FOCUS photo la 2015 was proud to  present breakthrough photographic seminar series, proudly sponsored by:    

 
 
 
 

FRIDAY


Friday January 16th
11:30am - 1:00pm

Frank Jackson
Crafting Portraits Using Continuous Lighting

Presented by Samy’s Camera

Learning to control light is an art form, but that does not mean it needs to be difficult. Learn to take beautiful portraits using simple, uncomplicated lighting techniques. Continuous LED lights are low heat and have adjustable intensity and color balance controls which makes set up easy. Frank Jackson will go over the basics and demonstrate different concepts for photography portraits. We will be featuring the versatile Fiilex lights.

Tickets - $10


Friday January 16th
1:30pm - 3:00pm


Daniel Miller    
15 Things You Can Do To Get Represented By A Gallery With Daniel Miller

This seminar is for photographers (and other artists) who want to gain gallery representation and get more information on the gallery system. The fast-paced hour and a quarter seminar is full of real-world tips and strategies how to gain representation, and how to keep a gallery’s ongoing interest once represented. The updated seminar includes: The key words that should be on your resume, Facebook -- the current and future pros and cons, all the things you can't do anymore at art shows, how to really pack and ship your works, presentation matters, why you (as an artist) shouldn't drink the wine at gallery events. 

Tickets - $30 online, $35 at the door


Friday January 16th
3:30pm - 5:00pm


The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints! 

Showing over 140 individual photographs from Eric Joseph's personal collection, he will discuss the technical points and aesthetic differences of every inkjet paper available from the following brands: Arista-II, Awagami, Canson Infinity, Hahnemühle, Harman by Hahnemühle, Ilford, Innova, Moab and Museo. Participants will gain keen insight into the technical aspects, myths and mysteries of digital printing.

The focus of this seminar is to empower participants with knowledge of the wide variety of inkjet media that is available and how important The Print really is. “We can truly have a personal bond and relationship with inkjet papers the same way we had with traditional darkroom papers.”

Presenter Bio:
Eric has been a member of Freestyle Photographic Supplies since June of 1986. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge earning a Bachelors Degree in Art Specializing in Photography. Over the past 12 years Eric has served Freestyle in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development. His duties include overall responsibility of Freestyle’s purchasing and buying department, developing new products, keeping as many of the legacy analog products alive as possible and interfacing with every coating facility, chemical manufacturer and all manufacturers of products in the photographic industry on a worldwide basis. Eric has presented "The World of Inkjet Paper” to hundreds of professional photographic organizations, colleges/universities, photo clubs, workshop groups and photographic education organizations throughout the continental United States.

This is a one-of-a-kind seminar and applies to photographers, printmakers, graphic designers and artists of all levels!

Tickets - Free 

SATURDAY


Saturday January 17th
11:30pm - 1:00pm &
3:30pm - 5:00pm


The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints! 

See Full Description on Friday Schedule

Tickets - Free


Saturday January 17th
1:30pm - 3:00pm


Natasha Calzatti 
Processing on the Go 

Presented by Samy’s Camera

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool for organizing and processing your photos on the go! Lightroom instructor Natasha Calzatti will show you advanced techniques for travel and location photography, either using your laptop or your mobile tablet with the Lightroom mobile app from Adobe.

Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your laptop, iPad or iPhone. Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DSLR cameras using powerful and familiar tools. Automatically sync all your mobile edits with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 on your desktop. Easily share all your photos to social media sites. With Adobe Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating a secondary catalog while traveling

  • Assigning Keywords during import

  • Make selections using the pick flag, star ratings and color labels

  • Creating smart collections

  • Mastering Metadata

  • Using the Map Module and GPS to sort your images

  • Using graduated filters and vignettes to enhance your photo

  • Lens Correction controls to straighten images and correct for perspective

  • Seamless syncing with Lightroom 5 between desktop and mobile

Tickets - $10


Saturday January 17th
5:30pm - 7:00pm
 

Natasha Calzatti 
Wacom Tablet 

Presented by Samy’s Camera

Learn how to use a Wacom Tablet to speed up your work in Lightroom & Photoshop with Natasha Calzatti. Save time and be more accurate with Lightroom & Photoshop. Wacom tablets can deliver important capabilities when used with Photoshop; but the transition from mouse to tablet can be a bit precarious.

Learn all about the Wacom tablet custom settings and how to speed up your workflow. In this workshop Natasha will demonstrate how retouching and adjustments change when you use a pressure sensitive pen and tablet. Also, you will learn about the variety of Wacom products on the market, how to know which is right for you, and how you can use Wacom to be more accurate and most of all save time. If you’ve been considering switching to a Wacom tablet or have struggled to adopt the one you own, don’t miss this complete introduction to getting started on using the Wacom tablet.

Topics covered:

  • Strategies for getting comfortable with the tablet

  • Pressure sensitive options in Photoshop tools

  • Pen and ExpressKeys customization

  • How to take full advantage of its functions and features

  • *Special discounts will be offered at Samy's Camera booth on the day of the workshop*

Tickets - $10

SUNDAY


Sunday January 18th
11:30am - 1:00pm


George Simian
Portrait Lighting and Studio Set-Up

Presented by Samy’s Camera

This workshop will take the mystery out of professional lighting and the techniques being taught will work in large photo studios as well as in small home studios and on location. Students will learn about different types of strobes and how to manipulate the light using softboxes, umbrellas and other lighting modifiers. Hair lights, background lights, fill light, negative light and reflectors will be used.

Tickets - $10 


Sunday January 18th
1:30pm - 3:00pm


Elisabeth Sunday
The Collector’s Circle Getting your work funded 

Elisabeth Sunday developed a business model designed to support herself as an emerging fine art photographer and she maintains this practice now through mid- career. She calls it, "The Collector's Circle" and it's made up of three tiers: collectors, donors and sponsors. Her business model has successfully funded over two dozen international field expeditions and has allowed her work to be collected by museums across the country. The donor tier of the Collector's Circle offers an affordable alternative for collectors seeking to support an artist through purchases that will later be donated to a museum for tax purposes. These funding techniques provide the quality of

long term support that can usher an emerging fine art photographer into the next stage of their career. During the discussion Elisabeth Sunday along with fine art appraiser Stacy Roman will share their knowledge of fundraising and the gifting process. Stacy Roman is a licensed fine art appraiser and is intricately familiar with current tax law and the gifting process.

Elisabeth Sunday photographs indigenous peoples from around the world, primarily in Africa. She uses the technique of "Mirror Photography" to create surreal, spiritual and deeply personal collaborations with tribal people. Her work has been widely shown and is in museum collections including the LACMA, The Houston Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Corcoran Collection.

Tickets - $10 


Sunday January 18th
3:30pm - 5:00pm


Mark Edward Harris
The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Presented by Samy’s Camera

This workshop explores how to create fine art travel photography - images that go far beyond the "I was here" photograph. Photographers will learn how to create beautiful landscapes and townscapes as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays - pictures that tell a story. Mark Edward Harris will put ideas into practice with technical aspects such as the use of "fast" lenses, filters, and the creative use of flash on location.

Tickets - $10