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 of events - CLICK5! California Photo Festival 2014


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Wednesday, October 8th
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony
Start the festival off with some great information and a wonderful keynote presentation to get you motivated for the rest of the week!
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Hal Schmitt
Embassy Suites Ballroom 159
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
V1 - Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One
Description – Get your Amateur and Pro questions answered about video, while you rapidly learn the menu settings and tips and tricks to shoot great looking video with your Canon DSLR. Great foundation. Prerequisites - NONE. Bring your Canon DSLR and ALL your questions. We have the answers to questions that have been holding you back. Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: We begin by answering your questions and confusions about DSLR filmmaking so you have a firm foundation in video to build on. Then, we take you through all the menus and set you up to shoot great video, answering your questions along the way. We welcome being interrupted because that means you've hit a roadblock and clearing it up can’t wait “’til the end”. Our students love this approach. It’s called “ACTIVE LEARNING” – endorsed by Columbia and University of California as the most effective learning technology there is. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. SanDisk or equivalent CF or SD card, 16 GB, 30-45 MB/s. Physical Requirements: In hotel meeting room so not physically taxing. Outline will be provided for this class. 1:30 GRADUATION on SUNDAY Description – Those completing V1 and V2 will receive the CineBootCamps Pro Level One and Pro Level Two Certificate.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Del Monte 11
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Long Exposures in Nature
Join Juan in this lecture and presentation on the beauty of Long exposure photography in nature. During this lecture you will learn what equipment you should be using, the best techniques and how to find the right locations to make beautiful images.
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Juan A. Pons
Embassy Suites SLO South 56
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Introduction to the Zone System
– Learn the old-school approach to photography in the 21st century, and control your exposures like the pros. Lee Varis will guide you in a brief "lecture" introduction to the concept of tonal "zones" used by Ansel Adams. This old-school approach to photography is still valuable in the digital age with a few modifications. You will learn how to identify "zones" and how to adjust your exposure to set up your capture to get the best quality in your RAW file workflow and post processing. Prerequisites: The desire to explore new photo techniques, and a working knowledge of your camera and how to use it in manual mode – a Level B workshop Topics include: • Exposure • Zone concept of tone rendition • Architectural interiors and exteriors • Dynamic range and exposure control • List gear needed to participate: A camera that can operate in manual mode, and a way to take exposure readings with either a built-in camera meter or a hand held light meter Global concept – students will learn how to interpret their exposure readings to “cheat” the exposure for better results than the full-auto exposure they have relied on in the past Links to relevant info: • http://www.varis.com/masteringexposure/ • http://www.varis.com/DigitalZoneSystemSignup.html • Needed gear for class. Your camera
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Lee Varis
Embassy SLO Center 58
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
The Business of Photography Part 1 of 3
This seminar covers the nuts and bolts of setting up your photography business, from location and type of work to taxes, bookkeeping, licenses, banking and the IRS. The key to a successful business is to be a good business person and that requires understanding and putting in place all the systems and support. It’s not the most fun part of being a photographer, but it is necessary and once your systems are in place, keeping track of your finances and legalities becomes easier. This is an absolute necessity for anyone wanting to start a business! Prerequisites No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: bank accounts, bookkeeping, local and state and national taxes, defining type of photographic work No gear is necessary No physical requirements except a way to take notes
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy Suites SLO North 52
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Essential Knowledge and Refresher for the DSLR
Get your week started on the right foot! Hal will go through the essential settings for your DSLR camera as well as set you up with the key elements to making quality photographs through the week. This is a great refresher course for those who need a little polishing on their Manual settings as well a great basic and thorough introduction to the fundamentals of Photography.
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Hal Schmitt
Ebassy Suites Edna West 23
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Modern HDR Techniques Photowalk
Visit our historical Mission De Tolosa downtown San Luis Obispo and learn the essential techniques for capturing the full brightness range of a scene and presenting it as a natural-looking photographic image even if the scene contains excessive contrast because it was captured under the harsh late afternoon sun.
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Ben Willmore
Mission De Tolosa 12
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight Part 1
Light, shadow, night and twilight are the tools David H. Wells uses as he makes his award winning "Light Studies." Those are photo-essays exploring the light and atmosphere of different places. Train stations, shrines, city centers, buildings and the like are just a few potential subjects for such “Light Studies.” David H. Wells is a freelance editorial photographer who specializes in producing these on location, across the globe. His finished "Light Studies" have been published in general interest magazines as well as photography magazines and have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. Spending time with this master of light and shadow, who will help you understand how to make your own "Light Studies." Wells will share specific techniques (and particular images that highlight those techniques) used to create his "Light Study" photo-essays. • specific issues of time of day / morning vs. evening light • quality and direction of light • scouting a location with a compass to plot the play of light • the importance of the photographer's position • the use of lines, light and dark
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David Wells
Embassy Suites Edna East 12
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Wacom Tablet Set-Up
Jane will show you how to set up our Wacom tablet and cover preferences and pen technique for retouching and painting. Bring your laptop and Wacom tablet if you have one, or you can use one of the I5 tablets sponsored by Wacom! *Please download the I5 tablet driver prior to coming to class. http://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 21
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Introduction to Shoot to Composite
Lecture based class on the overview & introduction of the creative workflow to inspire the student to the possibilities of the photographic medium to build a unique vision. This class will set the spirit as to how all of my classes will work together to give the student a complete understanding of the compositing workflow. There are 13 classes in all for this series from intro to shoot to creating the composite. Please make sure you look at Stephens entire schedule to make sure you don't miss out on all the steps needed! Go to our blog page to read about Stephens FUll series and what you will learn! http://lightworkshops.com/blog/2014/4/10/stephen-burns-shoot-to-composite-festival-series
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 20
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Let's Get Low! Shooting Techniques in the Field
Discover how you can immediately create unique photos beyond what everybody else captures when shooting in nature. Watch a group of photographers set up to photograph a scene. Notice they are all setting up at their eye-level! Simply changing your height to your subject can make a huge difference in how you photograph it. This goes way beyond simply putting your camera on a low tripod however. I am going to help you discover new approaches to both the close-up and the distant landscape by paying attention to height. I am going to show you why it matters what focal length you use and what you can really discover when you change your height. Prerequisites: Any camera will work for this, but you need to be able to get low and it will help to have more than one focal length available. A tripod can help, but only if it helps you get low. Level: B & C Topics covered: • Different ways to get low with your camera • How low and close means different things with different focal lengths • What low approaches can do to backgrounds, perspective and depth • How getting low can change your outlook on a location • The low approach and how to support your camera Physical requirements? This is a pigmy Oak grove with sandy trails. Be able to hike a short distance, and be able to get low. Bring knee pads if desired.
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Rob Sheppard
Los Osos Oaks 7
01:45 pm - 03:00 pm
V2 Basic Steps to Shoot Video Part 2
Description - Part Two of the “V1 - BASIC STEPS TO SHOOT VIDEO” class features a series of hands-on filming drills so you can apply what we covered in Part One and “learn by doing” in real world filming scenarios. Prerequisites – Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: You learn by doing. We built our workshops around “Active Learning” technology. So you will apply what we covered in V1 workshop, so you can make sure you understand and can apply the data as you film with your DSLR – correct video shutter speeds, safe ISOs to use for video, CF and SD card speeds, playback, HDMI cable, monitor options, gear. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. SanDisk or equivalent CF or SD card, 16 GB, 30-45 MB/s. Physical Requirements: Some walking but it will not be in the boonies. 1:30 GRADUATION on SUNDAY Description – Those completing V1 and V2 will receive the CineBootCamps Pro Level One and Pro Level Two Certificate.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Suites Atrium 8
01:45 pm - 02:45 pm
Shoot to Composite: Top 10 important concepts to creating great Composites
This is a lecture based class that will cover the foundations of an artistic workflow to take your vision beyond the single photographic image. This is meant to be a part of a series of Shoot to Composite but can be a stand-alone class for those curious about the composite.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 16
01:45 pm - 03:45 pm
Landscape Photography
Inspiring presentation by Jennifer Wu. Details coming Soon
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy SLO Center 49
01:45 pm - 03:45 pm
Portraits Unplugged Intro
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy SLO North 50
01:45 pm - 03:45 pm
Introduction to Digital Painting and Customizing your Brushes
It is best that you have taken the Wacom class first so you know how to work the tablet for your brush work in Corel Painter.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 22
01:45 pm - 04:45 pm
Long Exposures Introduction and Shoot
This is a two part session. First we will meet to go over the basics of long exposures, how to use the equipment and what to look for when you are trying to make long exposure images. We will then head to Montaña De Oro State park to practice what we have learned. Required equipment: 10-stop neutral density filter (or equivalent Stacked ND filters), sturdy tripod, hiking shoes. A remote shutter release is convenient but not necessary.
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Juan A. Pons
Embassy Suites Edna West 14
01:45 pm - 04:45 pm
Fundamentals of Modern HDR and Shoot
Learn the fundamentals and technique of modern HDR photography and then put it to hands-on use! Bring a sturdy tripod and a cable release to the shoot!
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Ben Willmore
Embassy Suites Edna East 13
01:45 pm - 04:30 pm
Introduction to the Zone System and Shoot
– Learn the old-school approach to photography in the 21st century, and control your exposures like the pros. Lee Varis will guide you in a brief "hands-on" introduction to the concept of tonal "zones" used by Ansel Adams. This old-school approach to photography is still valuable in the digital age with a few modifications. You will learn how to identify "zones" and how to adjust your exposure to set up your capture to get the best quality in your RAW file workflow and post processing. You will put these concepts into practice by photographing in and around the picturesque San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa. Prerequisites: The desire to explore new photo techniques, and a working knowledge of your camera and how to use it in manual mode –A Level B workshop Topics include: • Exposure • Zone concept of tone rendition • Architectural interiors and exteriors • Dynamic range and exposure control • List gear needed to participate: A camera that can operate in manual mode, and a way to take exposure readings with either a built-in camera meter or a hand held light meter • Physical requirements for the students to participate: on location, low stress walking Global concept – students will learn how to interpret their exposure readings to “cheat” the exposure for better results than the full-auto exposure they have relied on in the past Links to relevant info: http://www.varis.com/masteringexposure/ http://www.varis.com/DigitalZoneSystemSignup.html
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Lee Varis
Embassy Del Monte 12
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Introduction to Shoot to Composite (repeat)
Lecture based class on the overview & introduction of the creative workflow to inspire the student to the possibilities of the photographic medium to build a unique vision. This class will set the spirit as to how all of my classes will work together to give the student a complete understanding of the compositing workflow. There are 13 classes in all for this series from intro to shoot to creating the composite. Please make sure you look at Stephens entire schedule to make sure you don't miss out on all the steps needed!
