New Jewelry Photography Class Series Starting Soon at San Diego Continuing Ed

The best way to get your work published, grow your jewelry online sales, and be accepted into juried competitions is to support your work with excellent photography. A new series of Jewelry Photography classes begins on Saturday, October 26.  Classes are designed to improve your photography, whatever your current level of expertise. The series is offered by  San Diego Continuing Education/Community Education.  It will be held at the West City Center campus in Point Loma (near the SD Sports Arena).

San Diego Continuing Ed class-samples - Photos by Steve Rossman

The first, third and fifth photographs were shot in class. The artists are Carol O. Kornievsky, Shanna Thomas & Gina McGee. The second and fourth pieces are by Jonna Faulkner

This quarter, the series has been expanded to five consecutive Saturday morning classes starting October 26 and continuing through November 23, 2013.  We will concentrate on the techniques required to capture excellent images of jewelry and small objects. We’ll start the first week with Basic Digital Photography for Jewelry designers and artists.  Topics under discussion for the opening class: the basics of photography and the best types of cameras, lenses and equipment to choose for use in the studio. We’ll also discuss making full use of the equipment you already own. During the second class, we’ll discuss and demonstrate iPhone & smart phone photography.  We’ll use the new generation of camera phones to capture excellent images of jewelry &  objects in a tabletop studio.  This is the first time smart phones will be discussed.

San Diego Continuing Ed - iphone photos by Steve Rossman

Photos were shot with an iPhone 4s. All are by Jonna Faulkner except the deer, which is a netsuke carving of unknown origin

The third Saturday, we’ll discuss basic studio lighting.  I will bring a small, commercially available “light tent” and “daylight” light fixtures. The class will include a lecture and demonstration, shooting students’ jewelry and art objects. We are offering an all-new class, as well.  During the fourth Saturday,  we’ll discuss and create In-Camera Spotlight Gradations for jewelry and small objects.  Creating a gradation background for your studio work adds depth and impact.  The effect is relatively easy to produce using photo-editing programs like Adobe Photoshop™ and Elements™.  However, gradations added after-the-fact in the computer have real limitations. It’s often better if you can create a gradation background in the camera while shooting your work. In this class, we’ll explore and demonstrate a simple, but little known, method used to create in-camera spotlighting.

San Diego Continuing Ed - spotlight gradation-comparison by Steve Rossman

Photoshop gradation left —– In-Camera spotlight right

Finally, in the fifth class, we’ll concentrate on editing your photos using Photoshop Elements.  Authors write 700-page books on photo-editing, and 10-week classes are taught on the subject.  I’ll take a different approach. Starting with an overview of the Elements desktop, I’ll limit the material discussed to the 10 basic tools I use every day when editing my work.  I’ll also discuss simple techniques you can use to enhance existing photos, as shown in the two images below.

San Diego Continuing Ed - photo-editing-comparison by Steve Rossman

Original photo — After simple editing

This is a series of 5 individual classes. Each runs 3-hours, from 9 to 12 on Saturday mornings.  Students can sign up for one, two, three, four or all five classes. Each class is $15. Since all handouts are in PDF format, there are no materials fees. The classes are filling up nicely, but there’s still room.  You can find more info and can register online at These classes will help you improve your jewelry photography skills.  I look forward to seeing you there. steve sig

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