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Digital Photography at Stanford University

A few summers back, a friend and I took Digital Media Academy classes at Stanford University. She did Final Cut Pro and I took Digital Photography.  It was a fantastic week that we still talk about and wish we could do again.  We were fortunate that year, because we received a grant to pay for our tuition.  We stayed in one of the dorms on campus and ate at the cafeteria.  For a couple of older gals, this was a flashback to our youth.

This is one of my favorite pieces from that summer.  I use it for my avatar in different places.


The digital photography class was perfect for me, as I teach the yearbook class at an inner city high school and this year started teaching the multimedia class.  I have my students take hundreds of photos, just like our instructor required, and they only get to keep a limited number.  I use the portfolio of photos we got at the end of the class from all the students’ weekly work to show my students what they can do with their photos.  I also point out that some of these photos are mine, and that I too was a student while doing the work.  It helps my students to know that I understand what they are going through when they are out there taking pictures.

Digital Media Academy is a great experience for young and old.  I was in a class with people of all ages, and we were all learning together not only from the instructor, who was superb, but also from each other.  The daily show and tell was one of our favorites!

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First Class All The Way

First class all the way. What set Digital Media Academy apart from the rest was that they offered courses at world-renowned universities that were taught by industry-leading professionals. Every instructor had at least one assistant to ensure every question would get answered. The staff was very professional, down-to-earth, and just fun to be around. It was a learning environment I had yet to experience.

dma_esoriano5The digital adventure I had partaken in was simply amazing, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a great digital learning experience! Every student learned on equipment that was the latest and greatest. And I have to add that the computers were generously upgraded in the RAM area as well! Let’s just say that I had no problems with lag-times or the like. The computers had the most up-to-date versions of every program a student and professional could want.

I speak for myself when I say that it was a “technerds” dream come true! I really can’t wait to do it again. I think this time around I might have to give DMA on the Sea a try! I signed up for three classes in summer 2008: 1) Introduction to Web Design with Adobe CS3 – Dreamweaver, Flash & Photoshop; 2) Advanced Web Design Techniques with Adobe CS3; and 3) Creating a Website with Flash and Actionscript. The skill set I honed in those three courses made me much more competitive in the work force. I can say that I am more successful today after spending three weeks at DMA than the semesters I spent at my local community college. Not only were all my questions answered, but the DMA instructors made sure to guide me in the right path after completing my courses.

Even though it’s been nearly six months since I attended DMA, I still am in touch with my instructors, asking them questions and getting answers. Like I said: First class all the way.

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