone in San Francisco at Fort Mason Hostel

Shot with a Nokia phone in San Francisco at Fort Mason Hostel

What you need to bring :

  1. Iphone, Samsung, or any Smart Phone
  2. Notepad and pen for writing notes.
  3. External battery for Iphone. Portable battery chargers come in handy in a crisis situation when your cell phone juice runs out. Here are someportable battery chargers

Workshop Fee: Only $ 175 per person. $ 200 for 2 people. Maximum participants – 6 photographer
Dates & Location:  March 17 – May 18, 2019

All classes by appointment. Send email first.
Meeting Place : Old Town, Balboa Park, or La Jolla Cove.

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You can book this workshop through my Cloud 9  Account.
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Creative composition & Exposure Workshop

Become a more creative photographer by taking our creative composition and exposure workshop in La Jolla

Valerie La Jolla Cove Pelicans

Dates: October 2 1- Nov. 15 , 2015.
Orientation Starts 1 pm at Goldfish Point Cafe
Times: 8am-Noon, 1-5 pm
Workshop Fee: $ 175  for the 5 hour workshop. Discounts for groups of 2 or more people.
Location: La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Wind n Sea

What to bring: Any DLSR camera with a basic 18-55mm kit Lens and a Telephoto lens with max focal length of 200-300mm. Extra batteries, A monopod for shooting with the telephoto lens.

Subject matter:

Seascapes,  Sea life, Macro photography, travel, portraits, closeup, flash photography

What is cool about this class:

Learn the basics of photography: lighting, exposure, and composition from a pro photographer. Elle will help you demystify the complicated controls of your digital camera and in a few hours you will be shooting like an advance amateur
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You will learn the basics of photography: Lighting, exposure, and composition. All new students need to learn the Triangle of Exposure. Master the relationship between film speed, shutter speed, and aperture. Learn to apply these camera principles to any film camera, digital camera, and video and wow your friends with your new technical knowledge. In addition to the technical part, I will explain the creative aspect of photography: composition and lighting . Art principles include: movement, unity, harmony,balance, contrast, proportion,pattern references,perspective, shape,color, texture, repetition. You will use the principle of the rule of thirds, leading lines, etc, in all your photo compositions.