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COM302: Product Photography Basics

This class will teach basic studio lighting for product and portrait photography using professional equipment, which can be replicated cheaply using easy DIY alternatives. Key lighting techniques will be described and demonstrated for a variety of photographic needs, depending upon personal aesthetic and application. We will also cover the basic photography studio setup, including backdrop selection, daylight continuous lighting systems, a variety of light positions to best highlight your object, light intensity and studio accessories. You will take a photo (or photos) using a customized lighting technique that best suits the needs of an object (a product, item or self portrait) of your choice. In addition, you will learn basic image editing techniques to enhance lighting, sharpen, contrast, color and prepare images for printing or social media uploading.

Printing will cover the appropriate settings to export an edited image to the TechShop printer. Each student will be able to print and take home an image up to 13x19 inches.

Please be sure to bring an item of your choice to photograph (no more than 3'x3' ft.) and an image capturing device. This can be a DSLR, digital camera, or smart phone. If you do not own a camera, the TechShop DSLR will be available for use. If you bring a smart phone please download one or more of the following free image editing apps: PS Express or VSCOcam.

Project: Shoot, edit, print product photograph

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Adobe Photoshop, DSLR camera, lighting equipment, wide-format printer

1 session currently scheduled:
    Product Photography Basics Saturday, 7/15/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $39.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $49.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC

Makers and designers alike agree that vector drawing is the starting point of all CNC fabrication.

Adobe Illustrator is an extremely powerful 2D vector graphics drawing program -- almost any product or invention that you imagine can begin in Illustrator. By following the pathways offered in this class, you will be able to export your files to any of the CNC machines in the TechShop arsenal.

You will learn the basics of the interface and navigation, effective drawing techniques, converting bitmaps to vectors in one step, creating clean and optimized vectors, and the most efficient techniques to prepare your files for CNC operations. You will also learn how each of the CNC machines at TechShop will work with your file to create your projects.

This class provides the foundation of skills for the following classes: CNC Concepts, CAD/CAM, ShopBot SBU, Tormach SBU, CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU, Laser Cutter SBU, and Waterjet SBU.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of the Windows operating environment.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Adobe Illustrator for CNC Tuesday, 7/11/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.