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A Clear Vision of Lenses for Photographers with Larry Becker
Join Larry Becker for a class designed to give you a firm understanding of lens characteristics, capabilities, technologies, and key terms. Lens manufacturing has advanced at a rapid rate, and it is important to stay up to date with the advantages newer lenses have over those in the past. Larry takes you through the variety of lens mounts, aperture settings, focusing concerns, image stabilization, and cutting edge lens technologies that will make you a better lens consumer. Larry wraps up the class with a closer look at a few popular lens configurations currently available.

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Natural light is all around us, but it is up to the photographer to control it in order to make a beautiful portrait. Join Erik Valind as he shows you how to tame that natural light, from direct noontime sun to overcast and shadowless days, and capture killer portraits with little more than just your camera and a reflector. No speedlights or strobes are required for this class. Erik teaches you about the factors that you can control, and then walks you various techniques you can use through a series of real world demonstrations, each one building on the last, that will give you the skills to start seeing and using natural light in new ways.

You Shot That With Your iPhone? with Kalebra Kelby
Learn how to create DSLR quality photos with your iPhone! Join Kalebra Kelby as she shares what she’s learned from 10 years of shooting exclusively with her trusty iPhone. No matter what gear you use for your photography, you need to know its strengths and limitations to get the most out of it, and the same is true when shooting with an iPhone. In this class you’ll learn the importance of shooting with intention, how to leverage built-in functionalities in ways you never thought of, tips for creating stronger compositions, how to get the most out of different lighting situations, how to get better photographs of people, and more. Kalebra wraps up the class with a series of lessons on her go-to apps for editing on the iPhone. Practice makes perfect, and there’s probably not another camera you have at your disposal more often than your iPhone, so make the most of it!

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Streamline your mobile photography workflow with Lightroom Mobile! Join Josh Haftel, senior product manager at Adobe, as he teaches you how to use Lightroom Mobile to import, organize, edit, and share your mobile photography, as well as how you can synchronize it all with Lightroom on your desktop and Lightroom Web.

Sports Photography: Make Your Pee Wees Look Like Pros
Photograph your kids sports like a pro! Join Rob Foldy, professional sports photographer, as he teaches you the basic photographic principles that will make your subjects proud. This is not a class on gear, but Rob does show you how to use what you have, and how to configure your camera for the best results. You’ll also learn the importance of storytelling and how being prepared before you go to the game will help you take your photographs to the next level. Rob brings it all together by working with three parents while they photograph their kids’ soccer game, providing them tips for shooting with everything from a mobile phone to a DSLR.

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In Action Sports Flash Photography, Dave Black uses his Nikon Speedlights and DSLR to create the kind of stylized sports portraits that you normally see in feature articles, programs and magazine covers – and he shows you how to do it too. In this class, you’ll learn how to capture action sports, in varying degrees of action from track and field to motocross, with high-speed sync and fast action shutter speeds. You’ll also learn what equipment and settings work best for each progressive action sports situation; but most of all, you’ll learn that while you may not have the exact same kind of equipment Dave does, it won’t matter half as much as you think as long as you share his exuberance and desire to take an amazing picture.

Deconstructing Design in Photoshop with Dave Clayton
Take inspiration from good design and make it your own. Join Dave Clayton as he takes you into Photoshop and demonstrates how you can start with an existing design and build on top of it to make something completely unique as a tool to help you learn and improve your craft. When you learn an instrument you play other people’s music, when you learn to cook you use other people’s recipes, and it is no different when you are learning design. In this class you’ll learn how to find inspiration, extract from PDFs, add vector images, incorporate stock photos into your design, work with templates, as well as tips and techniques for adding all the final touches needed to create a complete design.

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Join Scott Kelby and learn how to design with type. Calling all non-designers who have the need to create slideshows, photo books, watermarks, and other items that may require type. In this class Scott will share tips and tricks that will make your layout more impactful, show you some of the cool type features in Photoshop, teach you what NOT to do with type, and walk you through a series of in-depth type layouts that you can use with confidence in your projects. At the end, Scott wraps up the class with a look at some of his favorite and most useful fonts and where to find them.

Just One More Flash with Scott Kelby
Learn how to add one more flash to your portrait lighting with Scott Kelby! Building on the foundation you gained in Just One Flash, Scott teaches you the why, when, and how of adding a second flash to your Speedlight setup. Whether you want to create separation between your subject and the background, add a fill light to your subject, or change the look of the background itself, you’ll be amazed at all the great things you can do with a second flash. Be sure to re-watch the Just One Flash class first, then you’ll be ready to take it to the next level with the skills you’ll learn here.

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Capturing great portraits is all about understanding how to manipulate the quality, quantity, and direction of light. In Simple Lighting Techniques for Photographers with Tony Corbell, learn how the pros use a variety of light shaping tools to create fantastic portraits every time, and in any kind of situation.

Designing Graphics for Social Media in Photoshop: 101 with Dave Clayton
Learn how to use Photoshop to help get your message out on social media! Join Dave Clayton to get a designer’s perspective on using your images to build your brand awareness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Each social media outlet has its own set of parameters you need to consider, and with Dave’s Photoshop templates and techniques you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive message tailored to each platform. Whether you have a business or a hobby you’ll benefit from learning how to optimize the way your images appear, create more brand awareness, and get more enjoyment out of the process.

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Learn how to get started as a concert photographer with Adam Elmakias! Adam is a music photographer based in San Diego who got started in the business at a young age and has learned the ropes from spending time in the trenches with bands on the road, and in all kinds of venues. In this class Adam will teach you all the tools you need to be a successful artist today, from how to get a photo pass to the importance of networking, and from how to build your brand to how to find balance with social media. The photo industry is constantly changing, and one of the most important things you can do is position yourself to be an influencer within your photographic community. Adam addresses all of these points and so much more!

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