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 22
03:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Flash Fundamentals and Other Techniques for Horses on the Beach
For those of you who want to shoot horses on the beach with some real hands-on instruction here is one that will be of great benefit! David will show you hands-on techniques for using your flash and a few other techniques to photograph horses on the beach. You will then caravan to the Morro Rock and shoot as a group.
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David Wells
Embassy Suites Edna West 14
03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
V3 Moving from Stills to Motion Picture
Description – This hands-on workshop will expand your headspace from capturing a moment to recording a “variety of scenes” to tell a story, and also share tips and tricks of creating storyboards and the gear you’ll need to film motion pictures (slider, jib, dolly), to prepare you for the Cinema Verite and Documentary throughout the week. Prerequisites - Completion of Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One, Canon DSLR, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: 1. We gently invite you to leave the land of one great shot to cinematic flowing images following one upon another to create impact. 2. We have you do drills to bring your mind from “Hold it !” to saying, “ACTION!” before your shots. 3. How to build a storyboard. 4. We’ll have you use different music to push ideas for your storyboard. 5. Learn gear platforms to bring motion to the shot, 6. How to handle lighting issues that come up when the camera’s moving, blocking motion of actors and camera… Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. SanDisk or equivalent CF or SD card, 16 GB, 30-45 MB/s. If you have any sliders, micro dollies or other “motion” platforms. Physical Requirements: Nothing arduous. In the hotel Atrium.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Suites Atrium 10
04:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Working the Subject: Intro and Shoot
Take your nature photography from simply recording pretty subjects with a good camera to creating works of beauty as photographs. For those of you wanting to photograph landscape join Rob first in a lecture and then just north of Morro Bay for a unique look at our beautiful coastline. Two very real threats to good photography come from the excellent digital camera gear available today and fascinating subjects in nature. This happens because the photographer pays too much attention to getting the “great” subject lined up in the viewfinder of the “great” camera then expects the subject and the camera to make a great photo. That might make a nice snapshot in terms of a sharp rendering of a subject, but that won’t give you better photographs, great shots. Subjects and cameras do not make photos, the photographer does. I am going to give you specific tips on working with your gear and the subject to ensure you are creating photographs that mean something as photographs, not simply record shots of an interesting object. Prerequisites: None for this presentation. Level: Level A and B primarily. Topics covered: • Why your camera sees so differently than you do • How to see a subject the way your camera does • Why saying No to a photo is important • Why light is so important and how to quickly make the most of it • Why focal length is more than staying in one spot and zooming • Why foreground-background relationships are so important and how to work with them
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO Center 14
04:00 pm - 06:45 pm
The Fundamentals of a Fashion Shoot
David will teach you fashion lighting techniques and working with a model.
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David Mecey
Embassy SLO North 9
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Slow Shutter Apps for Art Effects: Download, Demo and Shoot!
Meet, discover, download and prepare for shooting at the beach. Put your slow shutter apps to use! Get dreamy images of the moving subjects on the beach and turn them into painterly art. We also recommend that you look into a tripod and support system for your iPhone for long exposures or time lapse etc. Bring your headphones as well because they serve as a shutter release. For Really Right Stuff Support gear go to: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl?sc=1&category=&search=iphone -B2-XJ1: Clamp with Dovetail Base (Good for normal tripods with a RRS ballhead) -Tabletop Tripod Pkg for Mobile Devices -XC-iP5 iPhone® 5/5s Case
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Edna East 10
04:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Children Portraits for Painting: Part 1
Jane will show you examples of painted portraits of children to start your portrait project for the week. We will set up shoots with kids but you can also join other shoots during the week that have portraits of adults if you prefer. This class has three parts to it. The prep and shoot (2 to choose from), retouching and digital prep, and the painting session.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 16
04:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Photography in Motion
Photography techniques to prep you for horses on the beach. Then caravan to Morro Bay for the horses shoot. Ken will cover panning and other creative techniques to get you dynamic photos during the sunset!
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Ken Sklute
Embassy SLO South 11
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
V4 On Location Filming: Horses on the Beach
Description - We take our new video skills on location to do a series of hands-on filming drills of the horses running on the beach at Morro Rock. Prerequisites – Completion of V1 and V2. Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Level B and Level C Topics: Applying the knowledge you learned in V1, V2 and V3 you will shoot a VARIETY of shots to build a film montage of the Horses running on the beach…still photographers getting ready…tripods locking down…squinting…horses shaking…riders prepping…ocean breaking…. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. SanDisk or equivalent CF or SD card, 16 GB, 30-45 MB/s. Boots that won’t get wet in the ocean tide. Physical Requirements: Medium, walking through the rocks to the sand.
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Fletch Murray
Morro Rock State Beach 18
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Intro to Nikon Flash Techniques and Horses on the Beach!
Nikon has a terrific system with their cameras a flashes, allowing you to shoot both great TTL with the flash on camera and also using the built in flash to trigger the flash off camera. We will explore various methods of using the flash both as a main light and a fill light, the key to great TTL, the full control of manual, on camera and off camera with attachments and how to balance light with flash and ambient. This class is a great way to make the flash your friend! Students should be familiar with their flash and using the models of TTL and Manual. All Levels welcome Topics: Flash on camera with attachments, TTL, fill flash, off camera flash, “dragging the shutter”. Bring your flash and camera No physical requirements
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy SLO North 12
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Horses on the Beach!
Every year Hal leads this hands-on event and helps you create professional looking images whether with a flash, panning or creating an awesome action silhouette (weather depending)! See Hal get excited about the largest event of the week!
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Hal Schmitt
Morro Rock State Beach 10
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Horses on the Beach!
Join Jennifer on the beach for horses on the beach!
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Jennifer Wu
Morro Rock State Beach 16
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Horses on the Beach!
This is the quintessential CPF event, so make sure not to miss it. Join Juan on the beach for horses. Juan will teach you how to make spectacular images of the horses running on the beach. Required Equipment: medium to medium long lenses (50mm to 200mm), a tripod for late sunset shots.
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Juan A. Pons
Morro Rock State Beach 19
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Capturing Movement Techniques
See what we have in store this year with the artistic and creative mind of Lee Varis! Learn to creatively capture movement with the simplicity of your camera.
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Lee Varis
Morro Rock State Beach 15
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Shoot to Composite: Content- Backgrounds
Stephen will guide you around the fascinating scenes of horses on the beach to create content for your composite. Learn how to shoot and see subjects for potential Backgrounds.
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Stephen Burns
Morro Rock State Beach 10
Thursday, October 9th
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Over Morro Bay Estuary
A beautiful overlook onto the estuary with Morro Rock in the distance. Elfin Forest Handicap Accessible Parking is on 16th street alternative parking on 15th and 17th. Please do not park in front of houses or driveways. Carpooling from Embassy is preferred.
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Lee Varis
Elfin Forest 10
06:00 am - 07:00 am
Sunrise at Morro Bay Natural History Museum
Capture the beautiful skyline dawn light with the Estuary and Morro Rock! There are several great views for the MB Natural History Museum: from the hill, on the entrance walkway and also on the shoreline. The light reflecting on the water is dawn is gorgeous and there are plenty of views with great compositions. We can shoot “straight” or we can use flash to light the foreground landscape, or use a neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed and get movement in the water and sky. This is not a scene to capture the Sun, but a lovely view of the skyline. No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: Exposure techniques, composition, color of light, sunrise lighting, landscape Bring your Tripod, flash and camera. Optional neutral density filters. Wear sturdy shoes if you want to climb the hill. Bring a protective bag for the camera in case of dampness or rain.
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Bobbi Lane
Morro Bay Museum of Natural History Beach Class Full
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Over Morro Bay
**Please be in good health for this hike to the top of the hill. Black Hill overlooks the town of Morro Bay and the estuary. The shooting area is extremely small so there are limited spaces available. Please carpool from Embassy at 5:30am. There are only 8 spaces for parking so please be considerate when parking and please help with carpooling- even if from the golf coarse parking lot.
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Jennifer Wu
Black Hill Morro Bay- 300\' Vertical Hike 9
07:00 am - 09:00 am
V5 Cinema Verite Filmmaking (French) No Audio
Description – In the tradition of the great French filmmakers we’ll “take to the streets” to create short, impressionistic film vignettes in a variety of locations using natural light and reflectors. You do not have to speak French…just think French…think sensual….think scenes that make your heart fall in love again. PREREQUISITES: Completion of V1 - Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One, Level B and Level C Topics: I want you to learn to take the “great shots” you see on the street and expand them into a 1 – 2 – 3 short film vignette. So we’ll find a great still shot and STRETCH it into a longer, filmic visual communication. Models will help us stage the action. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 3, 6 and/or 9, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Physical Requirements: May involve walking through vineyards or around winery equipment so please be self-aware and careful.
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Fletch Murray
Vineyard TBD 12
07:30 am - 10:00 am
Sunrise Light, Shadow, Night and Twlight
Now witness the beauty of the sunrise in the Paso Robles vineyards! These vineyards should still have fruit on them so you will get a nice view and beautiful light as the sun comes up to photograph our favorite fruit. Work your way from Vineyard to winery to focus on the light and how to tell a story during the working harvest time in the Paso Robles Wine Region. David will show you how to direct your eye and your exposure as you watch the lighting conditions change in the morning.
