From techniques to gear, photography is an exciting and every expanding visual realm. Thanks to the accessibility of photography education and affordable, yet advanced hardware and software, artists, from beginners to seasoned pros, continue to experiment and push the limits of the medium.

Yes, this is a photograph. See what we mean? | Photo by Joel Filipe

However, it being the digital age and all, it may seem impossible at times to keep up. Luckily for all you budding West Coast photographers, Samy’s Camera has an event series coming up that’s perfect for those wanting to take their skills to the next level.

Did you know that Samy’s Camera offers photography classes through it’s Samy’s Photo School division?

Samy’s Photo School would like to extend an invitation to photographers of all experience levels to join us for our Holiday Open House, which takes place on Saturday December 9th at our Santa Ana location and on Saturday December 16th at our Los Angeles location.

Each open house event boasts a full day of FREE lectures, workshops and live model shoots. These open house events are rare opportunities to sample several of Samy’s course offerings free of charge and to get advice from the pros. Did we mention that raffles will be held throughout the day?

Space is limited! Reserve your spot for the following FREE lectures and workshops:

Saturday, December 9th – Samy’s Camera Santa Ana

Credit: Paul Van Allen

Landscape and Macro Workshop w/ Paul Van Allen Sponsored by Nikon – 10am-11am (INFO)

Landscape and Macro pictures are two of the most popular types of photography… and now they share the same class! Join Nikon’s National Training Specialist, Paul Van Allen as he takes you through an entertaining and informative look at gear and techniques to help you obtain stunning results the very first time!

Overview Lecture Lightroom Classic CC vs Lightroom CC w/ Natasha Calzatti – 11:15am-12:15 pm (INFO)

Which one should I use? We have answers about the new Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Announcement! Do you have questions about the newest versions of Lightroom? Join Natasha Calzatti as she tackles Lightroom’s latest updates! Bring your questions and have them answered by the industry’s expert, and share your experiences with your fellow photographers. This is the perfect time to eliminate confusion about Lightroom’s updates and get back to a streamlined photography workflow!

Learn How Photographers Can Obtain a National Park Service Artist in Residence Grant w/ Bob Killen – 12:30 pm-1:30 pm (INFO)

Bob Killen, will teach you how to apply for AIR grants, review artistic requirements, present several park examples, and explain the benefits of becoming a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence. He provides handouts, case examples, sample applications, and discusses what it is like to live in a national park for 2 to 4 weeks while you create your work. He will also explain how artists can market and share their art with the public through various exhibition programs.

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Live Model Shoot Sponsored by Panasonic Lumix with Ralph Starkweather – 1:45 pm-2:15 pm (INFO)

Panasonic is bringing out camera bodies and lenses for all attendees to try out with a live model. Photographer Ralph Starkweather will be on hand to share his tip and tricks with attendees. All who attend this event will be entered to win a GX85! With a maximum of only 25 attendees, your chances to win this fantastic 16MP mirrorless digital camera are phenomenal.

Light Sculpting for Boudoir, Swimsuit, and Artistic Nudes with Jennifer Emery – 3:30 pm -5 pm (INFO)

Lighting the body for boudoir, swimsuit, and artistic nudes is an art. Join lighting expert Jennifer (Zivolich) Emery for a light-sculpting seminar that draws from her new book The Nude, Conceptual Approaches to Fine Art Photography. Models featured in the book will pose for a live demo and will be on hand to autograph copies of the book.

Saturday, December 16th – Samy’s Camera Los Angeles

Credit: Ralph Elliott Starkweather

Panasonic Lumix Photo Walk with Ralph Starkweather – 10 am – 12 pm (INFO)

Panasonic owners and those who wish to try out a Panasonic camera are invited to join Ralph Starkweather for a photographic stroll through iconic Farmer’s Market. All who attend this event will be entered to win a GX85!

Lightroom, Photoshop, and Capture One Help Desk, Get Your Questions Answered One-on-One with Natasha Calzatti – 10 am – 2 pm (INFO)

Can’t figure out the shortcut? Got a trouble – printing problem? Don’t know how to do a particular technique? Help is on the way, join us at Samy’s School Open House Event. One-on-one Lightroom, Photoshop and Capture One Help Desk.

