It’s that time again…a new series of Jewelry and Small Object Photography classes at San Diego Continuing Education begins this Saturday, March 2nd.
This series of four Saturday morning sessions covers everything from basic digital photography to cameras and lenses to studio lighting to photo editing. And, we’ll continue with a very successful segment on using an iPhone and a simple tabletop studio to shoot surprisingly high-quality photos of jewelry and objects.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…
This Saturday, March 2, the series kicks off with a class that explores the basics of digital photography and concentrates on cameras, settings and the best lenses for jewelry and small object photography.
The second (March 9) and third (March 23) classes will focus on creating a working studio in a small space and best practices for lighting your work. During both of these classes, I’ll set-up a small, inexpensive studio and I’ll shoot student jewelry pieces.
During the March 9 class I’ll present a segment on iPhone photography. I’ve been doing quite a lot of work with iPhones recently (see the images below). I’ll show tips and tricks that allow iPhone photography to be used in many web galleries and online selling venues. This class segment was especially anticipated and well-received last quarter.
We’ll work with a traditional DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera as well.
During the third Saturday (March 23), we’ll look at more advanced lighting techniques and we’ll do more shooting of student work.
And on April 6th, I’ll provide an introduction to digital photo-editing. I’ll discuss the Top 10 Photoshop Elements editing actions that jewelry photographers can use every day to enhance their images. This is an in-depth look at the editing tools I use daily in my own work, and includes sizing, cropping, brightening, sharpening, rotating, color correction, adding text, adding a gradient background and more.
The classes will be held at the West City Center Campus of SDCE, 3249 Fordham Street, San Diego, CA, 92110. We’ll be in Room 210. It’s the same room where the amazing Deb Jemmott teaches metalsmithing.
Each class costs just $15. Since all handouts are delivered via e-mail in .pdf format, there will be no materials fees.
Signing up is easy. Just use San Diego Continuing Education’s online registration system. To learn more and to register, go to the online course catalog by clicking here.
And click on the link below to view or download a .pdf class flyer prepared by SDCE.
I’m excited. My aim is to help jewelry artists do a better job of shooting their work. This series can help. I hope to see you there!