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David Wells
Paso Robles Winery TBD 5
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Shoot to Composite- Tools of the Trade
This is a hands-on class on the use of the WACOM Tablet as a necessary asset for digital creation. You will learn how to create custom brushes that will aid you in creating stunning artistic images. This class will also introduce how to custom the tablet for a image compositing workflow.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy SLO Center 18
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Theory of Color in Your Photography
Jane will teach you the importance of color in your photography and artwork and how it impacts the viewer.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy SLO North 17
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Editorial, Magazine and Catalog
David will show you examples of what you can do with photography on a business level. He will show you through his history and experience where fashion can take you.
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David Mecey
Embassy Del Monte 19
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Travel Portraits Introduction and Shoot
Creating interesting and effective travel portraits is a challenge that can be daunting, and this seminar/workshop will give you strong and practical tips to help you make great photos. The story that people’s faces tell us is amazing when they are in good light and in an environment that provides context and information. The seminar will consist of an image presentation of portraits from around the world with advice and information on camera techniques, lighting with both natural and flash, composition, approach, interaction with the subject and context. The workshop will take us to Morro Bay’s Embarcadero, where we will interact and photograph locals and visitors, using the great location to help use tell the story. No prerequisites Levels B and C Topics: Portraits, location lighting, flash, use of reflectors, environmental portraits Bring your flash and any modifiers and camera with medium telephoto or medium zoom lens. Suggested lenses are 24-85 zoom, 70-200 zoom, 85mm 1.8, or 50 1.8. These are not all necessary, you may just end up using the medium zoom, but if you have them, bring them. . No tripod is necessary, but if you like working with a monopod, you might bring it if you use a longer lens. If you have a reflector, that’s handy, too. Wear comfortable shoes.
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy Suites Edna East 15
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fundamentals of Dimensional Lighting
In order to create dimensional lighting, Ken will share with you his tips and tricks for lighting people in a complimentary and consistent manner. You will be taught to analyze your subjects face and determine the best position for the light(s). You will also learn about light modifiers to make sure that your subject will look their best. We will have an indoor studio set up complete with flashes to use and backgrounds set up in order for you to practice your new found knowledge. This workshop is open to those who have a good understanding of basic camera controls like shutter speeds, aperture and ISO. You will need a DSLR and a portrait lens like an 85mm or longer focal length. Zoom lenses are suggested like a 24-105 or 70-200mm.
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Ken Sklute
Embassy Suites Edna West 13
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Started with Light Painting
The introduction and demo of Light Painting techniques for both indoor and in the field classes. Ben will go over the tools, technique and summary of digital processing so that you are prepared for the light painting process during the week. Ben will also demo indoor light painting with items and class size dependent will have you join in on the process. You will need to take this in order to do any other light painting classes during the week so that you are up to speed for the class time.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 12
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Long Exposures Presentation- Intro
Coming soon. Please take this class prior to going to Jennifer's in the field shoot.
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy SLO North 45
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
iPhone Processing Techniques
Learn apps to process like a pro. (Knowledge of Photoshop is helpful.)
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Edna East 20
10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Shoot to Composite- Introduction to Layers and Masks
A hands-on class that introduces the student to the technique of using Layer masks to merge and blend images together. This class is essential for creating your final composite but does not, itself, need a prerequisite.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy SLO Center 56
10:30 am - 04:00 pm
Key Elements to a Professional Photo Shoot
David will walk you through his shooting workflow from building his creative team to working with a model and building his lights for a shoot. Demo and presentation.
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David Mecey
Embassy Del Monte 9
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Photographing Critters
Please only register for 1 critters shoot so more people have the opportunity to join in. We will not allow duplicate registrations to keep it fair. Come with a tripod, a flash if you have one and your camera ready to shoot Dennis Sheridan's Famous Critters!
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Rob Sheppard
Juan A. Pons
Embassy SLO South 8
01:45 pm - 04:00 pm
V1 - Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One
Description – This is a repeat class from day 1 to get those who missed it up to speed for the rest of the week. Get your Amateur and Pro questions answered about video while you rapidly learn the menu settings and tips and tricks to shoot great looking video with your Canon DSLR. Great foundation. Prerequisites - NONE. Bring your Canon DSLR and ALL your questions. We have the answers to questions that have been holding you back. Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: We begin by answering your questions and confusions about DSLR filmmaking so you have a firm foundation in video to build on. Then, we take you through the menus and set you up to shoot great video, answering your questions along the way. We like being interrupted because that’s the roadblock you’ve hit and it can’ wait “until the end”. Our students love this approach. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. SanDisk or equivalent CF or SD card, 16 GB, 30-45 MB/s. Physical Requirements: In hotel meeting room so not physically taxing 1:30 GRADUATION on SUNDAY Description – Those completing V1 and V2 will receive the CineBootCamps Pro Level One and Pro Level Two Certificate.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Del Monte 16
01:45 pm - 03:00 pm
Photographing Critters
Please only register for 1 critters shoot so more people have the opportunity to join in. We will not allow duplicate registrations to keep it fair. Come with a tripod, a flash if you have one and your camera ready to shoot Dennis Sheridan's Famous Critters!
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Sponsor Event
Embassy SLO South Class Full
01:45 pm - 03:00 pm
Digital Workflow
Digital imaging has offered photographers a world of new possibilities in photography including immediate feedback, nearly infinite possibilities for image modification, etc. At the same time, today’s photographers are flooded with an equally vast number of new images that need be organized in some coherent way. In this workshop David Wells will teach you his workflow, explaining each step in his process from the point of view of this is what he does and why. He will be speaking about his business as a stock photographer, but any photographer can learn an incredible amount about how to manage their own workflow by understanding why David does what he does and then asking themselves what they should do in their new workflow, based on their particular type of photography.
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David Wells
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 15
01:45 pm - 03:45 pm
Shoot to Composite- Introduction to Adjustment Layers
A hands-on class that sets the foundation to using adjustments layers to alter localized areas of our scene. You need this class for your final composite class but you do not need to take a prerequisite to take this class. We recommend taking the intro to shoot to composite if you are following along in the series. You can bring a laptop to follow along or sit back and watch and take notes.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy SLO Center 52
01:45 pm - 04:45 pm
Posing and Directing
Posing naturally and directing your subject are crucial to making strong and marketable photographs. Posing your subjects in a natural and comfortable way adds authenticity to your photos and directing them in a kind and gentle fashion helps bring out the relaxed and effective expressions. In this lively and fun presentation and demo, we shoot live models with the camera tethered so you can see the results immediately. The poses are centered on both composition and telling the story of the portrait, so being clear on the concept is important. We will cover headshots, three quarters and full length for both male and female models, and then also do couples. This demo is filled with practical and fun tips to make your job easier, therefore making more marketable portraits. No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: Posing for headshots, three quarter and full length, communication with your subject. No physical requirements
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy SLO North 54
01:45 pm - 04:45 pm
Light Painting Portraits and People
Light and shoot a live model in the studio with an advanced “Lighting-in-Layers” technique using continuous light sources. *This class may contain nudity but is not guaranteed. If this is a concern please check in with the office as we get closer to the class date. Lee will guide you in an adventure in lighting the nude in the studio to create fine art images of unparalleled beauty. Participants will get experience shooting and light- painting multiple exposures of a stationary subject, with the goal of assembling several light exposures into Photoshop layers. After the shooting session, Lee will demonstrate how to assemble the final image in Photoshop to create subtly beautiful lighting effects that could not be achieved using more traditional approaches! Prerequisites: The desire to explore new photo techniques, and a working knowledge of your camera and how to use it in manual mode – a Level B workshop Topics include: • Composing the model • Light painting • Multi-shot workflow • Photoshop layers fundamentals • Photoshop blend modes • List gear needed to participate: A camera that can operate in manual mode, a tripod, an led flashlight would be nice but not absolutely necessary – lighting will be supplied at the shoot • Physical requirements for the students to participate: in studio, non-stressful, but students will be standing most of the time during the shooting part • Global concept – students will shoot together in groups, taking turns “lighting” the model. The goal is to get multiple exposures of the same image and be able to assemble the parts into a blended whole later on, after they get home! Links to relevant info: • http://varis.com/2014/02/19/lighting-in-layers-nudes/ • http://varis.com/2013/02/04/st-century-lighting-techniques/ • http://varis.com/2013/10/17/california-photo-festival-2013/
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Lee Varis
Embassy Suites Edna West 11
02:00 pm - 04:45 pm
Fundamentals of Dimensional Lighting: Couples On Location
In order to create dimensional lighting, Ken will share with you his tips and tricks for lighting people in a complimentary and consistent manner. You will be taught to analyze your subjects face and determine the best position for the light(s). You will also learn about light modifiers to make sure that your subject will look their best. We will be on location for this workshop using both natural light and flash to balance the lighting on your subject with the light in the background. A wise investment of your time will be attending the "Fundamentals of Dimensional Lighting course!" prior to this course. This workshop is open to those who have a good understanding of basic camera controls like shutter speeds, aperture and ISO. You will need a DSLR and a portrait lens like an 85mm or longer focal length. Zoom lenses are suggested like a 24-105 or 70-200mm. A tripod or monopod might prove helpful for this course.
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Ken Sklute
Paso Robles Winery TBD 14
03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
Think Like a Photographer
Move beyond choosing a lens based on how much of the scene fits in the frame and learn how your lens choice affects focusing, depth of field, distortion and foreground/background prominence. Learn to refine your shooting technique to become more versatile and increase the quality of all the images you capture.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy Suites Edna East 12
03:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Photographing Critters
Please only register for 1 critters shoot so more people have the opportunity to join in. We will not allow duplicate registrations to keep it fair. Come with a tripod, a flash if you have one and your camera ready to shoot Dennis Sheridan's Famous Critters!
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Juan A. Pons
Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO South 10
04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
iPhone Apps for Outdoors and Events
Prep for the photo walk by downloading apps that will help you shoot better images in the field. You do not have to go to the shoot but you must come to this before you can join them for the shoot. We can accommodate more people during this session and fewer people for the actual shoot.
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy SLO Center 24
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
V7 Cinema Verite Filmmaking w/audio (French)
Description – Again, in the tradition of the great French filmmakers we’ll “take to the streets” shooting short, impressionistic film vignettes on the sands of Pismo Beach area. Prerequisites – Completion of Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One, You do not have to speak French…just think French…think sensual….think scenes you’ll fall in love with, that’ll get your heart going again, scenes that relay the “touch”, the “feel”, the “warmth”, the “dance” of the area. Level B and Level C Topics: Using different lenses for different effects, rolling focus during the shot, moving the camera sensuously, planning “discovery/impact” points in the filming sequence, learning to focus during the action, handling exposure shifts and white balance shifts during the shot. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Physical Requirements: A good attitude. Flexibility. Open mind. Can take a punch and punch back.
