May 19, 2010
WHEN: May 26, 2010 from 7PM to 9PM
WHERE: Studios of Walnut Ridge 2445 Walnut Ridge, Dallas, TX 75229
You want it, you got it. Join the Media Cats crew for a live CS5 demo AND one lucky person is going to win a copy of Adobe’s CS5 suite. That’s right – the FULL suite, not just Photoshop.
Sponsored by Adobe & Media Cats, this is an Adobe Days Event. Come witness the latest Photoshop CS5 features including Content-Aware Fill, Refine Edge Masking, HDR Pro, plus changes to Illustrator, InDesign & other CS5 apps.
This is a live event you don’t want to miss!
January 18, 2010
A.J. Wood, Founder & President of Media Cats, Inc., & J. Schuh Principle Instructor, have been selected to join the 2010 class of Adobe Community Professionals (formerly Adobe Community Experts). The Adobe Community Professionals Program is a peer based program made up of Adobe customers who share their product expertise with the world-wide Adobe community. Adobe invites members to the program on a nomination basis, plus a review of qualifications including product expertise, community participation, and industry experience.
Mr. Wood states, “Thank you for welcoming me back to the newly renamed Adobe Community Professionals program. 2009 was a growing experience personally & professionally, and I look forward to participating in the community even more in 2010.”
Mr. Schuh states, “It is an honor to have been nominated by my peers, and I’m grateful to Adobe for inviting me to join this incredible program. I’m really excited, and can’t wait to get involved.”
The Adobe Community Professionals program website is being updated to reflect the name change. Current information is available at http://www.adobe.com/communities/experts
April 2, 2009
A.J. Wood, Founder & President of Media Cats, Inc., has been selected Collin College’s Instructor Spotlight. As mentioned on their website, “The Instructor Spotlights share background information on Continuing Education’s finest educators. Their professional insight and training translate to unrivaled educational value and expertise”
Mr. Wood states, “I am grateful to the students & staff for recognizing my commitment to education. To be showcased in the Instructor Spotlight is an honor, and would not be possible without a shared desire towards self-improvement.”
February 12, 2009
A.J. Wood, Founder & President of Media Cats, Inc., has been selected to join the 2009 class of Adobe Community Experts. The Adobe Community Experts Program is a peer based program made up of Adobe customers who share their product expertise with the world-wide Adobe community. Adobe invites members to the program on a nomination basis, plus a review of qualifications including product expertise, community participation, and industry experience.
Mr. Wood states, “I am grateful to the community & Adobe for inviting me to the Adobe Community Experts program. To be recognized for doing the things that you most enjoy is really special. Joining my peers with the Adobe community will be a benefit not only for me, but for the clients & community which I serve.”
To learn more about the Adobe Community Experts program visit http://www.adobe.com/communities/experts/
October 10, 2008
Media Cats, Inc., located in Dallas, TX, was named top performing Adobe training center, world-wide, 2Q08. The top 4 out of 5 Adobe world-wide training centers are located in Texas.
Announcements were made recently by Knowledge Advisors, compiled by “Metrics That Matter,” on behalf of Adobe, revealing ratings that registered the highest in student satisfaction. Scores were submitted by students at the end of each Adobe-delivered training class. Each training center and certified instructor requires a minimum number of evaluations to be considered for the top 5 performer categories, world-wide.
In addition to Media Cats, Inc. being honored as top performing training center, A.J. Wood, Founder and President, was named “Top Adobe Certified Instructor.” Mr. Wood states, “I am honored that Media Cats is regarded so highly by our customers. To receive top honors from Adobe means not only are we delivering quality training to our clients, but we are building mutually beneficial relationships as well. Our achievement is a testament to valuing customer service, open communication, ambitious goals, and a humble presence. We wouldn’t be here without our clients and the Dallas/Fort Worth community.”
September 21, 2008
Imagine a workshop where you actually learn the complete workflow & processes needed to produce beautiful high quality glamour images. This weekend workshop has EVERYTHING you need to learn just that!
1.) Start with a Studio Photography 101 course.
You will learn basic studio lighting techniques, what equipment is used in the studio, and tips for finding and working with beautiful models. Furthermore, you will learn how to create simple, yet stunning sets you can create with limited resources, and the importance of working with a professional make up artist.
2.) Actual studio photography shooting.
The best way to learn is to do, and you will put to practice the things you learned in step #1. Spend time looking through the lens and taking images of a beutiful, sexy model on sets that you will learn how to create and light. You will get to take plenty of images that you will be proud to put in your portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on “Doing a Lot with a Little\.” Not everyone has a large assortment of lighting equipment, or maybe you don’t have a huge room to work out of, or you have a limitied budget to create sets. The instructions given here will emphasize, “doing a lot with a little.”
3.) Learn to use Adobe Lightroom!
Is it time for Adobe Photoshop? NO! Photoshop was not originally designed for photographers. Adobe Lightroom was! Learn to use Lightroom and you’ll save hours of time in your post production work. Organize, enhance, and correct images in Lightroom before you ever put an image in Photoshop. Most workshops leave this step out. Not this one! The time saving lessons taught here will be worth the cost of admission alone. TIME IS MONEY! Learn to save your time!
4.) Learn to use Adobe Photoshop.
Now you are ready for photoshop. You’ll not only learn tips and techniques needed by the glamour photographer. Learn layers, levels, curves, liquify, healing, and much more! In addition to learning what to do, you’ll how to avoid overdoing photoshop techniques. When you are done, you’ll have a beautiful image that you will be proud to put in your portfolio. You will also receive the photoshop lessons & techniques used on a DVD that you can take home and replay at your leisure on your PC.
Your Instructors: A.J. Wood & Darryl Briggs.
A.J. is an Adobe Certified instructor. He teaches Adobe software to students at colleges and employees of large corporations. He is best known for his straight forward teaching style and ability to communicate ideas in the simplest of terms. A.J. is a regular speaker at the DFW Adobe User Group.
Darryl is a published glamour and motorcycle photographer. His work has been seen in Easyriders, Esquire, Biker, and many other national and regional publications. He has worked with some of the best models in the industry.
Class Times: Saturday 10:00 am till 5:00 pm & Sunday Noon till 6:00 pm
Attendance is limited at each workshop in order to maximize shooting time and the ability to work with individuals.
On the Saturday of your workshop, you will need to bring your camera gear. On Sundays of your workshop, bring your desktop & monitor or laptop and the images from the Saturday shoot. Printers are not needed.
August 9, 2008
We are pleased to announce that we have updated our classes to include the newly released Lightroom 2. We will still offer Lightroom 1.4 training until the end of 2008 at which time those classes will be discontinued. Lightroom is quickly becoming the standard for photographer’s digital workflow. Come see what all the buzz is about in the latest version!
May 9, 2008
Media Cats has launched a new website to better serve its customers. Working within the arts community is one of our core values, and the site changes will allow us to provide timely information to our members. The blog is being updated with information from the old site, and our tutorial podcast will be launched in the upcoming weeks.
April 25, 2008
Media Cats is pleased to announce their partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington. Arlington and Ft. Worth natives now have the ability to receive our instructor-led classes on campus at UTA. Contact our sales staff to schedule a private class for your company, or look at the public schedule available on UTA’s Continuing Education page.
NOTE – UTA’s public schedule may change at any time.
April 1, 2008
Media Cats, Inc. will be one of several local sponsors for the first annual Wild Wild West of Art & Technology event being held at Collin Creek Community College on Saturday, April 12th. Registration opens at 9AM, and the conference will run from 10AM until 5PM.