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Big Photo Month Celebration 2017

DateDayEventCostTime
MayCANON Test Drive EVENTFREEall month
MayNIKON Test Drive EVENT FREEall month
May 5FriMichele Magdalena- Vision & Form*$497pm
May 6SatCapturing Dynamic Concert Photos*$20/$997pm
May 6SatFREE Sensor Cleaning & How To by DelkinFREEall day
May 6Sat1st Look- NIKON SLR* $499am
May 6SatIntermediate Composition* $499am
May 7SunLearning Photoshop- Exploring 1* $1491pm
May 8MonLearning Lightroom- Exploring 1* $14912:30pm
May 9Tues1st Look- Pocket Camera* $497pm
May 9TuesAdvanced Inspirational ImagesFREE7.15pm
May 10WedLunch + Learn- Kid’s Sports PhotographyFREEnoon
May 10WedNikon Learning Center- Macro Photography*$497pm
May 11ThuAdvanced Focus your VisionFREE7:15pm
May 11ThuMastering Manual Mode* $497pm
May 12-13NIKON WEEKEND FREEall day
May 13SatLearning Photoshop- Exploring 2* $1491pm
May 15MonWeston Figure Workshop Discussion*$9957pm
May 16TuesIntermediate Flash*$497pm
May 16TuesThe WOW Pictures*$497pm
May 18ThuNight Hawks- Hollywood Bus Trip*$696pm
May 18ThuDrink & Click- Strand Brewery by PanasonicFREE7pm
May 19-20PANASONIC LUMIX WEEKENDFREE
May 20Sat1st Look- CANON SLR*$499am
May 20SatPhotoWalk- Armed Forced Day Parade*$29noon
May 20SatGoing Pro- Capturing Occasions* $1991pm
May 21SunIntermediate Faces, Family & Friends*$4910am
May 21SunLearning Lightroom- Exploring 2* $14912:30pm
May 21SunStudio Lighting Workshop* $1291pm
May 25ThuExploring NIK Software*$996:30pm
May 29MonMemorial Day HolidayClosed

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This post comes from our Sales Team Member and Creative Photo Academy Educator, Peter Khauo. We asked Peter to share about what's in his Video+Photo bag.
Feel free to ask questions or share thoughts in the comments.

What camera bag do you use?
Lowe Pro 170AW

What do you use it for?
Everything from video to stills.

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Tell us about your set up and how you use it.
I have the LowPro Backpack and it has three compartments for lens. The top section is stuff with my H6, 580EXII Flash, ipad mini 3, lighting to sd dongle, continuous LED light, Gary Fong Light Sphere, 6 batteries, 2 chargers, 4 rechargeable AA batteries, scissors, multi-tool, receipt book, gorilla tape, metallic sharpies, and of course my watch.

The tools where added to my bag when I encounter issues that I needed to fix on the fly.

I use the ipad for reference when shooting video and also to display images for client after shoots are done.

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What cameras, lenses and flashes do you bring?
Canon 6D
17-40mm F4L
70-200 F2.8L
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Why is it awesome for what you do?
This setup is awesome because it covers most focal range. When I'm shooting video, I had a preplan set up of what I need when I plan to edit.

What's one piece of gear you think people should have?
First Aid Kit, I have one in my car.  But seriously, extra memory cards, extra pre-charged batteries.

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What's one thing you carry with you that you wish you didn't have to bring?
Laptop/iPad since I like to review my work at home but many times clients what to see images/video right away.

Is there anything you would change for this to be your dream bag?
More prime lens. I would love to add Tamron 35mm F1.8, Tamron 85mm F1.8, Canon 24-70F2.8 Mark II, and Canon 70-200 F2.8 Mark II, and 5D Mark IV, and Rode Video Pro Mic/Rode Wireless Lav.

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You can see more of his work facebook, instagram or youtube.
Questions or comments for Peter? Share them below...

Patti is our student of the month for October, 2016. Her studio work explores characters through Dia de los Muertos inspired imagery. Don't miss Patti Sloan's new series in our gallery this month.

