Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photographic History

the Curtin House at Pasadena Museum of History

In conjunction with the exhibition Southern California’s Evolving Landscape: The Photography of Helen Lukens Gaut (1872-1955) at the Pasadena Museum of History through Feburary 26, the Museum is offering some pretty cool photography workshops next month. Three different teachers, three different workshops, three different perspectives.

Saturday, February 4: Working the Angles with James Staub,
Photo Services Specialist, California Institute of Technology
Staub will focus on what he calls "Moving the furniture around" -- framing the scene, dealing with lighting to your advantage, color balance and other methods to enliven a photo through simple changes to your camera and yourself.
Participants will meet at the Information Kiosk in the East entrance of Pasadena City Hall.

Saturday, February 18: The Basics of Composition with Ibarionex Perello,
Adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design and author of the bestselling book, Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography with Available Light
Perello's workshop will teach students to improve their compositions. You will learn how to carefully consider what to include and exclude from the frame as well as how brightness, contrast, sharpness, patterns, and color saturation shape how we create and see photographs.
This workshop will take place in Curtin House at Pasadena Museum of History.

Saturday, February 25: Phoneshots with Eliot Crowley, Santa Barbara-based commercial photographer
The best camera is the one you have with you. As Eliot says, “It’s not the camera, it is the photographer.” In just a couple of hours you'll learn some of the capabilities of your phone camera. Be ready at a moment’s notice to make the image, set up the composition and lighting to flatter your subject just by pulling your phone out of your pocket.  Equipment needed:  Cellular phone with camera.
This workshop will take place on the Colorado Street Bridge. Participants should park on Grand Avenue and meet at the East entrance to the Bridge.

Museum Members, $25 per session; Non-Members, $30 per session; Museum Members, $60 for all three workshops; Non-Members, $75 for all three workshops.
Reservations are required. Call 626.577.1660, ext. 10.

I've never gone wrong at the PMH. They're cool people who care about offering quality programs.


John Sandel said...

Wow, those actually look like cool classes.

Petrea Burchard said...

Yeah, I know Ibarionex teaches a great class, and now there's a cell phone camera class? It would be fun to take them all. Plus I want to see the exhibit, hint hint.

Bellis said...

Yes, go see the exhibit, everyone, it's really interesting, and has photos of some of the old houses of Pasadena as they were in the early 1900s. I'm delighted to see that talented photographer (and friend) Jim Staub is giving one of the courses. Nowadays, I just point and shoot with my iPhone camera, so learning how to use it more effectively would be very helpful. I think I'll sign up, and maybe see you there?

Thanks for telling us about this.

altadenahiker said...

I'm in love with these colors.

Petrea Burchard said...

There are so few comments on this post that I felt terrible until I looked at the traffic I'm getting today. It seems people interested in photography classes are a large but quiet bunch. Thanks for stopping by, people.

I can't wait to see this exhibit, Bellis. So glad it got extended into February.

This is an old photo, Hiker, from more than two years ago. These flowers will bloom in spring, but that fountain is always nice.

Michael Coppess said...

Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to try to make these.

alex said...

sounds beautiful.

Ms M said...

Lovely photo -- looks like spring.

The exhibit and classes sound excellent. If you go, tell us about what you discover :-)

Katie said...

I really like this photo; the flowers add such warmth. All these classes sound great (except for the cell phone camera class -- my dumb phone doesn't have a camera). I'm still kicking myself for not taking Ibarionex's class in SF last year.

Margaret said...

My daughter was a jr docent there last year. Have you seen the hats? Love the hats.

Petrea Burchard said...

Let me know if you do, Michael.

Should be fun, Alex.

Will do, Ms. M. (I took the photo in June, so you're right!)

Next time, Katie. It's worth it.

The hats are fabulous, Margaret. I wonder where they keep everything. They must have some kind of amazing storage space. I imagine giant bunkers under Pasadena, filled with historic treasures.

pasadenapio said...

I can hardly wait to retire and get out into the real world and do cool things like this! 78 days and counting, by the way...

Petrea Burchard said...

Ann, will there be a big party where we can fete you?

Susan Campisi said...

My camera battery ran out after I took some pictures at the Rose Parade and I haven't been able to find the charger. Grrrrr... Good to know I can take a workshop using my cell phone camera.

Exhibit sounds great. Thanks for the heads up.

Yes, Ann, when's the big party?

TheChieftess said...

Now...if I were down there...ah well! Love the photo...the flowers in the foreground are wonderful! The color pop, the clarity...nicely done Petrea!

I have to admit...if Ibarionex's class was on lighting (natural) I'd be inclined to head down there...please keep us posted about his future classes!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Uhoh, Susan. Do you suppose you lost it at the parade? Not good! I'm sure you can get another one, maybe even on eBay.

Chieftess, Ibarionex knows scads (I don't know where that word came from, I never use it, but that's how much he knows) about using natural and available light. I've learned a lot from him. You could keep your eyes on his website ( and/or contact him to find out when he's going to do another workshop on lighting, because he most certainly will.