Category Archives: Photo-Classes & Workshops

Photography Courses: Winter 2013 & Spring 2013

  • West Valley College – Saratoga, CA
  • Foothill College – Los Altos Hills, CA
  • Cabrillo College – Santa Cruz, CA

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West Valley College – Winter & Spring

Winter (Only 3 weeks long) STARTS Jan. 2 – Jan. 24.

  • PHOTO 10 New Media and Social Change (online or in-person course)

• Transferable Elective for GE Requirement
• Satisfies West Valley College Cultural Diversity
Requirement for an Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences

Course Description:
This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images. Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media. •Social documentary photography •Multi-media documentaries •Contemporary art photography •Ethnographic photography •Photojournalism•Social media • & Blogs in mind!

SPRING 2013 (starts Jan. 28th) –

Monday/Wednesday 10:55am-12:20

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Online

REGISTER HERE: http://westvalley.edu/admissions/apply.html

Search Schedule: http://www.westvalley.edu/documents/schedules/2013/Winter-Spring/2013_spring_schedule.pdf

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Foothill College – Los Altos Hills, CA

STARTS: JANUARY 8th, 2013

  • Photo 4B – Intermediate Digital Photography: Photoshop (Formerly Photo 65B)

Intermediate to the tools for expressive communication in digital photography using Adobe Photoshop. Improve your skills in image capture, enhancement, printing, for both fine art and commercial applications.2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory, 1.5 hours laboratory.

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings: 7pm-8:50pm & 7pm-9:50pm

  • Photo 1 – Black & White Darkroom Photography Course

Monday & Wednesdays: 1pm-2:50pm & 1pm-3:50pm

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Cabrillo College – Santa Cruz, CA

STARTS: FEBRUARY 12, 2013

  • AP 46B – Intermediate Digital Photography  (Photoshop)

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:15am-2:20pm


Fall 2012 LOUDEN Photography Courses

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Foothill College – Los Altos Hills, CA

  • Photo 4A – Beginning Digital Photography: Photoshop & Lightroom

Introduction to the tools for expressive communication in digital photography using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Development of skills in image capture, enhancement, printing, and web publishing, for both fine art and commercial applications.2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory, 1.5 hours laboratory. (78 hours total per quarter.)

Monday & Wed.  5:30-8:50pm & 7pm -9:50pm

  • Photo 5 – Introduction to Photography

  • – Learn how to use your camera in hands-on demos & field trips by going from beginner to photographer in one quarter
  • – Learn to compose great photographs
  • – Get a grasp on where we are now with photography in art
  • – Interact with other photography students and have a ball!

A survey of the historical and practical aspects of photography as an art form. Students will be introduced to the use of light, composition and communication through images. Significant photographers from a diversity of backgrounds will inspire students in the practice of photography and developing an appreciation of the varied uses of the photographic image in our culture.3 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)

Tuesdays 10am-2:50pm

Click here for Foothill Photography Course Schedule –

Starts September, 24

College of San Mateo • Beginning Digital Photography & Lightroom Course:

  • ART 381 BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (3) + Lightroom

Minimum of 48 lecture hours per term. Recommended Preparation: ART 350.

Description: Teaches photography using a digital camera and computer. Computer proficiency is required. Covers the principles of composition, use of natural light and seeing. Students use Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit and display photographs. Proficiency using a digital camera is developed. Students create photographs that are projected and critiqued in class. Extra supplies may be required. (May be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units.) (AA, CSU, UC)

Thursdays, 6pm-9pm – Starts August 23.

Sign-up by Clicking Here

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West Valley College – Saratoga, CA

  • PHOTO 10 New Media and Social Change (online or in-person course)

Section #20757 M/W 12:30pm-1:55

Section #22608 Online

• Transferable Elective for GE Requirement
• Satisfies West Valley College Cultural Diversity
Requirement for an Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences

Course Description:
This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images. Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media. •Social documentary photography •Multi-media documentaries •Contemporary art photography •Ethnographic photography •Photojournalism•Social media • & Blogs in mind!

Fall 2011 (starts Aug.27th) – Monday/Wednesday 12:30pm-1:55

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Online

REGISTER HERE: http://westvalley.edu/admissions/apply.html

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Cabrillo College • Santa Cruz, CA

  • AP 6    Introduction to Digital Photography*

Introduces basic digital photography skills: camera operation and exposure controls; Macintosh computer basics; elementary software image quality adjustment techniques; printing and digital output; composition; visual com- munication. Repeatability: May be taken 2 times.

Thursdays •  11:15-2:25pm – Starts August, 30th.

