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Master your DSLR Camera – Great beginners class in Old Town

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Master your DSLR Crash Course for Beginners

Dates available :  April 8 – June 8, 2017
All classes by reservations only. Reserve for yourself or for a group. Go from zero knowledge in digital photography to beginner basics in a few hours. Master your new Nikon or Canon DSLR complicated functions & learn from a working professional photographer
Meeting Place: Old Town. Meet at Living Room Cade Time: 1- 6pm
Cost per student – $ 175 – Limited to 4 students max.
Reserved your space by paying with Paypal. Email us on this link:


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Creative Camera Composition Workshop – Sunset Cliffs

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This is a fun and creative photography workshop for everybody. This is a  5 hour class from  230 – 730 pm.  Driving and walking

Dates : April 5 – June 5, 2017 . All workshops by appointment.
Workshop Fee : $ 175.00 per person, $ 250 for 2 people, $ 350 for 3 people

Orientation : Meet at Ocean Beach

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

Using silhouettes and rule of thirds

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


San Diego Gaslamp Photo Night Photography Workshop

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Workshop Dates in San Diego : April 4 -28, 2017 – Schedule: 5-10 pm
Workshop Fee : $ 175 per person. $ 200 for 2 people, $ 300 for 3 people
Please reserved by Paypal before attending.
Meeting Place : Caffe Italia, 1704 India St.
What to bring : Any DSLR with short zoom lens, a 50mm 18 or prime lens, and a tripod.


Theme of the class: Shooting a travel assignment for an Asian travel magazine. We will shoot pics to depict the lifestyle and nightlife in San Diego.

Creative focus on this night class – Composition techniques such as rule of thirds, leading lines,
and frame within a frame is what I would like to see use in everyone of your images. Also shooting high, low,and eye level camera angles. shooting very wide and long focal lengths. We will start shooting around sunset.

For the night shooting we will be shooting handheld techniques using high ISO ( 1600 and up )
and fast lenses ( 2.8 min aperture ) and also tripod method using ISO 100 and apertures of F11-16
and long exposures ( 30 secs and longer ).

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Iphone or Android Photography & Photo Blogging Workshop

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Learn how to shoot well-composed and exposed travel photos using your new Iphone 6 or any model Iphone and show them on a photo blog. This is a 5 hour photo workshop for beginners.

Shot with a Nokia phone in San Francisco at Fort Mason Hostel

Shot with a Nokia phone in San Francisco at Fort Mason Hostel

Discounted deal for 2 people – $ 200 special for the Month of April only – Order your tickets now

What you need to bring :

  1. Iphone and small laptop.
  2. Notepad and pen for writing notes.
  3. External battery for Iphone. Portable battery chargers come in handy in a crisis situation when your cell phone juice runs out. Here are someportable battery chargers

Workshop Fee: Only $ 175 per person. $ 200 for 2 people. Maximum participants – 6 photographer
Dates & Location:  April 8 – May 8, 2017. All classes by appointment. Send email first.
Meeting Place : Old Town, Balboa Park, or La Jolla Cove.

Lightroom workshops in San Diego

Lightroom 4/5 Workshops for Beginners

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Dates available:January 15- 30, 2016.  All classes by appointment

Locations: La Jolla, Mission Hills
Hours : Morning, afternoon, or evenings
Workshop Fee: 5 hours for $ 160  only , Full day workshop is $ 250
( includes free 2 hr webinar )

[box_header]Lightroom is the hottest editing tool in photography. Learn from a pro.[/box_header]

Topics covered will include suggested program preferences, the various revised and new modules and panels and what they do, assorted tools and presets, templates,working in programs with plug-ins such as Silver Efex Pro (for black-and-white conversions), Color Efex Pro (for special effects), Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro (for processing HDR images), and Photoshop (for other tasks – stitching and content aware fill, among others).

We begin with an introductory overview of Adobe Lightroom 4.0, which describes the database components, catalog files, previews files, the metadata structure, and the steps for setting up application preferences specific to your personal digital photography workflow requirements.

The Lightroom 4 or 5 Dashboard

Topics include digital camera setup, choosing appropriate file formats for image capture, efficiently downloading images from camera or hard drive, sorting, rating, editing, global tone and color correction, critical local corrections, input and output sharpening, presenting slideshows, and printing photographic images using Adobe Lightroom 5.0 from start to finish. Our experts emphasizes using Adobe Lightroom to its fullest potential by generating time-saving keywords and metadata searches, presets, and templates.

Once images are organized and processed, participants learn how to produce slideshows and web galleries within Lightroom 4.0. We also study slide presentations and look at ways to integrate Adobe Photoshop or Elements for further image processing if desired. Elle will share his recommendations and strategies for making clear decisions based on how Lightroom benefits each participant’s personal approach and digital photography workflow needs.

Under our guidance, participants come to see why Adobe Lightroom 4.0 puts deliberate focus on the word “speed”.  Learning this program allows photographers to spend less time in front of their computers and more time behind their cameras.



Creative composition & Exposure Workshop

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Become a more creative photographer by taking our creative composition and exposure workshop in La Jolla

Valerie La Jolla Cove Pelicans

Dates: October 2 1- Nov. 15 , 2015.
Orientation Starts 1 pm at Goldfish Point Cafe
Times: 8am-Noon, 1-5 pm
Workshop Fee: $ 175  for the 5 hour workshop. Discounts for groups of 2 or more people.
Location: La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Wind n Sea

What to bring: Any DLSR camera with a basic 18-55mm kit Lens and a Telephoto lens with max focal length of 200-300mm. Extra batteries, A monopod for shooting with the telephoto lens.

Subject matter:

Seascapes,  Sea life, Macro photography, travel, portraits, closeup, flash photography

What is cool about this class:

Learn the basics of photography: lighting, exposure, and composition from a pro photographer. Elle will help you demystify the complicated controls of your digital camera and in a few hours you will be shooting like an advance amateur

You will learn the basics of photography: Lighting, exposure, and composition. All new students need to learn the Triangle of Exposure. Master the relationship between film speed, shutter speed, and aperture. Learn to apply these camera principles to any film camera, digital camera, and video and wow your friends with your new technical knowledge. In addition to the technical part, I will explain the creative aspect of photography: composition and lighting . Art principles include: movement, unity, harmony,balance, contrast, proportion,pattern references,perspective, shape,color, texture, repetition. You will use the principle of the rule of thirds, leading lines, etc, in all your photo compositions.