Helmed by photo instructor Hal “Bull” Schmitt, Light Photographic Workshops simplify Adobe programs with single-day, eight-hour sessions designed to turn Photoshop neophytes into pic-enhancing masters. The course will delve into Lightroom’s powerful, easy-to-use sliders, tools, and basic editing functions for removing apparitional pic crashers. Though not required, students are welcome to bring their Lightroom 3–equipped laptop to the class to follow along with the lesson plan or a notepad and quill pen to take notes. Upon completing the course, each student takes home an instructional DVD with more than 8 hours of material for multimedia reminders of the class’s subject matter and a 40 percent discount on their first fine art, photo, or fine-art gallery canvas wrap print order through Light Workshops. Students are encouraged to bring either a bagged lunch or lunch money to save personal computers and fellow students from accidental ingestions.
Located in the sometimes risky but definitely blossoming tech-friendly mid-Market area, Blick Art Materials is a large, student-friendly location of the national art supply chain. The creatively idyllic store features an approachable layout, competitive prices and helpful service from knowledgeable staff. Customers should be prepared to check their bags before filling their baskets with quality art supplies of all kinds, including DIY goodies; quality paper and stationery; paints and brushes; art books and kits; and gifts for artists of all ages. For finished works, custom framing is also available, as are finished prints to be purchased as-is and hung in your own home. Students from the nearby university can take 10% off of their total bill, and parking for everyone is validated with a $25 purchase.
These days, everyone's a photographer. In fact, that's one of the main inspirations Polaroid had when unveiling their Fotobars. With people taking billions of digital photos every year, the trusted photography company came up with a new way to make them last: turning them into classic Polaroid pictures. Each Fotobar location gives you access to printers that develop pictures from social media apps, your phone, or other devices with the iconic white Polaroid border. But that's not the extent of what can be created at a Fotobar. Pictures can also be enlarged, custom-framed, mounted, or printed onto bamboo and shipped straight to your home. Each design is sleek and professional, exuding the clean Polaroid aesthetic on products that you never have to shake unless you're using them to mix cocktails in a pinch.
To propel students feet-first into the industry, the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking has designed a project-based curriculum that combines traditional classroom study with real-world training. The school's one-year program covers the filmmaking process from start to finish, including independent filmmaking in different genres such as fiction, commercials, documentary, and straight-to-Internet shorts of cats completing three-act emotional arcs without ever leaving their boxes. At the end of the project-based program, each student comes away with more than five completed projects that include a 30-second commercial and an 8- to 12-minute thesis film, plus crewing on an additional 25 or more student films. The school also leads shorter programs and workshops designed for the active student, film enthusiast, or veteran filmmaker. Workshops include one-day, two-week, five-week, and three-month filmmaking courses, and a six-month documentary filmmaking program, though few humans can stay awake for a full six month-long movie.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.