Center for Creative Studies video instructor Judi Bommarito knows her stuff – so well, she recently opened True North Camera Arts in Birmingham at 968 E. Maple Road, offering both camera workshops and video memories. The camera-based workshops range from beginner to advanced, with opportunities to study and learn camera skills and Adobe software, light room, Photoshop and Premier, a video-based software. Beginners can try the “street camera” workshop, a three-part class that focuses on “what we’d like to do, doing it, and reviewing it, where we talk about composition, then take a field trip to Eastern Market and shoot photos, and then meet back the next week and share the images,” Bommarito said. A one-week summer camp for high school students is in the offing, where they’ll get to produce a video from beginning to end. “I’m really excited about that,” she said. A second component of True North Camera Arts is the legacy video option, where they create and produce family legacy videos. Bommarito said she and her son, a Center for Creative Studies alum, work two video cameras as they video the elders of a family “to narrate the family’s story. We then accompany the video with photos, documents, personal mementos, recipes, etc.” she said. “They’re your family memories. It’s such a beautiful opportunity for me to share.” Professional editing, music, and a transcribed book accompany the video, which has a variety of package options. “I really take pride in that portion of my business,” Bommarito said.
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