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Nicole’s Classes Wants You!

nicole's classes wants you!

Are you a talented and creative individual with a passion for teaching others? If so, we want you to be a part of the Nicole’s Classes team! We’re hiring for a part time Graphic Designer and part time Photo TA, so if the job descriptions below sound like a good fit for you, please send us your resume and a link to your work!

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
• Create unique graphics for our marketing, promotional and educational needs.
• Hourly pay, up to 10 hours per month.
• Can be located anywhere.
• Please submit samples of relevant work to nicole@nicolesclasses.com with the subject line: Nicole’s Classes Graphic Designer

PHOTO TEACHING ASSISTANT
• Must have a formal education in Photography (BA or BFA) with a strong knowledge of all things related to SLR cameras and manual exposure.
• Hourly pay, between 3-10 hours per week.
• Can be located anywhere.
• Please submit resume and link to your portfolio to nicole@nicolesclasses.com with the subject line: Nicole’s Classes Photo TA

7 Tips for Better Smartphone Photos

Nicole Gerulat appeared on KSL’s Studio 5 to share 7 ways to improve your smartphone photos. Watch it over here to learn a few of her secrets. And remember, today until midnight PST is the last day to use the code NCLOVE to save 15% off of classes and textbooks!

 

How to get better smartphone photos

 

A Little Student Work

Happy Friday everyone! We’re excited to start your weekend off with a tidbit of student work from two very talented students. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Meredith Collie has taken Illustrator 101 and she created this trendy arrow pattern. We love the variety and bright colors. We also adore the irregular placement, which makes the pattern feel unique and fresh.

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In our Tabletop Photography class, Christen Fleming completed a lighting assignment by first using a back light (on the left) and then a side light (on the right). This is a perfect example of how different light sources and light directions can create completely different moods. Great job!

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The Best iPhone Editing Apps

UTAH! I’ll be on KSL’s Studio 5 at 11am MST today (02/20) discussing getting better smartphone photos so tune in!

Top 3 Photo Apps

I’m such a fan of sharing photos through Instagram, but I don’t always post photos from my “real” camera. Since our smart phones are still pretty limiting, I often rely on these three editing apps for post-production, white backgrounds, and text.

VSCO Cam ($.99) has become incredibly popular and it’s most popular faded/hipster style makes it easy to spot a photo that’s gone through VSCO Cam. I love it because I can avoid all these cheesy photo styles provided by Instagram and nearly all other editing apps (trust me, I’ve tried SO many) and make minimal, but effective adjustments with its easy interface. And at only $.99, it’s a steal. See for yourself!

Whitagram (free) helps you keep your vertical or horizontal orientation and places it in a white frame so you don’t get ugly black bars across its edges when you use square-based applications like Instagram. This helps keep a really clean image, keeping attention on the photo, not the black bars! It’s free, so you might as well download it!

Over ($1.99) is the best app I’ve seen for adding text, with great font choices and an incredibly easy interface. With more upgrades, you can have access to a huge library of fonts, but even with the starter packet, you’ll find many to like! Get text happy here!

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Here are some of my Instagrams using VSCO Cam.. and you can follow me here.

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Want help getting better smartphone pics? Check out this article.

With so many photo editing apps out there, which are your favorites?

Valentine’s Day Contest Winners!

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First off, thanks to all of our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers who spread the Nicole’s Classes love over the weekend by entering our Valentine’s Day contest! We really loved seeing your valentine’s, kids, pets, art, crafts, food and all the things you love and celebrate during this sweet season.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve picked our winners! The 5 randomly selected lovely posters are:

@afancifullife via Instagram
@kateyfinazzo via Instagram
@whitneyrhoden via Instagram
Machelle Kolbo via Facebook
Alix Houghton via Twitter

If you’re one of the lucky 5 who have won a free Nicole’s Classes course, congratulations! Peruse our selection of online classes, choose your class and session, and email mallory@nicolesclasses.com to claim your prize.

And if you didn’t win, we want to continue spreading the Nicole’s Classes love with a 15% off promo code! Just enter NCLOVE at checkout to save on all our classes and textbooks now through next Monday, February 25th.

XOXO, Nicole’s Classes!

 

Photo by Nicole Gerulat.

Watercolor Supplies: Paint

Today, we’re sharing the last of our introductory watercolor videos with you. In this one, Monica Lee offers her advice about the different types of paint that can be used in watercolors.  Enjoy it over here!

Painting supplies for Water Color 101

Happy Valentine’s Day — and a Contest!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Nicole’s Classes! As we mentioned last week, we’re in love with this day and we want to spread it around. So we’re hosting a Valentine’s day contest this weekend on all our social media sites!

