California Center for Digital Arts

California Center for Digital Arts

Art
Santa Ana, Santa Ana, California
(17 Reviews)

The California Center for Digital Arts (The Center) is more than a collection of useful equipment, studios, classrooms, and top-flight teachers. We are a student resource for beginners, and a source of inspiration for advanced image/video creators developing new, or expanding, visual voices. We are a place where students learn to think in visual terms; we ground ourselves in the fundamentals, and revel in those wonderful ‘ah-ha!’ moments when a student grasps concepts that turn into incredible images.

At The Center we personally answer phone calls, welcome you with a handshake and a cup of coffee, and listen to you tell us what you want to know and where you want to go. We feel your struggles but never waver in helping you achieve your goals, and celebrate with you when you shout, “I get it.”  We are strangers who quickly become your personal mentors, people who can reach over your hand and move your fingers to the right camera button, push the correct keystroke, or help you flip the correct light switch. We are teachers, but we are also experience; we are the people and times you will remember every time you squeeze the shutter button, light up a studio, or launch your digital applications in the future.

The California Center for Digital Arts is teacher-owned by individuals who are mentors, by teachers who believe that hands-on learning is the best way to develop skills, by instructors who believe that an encouraging and supportive environment helps you grow and create.

Our instructors are professionals, carefully chosen because of their nationally recognized achievements, experience and professional certifications. They believe that you can achieve your goals, and much more. Our mentored, hands-on approach to education develops professional skills, but more importantly, develops critical visual decision abilities. This is just what happens when you work with teachers who are committed to education— and that commitment is what you will find at “The Center.”

Reviews of California Center for Digital Arts

(17 Reviews)
Adobe Illustrator For Beginners Part I: The Basics

11/17/2021
Anonymous

Attended: Adobe Illustrator For Beginners Part I: The Basics


great

Digital Photography 1: The Basics

6/19/2021
William H.

Attended: Digital Photography 1: The Basics


David was so informative and very well articulated in explaining to a beginner like me on how to feel comfortable getting off the auto-mode. Great class and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about photography.

Beginning Studio Lighting Workshop

2/10/2020
Candice D.

Attended: Beginning Studio Lighting Workshop


Really great for someone who wants to learn about lighting! David is great!

Intro to Photoshop & Lightroom

8/5/2018
Jennie M.

Attended: Intro to Photoshop & Lightroom


Sarah was so clear, informative and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed her session and can highly recommend it as a great way to familiarize yourself with the basics in order to prepare yourself for future learning. Thank you Sarah!

Become a Certified Professional Photographer

4/2/2018
Ken C

Attended: Become a Certified Professional Photographer


I would like to tell you how much I am enjoying your workshops. The lessons I have learned have greatly improved my photography skills and my confidence level. You have renewed my passion for photography!

Become a Certified Professional Photographer

4/2/2018
David R

Attended: Become a Certified Professional Photographer


If you were to line up the photos I've taken over the last 20 years on sequential order, you could see a very specific photo from which everything that follows shows marked improvement, a fresh style, and identity that no previous photo possesses. That's the first photo I took after learning from David LaNeve and his team at the Center. If you're considering a photo school in Orange County, I highly encourage you to try this one.

Become a Certified Professional Photographer

4/2/2018
Susan M

Attended: Become a Certified Professional Photographer


Having taken a few classes at the California Center for Digital Arts, I have to say I am more than impressed! (I guess that is the reason I have taken multiple classes.) David La Neve and the other instructors have a passion for photography that is infectious.

Introduction to Studio Lighting

1/15/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Studio Lighting


Overall I had a good experience in this class. At times it was a bit more beginner than I had anticipated. Taking time to show us how to turn on the power switch was a little too basic for me. I understand there are some people who don't know how to power on a light... I would have like to have spent more time learning how to actually light subjects, and about different types of lighting... which is what I had thought the class would be more focused on and less on how to plug in lights, turn them on etc.

