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Creative Camera Composition Workshop

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My  Creative Camera Composition Workshop is a fun and creative photography workshop for everybody. This is a  5 hour class . 

Dates : June 20 – August 20,2018 . All workshops by appointment.
Workshop Fee : $ 175.00 per person, $ 250 for 2 people, $ 350 for 3 people

Orientation Location : Meet at Newbreak Cafe

We will be shooting around Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs
Subject Matter : Architecture, Still Life, Urban Scenes

Learn how to use the composition tool to shoot rule of thirds
Learn cool composition techniques with focal lengths and camera angles.
How to shoot cool filter effects with your Iphone 6
All creative techniques can be used with a Smart Phone like Iphone 6 or Android Phones

Shooting Locations : Sunset Cliffs/ Ocean Beach –
Subject Matter : People, Beach Scenes, Actions
Learn how to shoot fast action and capture motion with your DSLR.
You can capture also fast action with Iphone 6

shot with an iphone 4s

Composition Exercise- Shooting vertical & horizontals subject matter
such as surfers using wide angle, Iphone has zom feature.
6:00 Pm – Snack break at Ocean Beach..Review & critique pics
Sunset Time – 730 Pm at Sunset Cliffs…

Time : 8:830 pm – Hopefully there will be enough time…
Night photoshoot of San Diego Trolley at Sta Fe Depot. Tripod required

840pm – Drop off Elle at Sta Fe Amtrak Station
900pm – Surfliner 595 leaves for LA



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Composition Exercises

Holiday Gift Certificates of Photography for your colleague, a loved one or a friend.

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Hliday Day Gift Certificates Available Now.

Half-day photo safari certificates are now available FOR SALE. These beginner DSLR workshops are 4 hours long and can be taken in the afternoon or in the evening  ( night photo class ).They’re also available for Photoshop for Beginners or Lightroom Basics workshops as well.

Here are a few ideas for a photography class to give to your loved one.

4-Hour Basic Digital Camera Basics for Beginners
4-Hour Photoshop/Lightroom Workshop for Beginners
4-Hour Night Photography Photo Tour of San Diego
4-Hour Iphone/Android Photo Tour in Balboa Park


Cost of gift certificates are only $ 175. Valid for 90 day use. Buy now.
Valerie La Jolla Cove Pelicans



Triangle of Exposure

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Exposure is fundamental to making photographs. Understanding the concept of exposure triangle will make you a better photographer. This simple concept has been talked about a lot of times but rarely do you find a photographer, experimenting and analyzing results based on this triangle.

There are three main elements that exists on any DSLR camera, Aperture, Shutter, and ISO. Understanding how these work and using them together will allow you to be more creative that using the standard “auto” setting on your camera.

shutter speed principle

The Aperture controls the size of the opening in your lens and is denoted as f/2.8, f/4 and so on. The higher the number, the smaller the opening and thus less light is let in.


Each full stop of the aperture either doubles or halves the size of the lens opening (depending which direction you’re adjusting). In order to get the same exposure, the shutter needs to adjust for the lens opening. The table below illustrates the aperture and shutter combinations to achieve the same exposure. Think of it this way, if you double the size of the opening (each f/stop to the left on the table), the shutter speed has to double as well.

Aperture f/2.8  f/4   f/5.6   f/8   f/11   f/16   f/22   f/32
Shutter  1/250  1/125   1/60   1/30   1/15   1/8   1/4   1/8


Remember, the smaller f-number represents a wider opening in the lens and thus more light is let in. The way to counteract it is to increase the shutter speed or increase the ISO. Each element is codependent on the other.


Sony A7R Full Sensor Camera Review

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I just got back from San Francisco and I was able to test the new full sensor Sony A7R camera. This small sturdy camera has great ergonomics and a clean interface. Its much easier to use than the Sony Nex-7. Also most Sony digital cameras uses EVF unlike Canon and Nikon which have optical viewfinders. The advantage of having an Electronic View Finder is that you see the actual exposure right up to the time you click the shutter.

This is what recent buyers have to say about this camera.

The A7R is my “studio” camera and also for travel. The image quality is fantastic for portraits and landscapes. Like most folks, I’ve dreamed of having the raw power of a medium format camera, but spending ten to thirty thousand dollars was way out of the question. There was a lot of hype when the D800 came out and comparisons made to medium format produced results which were very comparable. Now two years later that level of power is a bit more affordable and very compact to boot!

Review by Wat

To be sure, this camera, imho, doesn’t replace a DSLR. Fast-paced action ? The A7R is out of its depth. But, if you have time to shoot, it is truly wonderful. I have the Zeiss 35mm 2.8 lens which, despite its tiny size, delivers great results. I’ve used my Canon and Nikon lenses on the A7R with great success. For the first time ever I LOVE manual focus. It’s so easy on the A7R – focus magnification and peaking make it a piece of cake for landscape, portrait, street photography. Since I love to shoot at big apertures (1.2, 1.4), this is actually easier than with AF. The precision and ease to achieve it is truly astonishing.