August 18, 2012 - Saturday

How to improve your photography

NOTE:  This is the two part  course taking place on August 18th and August 25th.

A lot of beginning-to-intermediate photographers do not realize how many options, features, and creative controls are built into lenses. Photography is much more than just understanding where that little shutter button is to “take a picture.” We can go from taking pictures to creating images by applying non-linear approaches to our photography.

You will learn the purpose and use of dials/buttons on your camera and camera menu functions which will greatly enhance your photography. Eli gets invited to serve as competition judge by several camera clubs in the area. One of the key components he sees missing by many photographers is good composition.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the triad relationship between f/stops, shutter speeds, and the camera’s built-in meter can be your “Devil’s Triangle”—a mystery that’s scary and that can often produce terribly inconsistent results.

This last portion of the course will “connect the dots” by seeing actual examples of photographic images by a professional. Eli will visually show how he has applied the very same principles and concepts taught in this course.

Bring your camera and camera manual to class. Time permitting, Eli may provide feedback to a few students’ photographs, so bring a couple of prints or digital files so Eli can give you feedback on your work. If time does not permit, Eli is willing to stay an extra 30 minutes after class to give you a critique/feedback on your photography.

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EVENT: Creating a Photographic Eye
DATE: August 18, 2012 - Saturday
TIME: 08:30am-12:30pm

LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions

COST: $69, Members: $49, SuperMembers: Free

PHONE: 303-666-4133

TOPIC: How to improve your photography


Photo Artist

Eli Vega teaches continuing education photography classes at Front Range Community College in Westminster, Arapahoe Community College, and at the Arvada Art Center.  He has taught several photo classes, and has been a judge for several Texas and Colorado camera clubs. Eli taught photography courses at FUN-ED, a continuing education firm in north Dallas, for 9 years. His class was selected among the Top 13 most popular in 2001 classes (out of 900 classes offered).

His art was featured as a double-spread in the Telluride, Colorado Visitors Guide.  His photo art has appeared in 2008 and 2010 Colorado calendars.  Eli has published 50 postcards in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wyoming and Colorado.

Eli is the author of a self-help/motivation book: I Always Wanted To Be Somebody (But, I Settled For Much More: Me).  He is the author of the book Arkansas: Do You See What I See? A photo essay, soon to be published as an e-book.

Eli moved to Colorado in 2003, after having spent several years in Texas. He currently lives in Boulder County and loves Colorado!

Eli’s trademark quote: “I don’t see with my eyes; I see with my imagination.”

Saturday, August 18

8:00 - 8:30 - Registration

8:30 - 9:00 - Welcome and Introductions

9:00 - 10:00 

10:00 - 10:15 - Break

10:15 - 11:00 

11:00 - 12:15

12:15-12:30 - Debrief and Thank you for joining us


Saturday, August 25

8:00 - 8:30 - Registration

8:30 - 9:00 - Welcome and Questions from Previous Session

9:00 - 10:00 

10:00 - 10:15 - Break

10:15 - 11:15

11:15 - 12:00

12:00 - 12:15  -Debrief, and “Take-Aways’

12:15 - 12:30 - Thank you for joining us and wrap-up