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Fletch Murray
Pismo Pier Entrance 11
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
iPhone Photo Walk
Join Jill in Pismo by the pier and shoot the sites with a variety of new apps. (Please attend the 4:30-5 section for prep and download.) We also recommend that you look into a tripod and support system for your iPhone for long exposures or time lapse etc. Bring your headphones as well because they serve as a shutter release. For Really Right Stuff Support gear go to: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl?sc=1&category=&search=iphone -B2-XJ1: Clamp with Dovetail Base (Good for normal tripods with a RRS ballhead) -Tabletop Tripod Pkg for Mobile Devices -XC-iP5 iPhone® 5/5s Case
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Jill Waterbury
Pismo Pier Entrance 13
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Sunset Engagement
This session will take place on location at a winery and will teach you the techniques necessary for combining beautiful lighting on your subject with the quick changing sunset skies. There will be demos and gear available to see what it takes to create magnificent lighting at the most beautiful time of day. In order to make the most of this fast paced session you will required to be in attendance at either the "Fundamentals of Dimensional Lighting" or the "Fundamentals of Dimensional Light: Couples on Location" workshops. Sorry, for you and all of the other attendees, there will be the need to enforce this. Equipment needed: DSLR Mid range lens like a 24-70mm or 24-105mm Cable/Electronic release Tripod This workshop is open to those who have a good understanding of basic camera controls like shutter speeds, aperture and ISO.
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Ken Sklute
Paso Robles Winery TBD 13
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Long Exposures in the Field
We suggest you bring 5-10 stop Neutral Density filters for your lenses to create longer exposure opportunities. Tripod is a must and cable release is suggested. Please go to Jennifer's lecture prior to coming to shoot or you could be left behind.
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Jennifer Wu
MDO Bluffs Trail 2
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Sunset Vineyard
Sunset is at 6:30 so do not break the speed limit to try and get there at 5:30 sharp. Bring a tripod, cable release and a head lamp for when the sun goes down. This is the Midnight VINEYARD, NOT THEIR WINERY
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Hal Schmitt
Midnight Cellars Vineyard 2
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Shoot to Composite: Content- Backgrounds and Textures
Learn how to shoot and see subjects for potential Backgrounds. This is also a photo shoot to record textures for our composite on Sunday.
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Stephen Burns
Pismo Pier Entrance 15
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Creative Movement with Color
Jane will lead a photo shoot with female models on the beach and near the pier to creatively create content to paint and process later. *Models may be under-18 for our child portrait painting sessions. We will be collecting general "non-profit" image rights from their guardians and parents so that you can still use these images and portraits for your portfolio and education.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Pismo Pier Entrance 15
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Flash Portraits with Surfers
Late afternoon and sunset on Pismo Pier with surfers? What’s not to love? Come and join Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis for a great natural light and portable flash shooting opportunity with wonderful models in a great location. Terrific shooting opportunity and a chance to learn how to “drag the shutter” balancing flash and ambient light. Must be familiar with your flash All Levels welcome Bring your camera and flash. Tripod is optional Topics: Late afternoon light for portraits, flash techniques, balancing flash and ambient Appropriate shoes for beach walking
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Lee Varis
Bobbi Lane
Pismo Pier Entrance 15
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Lighting on Location
Venue to be discussed at Davids "Key Elements to a Professional Photo Shoot" Session and completely subject to weather conditions
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David Mecey
TBD 12
07:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Vineyards at Night
Time may change according to the sky. But we will be photographing the night sky with the vineyards as a foreground. Some light painting will occur at times to get the vineyards so a small class is required to have optimal image quality.
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Hal Schmitt
Midnight Cellars Vineyard Class Full
07:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Light Painting in the Field
You Must have taken "getting started with Light Painting" in order to join so that you are not left behind or slow down the class progress.
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Ben Willmore
Sunny Acres 10
Friday, October 10th
06:00 am - 07:30 am
V8 Cinema Verite Filmmaking (Yankee Style)
Description – Now we switch to All-American, we’re number one, filmmaking genre to capture impressionistic film vignettes at Morro Bay Harbor South portraying Yankee power, courage and pride…dramatic angles of power and the sea. Prerequisites – Completion of Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One, Level B and Level C Topics: Composing strong architectural beginnings and endings of flowing, panning shots. Using a dolly to add the third dimension. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, monopod/tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. We’ll be on the move so won’t have a lot of time to write. You’ll learn by doing, so I’ll be the “director” asking you (my camera person) to come up with shots. I’ll help you out, if you want Physical Requirements: In shape but not Ironman.
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Fletch Murray
Morro Bay North Harbor (Great American Fish Company) 10
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Vineyards
Join Jennifer in one of the most beautiful vineyards in the Paso Robles Wine Country!
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Jennifer Wu
Red Soles Vineyards 8
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Over Morro Bay
**Please be in good health for this hike to the top of the hill. Black Hill overlooks the town of Morro Bay and the estuary. The shooting area is extremely small so there are limited spaces available. Please carpool from Embassy at 5:30am. There are only 8 spaces for parking so please be considerate when parking and please help with carpooling- even if from the golf coarse parking lot.
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Rob Sheppard
Black Hill Morro Bay- 300\' Vertical Hike 12
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise and Long Exposures
Join a local pro at an awesome location in Pismo!
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Mark Gvazdinskas
Pismo TBD Class Full
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Shorebirds
Come early and shoot some amazing shorebirds while they are bathed by the beautiful pink light and while they forage for their morning meal. Species we will photograph include: Marbled Godwits, Long Billed Curlews, Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and many more. Required Equipment: The longest lens you own (300mm or greater), sturdy tripod, flash, waterproof shoes. Canon will be there to lend us some long lenses in case you don't have one or have been wanting to try something new. Some of the lenses they have lent in past years include 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, and 200mm-400mm.
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Juan A. Pons
Bayside Marina 6
06:30 am - 07:45 am
Sunrise iPhone Photo Walk
Please go to one of the downloading sessions before coming so that you have some of Jill's recommended apps to work with during the PhotoWalk. We also recommend that you look into a tripod and support system for your iPhone for long exposures or time lapse etc. Bring your headphones as well because they serve as a shutter release. For Really Right Stuff Support gear go to: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl?sc=1&category=&search=iphone -B2-XJ1: Clamp with Dovetail Base (Good for normal tripods with a RRS ballhead) -Tabletop Tripod Pkg for Mobile Devices -XC-iP5 iPhone® 5/5s Case
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Jill Waterbury
Morro Bay North Harbor (Great American Fish Company) 16
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Shoot to Composite: Perspective Control Part 1
A hands-on class that explores the basics of custom creating perspectives. The student will get a foundation on concept and application of perspective control and how to apply them.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Edna West 17
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Expert Retouching Techniques
Learn how to choose the most ideal retouching tool for any job and see how multiple tools can work in concert to tackle projects that no single tool could handle. You'll learn how to remove telephone lines, banding from skies, wrinkles from foreheads and much more.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy SLO Center 55
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Artistic Photo Collage Part 1
You should already know layers and masks and the basics of Photoshop. this is a prep and laying out of the collage with a final session later in the day that you should take to complete the collage
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 22
08:00 am - 10:00 am
Timelapse Introduction and Shoot
Ken will share with you through beautiful examples of his time lapse videos that he has taken around the world, to give you an idea of what goes into the preparation and planning of a successful time lapse film. He will also go over the necessary gear for the time lapse capture as well as the thought processes and techniques to help create videos that are dynamic and professional. By attending this first of 4 necessary modules, you will be ready to create Time Lapses on your own. Once the classroom instruction is complete, (approx. 90 minutes) we will head out to a winery to create a series of time lapses. You will be assigned various positions to work as a team in collecting the various clips that will be needed to ultimately create a film for the winery. In order to attend this complex but well explained workshop, you need to be able to understand exposure (the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO) and have a good understanding of composition. You will need a camera with interchangeable lenses, a sturdy tripod, a electronic release or (preferably) an Intervelometer. You will also need a large memory card as we will be capturing hundreds of images for the film. We will head to the winery to capture the images necessary. You will need to wear closed toed shoes as some of the surfaces at the winery are wet and could prove slippery. You will be photographing in an active winery during the harvest so the class will be working around what we are allowed to do. The winery is very cooperative but we do need to work by their advice. This will be a fun, creative and informative workshop, so be prepared!