Outdoor Portrait Photography George Simian – 11:30 am – 12:15 pm (INFO)

Join George for a shortened version of his popular workshop in which he will teach you his tips and tricks for shooting outdoor portraits. George will touch on topics including the quality of soft vs. hard light, the direction of the light, and the use of reflectors; and the best camera settings for more effectively focusing attention on the subject.

Barbara Griffith, Southern California Leasing, Inc. – How to Start a Business – 11:45 – 12:45 (INFO)

Starting a new business is an exciting time that raises many questions. Learn how to begin the process and optimize your goals to make the best choices for your company. During this one-hour class by Barbara Griffith, President of Southern California Leasing, you will be provided with valuable information to help you navigate the challenges of starting a new business and begin generating revenue.

Intro to HD-SLR Video with Lance Folden Sponsored by Canon – 1 pm – 1:45 pm (INFO)

Topics that will be discussed during this class include reasons to shoot still versus video, different video resolutions and when to use them, camera features that can effect video including White Balance, and more!

Choosing and Using Lenses with Lance Folden Sponsored by Canon – 2 pm – 2:45 pm (INFO)

In this workshop, Lance will speak about how to use a variety of lenses and how to get creative with them in ways most people do not usually think about.  The types of lenses covered will include Wide Angles, Telephotos, Prime, Fisheyes, Tilt Shifts and Macros.

Overview Lecture Lightroom Classic CC vs Lightroom CC with Natasha Calzatti – 2 pm – 3pm (INFO)

Which one should I use? We have answers about the new Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Announcement! Do you have questions about the newest versions of Lightroom? Join Natasha Calzatti as she tackles Lightroom’s latest updates! Bring your questions and have them answered by the industry’s expert, and share your experiences with your fellow photographers. This is the perfect time to eliminate confusion about Lightroom’s updates and get back to a streamlined photography workflow!

Panasonic Lumix Photo Walk with Ralph Starkweather – 2 pm – 4pm (INFO)

Panasonic is bringing out camera bodies and lenses for all attendees to try out with a live model. Photographer Ralph Starkweather will be on hand to share his tip and tricks with attendees. All who attend this event will be entered to win a GX85! With a maximum of only 25 attendees, your chances to win this fantastic 16MP mirrorless digital camera are phenomenal.

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Outdoor Portrait Photography with George Simian – 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm (INFO)

Join George for a shortened version of his popular workshop in which he will teach you his tips and tricks for shooting outdoor portraits. George will touch on topics including the quality of soft vs. hard light, the direction of the light, and the use of reflectors; and the best camera settings for more effectively focusing attention on the subject.

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Learn How Photographers Can Obtain a National Park Service Artist in Residence Grant Bob Killen – 3 pm – 3:45 pm (INFO)

In this lecture, Bob Killen, will teach you how to apply for AIR grants, review artistic requirements, present several park examples, and explain the benefits of becoming a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence. He provides handouts, case examples, sample applications, and discusses what it is like to live in a national park for 2 to 4 weeks while you create your work. He will also explain how artists can market and share their art with the public through various exhibition programs.

Light Sculpting for Boudoir, Swimsuit, and Artistic Nudes with Jennifer Emery – 4 pm – 5 pm (INFO)

Lighting the body for boudoir, swimsuit, and artistic nudes is an art. Join lighting expert Jennifer (Zivolich) Emery for a light-sculpting seminar that draws from her new book The Nude, Conceptual Approaches to Fine Art Photography. Models featured in the book will pose for the demo and be on hand to autograph copies of the book.

Beers and Cameras – 5:30 pm – 8pm (INFO)

Now that we have had a full day of fantastic workshops, let’s all celebrate with Beers and Cameras, a local photographer’s meet up that provides photographers of all experience levels at Southland Beer to meet, network, discuss industry topics and share information. Finish up the day by sharing what you have learned and mingle with like-minded individuals in a festive atmosphere.

For more information regarding upcoming classes, visit www.samysphotoschool.com. Furthermore, for more information about in-store events, check out our calendar of events.

Featured Image: Alexander Andrews