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PIEA Photo Safari at the Getty Museum and Venice Beach


Saturday, February 20 ∙ 1:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The annual PIEA Photo Safari travels to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for a chance to see the exhibits. Displays in February include: “In Focus: The Worker”; “A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans”; and “Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim.” More details on the Getty Museum and exhibits can be found at Tripods and monopods are not allowed at the Getty Museum and must be left on the bus. 

The bus then heads to Venice Beach for some photo opportunities. Dinner will be on your own in the Venice Beach area before heading back to Anaheim.

Session Chair and Tour Guide: Marcia Rubenstein, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Calif.

The bus departs from the Best Western Raffle Inn & Suites at 1:15 p.m. and returns to the hotel by 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 member/$55 nonmember.


On the PIEA Photo Safari Brooks faculty will be your guides, providing you with assignments to inspire you to shoot as we go to the Getty and Venice Beach. Getting on the bus you will receive a Passport with assignment details. The approach to the assignments is to not only add information to your arsenal as photographers, but also to demonstrate how to cover each topic when presenting these assignments to students. You will come away with some good photographs and some good ideas to take home to your classes. Topics that will be covered include; photo design and composition, natural lighting for portraits, understanding digital exposure, and the use of small flash on location. In addition to shooting, you will experience the Getty museum with lectures from their expert educators. 

Scott Miles has been in love with photography all of his life. After graduating from Brooks Institute, he worked as an agricultural photographer, architectural photographer and advertising photographer. He owned commercial photography businesses for 20 years before returning to his alma mater to teach in 2002. Scott is now the Program Director for the Professional Photography Program at Brooks Institute. 

Paul Myers is a visual journalist, educator, and the founder of the VJ Multimedia Workshop.  He teaches across the Visual Journalism curriculum at Brooks Institute, including classes on multimedia visual journalism. Prior to his arrival at Brooks, Paul worked for a variety of publications including newspapers in Freeport, IL and Marysville, CA. He also worked with El Andar, a bilingual magazine that covered cultural events and news issues concerning the Latino Community in the United States and Latin America. His photographic work focuses on daily life and religious expression. The latter is complimented by his studies at UC Santa Barbara where he received an MA in Religious Studies.

Donna Granata is the Founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a highly respected non-profit educational program documenting many contemporary artists who live in and/or work in Ventura County. In addition to her ongoing lecture series for Focus on the Masters, Donna teaches classes for the Elderhostel International. Donna is an internationally published and award-winning painter turned photographer, admired for her portrait work. Selected works from her FOTM portrait series are housed in numerous local and national public collections. Donna is an adjunct instructor in portraiture at Brooks Institute. 

Ralph Clevenger has been teaching courses in Lighting Theory, Stock Photography, Video Production, Nature Photography, and Undersea Photography at Brooks Institute since 1983. Ralph’s clients include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks, Fox Sports, The Nature Conservancy, and The National Park Service.  His publication credits include; Audubon, Islands, Oceans, Outside, National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Books, Sierra Club Books, and other national and international publications. Ralph has recently authored a book, “Photographing Nature: A photo workshop from Brooks Institute’s top nature photography instructor”, published by New Riders Press. Ralph’s stock images are represented worldwide by CORBIS Images. 

Christopher Broughton has been a faculty member of Brooks Institute since 1996. He teaches courses in Digital Photography, The View Camera, Introduction to the Studio, Advanced Studio Applications, and the Zone System.   He has authored articles in Petersen's Photographic, Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, and Studio Photographer and Design Magazines. Broughton has been a featured lecturer for Hasselbald USA and Eastman Kodak. You can see Christopher’s work on his website,




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