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It took a moment (and a phone call to SD Latino Film Festival programmer Glenn Heath) to sort things out.

Was the ever-industrious Maya Kroth set to teach the Media Arts Center's class on 3-D and Lighting Design for DSLR Photography or did the Media Arts Center pony up the dough to pay for a 3-D conversion of the old Jay North standby?


The joke's on me! Turns out Maya is a 3-D software program and the Media Arts Center's "Digital Gym" is turning their spring workshop into a stereoscopic workout.

The preparative class, offered every Tuesday beginning June 12th, will introduce students to the basics of navigating through Maya 3-D, modeling, lighting, and much more.

101: Intro to Maya 3-D, Tuesday 6/12, 6-8pm

  • The Maya Interface
  • Primitive objects
  • Modeling basics

102: Tuesday 6/19, 6-8pm

  • Complex objects
  • Organic Modeling
  • Materials

103: Tuesday 6/26, 6-8pm

  • Lighting
  • The 3-D Environment
  • Character Modeling Basics

The class will be taught by Don Dean, digital graphics professional, web developer, animator, and educator in both the academic and corporate worlds for more than 20 years. He teaches courses in web design, E-Commerce, digital graphics, and 3D Animation at MiraCosta College, Grossmont College, and is a visiting professor at DeVry University.

Wednesdays in June bring classes on Lighting Design for DSLR Photography taught by Rizzhel Javier, award-winning photographer with an M.F.A. from S.D.S.U. Rizzhel has taught advanced photography classes at S.D.S.U. and The Museum of Photographic Art.

Lighting Design for DSLR Photography 101: Understanding Light, Wednesday 6/13, 6-8pm

  • Light Direction and Shadow
  • Types of Light - degree of diffusion
  • Light in Relationship to Subject

102: Artificial Light, Wednesday 6/20, 6-8pm

  • The Main Light - The Dominant Source
  • Light in Relation to Subject
  • Portrait Lighting

103: Light on the Go, Wednesday 6/27, 6-8pm

  • Fill Lighting
  • Flash
  • Reflectors
  • Lighting Objects

The cost is $30 per class and 25% off for members. Click for more information.

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