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Chambers with Patti Sloan to hear about his work and what inspires him:

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If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?
Ongoing

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
All of them - I can't pick one

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
Many places - my classmates, my instructors, and fellow photographers.

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
Definitely me.

Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
I'm not half bad at makeup application. I did all the makeup for these images as well as the costuming.

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Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
The style of these images were shot with techniques from Dave Bever's Studio Lighting Workshop. I volunteer to assist with that class to keep these techniques fresh in my mind.

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
They were all shot with Dia de los Muertos style makeup.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Don't just buy any camera and try to start with difficult concepts. It's really helpful to understand the basics and the capabilities of your camera. Photo Boot Camp was still the best thing I ever did.

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
If time permits, I hope to compose an image by using other small images in a collage.

What's your favorite color?
I have two - red and black but I'm sure that's not a surprise to many that know me.

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See her work at our main gallery through the month of October, 2016.

John is our student of the month for August, 2016. He has a great sense of composition. I really enjoy how he uses scale to build interest and create relationships in his photographs. The project he shares this month is a series of black and white photographs across America. They are bright, strong and immaculate in editing. Don't miss John Peterson's project on America in our gallery this month.

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Chambers with John Peterson to hear about his work and what inspires him:

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If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?
American.

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
The White House ruins. When I first saw the image that Ansel Adams made of the ruins, I loved the patterns on the rock and wanted to make my own version from a different angle. Canyon de Chelly is a peaceful, beautiful place--one where I actually enjoyed the driving around from venue to venue.

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
Everywhere I go. I'm always seeing photographic opportunities and love to make photographs with whatever I have available, even if it's just my iPhone.

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
Initially, myself. But, when someone likes one of my images and tells me they do, it gives me great pleasure, so I share them on my website and on Facebook. I'm really shooting for everyone.

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Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
I'm not particularly creative by nature, so photography brings out my inner creativity. There is an excitement to the process that makes it all a huge amount of fun.

Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
Photo Boot Camp was called Beginning Photography when I took the class. Mark Comon provided the inspiration in that class that drove me to Intermediate classes and then Advanced classes. The trips are also very helpful. I have seen and photographed sites that I might not have seen had it not been for photography.

Is there a piece of equipment that you really love?
My D800. It's a fabulous camera, that, properly used, makes fabulous images that become fabulous prints.

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What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
They're all scenes of America, from coast to coast and in between.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Enroll in Photo Boot Camp and take the assignments seriously. Do the homework. Once you graduate, take Intermediate classes for several years to strengthen your skills. When you buy equipment, spend the most you can afford on good lenses - the glass is more important than anything else. (You can use the best camera in the world but if you attach a crummy lens to it, you will get a crummy image).

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
I'm currently working on a series involving classic cars and details of those cars. It's the most photographic fun I've had in a long time.

What's your favorite color?
Blue.

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See his work at our main gallery through the month of August, 2016.

Making great travel photographs is an art form. It requires attention to culture, landscape, history and your unique experience of the place. Travel photography works all of your photography muscles: landscape, documentary and portraiture. For this important subject we reached out one of the most seasoned travel photographers, Mark Comon.

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Travel Photography:  The Secrets to a Great Adventure

When you travel you want to share your adventure with family and friends.   There is a formula to producing good travel photographs and great travel presentations.  Take the “National Geographic” approach to your next week-long adventure or weekend get-away.

Tell the Story
Travelers and photographers want to tell the story of the adventure and share our feeling for the location.  The secret is to remember these goals when snapping your photos and while organizing your photo book and slide show.

Find your Title Photograph
Begin with an informative title photos.  Let the audience know where you are with images of well-known landmarks (Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower) and photos of signs or descriptive images (Santa Fe 10 miles).  Make your titles interesting by including people wherever appropriate.

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Show the Natural Beauty
You visit remote locations because of the natural beauty.  Bring back beautiful scenic photos to make your audience jealous!  What drew you to this place: mountains, oceans, rivers or architecture?  Show the beauty and scenic grandeur through your photography.

