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Photography, Video and Film Making

 

Art Photography in the Field - Seeing the World Through the Lens of the Artist

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Join an experienced artist and photographer to look at the world through the lens of your camera with an artistic eye . Explore the coastline with your camera and tripod and increase the artistry of your photography with long exposures, and creative composition. Working in a small group setting, students will immerse themselves in on-location photography at particularly dramatic times of the day and into the evening! With a professional photographer by your side to guide and assist your vision, you'll capture images and make visual statements in an entirely new way. Explore the epic vistas of our local area and learn to capture superior imagery using histogram, exposure compensation, and strong composition.

Our schedule is arranged to capture as many lighting and environmental scenarios as possible. In our first meeting bring your camera, lenses and tripod for an overview on equipment, and watch a slide show. On day two we will be in the field to capture midday to evening light, and day three we'll meet at first light through mid-day.

Students should have a basic understanding of your camera. If not, please see the workshop “Digital Photography – Basics and Beyond” for necessary skills training.

Please bring your camera and lenses, memory cards, batteries, and a tripod.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a list of supplies and equipment, and information about preparing for outdoor photography.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 10 students.

Fri., Sat. & Sun., April 7, 8 & 9
Fri., 6 - 9 pm (Room: Horticulture 5001)
Sat., 12:30 - 7:30 pm (offsite)
Sun., 5:30 am - 12:30 pm (offsite)
Register by Feb 27: $280
Register after Feb. 27: $295

 

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Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 21, 22 & 23
Fri., 7 - 9 pm (Room: Horticulture 5001)
Sat., 2:00 - 9:00 pm (offsite)
Sun., 6:00 am - 1:00 pm (offsite)
Register by June 5: $240
Register after June 5: $255

 

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Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Lightroom Post Processing for Photographers

Shooting images is only the beginning, editing brings them to life! Learn to upload, organize, edit images, and export with a step by step workflow in Adobe Lightroom. This software is an essential tool for editing, organizing, and sharing your photography. It is part of Adobe’s Creative Suite and is one of the most powerful editing tools available. It is particularly well suited for artistic photographers as it allows special tools for enhancing and adapting images, and logical workflow for processing a lot of images in an effective and efficient way. It can be used on your computer, iPad iPhone or Android.

This is a post processing class for students of "Art Photography in the Field," or for budding landscape, nature of artistic photographers. This one-day workshop will cover the fundamentals of Lightroom. This software can be used with a PC or Mac, but this workshop is taught in a Mac lab, so students need to be comfortable working on a Mac.

Sun., August 6
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register by June 5: $65
Register after June 5: $76

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Nick Borelli’s work honors our ever-changing planet while incorporating subtle movement to enhance the amazing world we live in. His focus is the earth's wildness and internal components of the landscape that make up the whole. He is the photographer for the award-winning book Art of Competition.

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Register for both Art Photography in the Field & Lightroom Post Processing for just:

Register by June 5: $295
Register after June 5: $320

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Digital Photography 1- Basics and Beyond

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video! Video clip class summary: Digital Photography1

Have you got a new digital camera and are confused by complicated menus?

This class will familiarize you with the most important features of your camera so you can 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, formal portraits, architecture, small objects (eBay) and landscapes.

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. And, the class is fun!

Bring your camera, your manual, and your questions.

There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class for a DVD of the entire lecture with graphics and additional supporting documents. Bring your camera, manual and questions.

Sat., May 20
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Fee: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Sat., July 15
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Fee: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Digital Photography 2 - The Next Level

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick video!
Video clip class summary: Digital Photography 2

It’s time to step up to the next level with some hands-on photography exercises. This class begins with an hour of lecture/demonstration and then leads students through a series of interactive shooting assignments including portraits, architecture, macro, and small object photography. All locations are within walking distance from the classroom. Each assignment is designed to give students the most useful techniques for the most common shooting situations. It’s a fun way to learn how to get the most from your camera.

Bring your camera, tripod, external flash (if you have one), and comfortable walking shoes.

There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class for a DVD of the entire lecture with graphics and additional supporting documents. Bring your camera, manual and questions!

Sat., May 27
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022
Fee: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Making Great Videos

Video cameras are powerful story making tools. With a few simple techniques it’s possible to come up with an idea, capture the necessary photos and video, and assemble the elements into a compelling video. Whether you use video for business promotion, family history, how-to educational programs, documentaries, or just a collection of vacation clips with music, the process is the same for all good videos!

