Digital Photography Classes Orange County

We just updated our schedule of digital photography classes for 2015 – read it here.

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are available NOW for the holidays!

Or, fulfill your New Year’s resolution to learn about your digital camera and take better pictures in 2015. Join Julie as she takes the mystery out of digital photography at Santiago Canyon College or at field sessions around the O.C.

Digital photography classes in Orange County California

Julie Diebolt Price –  Teacher, Author, Passionate Traveler and Guide

 

 

Tumbleweeds from the Santa Ana Winds

The corner of Jamboree Road and Chapman Avenue in Orange, California is hardly desolate. This single tumbleweed was driven by the Santa Ana winds, common at this time of year in Southern California.

Did you know that tumbleweeds actually propagate when they tumble. They also suck up water in an arid land, making it more arid. They can be very dangerous as they pile up and no longer tumble. They cause a hazard to vehicles because they are very flammable and easy to ignite.

See the Wikipedia about tumbleweeds excerpt below…

The tumbleweed’s association with the Western film has led to a highly symbolic meaning in visual media. It has come to represent locations that are desolate, dry, and often humorless, with few or no occupants. A common use is when characters encounter a long abandoned or dismal-looking place: a tumbleweed will be seen rolling past, often accompanied by the sound of a dry, hollow wind. This is sometimes used, for comic effect, in locations where tumbleweeds are not expected. (One example is in the opening scene of the film The Big Lebowski.) Tumbleweeds can also be shown to punctuate a bad joke or a character otherwise making an absurd declaration, with the plant rolling past in the background and the wind effect emphasizing the awkward silence, similar to the sound of crickets.

Source:  Wikipedia

Fireworks Spectacular with fusion photography

This hybrid and fusion photography of the Disneyland fireworks spectacular
eProduct

is a set of still photos morphed into a video and set to music. The music is royalty-free, which means I purchased the rights to use it in this manner. Premium Beat is my source for music. Disneyland is my source for fireworks throughout most of the year.

Slow shutter speeds (e.g., 1/10 sec) allow the shutter to stay open long enough to capture the fireworks light trails.

Want to learn more about this technique? Join us on a photography field session to set up your tripod and do this yourself!

Use of Royalty-Free Photos, Video and Audio

Royalty-free photo, audio, video discussion

Royalty-free music, audio, video and photo files are an integral part of hybrid photography.

Hybrid photography is a combination of still photos, video, and audio (music, sound effects, or the spoken word). It is critical when using any sound and photos/video, that one has the rights to use them. Thus, today’s topic of Roalty-Free.

Photographers today earn their living by selling the rights to their images. Whether it is a portrait print (not to be scanned and distributed) or a digital file, a user must have permission and rights to use the image before it can be used. Stock agencies have excellent systems set up to make royalty-free purchases online. You can buy rights to photos, videos, illustrations, etc. I am listed with several stock agencies – iStock, Dreamstime, Alamy, and several others. Royalty-free music and sound effects are also offered by online agencies. My favorite is Premium Beat.

Be sure to download and read the royalty-free rights you are purchasing. Keep the documents in a handy place because you may need it to prove your rights to use the digital files. For example, on several occasions with YouTube recently, my rights to use music have been challenged. When I can easily go back to the royalty-free release, copy and paste the important information to defend the dispute on YouTube, that makes life easier.

This week I was challenged again on some Chinese music that I purchased in 2009. There were three copyright holders on the music. Two have released the music for me to use, one did not. Rather than spend significant research time and effort locating the purchase document, I chose to take the hybrid photography project off YouTube, made it a simple video with no sound, and re-uploaded it to YouTube. I don’t know if this little project is worth any more effort, so I may just let it go now, and be more diligent on future projects.

Here’s a link to The Tao of Tea SILENT.

Hybrid Holiday Greeting – moving pictures

This

eHolidayCard

was created by JDP Photography for the Bursh Family at Pioneer Road Park in Tustin. Hybrid photography, a combination of still photos, video and music, made this “moving” family Christmas card. They will send this link in their email to everyone on their holiday greeting card list!

Fusion photography for business promos

We are having so much fun these days at JDP Photography, located in Tustin, California. With fusion photography we have been creating exciting new short promo videos to help businesses connect better with their audience. We are close enough to the Pacific Ocean and are able to make sand writing part of our original concepts.

With our work on fiverr.com, we are incorporating still photos, video and audio to produce SEO optimized eProducts for our clients all over the world.

Do you have an idea? We’d love to hear about it and see how we can make it into a short video for you.