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Sharp Shooters! Photography Workshops with Focus

Take your photography to the next level by learning from the pros. Whether you are a beginner or a longtime photo enthusiast, use top-of-the-line equipment or your phone camera, our specialists can help you improve your shots.

A trio of our favorite professionals will share specialized photography tips and techniques in three of hands-on workshops in February designed to address specific interests. Working with your own camera or phone/camera, you will follow our experts and learn to maximize effect in various situations. Each workshop will take place on location and is limited to 12 participants; workshops are suitable for all skill levels; no children under 14. In case of rain, the individual workshop/s affected will be re-scheduled for a later date. This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Southern California’s Evolving Landscape: The Photography of Helen Lukens Gaut (1872-1955), which is on display at PMH through Feburary 26, 2012.

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Tickets & Reservations: Museum Members, $25 per session; Non-Members, $30 per session; Museum Members, $60 for all three workshops; Non-Members, $75 for all three workshops. Reservations are required by the Tuesday prior to the Saturday workshop. Please call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Working the Angles with James Staub, Photo Services Specialist, California Institute of Technology
Learn to work with your camera effectively to bring your own perspective to subjects and situations often not considered. With Pasadena City Hall and the adjoining urban landscape as our subjects, we’ll focus on:
“Moving the furniture around” — methods to enliven a photograph through simple changes to your camera, and yourself!
Framing the scene… it’s a good thing.
Dealing with lighting to your advantage.
Color balance – true or false? it’s your call.
Participants will meet at the Information Kiosk in the East entrance of Pasadena City Hall.
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Basics of Composition with Ibarionex Perello, author of the bestselling book, Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light
An adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design, Perello has designed this workshop to teach students to improve their photographic compositions. You will learn how to carefully consider what to include and exclude from the frame as well as how visual qualities such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, patterns, and color saturation shape how we create and see photographs.
This workshop will take place in Curtin House at Pasadena Museum of History.

Saturday, February 25, 3:00 to 5:00 pm: Phoneshots with Eliot Crowley, Santa Barbara-based commercial photographer

What is the best camera to use? There is one camera most of us already have and rarely consider… our cellular telephones; most have a camera built in. Somehow we think if it is just a phone camera it can’t be that good. Eliot Crowley will prove otherwise. The best camera is the one you have with you. As Eliot says, “It’s not the camera, it is the photographer.” In just a couple of hours you will learn some of the capabilities of your phone camera. Be ready at a moment’s notice to make the image, set up the composition and lighting to flatter your subject the most just by pulling your phone out of your pocket. Equipment needed: Cellular phone with camera.

This workshop will take place on the Colorado Street Bridge. Participants should park on Grand Avenue and meet at the East entrance to the Bridge.

TICKETS & INFORMATION: www.pasadenahistory.org | 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

February 2, 2012

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