You don’t need a high quality video camera. A current cell phone will do just fine for the purpose of learning the process and creating videos for your website, YouTube, or just because it’s fun! We’ll go over the basics of planning and shooting a video, Premiere Pro software for video editing, the basics of “non-linear” editing, as well as tips and tricks to help you edit better and faster. You’ll have your first project completed by the end of the class!

This class is taught in a Mac lab, but PC users may use their own laptop and software they are familiar with in class. This class requires strong computer skills, a working knowledge of your camera, or the camera function on your phone. Now, let’s make a video!

3 Tue., June 6 - 20
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $115
Register after June 5: $128
plus $15 materials fee at registration

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Anthony Garcia, BFA, is a certified editor from Apple in FCP7 and Adobe Premiere. He has taught photography, design and special effects classes and is currently making two feature films and one short film.

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Filmmaking for Aspiring Filmmakers —
A Camera, a Computer and an Idea

Not too long ago the only way to make a quality movie was so expensive and time consuming that only big studios could afford to make them. But with advances in technology and the internet over the past decade, the world of filmmaking is now open to anyone with a camera, a computer, and an idea. This three-part series of film-making workshops includes planning, production and promotion. This series is meant to take students through each phase of the filmmaking process and give them the skills and understanding necessary to make a good film. This series is the first step in your film-making path!

 

Register for the classes individually or the entire program at a discounted rate:

Register by June 5: $485
Register after June 5: $525

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Pre-Production Planning for Filmmaking

You’ve got your script, but now what? How do you take your idea from the page, and plan a shoot that will bring your vision to screen? From storyboarding, to breakdowns, to location scouting, casting, budgeting and making a schedule we’ll cover it all to bring your film from idea to reality.

These methods are the same for any type of film project from narrative features, to documentaries, to instructional videos for your business. By the time we are done in this class you’ll be ready to get out your camera and move your project into production.

4 Wed., June 7 - 28
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $128
Register after June 5: $135

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Anthony Garcia - see bio below

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Video Production for Filmmaking

Filmmaking is a collaborative art, and that is never more true than in the production phase. There are actors, the sound engineer, the cinematographer, makeup artists, and you, the director, running the show. How do you juggle all this?

We’re going to focus on the types of films that can be made with a small crew and a micro budget. As an indie filmmaker you’ll need to know how to do all this yourself. We’ll cover the basics of lighting and camera work, directing actors, and what you’ll need to take into consideration to get all the footage you’ll need in the editing room.

3 Wed., July 12 - 26
6:30 - 9:00 pm
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3 Sat., July 15 - 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

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Anthony Garcia - see bio below

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Post Production and Editing for Filmmaking

So you’ve shot your movie and you’ve got all these media files — what do you do with them? Well, it’s time to edit. We’ll dig deeper into Premiere Pro and go over all the tools and tricks you’ll need in order to make your final movie great.

Over the course of the 3 weeks we’ll import your footage, organize it, review it and construct a rough cut, and then go through the process of fine tuning your edit to make it as good as it can be. After that we’ll discuss what you plan to do with your movie and output the files that you’ll need in order to accomplish those goals.

We’ll be using Premiere Pro in this class, but the basics of non-linear editing are the same in any program. If you have another tool you’d like to use that’s fine. The concepts we’ll cover will still apply to your project.

3 Wed., August 9 - 23
6:30 - 9:00 pm
AND
3 Sat., August 12 - 26
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

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Anthony Garcia, BFA, is a certified editor from Apple in FCP7 and Adobe Premiere. He has taught photography, design and special effects classes and is currently making two feature films and one short film.

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Great Shots from Your Cell Phone Camera!

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this quick one minute video!
Video clip class summary: Great Shots with Your Cell Phone Camera

Come join Jeffery Luhn, a professional photographer for 35 years, as he shares his excitement and knowledge about cell phone cameras with you. Learn about the limitations, work-around, unconventional uses, filters, editing, latest apps, and advantages over full size cameras. But most of all learn to have fun with one of the most innovative and accessible technology toys of the modern age! Bring your cell phone and wear comfortable walking shoes.

There is a $15 materials fee payable to the instructor at class for a DVD of the entire lecture with graphics and additional supporting documents. Bring your camera, manual and questions!

This class is suitable for all levels.