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Ken Sklute
Embassy Del Monte 13
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Video Introduction and Shoot
In this class, you will learn the tools and the process to make narrative videos, working as a one-man (person) band. After the class, you will have the tools to go out and create your own video projects that hew close to your personal vision while serving your client’s mission. Course description summary The successful narrative video maker of tomorrow needs to create brief, dramatic, visually compelling videos that maximize the ambient sound and the atmosphere of a place, while minimizing the talking heads, in order to effectively deliver the story. The class will explore the basics of the gear required to work as a one-man (person) band doing the audio and video capture. I will also explain the the software I use for organizing the material, the video software used to make the final videos. Prerequisites - You will need a digital camera with interchangeable lenses, A sturdy tripod (Professional level - not plastic), and a working knowledge of the laptop computer you have with you. Levels B + C List gear needed to participate: Fixed focal length or zoom lenses covering approximately 24mm or 28mm to 200 mm or 300 mm. You will also need a laptop computer with lots of empty HD space AND an external HD. Download the trial version of the softwares at http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm and at http://www.phaseone.com/en/Downloads/Media-Pro-1.aspx and consider buying either: http://www.dayofthenewdan.com/projects/time-lapse-assembler-1/ or QuickTime 7 Pro at http://www.apple.com/quicktime/extending/index.html Physical requirements for the students to participate: There will be walking around with some squatting down and climbing up to gett higher and lower. See examples of David's videos here http://vimeo.com/thewellspoint
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David Wells
Embassy SLO North 15
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Creative Still Life
Assemble, light, and shoot table-top still life images with an assortment of interesting objects—learn to think outside the lightbox to create stunning works of art! Lee will guide you in an adventure in lighting to creating uniquely artistic photographs using simple flashlights and special light painting techniques. Participants will cycle through several different setups designed to teach different lighting techniques. At the end of the shooting sessions Lee will demonstrate how to assemble multiple lighting exposures in Photoshop to create a blended effect that transcends the sum of its parts! Prerequisites: The desire to explore new photo techniques, and a working knowledge of your camera and how to use it in manual mode – a Level B workshop Topics include: • Still life composition • Light painting • Multi-shot workflow • Photoshop layers fundamentals • Photoshop blend modes • List gear needed to participate: A camera that can operate in manual mode, a tripod, a small led flashlight (the cheaper, the better), • Length of class desired: 4 hrs – Shooting 3 hrs, followed by 1- hour lecture/demo • Physical requirements for the students to participate: in studio, non-stressful, but students will be standing most of the time during the shooting part • Global concept – students will shoot together in groups, taking turns “lighting” the table-top setups. The goal is to get multiple exposures of a still life and be able to assemble the parts into a blended whole later on, after they get home Links to relevant info: • http://varis.com/2013/08/19/the-new-cc-false-color-technique/ • http://varis.com/2013/02/04/st-century-lighting-techniques/ • http://varis.com/2013/10/17/california-photo-festival-2013/
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Lee Varis
Embassy Suites Edna East 1
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Printing and Color Management for Photographers
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Hal Schmitt
Embassy SLO South 58
08:30 am - 12:00 pm
Studio Portraits: One and Two Lights
Making a portrait requires many skills including posing and directing, tonalities, concept, wardrobe and the most important of all: lighting. This intensive shooting workshop will give you the foundation skills to control your light and use it to describe your subject and set the mood. We will work with studio strobes and various light modifiers such as umbrellas, soft boxes, grid spots and beauty dishes, leaning how to “sculpt” with light. All light consists of three aspects: direction, quality and depth and we demonstrate how to put them all together to tell the story of the subject. One light on its own is beautiful, and sometimes we want to add a second light to illuminate the hair, or make an edge light or light the background. We will have demonstrations and then the participants will shoot models using the above techniques. No studio lighting experience is necessary Level B & C Must have a camera with interchangeable lenses and a medium telephoto or zoom A tripod is suggested but not necessary Topics: Studio Portrait Lighting, strobe lights, lighting techniques, posing, portraits No physical requirements
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 5
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
V9 Offloading Workflow for Video
Description – You’ll see basic editing workflow in Adobe Premiere. (And those who've been shooting video can offload any shots you haven’t offloaded to Fletch’s hard drive.) Topics: 1. What hard drives to use 2. What card readers work best 3. Backup procedures 4. Information management 5. Sane workflow practices 6. Importing into video editing applications. Gear Needed: Hard drive (if you now use one), card reader, your cards Physical Requirements: None Outline will be provided for this class.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Del Monte 10
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
From Snapshots to Great Shots
Take your nature photography from simply recording pretty subjects with a good camera to creating works of beauty as photographs. Two very real threats to good photography come from the excellent digital camera gear available today and fascinating subjects in nature. This happens because the photographer pays too much attention to getting the “great” subject lined up in the viewfinder of the “great” camera then expects the subject and the camera to make a great photo. That might make a nice snapshot in terms of a sharp rendering of a subject, but that won’t give you better photographs, great shots. Subjects and cameras do not make photos, the photographer does. I am going to give you specific tips on working with your gear and the subject to ensure you are creating photographs that mean something as photographs, not simply record shots of an interesting object. Prerequisites: None for this presentation. Level: Level A and B primarily. Topics covered: • Why your camera sees so differently than you do • How to see a subject the way your camera does • Why saying No to a photo is important • Why light is so important and how to quickly make the most of it • Why focal length is more than staying in one spot and zooming • Why foreground-background relationships are so important and how to work with them
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO Center 57
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Adobe Lightroom Workflow for Nature Photographers
Learn to use Lightroom as your foundation to develop an efficient image management workflow. Capturing your images is only the first step in making great digital images. Post processing and management of those images is an essential part of digital photography, and there is no software package better suited for digital photographers than Adobe Lightroom. In this session, Juan will teach you a basic streamlined digital workflow geared towards nature photographer which will become your foundation for your own efficient Lightroom workflow.
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Juan A. Pons
Embassy SLO North 58
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Technomadic Tips for Photographers
Learn which iOS apps can help you keel track of locations you'd like to shoot, predict the weather down to the minute and show you how far of a drive you'd need to make to get away from city light pollution so you can capture the Milky Way. See how you can find out when the location you want to shoot will be in sun or shade at any time of day. Learn useful tips & tricks from someone who lives on the road, has visited all 50 states and six out of seven continents.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy Suites Edna West 9
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
V10 Filming Green Screen Scenes
Description – You’ll learn the seven basic steps to shooting believable green screen film shots as you set up and film green screen scenes in the Atrium. Prerequisites – Basic Steps to Shoot Video – Part One Level B and Level C Topics: 1. Scouting for sun position 2. The safety issues of Green Screen setup. 3. How to pick your background first 4. Positioning with the sun tracking/light source for the rim light. Understanding green spill 5. Understanding light ratios 6. The types of green for green screens? 7. How to check the shot for a good key. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Physical Requirements: None
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Suites Atrium 12
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
Bringing Out the Best in Your Nature Photographs
Nature might be perfect, but cameras are not, so you need to learn to process images optimally to get the most from your photos. I once had someone tell me that he did not have to do anything with his nature photographs in the computer because “nature is perfect. “ Nature may be perfect, but photography is not. Cameras are not perfect and they do not capture the world the way we see it. That can be a major problem in achieving success with your images. In this class, we are going to look at how you can process your RAW files in order to create expressive, effective and evocative images. I want you to be able to get the most from your images and go beyond the default image that comes from the camera, an image that is often lacking in contrast, color and emphasis compared to the way you saw the world as you photographed it. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of RAW files and using a computer to process them. Level: B and C Topics covered: • Developing a basic workflow that helps you get the best from blacks, whites, midtones and color • How to ensure you have the best range of tonality for your image • Why you rarely want to use overall saturation tools • How to get the best color • How to correct color • How to affect one part of a photo without affecting another
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO South 49
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
Processing the Time Lapse Video
Ken will lead you through the various types of processing techniques to create the moving film from your time lapse captures. Time lapse is a four part educational series. The first was to learn and understand what it takes to come back with images that will make an interesting time lapse. The second element is the actual capture of the imagery. Now Ken will show you how as well as keep a watchful eye on your image processing, resulting in finished moving clips. He will show how to add images together and with music, create a time lapse that you will be proud of. For this course, you will need a laptop with your choice of programs loaded like Lightroom, Quicktime Pro or many other programs to process the files that you created at the winery. You will need to attend this workshop in order to attend the 4th module called “How to Create a Time Lapse Movie”
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Ken Sklute
Embassy SLO Center 57
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
Artistic Apps for iPhone
Explore more artistic apps and how to get creative with them.
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 19
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
Processing Black and Whites in Nik
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy Suites Edna West 9
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
Shoot to Composite: Perspective Control Part 2
A hands-on class that explores the practical application on how to blend images taken with dissimilar focal lengths as if they were taken by a single lens. The student will get a foundation to matching multiple images to a single perspective learned in the Perspective Control 1 class .
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Edna East 18
02:15 pm - 03:30 pm
The Artistic Photo Collage Part 2
Put your collage altogether now with these final stages of collage work. You should already know layers and masks and have taken part one earlier in the day.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 22
04:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Sponsor Activities TBD
To be Announced
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Sponsor Event
Embassy Suites 269
Saturday, October 11th
05:45 am - 07:30 am
San Luis Obispo Sunrise
Meet in the lobby at 5:30 and leave at 5:45 to reach the venue by 6am. This is a beautiful view of San Luis Obispo in the mornings!
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Jennifer Wu
Caravan From Embassy 9
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Shorebirds of North Morro Bay
Come early and shoot some amazing shorebirds while they are bathed by the beautiful pink light and while they forage for their morning meal. Species we will photograph include: Marbled Godwits, Black Oystercatchers, Long Billed Curlews, Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and many more. Required Equipment: The longest lens you own (300mm or greater), sturdy tripod, flash, waterproof shoes. Canon will be there to lend us some long lenses in case you don't have one or have been wanting to try something new. Some of the lenses they have lent in past years include 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, and 200mm-400mm.
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Juan A. Pons
Atascadero Beach 14
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise Morro Bay Harbor
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Mark Gvazdinskas
Morro Bay North Harbor (Great American Fish Company) 13
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight Sunrise
If photography is writing with light and everyone is a photographer these days, then the business should be overrun by masters of writing with light. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Great photographers know that light is a tool just like a camera, lens or tripod and mastering that same light is a hard-earned skill. For studio photographers, the art is in controlling that light. Working in uncontrolled situations with found light is as much a challenge but is also rewarding when the light is used effectively. David H. Wells will share his tools for mastering found light, experience that comes from decades of practice and decades of looking at light analytically. This seminar is more than a refresher in the basics, it offers a whole new way to look at and master found light. Wells has repeatedly been called a master of light and shadow. He prefers to call himself a connoisseur of light (meaning a person who is an expert at somethin) or has informed and discriminating taste.) Working in places like Israel, Guatemala, Bangladesh, India, Italy, etc., has given Wells the opportunity to critically analyze found light around the globe and to become a connoisseur of that light. Differentiating yourself as a professional photographer is harder than ever these days with everyone claiming to be one. Learning how to master found light is one way to really do that.
