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Two Photo Workshops in San Diego [Jan. 9th, 2010|10:33 am]
kyle cassidy
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I'm doing two photography workshops this March -- these are geared towards jewelry makers but would work for anyone interested in photographing small things (coin/doll collectors, ebay resellers, miniature painters, whatnot). It's being held in San Diego California in a really swank studio and will also feature Kate Freaking Mckinnon world renown, globetrotting metalsmith, and author who, when not forging rings for the Nibelung, can probably be goaded into dishing out some advice and review of your work.

There are two separate sessions, a one day ($150) and a two day ($300). The two day will be featuring a whole day of photography with various setups -- we'll be photographing models with jewelry, doing some white seamless and some still-life setups. In both of them we'll be talking about macro photography, lenses and equipment. You should have a digital SLR for this, however, you can take the class with a point and shoot -- it's all about making what you have work for you.



(swell bracelet made for trillian_stars by fivecats)


click here to sign up for the two day workshop, March 20-21

or here for the one day workshop, March 19



If you're on the fence like "Heck, I live in Sacramento but I really want to be there," or "I have no equipment" drop a line and we'll see how we can make this happen. Also if you're in San Diego and wouldn't mind hosting someone from out-of-town let me know.



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[User Picture]From: madcaptenor
2010-01-09 03:34 pm (UTC)
Dear Kyle Freaking Cassidy,

do you know anyone whose middle name isn't "freaking"?
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[User Picture]From: vampiress144
2010-01-09 03:44 pm (UTC)
blarg, that's the week i'm going back east for a visit. i can't wait to see the results. jealous of those who do get to attend
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-01-09 06:15 pm (UTC)
We all change our middle names, legally, as soon as we meet Kyle. It's like joining the Ramones.
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2010-01-09 07:04 pm (UTC)
that, kate, is so freaking cool.

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From: grafster
2010-01-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
Amanda Palmer I guess - whose F middle initial stands for the less polite F word.
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2010-01-09 04:26 pm (UTC)
When do you want to do the one we discussed?
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-09 05:11 pm (UTC)
spring, when we can take models and costumes outside in teh woodz.
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[User Picture]From: anmorata
2010-01-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
My Photo I class (yep, I'm taking it back to film. It's time to learn the fundamentals) is working on a depth of field assignment this week. I hadn't thought about using that technique on just one item, like you did in the first photo - I was thinking more along the lines of people, or 1 item with everything blurred behind it, adding some perspective to the image with some linear planes. You've definitely given me something to think about. :) Thank you, Kyle!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-09 05:11 pm (UTC)
shallow DOF is my secret weapon. though now it's not a secret.
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From: zqfmbg
2010-01-09 07:48 pm (UTC)
The real secret is that for a sufficiently small object and a sufficiently low focusing distance, there's almost no other choice!

...though now it's not a secret, either.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-09 05:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to this, in so many ways. I note, btw, that Cat Freaking Mihos is coming, which makes me very happy. What fun we will have!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-09 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm totally psyched about Cat Freaking Mihos

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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2010-01-09 06:09 pm (UTC)
Me too.
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[User Picture]From: gushgush
2010-01-09 06:05 pm (UTC)
Where in San Diego will the workshop take place?
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-01-09 06:16 pm (UTC)
University and Fifth, at Jay Whaley's studio. Really nice space, right in the heart of Coolsville.
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[User Picture]From: gushgush
2010-01-09 11:59 pm (UTC)
cool...
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2010-01-09 06:08 pm (UTC)
This is all too far from Rome, dear...
I wish I could make it.
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2010-01-09 07:05 pm (UTC)
great shot of the bracelet, too. thanks!

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[User Picture]From: racing_girl
2010-01-09 08:45 pm (UTC)
the bracelet looks stunning!
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2010-01-10 07:06 pm (UTC)
thanks! (they're even for sale!)

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[User Picture]From: trillian_stars
2010-01-11 03:50 am (UTC)
We were trying to find your website -- do you have a site that lists them and gives prices?
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2010-01-11 05:53 pm (UTC)
it's currently down. (of course...)

i know there's at least one silver one up on my wife's etsy page: http://bluecatgallery.etsy.com

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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2010-01-09 08:21 pm (UTC)
I think this is a much more reasonable fee, considering your skill and what-all, than what I paid in November. ;>

And I'd sign up for it in a heartbeat, believe it or else.
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[User Picture]From: sidewinder
2010-01-09 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, this is so Relevant To My Interests and business needs it's not funny, and yet so geographically far away :(

Any chance you'll be doing an East Coast version of this workshop at any point in time? Hell, I have the gallery/studio space to host it here in Philly...at least for now, potential sales contracts permitting...
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-09 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think Kate said something about us doing a bead something or other in 2011 ... but we can talk about doing something before.

n.b. one of your earring things was in the set of sample photos i sent to kate.
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-01-10 12:34 am (UTC)
We should totally do it in Philly!
There is a BeadFest show in 2011 that I was encouraging Kyle to consider, because we could teach a Huge class every day of beady jewelry people who would love to improve their skilz.

