New Jewelry Photography class at SD Continuing Ed this Saturday.

It’s that time again.  I’ll be teaching my Jewelry Photography class at San Diego Continuing Education’s Point Loma/West City Center campus from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm this coming Saturday, July 26th.

The one-day (6-hour) class, covers all the basics to help you improve (and de-mystify) your digital photography, especially when shooting jewelry and small objects.

The best way to get your work published, grow your sales, and be accepted into juried competitions is to support your jewelry with strong photography.  This class is designed to improve your photo work, whatever your current level of expertise.  I’ll help you to 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 better use of the equipment you already own.

The second and third hours:  we’ll discuss and demo basic studio lighting.  I’ll bring a small, commercially-available “light tent” and “daylight” light fixtures. This part of the class will include shooting students’ jewelry and art objects.  So bring your work!

Samples for SDDE Jewelry Photography Class.  Artist s: Kenneth Banks, Jonna Faulkner,  Shanna Thomas, Pauline Warg, Jan Spencley. Photos by Steve Rossman

Artists: Kenneth Banks, Jonna Faulkner, Shanna Thomas, Pauline Warg, Jan Spencley. Photos by Steve Rossman.

The fourth hour:  I’ll demonstrate using iPhones & smart phones for jewelry photography.  We’ll use this new generation of camera phones to capture excellent images of small objects in a tabletop studio. These camera phones are especially suitable for web galleries and selling venues like

San Diego Continuing Ed - iphone photos by Steve Rossman

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

The fifth and sixth hours:  we’ll concentrate on editing your photos using Photoshop Elements.  Authors have written 700-page books and 10-week classes are taught on the photo editing.  I’ll take a different approach.  Starting with a quick overview of the Elements desktop and toolbar, I’ll limit the discussion to the 10 basic tools I use every day while editing my work I’ll talk about what you can and can’t do when submitting to books, magazines and juried competitions. I’ll also show how I use these editing tools and simple techniques to enhance existing photos, as shown below.

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

Again, this is a single-day class.  The cost is just $30!  And since all handouts will be emailed in PDF format in advance of the class, there are no materials fees.  The class is filling nicely, but there’s still room.  You can find more info and register online at  In fact, you MUST register online.  You cannot just show up the morning of the class anymore!

These classes can help you to dramatically improve your jewelry photography skills.  I look forward to seeing you there.

steve sig

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