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David Wells
Pismo Beach Pier 4
06:30 am - 08:00 am
Shoot Black-and-White
Discover the amazing images that are possible when you shoot black-and-white right from the start. Black-and-white photography has rightly gained new interest and excitement. Learn to shoot for black-and-white and you will find that all of your photography improves. This is not about shooting normally then removing color later. Black-and-white photography is not simply about removing color. In this field event, you will learn to shoot in black-and-white and why that can be so important. You will learn what it means to see in black-and-white and what some of the key tools are that you have to do that. You will learn the three key ways of structuring a black-and-white photo and how to use them effectively. Prerequisites: Any digital camera that allows you to shoot RAW + JPEG (that does not mean RAW and JPEG separately – RAW + JPEG is a specific setting that tells your camera to record a RAW and a JPEG file at the same time). All DSLRs allow you to do that. You also need a camera that allows you to shoot in black-and-white (monochrome) and most DSLRs allow you to do that, too. Level: All Topics covered: • Shooting in RAW + JPEG • Shooting directly in black-and-white • Learning three key ways of structuring black-and-white photography
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Rob Sheppard
Montana De Oro Spooner Cove 6
06:30 am - 07:30 am
Shoot to Composite: Sunrise Backgrounds
Learn how to shoot and see subjects for potential Backgrounds. The ideal place will be Hearst Castle. This is a photo shoot to record textures for our composite.
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Stephen Burns
Cayucos Pier 9
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Food Photography and Styling
Class Description Join the photographer / chef team of Kent and Sally Cameron, authors of the popular food blog, A Food Centric Life, on a journey to learn how to style, light, shoot, edit and share fantastic food images. Through a combination of classroom and shooting time, learn what makes an excellent food image and how to create these images yourself. This class is designed for: • Photographers wanting to add food to their portfolio • Food bloggers and food authors • Anyone with an interest in photographing and styling food Prerequisites • Basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom helpful, but not required Level A, B, C What You Will Learn • Finding and creating the right light • Applying the elements of composition and angle • Use of color, texture and movement to tell your food story • Lens selection and gear • Tools of the trade for styling food • Selecting the right props and the best places to find them • Editing your food images to capture the viewer’s eye • Sharing your food images Gear Needed to Participate • DSLR • Tripod with ball head or gear head (recommended but not required)
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Kent Cameron
Sally Cameron
Embassy Suites Edna East 13
08:00 am - 11:00 am
Painting Portraits of Children
Now that you have learned hot to set up the Wacom Tablet, customize your brushes, have a basic understanding of Corel Painter and have photo to paint...let's begin!
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 15
08:00 am - 11:00 am
Working with a Creative Team
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David Mecey
Embassy Del Monte 10
08:00 am - 11:00 am
The Classic Hollywood B&W Glamour Portrait
Learn the beauty lighting techniques of George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Edward Steichen, etc... to achieve the classic look of a bygone era. Lee Varis will conduct a live shoot, start-to-finish to demonstrate modern lighting techniques adapted to replicate the look of 1940’s lighting styles. He will then take the captured images into Photoshop where he will show how to retouch & convert the raw color images into the creamy B&W tones of the classic Hollywood studio shots of the past Prerequisites: no special requirements, a non-participation event – all levels welcome Topics include: • Chiaroscuro lighting • Studio flash • Light modifiers • B&W conversion in Photoshop • Portrait retouching • Global concept – students will learn how to light and shoot a studio glamour portrait in the style of George Hurrell and also learn how to transform the color files into B&W retouched masterpieces. Links to relevant info: • http://varis.com/2012/11/05/classic-hollywood-bw-glamour/ • http://varis.com/2013/06/22/build-a-better-glamour-image/ • http://varis.com/2013/03/25/evolution-of-glamour-photo/ • http://varis.com/2013/10/17/california-photo-festival-2013/
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Lee Varis
Embassy Suites Edna West 19
08:30 am - 02:30 pm
Tradeshow Open
Sponsors will have specials available and reps present for your questions and purchases.
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Sponsor Event
Embassy Suites Banquet Hallways 300
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Time Lapse for iPhone
We’ll quickly download and learn how to take easy time lapse on your iPhone. Then we’ll step outside to the local farmer’s market and take some video. (Be sure to bring a tripod!) We also recommend that you look into a tripod and support system for your iPhone for long exposures or time lapse etc. Bring your headphones as well because they serve as a shutter release. For Really Right Stuff Support gear go to: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl?sc=1&category=&search=iphone -B2-XJ1: Clamp with Dovetail Base (Good for normal tripods with a RRS ballhead) -Tabletop Tripod Pkg for Mobile Devices -XC-iP5 iPhone® 5/5s Case
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Del Mar 8
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Shoot to Composite: Organize in Photoshop and Lightroom
Lecture based class to share how to organize the images shot for the final project to be used to create the final composite. Though this is a part of a series, this portion of the class is open to all attendees.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 18
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Night Photography Presentation
This presentation is open to all attendees but is required for Jennifer's night photography shoot this evening.
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy SLO North 51
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Processing Your Black-and-White Images for Optimum Quality
Good black-and-white image processing has little to do with removal of color. Black-and-white photography has a long tradition of darkroom work that includes everyone from Ansel Adams to W. Eugene Smith to Bill Brandt. In this program, I am going to show you how to get the most from a black-and-white photo whether you shot it as a black-and-white or you are converting from color. While I will show you how to convert color to black-and-white, this is not about simple technology and removal of color. This is about translation of color to specific and effective shades of gray from black to white. I will show you how to use several programs including Lightroom (which uses the same processing techniques as Camera Raw) and the Google Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro (I have tried nearly all of the black-and-white programs on the market, and to me, this is the best by far). We are going to go far beyond simply working with photos without color. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of image files and using a computer to process them. Level: B and C Topics covered: • Developing a basic workflow that helps you get the best from blacks, whites, and midtones in black-and-white • Why dark midtones can be such a problem in black-and-white • How to ensure you have the best range of tonality for your image • How to effectively convert a color image to black-and-white • How to work with a black-and-white image in the computer • How to affect one part of a photo without affecting another
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO South 51
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Get Crazy with Adjustment Layers in Photoshop!
You should have a basic understanding of Photoshop and layers and masks. Level B and C
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Ben Willmore
Embassy SLO Center 60
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Senior Portraits Unplugged: Shoot On Location
This shooting workshop teaches you how to pose and direct high school students in natural light and create stories for them. The first thing we do is find the light that is flattering or effective along with the location that will support the concept. We control the light by using reflectors and diffusers to make sure that we get good skin tone and catch lights in the eyes. . We shoot at the Paso Robles Grain Mill which gives us plenty of options to make interesting backgrounds and compositions to enhance our subjects. This is a terrific and fun shooting class, models provided. Level B & C Bring a camera with interchangeable lenses, from medium wide to medium telephoto, zooms are okay. If you have a reflector, please bring them, and we will have some supplied. Topics: portraits, finding good backgrounds, finding good light, telling portrait stories. Comfortable shoes
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Bobbi Lane
Templeton Grain Mill 6
10:00 am - 11:30 am
V11 The Ultra, High-res Filming Workshop
Description – Explore experimental techniques and workflows to achieve new hi-res looks using Twixtor and 22 megapixel, DSLR sensor unleashed by Magic Lantern. Prerequisites – NONE Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: 1. How Magic Lantern brings high res cinema images out of the Canon DSLR 2. Demonstration of TWIXTOR and other extreme slo-mo apps 3. Issues facing “extreme” video projects. Gear Needed: NONE, unless you are a ML lover. If so, bring your camera and workflows to discuss your ML issues. Physical Requirements: In the hotel. Outline will be provided for this class.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Del Monte 17
02:00 pm - 03:45 pm
The Business of Photography Part 2
The second part of this seminar covers defining your identity and developing a strong website and portfolio, formulating your business plan and also explaining copyright and licensing, insuring that you protect your work. These topics are extremely important in building a successful business. Copyright and licensing will help you both protect your work and help you with pricing. Truly defining your style as a photographer and understanding your market demographics is crucial to developing the business. The next two steps go hand in hand. Designing and following a business plan that clearly states your goals and also schedules and deadlines to meet those goals. This leads you to creating a strong and marketable website and portfolio that will help you sell your work and services and clearly define the kind of work you want to get. This is both hard and rewarding and it’s also a flow process since both the plan and the website will continue to change and grow. No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: Copyright and licensing, business plans, websites and portfolios No gear is necessary No physical requirements except a way to take notes
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy SLO South 50
02:15 pm - 04:00 pm
Canon Sponsored EOL Event: Seeing the Unseen by Ken Sklute
It can be difficult to create and bring to life what your mind sees and imagines. Many of us feel creatively stifled at times and find it difficult to see beyond our line of sight. Then again at times we have a very clear image but need the inspiration, knowledge and tools to create it. It can be difficult to break the barriers needed to take us beyond our comfort zone. Ken Sklute, a Canon Explorer of Light has had a diverse and long career in photography and continuously challenges himself to learn new techniques to create images he's imagined first. Come learn with Ken and push yourself to reach the goals in your photography you've been meaning to explore but haven't until now. Ken will teach you the tools to accomplish your goals as well as better see clearly your abilities and talents. He will help you get closer to creating award winning images. Ken will share various images, clips and step by step techniques used to create them. He will also show you the steps needed to create your own ideas and images. There is no fluff in this seminar! You will go home with the knowledge and creative ideas to start practicing new techniques and creating images you're excited about.