Starting now through Sunday night at midnight PST,  you can FacebookTweet or Instagram (we’re @nicolesclasses) a photo, an illustration or anything you’ve created (it must be your own work!) that reflects what you love or what you celebrate on Valentine’s Day. Then tag us @nicolesclasses to enter to win 1 of 5 free Nicole’s Classes courses! You can enter as many times as you want on as many different social media platforms as you want, just make sure you’re a follower and @ us each time to be entered!

We hope this keeps the love going longer than just today, and helps you remember one of our favorite holidays all weekend long. We’ll be picking a winner Monday morning, so make sure to check to see if you’re one of our big love day winners! And we might have a little special something for those of you that didn’t win… so definitely stay tuned!

XOXO, Nicole’s Classes!

 

Photo by Nicole Gerulat.

Teacher Tip: Going Beyond the Straight Stitch

Hi there! So this week in Sewing 101, I asked students to practice stitching and backstitching on a scrap piece of fabric using the straight stitch. For most of this class, we’ll be using that stitch–for most beginner projects, you don’t need more than just that. But you might be curious about all of the other stitches on your machine; after all, some of them look pretty fun. Here, I’ll go over some of those stitches so that when you do advance beyond the basics, you’ll be familiar with what they have to offer.

First, not all machines are created equal. You’ll get a different set of stitches based on your machine brand/model and price point. You can look at your machine’s manual for an explanation of the stitches built into your machine. Singer has a great online Stitch Reference you can check out, too. Note: you may need to change your all-purpose foot for some of these stitches–always consult your manual when trying them out. Also, you’ll want to play with different widths/lengths to get the look you want and you may have to play with your tension dial to avoid puckering.

These are considered utility stitches–they serve a purpose in the construction of your project.

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1. The zigzag or overcast stitch allows you to finish the raw edges of your seams and it’s great for applique work. You should use the zigzag or overedge foot (check manual) for this stitch, but I have used my all-purpose without issue.

2. You’ve probably seen this overedge stitch on the seams of some of your clothing. The zigzag falls toward the raw edge and the straight stitch reinforces the seam to prevent fraying.

3. Working with knit fabrics, such as jersey or anything stretchy, can be tricky. This stitch allows you to finish raw edges of a knit fabric. It requires your zigzag foot.

These stitches are all considered decorative and don’t serve an individual purpose. You’ll want to use an adhesive stabilizer or a piece of paper on the Wrong side of delicate or stretch fabrics to prevent puckering. If your machine has an auto-lock button, use it so that it stops at the end of a full stitch. You don’t want to end up with half a heart! Note: you’ll want to switch to your satin stitch foot for these.stitches2

These last two are a combination of decorative and utility as they are part of the construction but show up on the Right side of your project. They both require your satin stitch foot.

1. You can create your own applique by creating shapes of fabric and using sewing glue to adhere them to the Right side of any project, like putting a monogram on the front of your pillow next week. Once you glue it on, it will still have raw edges, which you’ll want to stitch around to prevent fraying. That’s where this applique stitch comes in. Use it to stitch around the applique, making sure the needle falls along the outer edge of the applique (you can do this by hand, but it’s nice and even when you use your machine stitch). Work slowly and pivot at corners with the needle pierced into the fabric, as I’ll show you next week on your pillow.

2. This patchwork stitch runs over the seam line on the Right side of the fabric. This reinforces the seam and also adds a nice detail to a quilt, bag, skirt, whatever you like.stitches3

Student Work: Patterns and More!

We’re excited to share student work from January with all of you! Our students never fail to impress us with the talents they pick up over the  weeks. Check out what they’ve been up to below, and happy Friday!

This is a pattern by student Keema who shows really great color pairings and reinvented hearts in a new, fresh way just in time for Valentine’s Day. We LOVE it.

Student Work by Keema

Illustrator 101 student Tara Carpenter created these two patterns that we adore. They are both very unique and fun!

Student Work by Tara Carpenter

Tara Ouitavon snapped this action shot in Photo 101. We love the moving moment she captured and the bold colors of the grass and the sky. Not to mention the perspective is incredible — we think it’s amazing!

We saw this picture Dani DiPirro designed of her puppy, Bella, on Instagram and had to share it with all of you. We love this simplistic style and think it turned out darling.

It’s Almost Valentine’s Day!

We are counting down the days until February 14th over here at Nicole’s Classes! We have a few lovely Love Day treats in store for everyone, including a social media contest and downloadable e-valentine’s you can share with all the loves in your life. So stay tuned to the blog next week for those exciting details!

To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, we’d love to share a super cute stop motion video our Photography instructor Nicole Hill Gerulat put together last year — you can see 2 more equally adorable videos on her blog here!

And if you love the music in that video as much as we do, click the image below to download the full length version of Josh Aker’s “Candy Hearts” song for only $.99!

nicole's classes valentine's song by josh aker!

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