Include Local People
A visit to India would not be complete without photos of Indians. Photograph the local people to bring the audience in contact with the place. Nothing says more about a locale than the people that live there. Use wide-angle lenses in close for groups or crowds (the market place in Marrakech) and telephoto for faces and candid images.  Always learn the local customs and respect their rules, regulations and privacy.

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Shoot the Details
Capture the local flavor by capturing pictures that are unique to your destination.  When in Italy great photographs have the taste, smell, and feel of Italy.  What photos makes you feel the location: the marketplace with street vendors, the town square with old men discussing politics or the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral.  Search out the local images and bring them home.

Back home is the most difficult process…. EDITING!  Keep only the best, dispose of the rest.  Be ruthless to only show your best photos.

We hope this helps you snap and keep the right pictures on your amazing Vacation.

 

For more on travel photography check out our other articles...

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This post comes from our Creative Director at Creative Photo Academy. We asked Ryan to share about what's in his camera bag. Feel free to ask questions or share thoughts in the comments.

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What camera bag do you use?
Think Tank

What do you use it for?
Hiking, bike tours, anything where there's risk of injury... :]

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Tell us about your set up and how you use it.
I have a couple full frame cameras with a bunch of lenses and flashes but I realized I really didn't enjoy traveling with all of them when we were going out for fun and adventures. So I picked up a Fuji XT1 and a couple lenses. This little bag is actually designed to fit a single DLSR body but it's perfect for my whole kit with a ton of pockets, adjustable dividers and a waterproof cover! I can fit everything I need for making awesome pictures and everything I want personally... snacks, sunglasses, phone and notebook. It also integrates with my other Think Tank bags so when I'm on a shoot I can use it too...

What cameras, lenses and flashes do you bring?
Fuji XT1
35mm 1.4
18-55mm 2.8-4
EF-X8 Flash

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Why is it awesome for what you do?
This set up is incredible because it attaches to my belt. I can jump, climb and run without it getting in the way. When I want to grab gear it's already being supported at waist level so it's easy to move and change anything I need. And with the waterproof cover if I get stuck in the rain or am getting too close to the surf, I can just throw it on and not worry.

What's one piece of gear you think people should have?
I think the LenSpen and a lens cloth is really underestimated. That combination will clean just about anything off my lens from dust to finger prints to oil spots. It's not a sexy piece of equipment but lets you keep shooting and there's something to be said for that.

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What's one thing you carry with you that you wish you didn't have to bring?
Honestly this little set up is about as paired down as it gets. I feel great. Now, when I share my pro set up... then we'll talk.

Is there anything you would change for this to be your dream bag?
I'd add polarizers for my lenses and a certain pancake lens from Fuji that doesn't exist yet. But as far as the bag goes I wish it had more hefty strap attachment points for when I want to throw it over my shoulder. Carrying it on my belt is way more ergonomic but it's kind of dorky at times. I also wish the materials were more vintage/classy and less techie/tactical.

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Death Valley, Ca
You can see more photographs with this set up on his website or instagram.
Questions or comments for Ryan? Share them below...

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Big Photo Month Celebration 2016

May 23           Mon    NIK Software workshop     $99     6:30 pm
May 24           Tue     Mastering Manual Mode Class     $49     7 pm
May 26           Thu     Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich     $49     7 pm
May 30           Mon    Memorial Day Holiday     Closed
June 5            Sun    1st annual Flower Foto Fest     $99     9am -4pm

Jennifer is our student of the month for May, 2016. Her documentry/travel photographs have strong formal qualities with leading lines, repeated patterns and interesting vanishing points. Her use of color is somber and muted. Her photographs elicit a similar feeling for me as Cartier Bresson's where I am witnessing a split second that holds for an eternity, the almost and not yet... Come see her work through April.

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Chambers with Jennifer Morrison to hear about her work and what inspires her:

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If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?
Wanderlust

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
I love the lighting and feel of Ansel Adams North Court Arches.