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Ken Sklute
Embassy SLO Center 119
04:15 pm - 05:30 pm
V12 Video Portfolio Review
Description –Fletch will give you his suggestions of how to improve your skillsets and answer any questions you have about difficulties you ran into during the week of filming, and it’s a last opportunity to offload your shots from the week. Prerequisites – Have shot video with your Canon DSLR Level A, B, C Topics: How to improve your filmmaking skillsets. Gear Needed: Bring your shots and computer to display them. Physical Requirements: Easy, breezy. No outline will be provided for this class. TOPICS: You will get tips on camera position, camera movement, lighting, pacing, sequencing, millimeter choice for video. GEAR – Video you shot during the week on a hard drive / thumb drive / etc. to be offloaded. If we reach maximum capacity we may extend the hours of the class so everyone has the opportunity for input and learning.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Del Monte 7
04:15 pm - 07:30 pm
iPhone Apps for Long Exposure & Light Trails
Learn slow shutter and low light apps that will allow you to push the limits of your iPhone’s camera. We also recommend that you look into a tripod and support system for your iPhone for long exposures or time lapse etc. Bring your headphones as well because they serve as a shutter release. For Really Right Stuff Support gear go to: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl?sc=1&category=&search=iphone -B2-XJ1: Clamp with Dovetail Base (Good for normal tripods with a RRS ballhead) -Tabletop Tripod Pkg for Mobile Devices -XC-iP5 iPhone® 5/5s Case
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 15
04:15 pm - 07:00 pm
Stock Photography Intro and Shoot
First you will see Davids Presentation and then go for a photowalk with stock in mind. This session will David is an overview of the business of stock photography as well as a basic outline of his digital workflow from capture to archiving to agency submission/dissemination. His workflow is built around software programs such as Expressions Media, PhotoShop and increasingly, Lightroom. David H. Wells has worked with almost every kind of imaginable stock agency from editorial to commercial, American to overseas. He currently works with nine different agencies, from very large to very small. Some agencies are niche marketed and others are specific to certain geographic markets. Over his fifteen years of working as a stock photographer he has learned a lot working with different agencies, some who have grown, some who have been consolidated into other agencies, some who voluntarily retired and some who were forced out of business. We will start with Wells showing his work and highlighting the various stock uses of images he has made throughout his career. Then he will explore the key points to running a stock business.
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David Wells
Embassy Edna East 13
04:15 pm - 06:30 pm
Shoot to Composite: Textures
Stephen's series continues with photographing textures at the beach with sand, shale, and more.
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Stephen Burns
MDO Spooner\'s Cove 8
04:15 pm - 05:30 pm
Tweaking the Portrait in Photoshop
Join Jane as she demonstrates simple yet effective techniques for portrait retouching using Adobe Photoshop CC
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Los Osos South 23
04:15 pm - 07:00 pm
Long Exposures and Sunset Shoot
This is a two part session. First we will meet to go over the basics of long exposures, how to use the equipment and what to look for when you are trying to make long exposure images. We will then head to the Cayucos Pier to practice what we have learned. Required equipment: 10-stop neutral density filter (or equivalent Stacked ND filters), sturdy tripod, hiking shoes. A remote shutter release is convenient but not necessary.
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Juan A. Pons
Embassy SLO North 11
04:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Night Photography
A classroom session discussing the techniques and art of night photography and then go meet at Bishops Peak for sunset and night photography after your quick dinner break. Bishops peak is a steep hike for those who are in good health only. Bring a headlamp and wear good hiking shoes for the dirt hiking path. Make sure you bring a jacket in case it gets cold after the sun goes down.
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy Suites Edna East 6
05:45 pm - 07:00 pm
Sunset over Morro Bay
Black Hill commands an excellent view of Morro Bay and the surrounding area. There is a short hike with @300' vertical gain.
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Rob Sheppard
Black Hill Morro Bay- 300\' Vertical Hike 13
05:45 pm - 07:00 pm
Sunset in Morro Bay
Join Hal at one of the best spots for sunset, wildlife, and night photography.
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Hal Schmitt
MB South Embarcadero (Tidelands) 4
05:45 pm - 07:00 pm
Sunset Stock Photography Walk
Sunset shoot with an emphasis on what makes a good stock photograph. This session will David is an overview of the business of stock photography as well as a basic outline of his digital workflow from capture to archiving to agency submission/dissemination. His workflow is built around software programs such as Expressions Media, PhotoShop and increasingly, Lightroom. David H. Wells has worked with almost every kind of imaginable stock agency from editorial to commercial, American to overseas. He currently works with nine different agencies, from very large to very small. Some agencies are niche marketed and others are specific to certain geographic markets. Over his fifteen years of working as a stock photographer he has learned a lot working with different agencies, some who have grown, some who have been consolidated into other agencies, some who voluntarily retired and some who were forced out of business. We will start with Wells showing his work and highlighting the various stock uses of images he has made throughout his career. Then he will explore the key points to running a stock business.
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David Wells
MB North Harbor - GAFCO 11
06:45 pm - 09:00 pm
Creative Light Painting Technique
Ben + beach = brilliant light painting.
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Ben Willmore
Morro Rock State Beach 4
Sunday, October 12th
06:00 am - 07:30 am
San Luis Obispo Sunrise
Sunrise with Rob Sheppard.
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy Suites 11
06:00 am - 07:30 am
A Different View of Morro Bay
The top of Black Hill has a 360 degree view of Morro Bay and the surrounding area. This is the ideal place to shoot everything from the actual sunrise to the city views. Capture the beautiful skyline dawn light with the Estuary, Morro Rock, the city and hills! The light reflecting on the water is dawn is gorgeous and there are plenty of views with great compositions. We can shoot “straight” or we can use flash to light the foreground landscape, or use a neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed and get movement in the water and sky. No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: Exposure techniques, composition, color of light, sunrise lighting, landscape Bring your Tripod, flash and camera. Optional neutral density filters. Wear sturdy shoes to climb to the top of the hill. Bring a protective bag for the camera in case of dampness or rain. You must be in good health for this 10 minute hike to the top.
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Bobbi Lane
Black Hill Morro Bay- 300\' Vertical Hike 10
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Shorebirds of Morro Rock
Come early and shoot some amazing shorebirds while they are bathed by the beautiful pink light and while they forage for their morning meal. Species we will photograph include: Marbled Godwits, Black Oystercatchers, Long Billed Curlews, Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and many more. Required Equipment: The longest lens you own (300mm or greater), sturdy tripod, flash, waterproof shoes. Canon will be there to lend us some long lenses in case you don't have one or have been wanting to try something new. Some of the lenses they have lent in past years include 500mm, 600mm, 800mm, and 200mm-400mm.
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Juan A. Pons
Morro Rock 10
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Light, Shadow, Night and Twilight Sunrise
If photography is writing with light and everyone is a photographer these days, then the business should be overrun by masters of writing with light. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Great photographers know that light is a tool just like a camera, lens or tripod and mastering that same light is a hard-earned skill. For studio photographers, the art is in controlling that light. Working in uncontrolled situations with found light is as much a challenge but is also rewarding when the light is used effectively. David H. Wells will share his tools for mastering found light, experience that comes from decades of practice and decades of looking at light analytically. This seminar is more than a refresher in the basics, it offers a whole new way to look at and master found light. Wells has repeatedly been called a master of light and shadow. He prefers to call himself a connoisseur of light (meaning a person who is an expert at somethin) or has informed and discriminating taste.) Working in places like Israel, Guatemala, Bangladesh, India, Italy, etc., has given Wells the opportunity to critically analyze found light around the globe and to become a connoisseur of that light. Differentiating yourself as a professional photographer is harder than ever these days with everyone claiming to be one. Learning how to master found light is one way to really do that.
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David Wells
MB North Harbor (GAFCO) Class Full
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise in the Marina
Shoot the marina, birds, and landscape in the pink light.
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Stephen Burns
Bayside Marina 12
06:00 am - 07:30 am
Sunrise in Morro Bay
Watch as the southern end of the harbor is lit up by the beautiful morning light.
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Ken Sklute
Tidelands Park Morro Bay South Embarcadero 12
07:00 am - 12:00 pm
V13 Cinema Verite (Heartland Style)
Description – In a raw and earthy approach, we’ll film models in the Sunny Acres farm, capturing rural scenes of farm life. Topics: Take what you’ve learned, make a storyboard, compose video shots in the motif of America’s farmland genre. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, camera strap, Polarizer, Neutral Density Filters Series 9, tripod (with fluid head if possible, but not essential), three charged batteries and charger, SanDisk or equivalent 16 or 32 GB card, 45 MB/s is fast enough. Physical Requirements: Medium. You’ll be shooting in the dirty world of farming. Outline will not be provided for this class. You’ll make up a storyboard.
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Fletch Murray
Sunny Acres 12
08:00 am - 09:00 am
Sharing Your iPhone Images
A big part of the fun of taking images on your iPhone is sharing them. Learn apps that allow you make and send postcards and booklets.
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 20
08:00 am - 09:00 am
The Business of Photography Part 3
The final part of the series can be summed up in one word: Marketing! In today’s world there are many ways to market including online advertising, social media, direct mail and networking. These subjects are big and putting together your plan can be tricky but all of them are necessary. We also cover estimating, invoicing and pricing for a variety of types of photography from retail to commercial to fine art. We finish up the series with fun topics: creativity, vision and inspiration. No prerequisites All Levels welcome Topics: Marketing, social media, networking, estimating and pricing, creativity, vision and inspiration. No gear is necessary No physical requirements except a way to take notes
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy SLO North 51
08:00 am - 09:00 am
Retouching in Photoshop
Retouch with a Master.
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Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Edna East 16
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
Canvas Mastery
Learn everything you need to know to print and stretch your own canvas prints.