I'd love to develop a curriculum with Kyle that was easy to port and could be done in a few locations. I got a ton of email asking for an East Coast venue, we could fill a Philly class in about five minutes.
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[User Picture]From: sidewinder
2010-01-10 01:31 am (UTC)
BeadFest would definitely be a great venue for it!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-10 01:22 am (UTC)
(see kate's followup to my reply there about beadfest)
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2010-01-10 12:56 am (UTC)
That's a positively gorgeous bracelet.
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[User Picture]From: coffeeman
2010-01-10 01:14 am (UTC)
Unrelated mostly - if you were in the market for a digital point and shoot pocketable camera, how would you go about selecting one?

I still want to get a d-slr, but I figure a mediocre camera in the pocket is better than no camera at all.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-10 01:21 am (UTC)
Funny, I was just in the market for a small camera, so I was looking around a lot. The Canon Powershot G11 was the best of the bunch. My main criteria were the option for manual control, the ability to use external (studio or off camera) strobes, and low light (digital noise) performance. It's significantly better in low light than the g10 which might mean that you can find g10's cheap used since a g11 is halfway to a DSLR in terms of price....
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[User Picture]From: coffeeman
2010-01-10 04:54 am (UTC)
Damn, that's a snazzy compact, but still bigger than I'm looking for (I guess I'm technically looking foran ultra compact). The G11 is about the same size as my Canon A95, which has been a great camera, but recently died. That's the one I'm going to replace with an entry level DSLR (probably a D40). Unfortunately, I'm going to have to save for that one, because the lens I want (18-200mm VR for aerial photography) costs like twice what the body does. But I digress.

I am kind of surprised that Nikon's ultra compact digitals seem to be poorly reviewed. I found a handful of canon and sony models that look halfway decent. The only non-canon digital camera I have ever owned was a sony and it was a piece of crap though, so I may end up with another Canon.
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-01-10 02:02 pm (UTC)
I have to tell you that my Olympus FE-340, which can be had for about $75 used directly from Olympus (They have an EBay store) has 8 mp, a nice glass lens, optical zoom, with an actually very good super macro setting. It has manual settings as well; there are limitations, but if used correctly this small camera (with a nice slide-into-body protected lens) is a kickass piece of pocket equipment. I actually use mine for all of my professional work, because I have no idea what camera I really actually should have.

Kyle, do you have a recommendation? Several of us are planning on buying a DSLR before your class. Do you have a new and a used suggestion, off the French Cuff?
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[User Picture]From: coffeeman
2010-01-10 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. How'the lag on that thing? I am realy hoping for something that shoots pretty darn quick.
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2010-01-10 08:21 pm (UTC)
I only use it for studio photography, using a timer, doing single shots, so that's not an issue for me. It takes a rather long time to collect its small wits, several seconds.
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[User Picture]From: inkista_
2010-01-16 01:02 am (UTC)
Have you considered the Canon S90? Same sensor/processor as the G11, so same low-light performance, same RAW and PSAM modes. Lens is shorter than the G11's, but faster (f/2 at the wide end, not f/2.8). Closer to the SD series in size, easily shirt-pocketable. Only drawback seems to be the control wheel spins too freely. Slightly less expensive than the G11.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2010-01-10 02:26 am (UTC)
I love that shot of the cufflinks.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2010-01-10 03:09 am (UTC)

Randomly

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[User Picture]From: gattphotos
2010-01-10 08:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Randomly

if anyone needs a place to stay my place is open in san diego. i don't have any spare beds, but if no one minds couches i've got plenty of those.
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[User Picture]From: retention
2010-01-12 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh! You'll be here!! That's the weekend of my reunion though, which is in Pittsburgh. Which I'm debating on going to.

If it all works out, I'd really love to meet up. Is your lady coming with?
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[User Picture]From: retention
2010-01-12 03:23 am (UTC)
And also - how long would you be here for? You should make a week of it. :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-14 04:57 pm (UTC)
i am coming alone -- alas, trillian has rehersal.
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[User Picture]From: retention
2010-01-18 05:53 am (UTC)
well, i'll DM you on twitter or something. that's one of my favorite areas where the workshop will be held, btw. also my couch is open if needed.
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