It’s that time of year, again.
I’m teaching Jewelry Photography at San Diego Continuing Education’s Point Loma/West City Center campus. This term, the format has changed. Pretty dramatically.
In the past, I offered five consecutive Saturday morning classes. Some people found it difficult to commit to five weeks. So, I’ll be teaching a single, all-day (8-hour) class, covering the same information that previously had been taught over a 5-week span. This new class is coming right up. It will be held on Saturday, February 1.
Here’s the thing…the best way to get your jewelry work published, grow your sales, and be accepted into juried competitions is to support your work with exceptional photography. The class is designed to improve your photo work, whatever your current level of expertise. I’ll help you to simplify the process and make it easier to capture your work!
Here’s a capsule view of the schedule:
The first hour: the basics of digital photography and the best types of cameras and lenses to choose for use in the studio. We’ll also discuss making full use of the equipment you already own.
The second and third hours: we’ll discuss basic studio lighting. I will bring a small, commercially available “light tent” and “daylight” light fixtures. This part of the class will include a lecture and demo, shooting students’ jewelry and art objects. So bring your work!
The fourth and fifth hours: we’ll discuss and demonstrate iPhone & smart phone photography. We’ll use this new generation of camera phones to capture excellent images of jewelry & objects in a tabletop studio.
The sixth hour: 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. In this hour, we’ll explore and demonstrate a simple, but little known, method used to create in-camera spotlighting.
Finally, the seventh and eighth hours: 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. So, I’ll take a very 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 show how I use these tools and simple techniques to enhance existing photos, as shown in the two images below.
Again, this is a single day class. The cost is just $40! Since all handouts are in PDF format, there are no materials fees. The class is filling up nicely, but there’s still room. You can find more info and can register online at www.sdccd.org. In fact, you MUST register online. You cannot just show up the morning of the class anymore!
These classes will help you improve your jewelry photography skills. I look forward to seeing you there.