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
I love black and white photos, so I have found a lot of inspiration through Ansel Adams.

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
Myself. To give me something to document my travels and keep me inspired to keep traveling.

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Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
I used to think that editing photos was cheating, but I've come to the realization that I enjoy adding filters and different edits that make the pictures all my own. Even if someone captured the same photo that I did, it wouldn't look exactly the same. I'm learning to have fun with editing.

Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
Boot Camp really helped me learn my camera and forced me to get out there and practice different techniques and take different types of photos.

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
They are all streetscape images taken in Germany.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Keep practicing and don't give up even when you start to get frustrated that your photos aren't turning out how you imagined them to.

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
I'm going to Peru in September, so maybe something to do with Manchu Michu or the local life there.

What's your favorite color?
Blue

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See her work at our First Tuesday Art Opening on May 3rd from 5:30-7:00pm. Learn More: HERE.

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There are a lots of reasons for taking pictures. One of the most important is to remember. Not just for you to remember but for your children to remember and your children's children to remember.

We recently had a friend of Paul's Photo, Stephanie, come by with some old negatives. She was cleaning out a shoe box of photos she had stowed away during college 30 years ago. As she flipped through the pictures she found some old Brownie negatives. She couldn't remember how they got in there and she couldn't tell what was on them.

Stephanie brought her negatives by The Lab at Paul's Photo and asked us what she should do. Of course we thought she should scan them (negatives hold so much information even if it looks like they're too clear, too dark, too scratched, too dusty; there's probably something there). Well, it turns out there sure was something there. The negatives were family pictures from 1930 to 1936. There were pictures of her mother at three years old with her grandma, pictures of her uncles playing together and family pictures of the family during Easter. Stephanie told us about how her mom was always the princess of the family and now she actually has proof. And she shared about how her uncles have always been best friends, even today when they're in their 80's and living a continent apart.

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The pictures also brought up new stories about her family. When she showed the prints to her aunt and uncles they started tearing up. They shared about their neighbors. She found out they where living in East LA in a Japanese neighborhood as the only Mexican family. She learned that her aunt ,who had a career in the fashion industry, was a tomboy growing up and hated cats.

What strikes me about Stephanie's experience is that these pictures weren't really for her. They were made by relatives two generations before Stephanie. But the pictures her grandparents made have become a part of her story and they inform the stories that her kids learn about who they are. These pictures have power, a kind of power that I don't normally think about when I'm photographing my family: we are writing the history of our family.

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I asked Stephanie about her experience at The Lab at Paul's Photo. She said the staff were kind and interested in her negatives. They were more than willing to put the pictures on a flash drive and made two sets of prints (her aunts and uncles took all of the prints so it's a good thing she has that flash drive). I'm was glad to hear that because we feel like we're doing something pretty special at Paul's Photo and we want you to know we will care for your families' photographs.

I asked if there's anything she would tell herself or you for that matter. Stephanie said she feels lucky that her mother is the only one of that generations that's passed away but she said it's important to take the time to sit down with relatives and write the stories on the back of the pictures. And make sure to print an extra set for yourself.

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There's a flood of pictures being made today like no other time in history. We hope you'll take the time to thinking about what they mean to you, to tell your story and to write your families history. If you need help, we're here for you.

 

We love Death Valley.

It's one of the most interesting landscapes a photographer can explore.

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But aside from the beautiful, stark qualities that accompany a normal exploration to Death Valley, there's something very special happening right now. Death Valley is experiencing a rare wildflower super bloom. The dessert landscape is carpeted by flowers. Super Blooms happen once about every ten years and it's caused by incredibly high rainfall (about 3 inches).

So unless you want to wait ten years, when you'll be.... nevermind, it's time to get out to the desert. If you want to learn more check our friends at the Daily Breeze's article, "Death Valley wildflower ‘super bloom’ may peak soon"

But if you do miss it, or Death Valley just isn't your thing, we're heading out to shoot the flowers in May. Join us on the Wildflower Photo Bus Tour to Antelope Valley in May.