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Hal Schmitt
Embassy SLO Center 58
09:00 am - 12:00 pm
21st Century Lighting Techniques
Learn a whole new approach to lighting that leverages the idiosyncrasies of digital capture to create spectacular effects with minimal equipment. Lee will guide students in a lecture/demo shoot that explores unique lighting techniques using various simple light sources in combination with Photoshop. Students will learn detailed techniques for creating spectacular RGB coloring effects, as well as cool painterly light quality effects! Prerequisites: The desire to explore new photo techniques, otherwise no special photo knowledge is necessary, a non-participation event Topics include: • False-color lighting • Light painting • Multi-shot workflow • Photoshop layers fundamentals • Photoshop blend modes • Global concept – students will see a lecture/demo detailing the techniques and then experience a live shoot that showcases several techniques. Links to relevant info: • http://varis.com/2014/02/19/lighting-in-layers-nudes/ • http://varis.com/2013/02/04/st-century-lighting-techniques/ • http://varis.com/2013/10/17/california-photo-festival-2013/
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Lee Varis
Embassy SLO South 24
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shoot to Composite: Create Your Composite
Hands on techniques on creating the final composited image. You should have taken the series of Shoot to composite classes in order to have the content for this project The series of classes with Stephen Burns are designed to take work together to give the student a complete understanding of a workflow that will take you the next level in digital creativity. Have you ever taken a series of photographs and was inspired to create a unique vision from them but you were not sure how to begin. These series of classes with Stephen Burns (author of Photoshop Trickery & FX) will address just that. They class is designed to take you through the entire creative process from photographing your concepts to creating powerful techniques in Photoshop that will bring your final vision to fruition. The class will be taught in series of parts for you to complete a final art piece by the end of the workshop. We will begin by introducing you the to the foundations of image compositing then engage you in a series of on location photo shoots that will teach you how to record images for the purpose of creating composited artistic scenes. We will approach the photographic process by allowing our minds to see infinite possibilities. The location of the shoot will be solidified closer to the start of the class but plans to include the vineyards of San Louis Obispo, the coast of Moro Bay, Hearst Castle and more. We will enter each location with goal of photographing possibilities for your final art piece. Closer to the end of the class we will focus on bringing the vision together with powerful techniques in Photoshop. You will learn some art foundations that will give you stronger insight as to how to make your work more dynamic. On the photo shoot you will learn: 1. Camera techniques in low and bright light conditions without a tripod 2. Shooting textures for source material 3. Composing your subjects from different angles for multiple compositing purposes. 4. Setting Modes and Custom functions in your camera for to assist your workflow. 5. Shooting Landscape photography 6. Shooting Architecture for compositing source material. 7. Vineyards during harvest time In the Photoshop class you will learn: 1. Creating Custom Perspective to blend multiple images into a single concept. 2. Working with Layers and Masks for artistic effects 3. Using Layer styles for artistic techniques. 4. Understanding and applying Layer blend modes. 5. Artistic borders 6. How to apply your brushes creatively as well as how to create your own.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Los Osos South 18
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Power of Curves
Learn Curves from this Photoshop Hall of Fame instructor.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy SLO North 15
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
Photo Editing
YOU MUST BRING PRINTED IMAGES FOR THIS CLASS Through a series of exercises, he will train you to look at photographs analytically. In this workshop, we go through an exercise where we consider: • How do you "Critique" photographs? • Saying "wow," "neat" or "cool" is not critiquing photographs. • We need a common language for critiquing photographs. • We need to be able to discuss the photographic tools, elements and techniques the photographer used, successfully or unsuccessfully, to make the image that communicates their idea. This is regardless of photographic style, media, genre, format, etc. In this workshop, master photographer and teacher, David H. Wells will show you how to edit images with a clear vision. Bring at least 4o and maximum of 80 prints (4x6 size) of your images to hands-on edit. The 40 to 80 can be project, a few projects or simply your best images. they can be existing images or images made at the Festival or a mix.Target and Costco both have kiosk or 1-hour printing available. Target photo hours are: 9am-9pm Costco: 10am-8:30pm YOU MUST BRING PRINTED IMAGES FOR THIS CLASS
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David Wells
Embassy Del Monte 8
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
Group Critique
A photo critique with Jennifer and Jane Conner-ziser.
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Jennifer Wu
Jane Conner-Ziser
Embassy Del Mar 3
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
How to Create a TimeLapse Movie
Ken will share with you through beautiful examples of his time lapse videos that he has taken around the world, to give you an idea of what goes into the preparation and planning of a successful time lapse film. He will also go over the necessary gear for the time lapse capture as well as the thought processes and techniques to help create videos that are dynamic and professional. By attending this first of 4 necessary modules, you will be ready to create Time Lapses on your own. Once the classroom instruction is complete, (approx. 90 minutes) we will head out to a winery to create a series of time lapses. You will be assigned various positions to work as a team in collecting the various clips that will be needed to ultimately create a film for the winery. In order to attend this complex but well explained workshop, you need to be able to understand exposure (the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO) and have a good understanding of composition. You will need a camera with interchangeable lenses, a sturdy tripod, a electronic release or (preferably) an Intervelometer. You will also need a large memory card as we will be capturing hundreds of images for the film. We will head to the winery to capture the images necessary. You will need to wear closed toed shoes as some of the surfaces at the winery are wet and could prove slippery. You will be photographing in an active winery during the harvest so the class will be working around what we are allowed to do. The winery is very cooperative but we do need to work by their advice. This will be a fun, creative and informative workshop, so be prepared!
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Ken Sklute
Embassy Edna West 24
09:30 am - 12:00 pm
Basics of DSLR Video for Landscape and Wildlife
Have you been wanting to explore those videos capabilities of your DSLR but did not know where to start? Join Juan as he teaches you the basics of capturing video with your DSLR. One of the great advantages of shooting videos with your DSLR is the tremendous choices you have with all the different lenses we have at our disposal. The high quality of video capture offered by today's DSLRs paired with different specialized lenses (such as macro, telephoto, super wide angle) offers a completely different perspective on capturing video in nature.
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Juan A. Pons
Embassy Edna East 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Portraits Natural and Flash
(There is a repeat of this session right afterwards. Please only sign up for one session so more people can have an opportunity to shoot). This terrific shooting workshop takes place in the Atrium of the hotel which is filled with lovely and soft light. The opportunity to make a variety of images of our models is great with the use of the setting: bar and chairs, piano, steps, fountain, etc. We use reflectors to control and bounce the natural light and also have the option to use portable flash. The flash can be used as fill, or off camera to give it more direction and depth. A great way to end your workshop week! Must be familiar with your flash if you want to shoot with it. Level B & C Bring a camera with interchangeable lenses or zoom. Flash and modifiers (some will be available for use) if you want to work with it. A tripod is helpful but not necessary. Topics: portraits, finding environments, finding good light, telling portrait stories, using portable flash for portraits.
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy Suites Atrium 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Introduction to the E-Book
Photo eBooks democratize photography and make it possible for anyone to display their work in beautiful ways not possible in any other media. The digital revolution in photography goes way beyond simply having a digital camera. Today, anybody can create and publish a photo eBook that can be used for everything from a family record to a celebration of a special trip to books that can be marketed on Amazon.com and other places. I will help you understand what the state of the art of eBooks is today and what software can be used to help you create such books easily and effectively. This is the chance for any photographer to use the digital medium to show off their work in a way that cannot be matched by anything else. Prerequisites: A basic understanding of using a computer to process photos. Level: B and C Topics covered: • An overview of photo eBooks • A look at photo eBooks today • How photo eBooks can be used and displayed • Software that can help you create a photo eBook • Basics involved in distributing a photo eBook and even selling one
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Rob Sheppard
Embassy SLO North 59
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
V1 - Basic Steps to Shoot Video –Part One & ReCap of the Week
Description – (For those who couldn’t attend the session earlier in the week and for those who want to recap what they’ve learned and get questions answered that came up during the week.) Get your Amateur and Pro questions answered about video while you rapidly learn the menu settings and tips and tricks to shoot great looking video with your Canon DSLR. Great foundation. Prerequisites – Bring your Canon DSLR and ALL your questions. We have the answers to questions that have been holding you back. Level A, Level B and Level C Topics: We begin by answering your questions and confusions so you have a firm foundation in video to build on. Then, we take you through all the menus and set you up to shoot great video, answering your questions along the way. We like being interrupted because that’s the roadblock you’ve hit and it can’ wait. Gear Needed: Canon DSLR, batteries, lenses, your basic kit, monopod or tripod you plan to use. Physical Requirements: In hotel meeting room so not physically taxing. Outline will be provided for this class. 2:30 GRADUATION Description – Those completing V1 and V2 will receive the CineBootCamps Pro Level One and Pro Level Two Certificate.
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Fletch Murray
Embassy Suites Atrium 12
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Top 10 iPhone Apps Everyone Should Download
This list covers the gamut. Shooting, editing, artistic and printing. This shouldn’t be missed!
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Jill Waterbury
Embassy Suites Los Osos North 20
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Portraits Natural and Flash
(This is a repeat of earlier's session. Please only sign up for one session so more people can have an opportunity to shoot). This terrific shooting workshop takes place in the Atrium of the hotel which is filled with lovely and soft light. The opportunity to make a variety of images of our models is great with the use of the setting: bar and chairs, piano, steps, fountain, etc. We use reflectors to control and bounce the natural light and also have the option to use portable flash. The flash can be used as fill, or off camera to give it more direction and depth. A great way to end your workshop week! Must be familiar with your flash if you want to shoot with it. Level B & C Bring a camera with interchangeable lenses or zoom. Flash and modifiers (some will be available for use) if you want to work with it. A tripod is helpful but not necessary. Topics: portraits, finding environments, finding good light, telling portrait stories, using portable flash for portraits.
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Bobbi Lane
Embassy Suites Atrium 7
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Advanced Light Painting Compositing
Learn to push your light paintings to a new level by lighting each individual element in a scene as a separate exposure and then composite the dozens of captures (as many as 100) into a single composite image. This will allow you to find the most ideal lighting for every part of a photograph so you can produce a professional-level image that simply could not be created with any other method. Even a studio photographer with dozens of light sources can't come close to what you can achieve using just a flashlight and a little Photoshop work.
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Ben Willmore
Embassy SLO South 55
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
The Photographer's Checklist
Hal Schmitt's Photo PCL is the ultimate, operational photography checklist. Over 30 checklists and additional reference data give you a quick reference, field guide to help you remember every critical step when making photographs with any technique from basic to advanced. During this presentation Hal will go over the history of checklists as well as the benefits of having a checklist whether pre-made or created on your own. This checklist is available for download if you would like to check it out prior to the festival and during the demonstration. You can purchase the download here: http://lightworkshops.com/store/photography-checklist Use on your phone, tablet, or laptop with either iBooks or a PDF reader Print a 5 x 7 (or any size of your choice) hard copy collection of one, two, or all of the pages.
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Hal Schmitt
Embassy SLO Center 52
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Portrait Retouching for the Artistically Challenged
Coming Soon
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Lee Varis
Embassy Suites Edna East 20
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Shoot to Composite: Final Touches
A continuation from the Hands on techniques on creating the final composited image.
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Stephen Burns
Embassy Suites Los Osos South 18
02:00 pm - 03:15 pm
Landscape Photography
Inspiring presentation by Jennifer Wu. Details coming Soon
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Jennifer Wu
Embassy SLO North 55
03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
Closing Ceremoony
Closing ceremony, fundraiser raffle and presentation to leave you inspired!
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Hal Schmitt
Embassy Suites Ballroom 167
Schedule Subject to change
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