Sat., April 22 CLASS CANCELED, please see avaiable summer date below
1 - 4 pm
Scotts Valley Water District Community Room - 2 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley
Register by Feb. 27: $48
Register after Feb. 27: $54
plus $15 materials fee at class

 

 

Sat., June 3
1 - 4 pm
Room: 509
Register by Feb. 27: $48
Register after Feb. 27: $54
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Great Portraits - Fundamentals

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Learn the fundamentals of portrait photography with a hands-on approach to the classic lighting patterns and styles developed by photographers from 1860 through modern day Hollywood. Techniques include the use of artificial and natural lighting. Find out how to make the most of your subject, adapt to challenging shooting conditions inside and outdoors, and pose your subject for maximum effect. This class is for anyone with the desire to take their photography to the next level; hobbyists, photo enthusiasts and people that use photography in their jobs. The techniques are applicable to digital cameras, cell phones, film and video.

Bring your camera and manual.

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, and examples.

Sun., May 21
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Sun., July 16
1 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2022

Register by June 5: $65
Register after June 5: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Great Portraits - Outdoor Portraiture

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This class is fun! We meet at a park in Santa Cruz with some great lighting and locations. After a 50-minute walk through the locations and an overview of the 5 techniques, we begin setting up and taking photos. The instructor and his assistant will circulate to help each student succeed.

Who are the models? Each student may bring up to 4 friends or family members!

The goal of this class is for each student to produce a collection of remarkable natural light portrait images and use that knowledge for future sessions.

Class will meet in Felton at the covered bridge park. A map and directions will be provided. Students will be e-mailed examples of the setups and the location details. In the event of rain, the class will be moved to the Cabrillo Campus.

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, and examples.

Sat., April 29
1 - 5 pm
Room: Off site at the Felton covered bridge park

Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Travel Photography

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Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video!
Video clip class summary: Travel Photography

When we travel we want to capture the excitement of our trip with great digital photos. You’ll learn how to capture the spirit of the locals, and the beauty and drama of your environment. Learn tricks about how to plan your trip to get the best images, get control of the lighting, use the right lens, know what to do in difficult situations, and much more. We will also discuss organizing photos and creating albums. Your travel photos will look completely different after this class – and you’ll learn how to have more fun while you’re taking them too!

Bring your camera, manual and questions!

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, examples and printable lesson material.

COMING SOON!
1 - 5 pm
Room: 509
Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76
plus $15 materials fee at class

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Jeffery Luhn
is a full time working photographer who began his career at a small town newspaper, worked up to United Press International, eventually owning and operating studios in Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and has a California College Lifetime Teaching Credential in Art and Photography.

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Macro Photography at Filoli Gardens: Capture Detail, Pattern & Texture in the Natural World

 

Take a day trip with like-minded photographers to Filoli Gardens, a National Trust for Historic Preservation with a 16 acre formal garden, to advance your macro and nature photography skills. Your instructor, Jeffery Luhn, will help you sort out challenges of composition, lens choice, exposure, and camera handling. With the breathtaking subject matter that Filoli offers, the focus of this class will be on macro shooting, depth-of-field control, HDR (high dynamic range) and the use of polarizing filters.

Wear comfortable shoes for hiking, a sun hat is advisable, and bring a polarizing filter.

Your class fee includes admission to Filoli. Please see Class Resources web page for important details about meeting location.

Sat., May 13
2 - 6 pm
Offsite at Filoli Gardens - 86 Canada Rd., Woodside

Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76
plus $10 materials fee at registration

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Jeffery Luhn - See bio below

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Marine Wildlife Photography

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Our local coastal environment has some of the most extraordinary wildlife on the planet. Yet capturing creative, high quality images of coastal creatures is one of photography's biggest challenges. It's a lot more than luck, although that helps! Led by a team of two experienced photographers, you'll learn more about concepts and creativity, preparation and planning, and technical execution. We'll have some fun while we're at it, too. You'll walk away with a greater ability to produce eye catching photos of Monterey Bay’s wonderful and exotic animals.

This class includes a Friday evening lecture and slideshow at Cabrillo, then a Saturday morning field trip to Moss Landing. Basic familiarity with your DSLR camera is important to get the most from this class.

Please go to the Extension Class Resources web page for additional details about the field trip portion of class.

Fri., May 5: 6:30-8:30 pm - Room: 2501
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Sat., May 6: 7:30-11:00 am - Moss Landing

Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $85

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Kim Steinhardt’s marine wildlife photography has recently been recognized by National Geographic in an upcoming book of his sea otter photos and observations for NatGeo Kids, as well as other publications. His work has also been recognized by the California Coastal Commission and showcased as part of an exhibition for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Kim is a co-author of the soon-to-be-released book “The Edge: Tales from the Shoreline of the People’s Coast.”