Click here to Sign up

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Photo 78C• A Color Document with Impact: The Field to Large-Scale Digital Photographic Print

A Color Document with Impact:  From the Field to Large-Scale Digital Photographic Print

1 unit Short Course • Weekend Workshop (For Price – Go to Foothill College)

PHOT078C– Documentary Field Study in Photography
Instructor: Lesley Louden

*This class is a nice supplement to and complement of PHOT65A, 65B, 65C (Digital Photography/Photoshop), & Photo 72 (Digital Camera Technique/Lightroom) – Click here for Foothill Photography Course Schedule

Foothill College – http://foothill.edu/photo/photo68-78/

SPRING 2012

Schedule & Meeting Times:

(If you can’t make 1-2 of the workshop days, please email me to let me know)

MEETING #1 & #2:

10AM-2PM – SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2012- Room 6107

10AM-2PM – SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2012 – Idea Lab

MEETING #3 & #4:

10AM-2PM– SATURDAY, MAY 5TH, 2012– Idea Lab

10AM-2PM – SUNDAY, MAY 6TH, 2012 – Idea Lab

MEETING #5 & #6:

10AM-2PM – SATURDAY, MAY 12TH, 2012– Idea Lab

10AM-2PM – SUNDAY, MAY 13TH, 2012 – Room 6107 (Final Critique)

by Lesley Louden

by Lesley Louden

In this workshop we will examine camera calibration in the field for documentary purposes, white balance tricks for in the field purposes (for less post-processing), field steps achieving proper large prints (upscaling issues) for photographic purposes, and then we will do demos/lectures on print large-scale documentary digital photographic prints on some of the finest inkjet papers in the market. Hands-on demonstrations will make up the entire course with lectures and field demonstrations. Paper samples will be shared and examined for printing various subject matter. You will leave the course with large scale color digital pigment prints on 11×17, 13×19, & 17×22 paper printed on our large-format pigment Epson printers using images that you created in the field. This course is for anyone who has wanted to take a color photographic image (digital or scanned film) from an in the field start to finish, realized in the beautiful large print.


Upcoming Photo Courses • Winter & Spring 2012

from "Time F(r)amed" Series by Lesley Louden

FOOTHILL COLLEGE:

  • PHOT 78 – Workshop – A Document with Impact: The Large-Scale Digital Photographic Print (1 unit) – SPRING (May)
  • PHOT 65B – Intermediate Digital Photography (TUES/THURS. EVENINGS – WINTER QUARTER)
  • PHOT 78 – Workshop – The Portrait: Environmental, Documentary, & Posed (1 unit) – WINTER

REGISTER HERE: Go to Foothill College)

WEST VALLEY COLLEGE:

  • PHOTO 10 – New Media & Social Change (MON/WED. 12NOON – SPRING SEMESTER)
  • PHOTO 1 LAB – Darkroom & Digital B&W (MON. 2PM – SPRING SEMESTER)

REGISTER HERE: http://westvalley.edu/admissions/apply.html

CABRILLO COLLEGE:

  • 46B – Intermediate Digital Photography (TUES/THURS. 11AM – SPRING SEMESTER)

DESCRIPTION:

  • Intermediate Digital Photography

This lab/lecture course is an intermediate digital photography course building on the skills acquired in the introductory course. We will have technical exercises and creative projects.

Topics to be covered:

Color Management and Workflow for the Digital Photographic Artist & Photographer (Getting the print results you want from the lab and from our High-Quality Epson Printers)

Portfolio Creation of a Body of Work from Start to Finish!

Editing & Sequencing a Series of Images

RAW Workflow with Photoshop & Volume Photo-Editing (Tricks for Local Adjustment Tools)

– More Advanced Image Manipulation & Compositing utilizing the Pen Tool & Paths/Vector Masks (You’ll become a Pro at Selections)

– Fine Art Pigment Paper Comparison & Larger Paper Sizes (Which papers look great for B&W, skintones & Portraits etc…)

Advanced Retouching for Portraits

– Digital Night Photography – Equipment, Setup, Shooting, & Special Editing Techniques

– Discussions on  the use of Digital Imaging in Contemporary Art & Professional Practice


PHOT78 • The Portrait: Environmental, Documentary, & Posed Commercial Workshop

PHOT078 – Documentary Field Study in Photography
Instructor: Lesley Louden

Foothill College – http://foothill.edu/photo/photo68-78/

1 unit Short Course (For Price – Go to Foothill College)

WINTER 2012 – Starts in JANUARY

The Portrait WorkshopExtendedEnvironmental vs. Commercial Posed vs. Documentary

Photography by Lesley Louden for http://www.Les&JessPhotography.com

Photography by Lesley Louden in Lesotho

In this course we will explore the creative, conceptual, and technical differences between the documentary portrait, the outdoor commercial portrait, and the environmental portrait.  We will compare and contrast the varied visual and technical appearances of these genres of portraiture and embark upon individual portrait projects after the lecture, discussions, and demos.  Explorations will include the documentary portrait and various conceptual and stylistic approaches from the past and present in the history of photography as well as documentary ethics.  The environmental portrait will also be approached with many examples from history. We will then examine attributes of the outdoor commercial portrait approach currently popular (such as the senior portrait, family portrait, wedding/bridal portrait genre).  Various equipment needs and techniques will be discussed and applied.

