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October 28, 2009 > Photography classes

Photography classes

The Fremont Art Association will offer a plethora of photography classes at their Gallery. Local photographer, Ralph Cooksey-Talbott will provide a wealth of knowledge to improve Photoshop and photography skills.

Portrait Photography - $50.00 each or $80.00 for both
This is a two-part class for those interested in improving their portrait photography skills. Cooksey will obtain models for each of these classes who will work in exchange for your best shots of them.

PP1 - Environmental Portraiture
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This class will cover making portraits outdoors. We will use simple reflectors for passive fill lighting as well as flash for active fill lighting. Subtractive lighting will also be covered. We will learn about the appropriate focal length lenses for different types of poses and the pros and cons of using camera supports. This class is based around using simple equipment to produce a professional looking result.
Required materials: Digital camera (pocket or DSLR)
Optional: Speedlight type flash (for flash filled shots)

PP2 - Studio Portraiture
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This class will cover making portraits in the studio using artificial lighting. We will learn a number of different lighting techniques from contemporary cosmetic headshot lighting to 30's style glamour lighting. You will learn how to do a standard 4 light portrait. We will use a complete set of studio lights so that students can get an idea of the usage of each of the different types of light sources. We will also show the use of the cucoloris and gels to achieve creative background treatments. We will discuss the use of incident light meters to determine lighting ratios vs. using digital proofing to determine lighting ratios visually.
Required Materials: DSLR camera

Photoshop for Photographers
$15.00 per class

Photoshop for photographers is a three-month series of weekly workshops that will cover in detail the operation of Photoshop CS for intermediate through advanced photographers. If you are a beginner and want to take the series you might consider taking the Photoshop Primer class to get you up to speed on basic digital image editing concepts. The basic operations will be covered in depth from simple through more complex uses. In each class we will divide the time between the introduction of the new concepts and working up images using the techniques we have learned.

PFP-8 - Photoshop - Workstation and File Management
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As a digital photographer you find that you have an industrial strength data warehousing problem often on a shoestring budget. Regular CD's and DVD's are not permanent! We will learn how to safely archive images and how to view and manage them with Bridge. Learn to manage a large tome of randomly changing data. Learn how to optimize your disk space to create non-fragmented scratch disks for peak performance. A poor workflow can rapidly create a data management nightmare. Learn good workflow practices to prevent the dreaded workstation bloat and overloaded drives. A method will be given to enable you to find all variants of any file in your backups instantly.

PFP-9 - HDR Photography
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

32 bit High Dynamic Range photography is an earthshaking development in the digital world. Bracketed sequences of frames shot from a tripod are combined, taking a clearly rendered tone range from each frame, resulting in an image with awesome highlight and shadow detail. HDR images allow you to make photographs that were simply impossible due to the limited range of brightnesses that could be captured on film. We will learn how and when to use this technique as well as some alternate tools available for the creation of the 32 bit HDR master files.

PFP-10 - Photoshop - Scanning Film
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn how to successfully scan your film negatives to create ultra high-resolution originals. Fine grain 35mm film has much more resolution then a 10mp camera and is a good place to start if you want a bigger print size. 120 and 4x5 film is incredible when scanned. Learn what to look for when scanning and how to read and improve the RGB histograms of your scans. We will use an Epson scanner for the demonstrations but the concepts are fairly universal to all film scanners.

PFP-11 - Photoshop - Making Stitched Digital Images
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

By pasting several frames from your digital camera together it is possible to create a higher resolution image. While CS3 has made strides towards the automation of the stitching it does not always work. We will learn to hand stitch RAW files together as well as using the simple automated route. The detail in a 30-40 mega pixel image is breathtaking and best of all you can get there with the camera you currently own. The demonstrations will include an ideal rectangle hires image as well as a panorama and a vertorama.

PFP-12 - Photoshop - Automation
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn to make Photoshop perform repetitive tasks through the use of Actions, Droplets, Batching, Image Processing and Automation. The use of actions can save a great deal of work with tasks that you often perform and Droplets make it so you can simply drop your files onto an icon on your desktop and have then processed up to your specifications. Examples will include water-copyright marking, adding EXIF data, making desktops, resize and sharpen for web, convert color profile and others.

There are several convenient methods to register:

Sign up at the Fremont Art Association Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905

Register on-line using Papal or your credit card at

Call Cooksey at (510) 742-0548, or send a check payable to: Ralph Cooksey-Talbott - Cooksey-Talbott Studio, 34670 Calcutta Dr. Fremont, CA 94555.

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