Christopher Kosseff's award-winning photographs of wildlife are the result of a keen eye and decades of travel throughout the world, with a special emphasis on endangered species. His marine wildlife photos are some of the most dramatic images and showcase his advanced techniques. Some of his work can be viewed at chriskosseff.com. Chris operates a photography studio on the east coast.

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Intro to Adobe Illustrator

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Learn to create detailed, professional illustrations and drawings digitally, whether you draw by hand or want to create an illustration from your photos. Adobe Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to get acquainted with some of the basic tools and techniques most useful for graphic artists & photographers. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, convert a photo into editable vectors, create gradients, use layers, create repeating patterns, designer text tricks on a path and more. Much of what will be learned will be useful for Photoshop and InDesign as well.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.

3 Thu., April 13 - 27
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 27: $95
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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3 Thu., August 17 - 31
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $95
Register after June 5: $110

 

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Alixandra Mullins
- see bio below

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Intro to Surface Textile Design with Adobe Illustrator

Learn to create detailed, professionally illustrated patterns for fabric using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you draw detailed designs by hand, want to create a fabric pattern from your photos or draw freehand using Illustrator's tools, this class will teach you how to get your pattern ready for fabric.

Illustrator is a large application and this is your chance to focus on Surface Textile Patterns to be printed on fabric. Techniques most useful for graphic artists & Surface Textile designers will be covered. Find out how to vectorize your pencil or ink drawings, add and control colors for related designs, trace and edit your design and turn it into a usable repeating pattern design for printing on yards of fabric. Learn where and how to print or license your surface textile pattern.

Bring a flash thumb drive and line drawings if desired.

This class will be taught on a Mac, but is adaptable to Windows.

3 Thu., May 4 - 18
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 27: $95
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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3 Tue., August 15 - 29
6 - 9 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $95
Register after June 5: $110

 

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Alixandra Mullins
has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo Colleges.

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Photoshop for the Hobby Photographer

You can create the best photos ever digitally, whether you use a digital camera, or scan your photos. Photoshop is a huge application and this is your chance to get acquainted with some of the basic Photoshop tools and techniques most useful for hobby photographers. Find out how to repair damaged photographs, correct color, remove unwanted elements, transform your photographs into sepia tones or hand-tinted looks, and more. Much of what will be learned will be useful for Photoshop Elements as well. This class will be taught on a Mac computer, but is adaptable to Windows.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

2 Sat., June 17 & 24
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Room: 317
Register by June 5: $85
Register after June 5: $98

 

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Deborah Cardillo - See bio below

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Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Already know the basics? Learn refined selection techniques using masks, channels, and vector tools. Create panoramas with layer masks and use textures and blending modes to make your images pop. Get the best balance of light and dark using High Dynamic Range. Reposition content to perfection with content-aware tools. Adjust exposure and contrast balance with Curves. With these techniques, you will never have to put up with a less than perfect photo again!

Prerequisite: It is recommended that you have solid basic knowledge of Photoshop, or have taken Photoshop for the Hobby Photographer before you take this class.

Students should bring a brown bag lunch for the break.

COMING SOON
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Room: 317
Register by Feb. 27: $85
Register after Feb. 27: $98

 

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Deborah Cardillo is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and is a Photoshop enthusiast who loves to teach others.

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Nature, Macro and Landscape Photography

Wondering what this class is about? Check out this video!
Video clip class summary: Nature & Landscape Photography

This workshop is a great way to join with like-minded photographers who want to advance their photography skills. Your instructor, Jeffery Luhn, will be helping you sort out the challenges of composition, lens choice, exposure, and camera handling. Additional topics will include macro shooting, depth-of-field control, HDR (high dynamic range) and the use of polarizing filters.

We’ll begin by meeting at the arboretum at UC Santa Cruz to cover the topics of macro and composition. At 4 pm the class moves to Wilder Ranch State Park to explore the corrals and nearby creek.

Some paths are uneven and steep so wear comfortable shoes for hiking. A sun hat is advisable. Bring a polarizing filter!

A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor at class for a CD with the entire lecture, notes and presentation, assignments, examples and printable lesson material.

COMING SOON
2 - 6 pm
Location: Offsite at UC Santa Cruz & Wilder Ranch State Park
Register by Feb. 27: $65
Register after Feb. 27: $76

plus $15 materials fee at class

 

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Jeffery Luhn
- see bio below

 


 

 

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