Schedule:

•Tuesday Jan. 10, 6-7pm – Workshop Introduction & First Assignment

Saturday-Jan. 21, 10am-6pm  – Commercial/Outdoor Portrait, Environmental, & Documentary Introduction-Demonstration + Shooting

Saturday Feb. 25, 1pm-6pm – In-Progress Critique of Commercial/Outdoor Portrait, Environmental Portrait, & Documentary Portrait + Photoshop Portrait        Retouching Demo. (& available online) + http://www.vietnameseparade.org/ (San Jose Vietnamese Spring Parade for Possible Documentary Portrait Practice – once date for 2012 is released)

•Monday, March 26th 6-9pm – Final Critique (Final Revised Commercial/Outdoor Portrait, Documentary Portrait, & Environmental Portrait)

Photography by Will Chan



PHOTO 10 • New Media & Social Change Course – West Valley College

New Course in the Photography Department!

New Media & Social Change
Photo 10

West Valley College
Fall 2011 (starts Aug.30th) – Tues/Thurs. 9:20-10:55am

For the African Library Project - Kanye, Botswana - by Lesley Louden

• Transferable Elective for GE Requirement
• Satisfies West Valley College Cultural Diversity Requirement for an Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences

Course Description:
This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images.  We will explore evidence of social change through significant historical photographic images by photographers from various backgrounds that helped changed the world.  This will give us social and political context for discovering and predicting New Media for social change.  A Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media will be examined.  Course projects will include the investigation of current new media as well as the creation of your own new, new media, after photography.

  • Social documentary photography
  • Multi-media documentaries
  • Contemporary art photography
  • Ethnographic photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Social media
  • Blogs

REGISTER HERE: http://westvalley.edu/admissions/apply.html
** 13432 TTH 9:20AM – 10:45AM L Louden ROOM: LA 43  – 3 Units
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PHOTO 010 NEW MEDIA AND SOCIAL CHANGE
http://westvalley.edu/schedule/fall.html#P

This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change. Transfer: CSU

13432 TTH 9:20AM – 10:45AM L Louden LA 43 3.00


Questions about B&W Conversion Workflow:

Relating to B&W Conversion Handout for B&W Printing Workshop – Photo68b:

Dodging & Burning Techniques:

  1. Which is a more effective method for dodging and burning? Using Method #1 (Layer>New Layer>Overlay, X Fill 50% Gray w/ Brushes) in B&W Conversion Handout OR using Curves Method #2 (see Two techniques here:  Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option#1, when using this Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B, OR Using Curves to Dodge/Burn Option #2-Faster TechniqueANSWER: Sorry, there really isn’t one answer here. It depends on your image and the time you have. I find it faster to use the Overlay and Fill 50% gray. When using Curves Technique #1, it takes some time but with the Luminosity Blend Mode set, you won’t alter the color of your image. I also like the impact of the “S-Curve” for contrast in this method.  With Method #2 for Curves you will get some color saturation when you Burn).

  1. TIP for Dodging and Burning for Method #1  – You can now use the Dodge & Burn tools (instead of Brushes) to Dodge/Burn on your Overlay, 50% Gray Layer (used to be that D&B tools would paint with color or gray, they improved that). For Range in Options Bar, typically you will concentrate on the midtones. Keep Exposure low, at 5%-30% or so. This technique is not as dramatic as when you use Paint Brushes and it can be good for Dodging/Burning Faces.  Zoom into 300% for more control on smaller areas. Zoom out often to see entire image.
  2. TIP for Dodging & Burning for Method #2 w/ Curves – when using Curves Technique, be sure to make Blend Mode on Curves Layer: Luminosity as to not alter the color of image when D&B

B&W Adjustment Layer:

  1. Is it OK to use Hand or Target Adjustment Tool (Hand Icon) in B&W Adjustment Layer? It is just fine to do this, just try not to go to extremes with the sliders as that is what really will harm your image. You can get harsh transitions between areas, banding. To avoid this, keep your eye on the image as you drag the sliders or hand. Leave your Histogram Palette open as you drag the B&W sliders to make sure you aren’t clipping (or losing information) in your image. See bottom of this page: “Keeping an Eye on the Histogram”.

Using Lightroom for B&W Conversion

  1. B&W in Lightroom: This is from the Pictage.com blog.  I use Pictage for my wedding and portrait business to upload and sell images. They often have interesting Tutorials.  Check it out: B&W CONVERSIONS IN LIGHTROOM!

Some B&W Printing Profiles for Epson 3880 & 3800

* Read suggested Paper Type Settings and Special Print Profile Settings on same pages as profile downloads