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"Riding Bareback: Digital Photography"

One-Week Intensive Workshop with Steve Sonheim: Digital Photography
5 Videos – 5 Assignments
$45. Available NOW as a self-study class.
This workshop is designed to turn your digital camera into a natural, comfortable tool in your hands, and give you the confidence to step away from “Auto.”
In this “technical” class we will demystify the principles of exposure, ISO, aperture, shutterspeed and focal length to clear a path for more artistic photographic expression.
Who should take this class? Anyone from beginnner to intermediate with a digital camera (rangefinder or DSLR). This is a good starting point for anyone who wants to go beyond snapshots.
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Day 1: Exposure
Defining what “correct exposure” is, what your camera is doing behind the scenes and how you can take control.
Day 2: Aperture and Focus
Understanding the  importance of depth of field and how to control it.
Day 3: Shutter Speed and Motion Blur
Exploring the possibilities of exposure and blur with long and short shutterspeeds
Day 4: ISO and Low-Light Photography
How to balance quality and light sensitivty to get the best possible shots.
Day 5: Focal Length and Lens Choice
How distance and lens zoom affect the look and feel of your images.

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stevebioSteve Sonheim is the author of the forthcoming book, “Creative Photography Lab: 52 Fun Exercicses for Developing Self-Expression with Your Camera” (Quarry Books, due August 1st). He has been a commercial photographer for twenty years. He has a BS from Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, and believes photography should be more of an expressive act than a technical act. He tries to incorporate that philosophy into his work, which these days includes hotels and luxury resorts, people, and food.

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2013 Summer Art Camp

Welcome to the THIRD Annual Online Summer Art Camp!
This year I am excited to present new classes taught by Diane Culhane, Steve Sonheim, Krista Peel, and myself.
• Workshops in Photography, Drawing, Painting, and Mixed-Media
• Each week-long class consists of five instructional videos
• Classes designed so that you can spend between 1-3 hours per day
• Class content will remain online indefinitely
• Instructor feedback
• Each class will have its own flickr group to share images of your artwork
• NEW! A single facebook group page for the entire camp (so you can see what those in other sessions have been working on, too!).
• Class fee good for participants living in a single household
• Prizes? Of course!
EARLY SIGN-UP BONUS! The first 100 people to sign up will receive 8 printable PDF greeting cards featuring two images from each of the four instructors.
Click the images below for class descriptions and to sign up!

(July 22 – 26, 2013)

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(July 29 – August 2, 2013)

stevesillysummerbug     culhanebetweenbug2


(August 5 – 9, 2013)

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Quick Sign-Up

Choose any three classes: 

Take ALL 6 classes!

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Photo Silly Classes

5 Digital Photography Classes with Steve Sonheim • $35-45
Available now as Self-Study Classes. 


In 2011 and 2012, Steve Sonheim held five popular online classes, which you can access now as self-study classes:
Photo Silly 1
Photo Silly 2
Shoot Your Art
Photo Silly Light
Photo Silly Advanced



1.  Fun and Silly Assignments. A daily assignment to get you out shooting and thinking like a photographer.
2. Your Camera.  Nuts and bolts talk to help you get more comfortable with — and get more out of — your digital camera.
3. Photo Fundamentals. What it comes down to: Light and Composition.

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Here’s the scoop:
• Every day for the length of the session, you will receive a link to a new PDF worksheet that will look kind of like this (click to enlarge):

• You will receive an daily e-mail from Steve where he will further explain concepts that might not fit on a worksheet (including answers to questions from you!).
• Your daily assignment will have you photographing people, places and things… the whole nine yards and then some.
• A “Photo Silly″ flickr site will be created so you can (optionally) share your photographs and get feedback from your fellow students, as well as enjoy and learn from others in the class.  (However, if you are shy about posting your photos, Steve will be available to you to look at your work via email.)
• Steve will be available the entire two weeks by email to answer ANY questions you have. (All Q&As will then be posted on the class blog so everyone can benefit!)
• Steve is an experienced photographer and teacher, and aims to help his students begin to develop their own unique photography “voice.”  He writes, “This class is about looking at the world a little differently through your digital camera, and bringing more photography into your art, and more art into your photography.”
• Requirements: Any digital camera that you can download images to a computer and a basic photo-editing program. (Steve suggests either a trial [free] version of Photoshop Elements or Picasa by Google, also free. These are both easy to use and he will be giving instructions for both as we go along.)
• This class for anyone with a digital camera, a computer, and a willingness to take some chances.
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This class was outstanding! Thank you so much for your time, energy, organization, and for offering this wonderful class from a great perspective. I have some obsessive-compulsive nature when I am challenged — and the Photo Silly direction took me away from some of this behavior — I stretched my abilities — and really got out there and had some fun! I loved this class, the assignments, and they took be far beyond my expectations! THANK YOU THANK YOU!      — Mary Ann
Gotta say this class was way more than I expected. Great class, big thank you’s to you and Steve. I really learned a lot about my camera(s) and gained a lot of confidence – knowing I can capture what I see in my little frame. Looking forward to the class on Photographing Your Artwork – that sounds perfect – and PhotoSillyShop and any more silliness you are dreaming up.    — Diane
Photo Silly 1 with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 14 Worksheets 

Photo Silly 2 with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 14 Worksheets 

Shoot Your Art with Steve Sonheim
One-week class,  3 assignments, demonstration video

Photo Silly Light with Steve Sonheim
One-week class, 7 Worksheets 

Photo Silly Advanced with Steve Sonheim
Two-week class, 10 Worksheets 

About Steve
Steve has been a professional for 20 years and has a BA in Applied Commercial Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He currently specializes in hotel and resort photography. He has taught photography classes at Wheaton College, and has had gallery shows with his abstract imagery.