Digital Photography 1: The Basics

10/15/2017
Juvixa M.

Attended: Digital Photography 1: The Basics


I love the class and got right What I wanted from it. The class was perfect. The teacher was great, funny, and educational. Every question asked was answered in a manner everyone in class could understand.

An Evening of Learning how to Shoot the Seascape

8/27/2016
Terry R.

Attended: An Evening of Learning how to Shoot the Seascape


Robert Davis photographs seascapes beautifully. This evening he let us in on his secrets. Taking the picture is only the last step; it's all in the preparation and attention to detail.

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209 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, California 92701
California Center for Digital Arts
Santa Ana, Orange County
209 N. Broadway
Btwn W 1st & 3rd Streets
Santa Ana, California 92701

Upcoming Classes at California Center for Digital Arts

Portraits and New Techniques in Lightroom
Portraits and New Techniques in Lightroom
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 10th, 9:30am - 5pm Pacific Time

Lightroom 2: Advanced Techniques in Lightroom Classic
Lightroom 2: Advanced Techniques in Lightroom Classic
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 10th, 9:30am - 5pm Pacific Time

Intro to Post Processing
Intro to Post Processing
Next start date:

Sunday Sep 11th, 9:30am - 11:30am Pacific Time

Lightroom 1: Beginner Lightroom Classic
Lightroom 1: Beginner Lightroom Classic
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 8th, 9:30am - 4pm Pacific Time

Photoshop 1: Basics for Photographers
Photoshop 1: Basics for Photographers
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 9th, 9:30am - 4pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography 1: The Basics
Digital Photography 1: The Basics
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 22nd, 9am - 12pm Pacific Time

Digital Photography 2: After the Auto Mode
Digital Photography 2: After the Auto Mode
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Saturday Oct 29th, 9am - 11am Pacific Time

Digital Photography 3: Shooting in Manual Mode
Digital Photography 3: Shooting in Manual Mode
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 29th, 11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time

Intro to Posing: Family Photography
Intro to Posing: Family Photography
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 29th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time

Intro to Indoor Flash Lighting
Intro to Indoor Flash Lighting
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 30th, 9am - 11am Pacific Time

Intro to Outdoor Flash Lighting
Intro to Outdoor Flash Lighting
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 30th, 11:30am - 1:30pm Pacific Time

Introduction to Studio Lighting
Introduction to Studio Lighting
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 30th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time

Teachers at California Center for Digital Arts

Adobe Certified Expert Andrew Strauss Bob Killen Bob Killen & Dave LaNeve Bob Killen & Sarah Hovey Brad Heckman Bry Cox Christine Lee Smith David LaNeve David Binnick David LaNeve & John Aranas Dr. Jose Quintanilla, M.Photog.CR, CPP, M-PPC Duane Murphy Ed May, LEED Green Associate, Partner, BUILDING-TYPE, LLC Ed May, LEED Green Associate, Partner, BUILDING-TYPE, LLC Eduardo Medina & Miguel Quiroga Eric Joseph Esther Miao Frank Peele George DeLoache Hale Berk Irene Bowers Jamie Thome Jeff Sink Jeff Sink / David LaNeve John Aranas John Bosma Jon C. Haverstick Julie Diebolt Price Katrina Brown KJ Singh Mark Bergen Matt Dussell Micah Rich, Sean Shannon, Meredith Bryan Anil Bridgpal, Harry Ng, Joel Turnbull Michelle De La Vara Patrick Shen Richard Newman Robert Davis Roberto Valenzuela Sam Stone Sandra Pearce Sarah Hovey Sarah Rogers Scott Crawford Scott Robert Lim Scott Robert Lim and David LaNeve Scott Robert Lim, William Innes Steve Granshaw, Leonard Pak,Jill DaSilva Susan Wolfe, Tricia Okin & Mike Atherton Tim Meyer Tim Mathiesen Vincent Nguyen Wes Kriesel
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