Finally, a class made with YOU in mind! This 3.5 hour seminar is focused on YOUR questions and YOUR images.
YOU send YOUR pictures and questions, WE build the class around YOU!
YOU bring YOUR computer and get the hands-on information and training YOU are looking for!, A Mike's Camera Exclusive Featuring Boulder's own, Charles Steinberg M.D.
Saturday's Session: We'll begin with brief lecture/discussion for about 45 minutes. Then we will be actively shooting for 2-3 hours with several subjects in different lighting situations, indoors and out. Then we will share lunch and then have a 2-hour discussion and Charles' special “supportive” critique approach.
Thursday's Session: We will have 5 days to work on some homework assignments and then get back together at Mikes. . We will share portraits we have taken during the interim. We will review what we have learned and share techniques that really worked, and those that we didn't find as useful. This session is great fun.
What You'll Learn
Many experienced photographers will agree that capturing a portrait that truly represents a person is one of the toughest, most challenging assignments. They would rather do landscapes. After this workshop you will love to take portraits. We will actually begin by quieting the noise inside ourselves so we can be keen observers of our subject. Then we will learn, as we talk with our subject, to really look with our eyes while we really hear deeply with our ears. We will, before even picking up our camera, really study how the light is playing on our subject's face? What are the words that the person uses to tell us who they are and what is important to them, and what is happening to their expression while they talk?
A good portrait photographer is a great listener and observer. At the same time we will learn, with our words and body language, how to help the subject really relax into their more “essential” being. We will work to create portraits that really show the world, and the subject, and our selves as portrait photographers, an essential, personal and valid statement of what we want this portrait to say about who this person is.
If there is someone you really want a portrait of, bring them along… a spouse, a child, a favorite pet (well trained please), and don't forget about self-portraits! We will pair up and do portraiture on each other. We will use both natural light and flash, with an emphasis on taking advantage of available light. There will be homework for a week, shooting portraits, which we will review together as a class the following week.
Throughout all the shooting Charles will be close by for field evaluation of your work and helpful suggestions. After lunch back in town as a group we will share a “supportive critique “ where we learn to give and receive feedback in a positive constructive and loving way. For some this will be the first time they have shared their work in public and Charles and Brian know how to make sure it is a positive experience for all
What You'll Need
A digital camera that permits manual settings is all tha tis required. A tripod would be useful.
Loaner lenses & Photographic Gear
We will provide a sampling of cameras, lenses and other accessories for trial and use, including tripods flashes, filters and camera grips.
Who Should Attend
Are you wishing you were a better portrait photographer? Do you know the optimal focal length lens to use? Or how to do portraits with super wide angle and get a whole story in the portrait? What about cutting of a major part of the person and telling a larger story with a smaller part of the image? Do you want to learn more about how to use light to enhance the expression you see and want to capture? How to use flash that isn't glaring or red eye producing? And do you want to learn the many ways professionals use to get people to relax and look natural in portraiture shoots? We will cover all the rules, and all the ways to successfully break them.
This workshop is for any intermediate to advanced photographer who wants to develop their skill in taking portraits. It will be a chance to combine improving your photographic skills and improving your skills working with people. It is a challenging assignment and our success will depend on each individual's effort and our group's ability to build support. Our track record in this is excellent.
Food & Transportation
Each attendee is responsible for all meals and transportation expenses. Opportunities will be provided to carpool prior to event and for all meals on the day of the workshop. A detailed itinerary will be sent to each participant prior to the workshop date.
About your Instructor Charles Steinberg, M.D.
Charles is both a physician and a photographer. The last 6 years he has served in East Africa, training health care providers in AIDS treatment. This has given him intimate opportunities for photographing the realities of Ugandan life and AIDS in that setting. He also has served as the photographer for a poverty eradication project, BeadforLife and again his work covers their web pages with the real stories of those women in Uganda living on less than a dollar a day. Charles has studied photography for the last decade at places like Anderson Ranch, and teaches courses at Hollyhock in British Columbia.
- Seminar & Shooting Workshop
- Follow up critique session
- Two 12 x 18 print vouchers to be utilized for Critique Session ''show & tell''.
- One, up to 20 page 8'' x 8'' custom cover PhotoBook created with images of your choosing