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Samy's Photo School: February 2014
Samy's Photo School: February 2014
Posted by: Debbie Meron on 01/23/2014
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Many photographers, working in an art form that's constantly evolving and filled with niches, know that there's always something new to learn. Samy's Photo School strives to bring both pros and aspiring photographers courses that expand their portfolios and their appreciation of what they do.

Here's a sampling of Samy's Photo School is offering for February 2014: 

Beginner Classes

Want to create your own studio? Joe and Mirta Barnet will show students at our Santa Ana location (Feb. 23) how to use studio strobes in our Portrait Lighting course.

The Barnets will demonstrate one, two and three light setups with multiple light modifiers including soft boxes, umbrellas and reflectors. Background selection and posing techniques will also be discussed.  This is a shooting workshop where students will have a chance to work with a professional model with their own cameras. 


(credit: Joe and Mirta Barnet)

You can find the same techniques taught in our Beginning Portrait Photography course with Keith Payson at our Culver City location (Feb. 15 and March 15).

Payson will guide you through the general principles of basic lighting and then show you how to use these techniques to take great portraits of your family nd friends. Whether you are using sunlight or strobe-light, on-camera flash or constant light, you can learn what seeing light is all about and immediately start to take better pictures.

(credit: Keith Payson)

Like shooting outdoors? Check out our Outdoor Lighting Course with the Barnets at our Santa Ana store (Feb. 9) or the Outdoor Portrait Course with George Simian at our Pasadena store (Feb. 23).

Join Samy's Photo School Director Michael Britt for a 2-hour intensive overview of HDSLR Filmmaking at our Santa Barbara location (Feb. 8). Michael is an author of the recently published book PhotoCine: DSLR Filmmaking and he will use it as the basis for the seminar.

Learn how to get the most from your HDSLR camera including how to stabilize and accessorize a shooting rig and how to overcome DSLR video limitations. Camera menu set-up will be covered in a step-by-step fashion after which each student will have the opportunity get their hands on a popular HDSLR set-up.

Of course, we offer a multitude of other beginner courses, including classes on getting better acquainted with your Nikon or Canon DSLR and our “Free With Purchase” program. Many of our classes are free or less than $30. Check them out at

Fun Classes

Strap on your camera as you join Frank Jackson, the Eagle Scout of fine art photographers (“always prepared”), on an adventure through the streets of Hollywood. His Street Photography Class will get you out of your comfort zone and snapping photos of the colorful personalities walking Hollywood Boulevard.

Photographers meet at Samy’s Photo School in LA where Frank will go over the do’s and don’t and his technique for shooting on the streets. Then we’ll head to Hollywood & Highland, where Frank will be on hand to answer questions. The class will share photos (and stories) over lunch in Hollywood. This course is a great chance to get out of your comfort zone.

Ever wanted to try infrared photography? In our Infrared Photography course (Jan. 26), instructor Steve Cohen will walk students at our Pasadena location through shooting digital infrared images.

(credit: Steve Cohen)

He will demonstrate how to use an infrared cutoff filter to capture infrared spectrum images on your DSLR.  Students will learn the skills needed to use the filter including selecting an appropriate lens, focusing and exposure techniques, post processing in Photoshop and how to successfully print your file.

This workshop starts in the classroom then moves outdoors for practical shooting exercises.  The students will return to the computer lab for Photoshop infrared processing and a printing demonstration. 

Popular Classes

Our San Francisco photographers should mark their calendars Sunday, Feb. 9 for our Fine Art Photography Class in Chinatown!

After a presentation of travel images by award-winning photographer Mark Edward Harris, students will put ideas into practice with technical aspects such as the use of "fast" lenses, filters and the creative use of flash on-location. The class then heads to Chinatown in a limo van and Harris will help students put the concepts into practice.

Photographers love this workshop because it explores how to create fine art travel photography - images that go far beyond the "I was here" photograph. Whether you work in digital or film, you’ll learn how to create beautiful landscapes and townscapes, as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays - pictures that tell a story. And you’ll get tips on how to approach newspapers and magazines with travel story ideas and how to make your own projects a reality. 

Portrait photographers looking to get magazine-quality shots need look no further than Shoot It, Retouch It" with Photoshop expert Natasha Calzatti at our Los Angeles location (Jan. 26). This class will radically change the way you retouch your portraits and give you amazing looking, natural results that will set your work apart from your competition. 

This course takes you step by step through the workflow of beauty retouching starting at the moment you capture the photo. The course starts with a studio shoot of a professional model. Natasha will give you pointers and problems to look out for as you shoot that will save time later as process your images.

Next you’ll move to the computer lab, where each student will work on the images they captured to create a final photo ready for magazine publication.

You will learn how the pros retouch portraits with clean, natural, and realistic looking results.  Natasha will share some of the “tricks of the trade”— the same ones that today’s leading retouchers use to slim, tighten, and tone their subjects for that finished look.  

Pro Classes

Join Italian fashion photographer Andrea Belluso at our Los Angeles location for an exciting Profoto Lighting Workshop at Aesthesia Studios Saturday, Feb. 22. This event is a MUST for photographers looking to perfect their studio shoots.

Belluso is an established fashion/beauty photographer who, in his 30-plus years in the business, has captured big names such as Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington and had his work grace Italian Vogue and Elle.

(credit: Andrea Belluso)

The course is both practical and theoretical. First, Andrea will give you a deeper understanding of light and how he shapes it with Profoto modifiers. He will demonstrate different light shaping tools and how their particular characteristics have helped him successfully light some of the top models in the world.

At the end of the day you will not only come home with the theoretical knowledge of Profoto professional lighting but you will also understand how they are used in practice. 

Learn which products best fit different types of clients and photo shoots. Attendees will be given a completion certificate that demonstrates their knowledge of Profoto lighting gear which is used in the majority of pro studios around the world.

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