West Coast School 2024 – 5 Day Class Registration & Summaries

2025 Instructors will be announced soon!!!!!

 

West Coast School has a new location for 2024 (and again in 2025)

Hyatt Regency – Valencia

24500 Town Center Drive.  Valencia, CA  91355

Link to reserve rooms:

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/VALEN/G-WCSP

Students will be responsible for housing at the host hotel or nearby hotels in the Valencia area

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2024 Instructor and Class Summaries – See Below (Registration form at the bottom of this page)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates:  June 9 – 14, 2024

If you wish to pay on a monthly basis,  you must call the PPC office to register for payment plan – 661-429-3640 Ext 1

2024 Course Information

 

Hard Light, Soft Light, Window Light, Strobe Light – BLACK AND WHITE DONE RIGHT with Pete Rezac. (class size limited to 8) SOLD OUT

Pete Rezac Class Video

You love black and white portraits, but something just seems to be missing. Are the props, right? Are the subjects, right? Is the environment, right? Well, it could be that

all of those are right, but you still aren’t getting the results you want. Well, it could be your lighting is missing the character and personality that helps make black and white

portraiture sing!  I can help you secure the confidence to make your black and white portraiture sing  showing you how to use LIGHT!  Be it soft, hard, natural, or electronic! Lighting skill

never goes out of style, and there are so many styles than one to use! I’ll show you how to block and tackle light to make any subject it illuminates sing – especially in

black and white (works for color too!). Additionally, if there is interest from the class – I will dive into the differences of using all this light if you choose to use film. I love using analog photography and helping

others who may be interested in offering the experience to clients as well.  Light doesn’t care what light sensitive material it’s hitting, so be it silicon or silver I’ll

help you get the results your after, and if you know me we’ll have a TON OF FUN doing it!

 

AI & Portrait Photography – Leveraging Technology to Sell More Portraits – with Scott Detweiler

We will start with the art history that photographers never seemed to learn, as we tend to focus on the technical and not what makes a great image.  We then work into lighting and will shoot briefly one of the afternoons.  From then on it is a deep dive into AI, advanced Photoshop composition, and also some copyright, as I sue a lot of companies for using my images.

I am also the QA director at stability.ai, so I can speak on this AI topic at a level no one else in our industry can. I will also be covering ChatGPT and other large language models, and how we can leverage all of these tools to sell more, from our advertising, social media, and most importantly portraits of our clients.
The goal is that each person in the class should be able to complete a FANTASTIC image from the brief shoot we have earlier in the week by the time we are done (including amazing skin).  I am talking about something worthy of a wall art commission, not another image in a book.  It should be amazing!  Note, that this is an intermediate Photoshop class and people should know the basics and have a machine they can use comfortably.  I have a video series on youtube for those that need a refresher.

 

Macro Photography and Floral Compositing with Karen Nakamura and Sharon Lobel (class size limited to 20)

Learn how to find, approach and photograph captivating insects in natural light.  Sharon will teach you her flower, water drop & insect macro techniques.  Karen will teach you how to incorporate your images and turn them into pieces of art through

editing or compositing.  Take your floral images to the next level by designing a beautiful art piece with unique backgrounds using Photoshop techniques.  You will also learn how to photograph flowers in the studio to match the light of your

subjects.

Some of our little insect friends and waterdrops will be photographed in a studio setting.  And, if nature is nice to us, we will be photographing butterflies hatching out of their chrysalis.  We have a lot more in store,  so have your cameras, tripods and

computers ready!

 

Photoshop – Zero to Sixty in a Week with Michael Collins

Level – Beginner to Intermediate

In today’s photographic world, you need to do some Photoshop work on your images to stand out and to compete.  Michael will take you on a whirlwind tour of the program showing the basics and intermediate skills and maybe even some advanced things you can do in Photoshop.  He will show you shortcuts to save time, how to use the various tools in Photoshop and make you confident and comfortable with the program in a week.  

We will make our own brushes, actions and do things you didn’t think you could do with your computer.  He will blow your mind with how easy Photoshop really is once you get out of your own way.  You will know enough at the end of the week to be able to stand out from the crowd.  A fun time will be had by all!

Equipment Requirements:

Computer or laptop loaded with the latest version of Photoshop CC prior to the start of class.  Updating using the school’s wi-fi does not work well.  To make the class less frustrating – a Wacom tablet (preferred) or mouse. A laptop thumbpad doesn’t work well when selecting and painting.  Images will be provided for working with, so that we are all on the same page.

 

Portrait Essentials – Lighting and Posing with Tim Meyer

Ratios, pixels, chimping, metering, soft lights, hard lights, posing, lighting patterns … it can all be so confusing and overwhelming. Every consumer can set their camera on auto exposure, auto focus and TTL flash. To compete in today’s photographic marketplace, professional photographers must be able to create a style and craftsmanship that the average consumer cannot duplicate. 

This class will focus on the fundamentals of quality lighting and posing, emphasizing the basic elements of studio and outdoor portraiture. It is designed with the beginner in mind, or those photographers who need to refresh their essential skills. 

With style as a consideration, and in a hands-on environment, Tim Meyer will illustrate how your choice of light shaping tools, metering, ratios, facial and body analysis, and posing work together to produce dynamic results and consistently high-quality images.

This experience will provide an opportunity for you to consider, and develop, a professional level of portrait lighting and posing skills. Tim will show you how to work in-studio and outdoors with basic to creative lighting equipment and natural

light. This class provides the opportunity for learning the posing and lighting techniques that are the backbone of any successful, professional portrait or wedding studio.

 

 

 

We thank our Platinum and Water Sponsor BAY PHOTO

 

 

 

West Coast School - 5 Day Registration

  • This is used to assign roommates if needed.
  • Please select your instructor
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5 Day classes start at $890.  Students are responsible for housing at host hotel or nearby hotels.