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March 14th, 2012 grads of the Seewald
'All about your
digital camera' class.
If you already know about the 2
Hr. class formats, and
need dates, go to
and 3 Hour San
Diego Class Schedule' page.
Otherwise, read on about them first.
Two and three hour photo classes by
Michael and Valerie,
I would just like to take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed the class
last night! To
say the very least, my perspective has changed a LOT! And....from one teacher to
your methodology and ability to communicate complex material in an easily
is very commendable.
I am very much looking forward to finding the right interchangeable lens camera
for me, then
joining your three day class!...
3 hr. Compositional class of 7.22.'12
we have started to offer a series of three hour classes. These are designed to
give instant help to folks than need it in varying departments, at very
reasonable price - only $49.95 each (down from $95 when we first offered these,
a super-great value at this point).
They are held at our San Diego Gallery (Del Mar). These are not designed to give
you all the info our three day 'All there is to know A-Z' classes do, but they
will help you become a better photographer. Will you 'be an artist/have all the
knowledge of a pro' like the THREE DAY class will? No again, but you will end up
being able to make much stronger images and use your camera better RIGHT NOW.
About our three hour
'How to use your digital camera' class
Class for beginners, and some intermediate that
might not be shooting in manual settings.
Learn the difference between an f/stop and a stop
sign; how to figure out your own manual settings (f/stop and shutter speeds).
What your histogram is (exposure tool we all have
in our cameras) and how to 'read them'.
What 'Depth of field' is and how to make it work
for you to make exciting photographs.
What a light meter does and how to use it to make
better photos than your 'auto' settings would be able to do (yes, you will end
up being smarter than your, in many cases, VERY expensive cameras)!
What ISO settings are and how they can make you a
You don't need to have a camera with
lenses, but if you do it's a bonus to yourself.
"...This "intro" class was perfect for me. It covered some of the fundamentals
of photography, as well as information more specific to shooting with a DSLR. I
left the class feeling more confident with my camera, and also more enthusiastic
about getting out there and trying new things.
Michael's enthusiasm and energy are engaging and inspiring. It's obvious that he
loves to teach others what he has learned over the course of his career. ...,
Michael covered a lot of information in a short amount of time.
It was a great jumping-off point for me. Having the class in Michael's gallery,
surrounded by his work, was also inspiring.
... This class was a good value for what I learned in two hours.
... I've already signed up for the NIGHT class next week ...."
Bob Mickey, Carlsbad, CA
class grad of 1.4.'12
'How to compose
award winning photographs'
This class will help you...
1. Learn the compositional rules, and when to break them, that were
discovered/figured out by the masters of art that spent their lives creating it
(Michaelango, DaVinci, etc.).
2. Learn the compositional problems, there are many, that will ruin the art
3. Take you existing art (photos) and improve them by applying the rules you
have learned and then possibly entering them in competitions (in some cases
re-entering them), and not just win ribbons, but in some cases BIG MONEY
(Michael has won thousands of dollars over the years, and in some cases a single
winning can earn you a thousands dollars, and in one case, $25,000!
4. How to present your art so that it will be more sale-able.
About our 2 hour
NIGHT Photography class.
Well, ok, we've learned how to use our light
meters, our f/stops and shutter speeds, and our histograms, now what? Well,
after also taking Michael's 'Three hour class on Making Strong Compositions'
are now ready to go out and make a lot of fun creative night shots. We will
walk/shoot around the beautiful Del Mar Plaza (one of our locations), and make
long time exposures of fountains, waterfalls, lit up hallways with restaurants and shops
and the Pacific ocean. Michael will
help on your compositions and your technical thought processes again, helping you
become a master as fast as possible. Lets' go!!!
YOU must be a 'Three hour INTRO' grad, or have
of how to shoot in manual, to take this class.
Photo copyright Bob Mickey, INTRO and NIGHT
Del Mar Plaza, Jan. 11th, 2012 (great job Bob/ MS).
Making a 'ghosting' effect, and learning self portraits as
well. This class is both informative and a lot of fun.
"...A mind blowing experience. A whole new way of thinking and
seeing; not just about photography but also the world. I now feel comfortable
and confident with my digital camera and I'm beginning to see the world in a
different light. I am excited about moving on with my photography; my friends
and family hear it in my voice and have given me great feedback (including some
wows) on the photos I showed them from the afternoon of Day 3; What I have
learned will last me a lifetime.
Thank you again Michael!!"
Joe Aglio, San Diego
'2 and 3 hour San
Diego class schedule' page.
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