Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Beyond the Snapshot
Daniel Milnor
March 8 - March 14, 2009




Register Online »

For more information or to register by phone,
call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


Great images are not produced by accident; they require thoughtfulness, openness, passion, awareness, and even a sense of humor. For many photographers, the goal is simple. We want to continue to explore, strive to improve, and learn how to go beyond the obvious. This workshop explores numerous ways of achieving this goal, inspiring us to move “beyond the snapshot” regardless of the subjects we choose to photograph.

Daniel begins by discussing a wide range of images, from portraits to documentary, and inviting participants to think about and articulate their goals and direction. Daily assignments challenge us to discover new ways of seeing and create in-depth bodies of work. Exercises include finding a picture within a picture, returning to the same location over a period of time, the five-minute photo-essay, and photographing strangers. Our week includes group critiques of images made both during and before the workshop, and individual meetings for each participant with Daniel. The primary intention of this workshop is to help participants improve on and enjoy one of life’s great pleasures: exploring the world with a camera.

Instructor(s)


Daniel Milnor is one of the country’s foremost portrait and documentary photographers, combining a background in newspaper, magazine, and fine-art photography. After obtaining a degree in photojournalism, he pursued documentary projects in Central America, Asia, and Europe, and continues to developnew projects both at home and abroad. His work has been published in Black & White and CameraArts and was featured on www.zonezero.com and www.thecandidframe.com.

A strong believer in change and reinvention, Daniel is currently involved in portrait, stock, and documentary photography and also works with Blurb,an independent book publisher based in San Francisco. Previously he wasa photographer specialist for Eastman Kodak. This is Daniel’s second year teaching at The Workshops. His Web sites are www.milnorpictures.net and www.milnorpictures.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for amateur photographers who want to explore their passion for photography and move beyond the snapshot. Participants may choose either C-41 print film or digital capture. A portfolio is not required for admission; however, a working knowledge of your camera in manual mode is essential. See the "Camera Usage in Manual Mode" section of General Information.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Location Fee: $25.00

Photoshop without Limits with Tim Grey

5-Day Program: $950
January 19-23, 2009


Tired of feeling like you're being held back by artificial limits in producing photographic images that realize your true vision? This workshop will solve that.


Producing the best photographic images is a process, and in this workshop best-selling author Tim Grey will guide you through the process of creating optimal images in Photoshop with the very best techniques. To ensure all participants can realize their full photographic vision for their images, you'll learn how to apply advanced adjustments such as Curves, discover the best techniques for cleaning up blemishes as well as local tone and color problems in your images, learn to create complex selections with relative ease, and leverage targeted adjustments and layer masking. All of these tasks will be performed in a flexible, non-destructive, layer-based approach.

By the end of the week you'll have a much better understanding of how Photoshop works, you'll feel confident in your skills for applying even advanced adjustments to your images, and you'll have produced images you are proud of. Throughout the week Tim Grey's relaxed, informative, and detail-oriented style will ensure you learn a great deal while having fun.

Skill Level: This is an intermediate to advanced workshop, so a working knowledge of Photoshop is essential.

The Art Wolfe Digital Photography Center Classroom

Located at our Seattle gallery on 1st Ave South, the Center offers Photoshop Classes along with guest speakers and in-the-field photography workshops.

Our spacious digital classroom is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment at 12 student workstations.

Students will learn on HP XW4300 Workstations with 23" Sony LCD displays.

Workstation Specs:
3.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650
2GB RAM
160GB hard drive
DVD±RW (+R double layer)
10/100/1000 Ethernet
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 Graphics Controller
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional


Monitor/Display:
Sony SDMP234/B PREMIERPRO 23" Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD


Printers:
Epson 2400 for every 2 workstations
2 Epson 7800s for the classroom: 1 with Photo Black and 1 with Matte Black


Software:
Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom


Peripherals:
Lexar Card Readers

ImagingUSA Convention

I only heard about this convention this morning, Kenny Kim passed the info along to me. It may be to late for some but at least you know about it.

***January 11-13, 2009***

Serious about photography?
So are we.

We’re not just serious about photography; we’re serious about your business. Start your year off right at Imaging USA – it’s the best place for you to ignite the energy and passion for doing what you love, while learning how to grow your business, push the boundaries, and gain an edge over the competition.

7 Reasons not to miss Imaging USA

  1. An Evening with Anne Geddes
  2. Unbeatable Pre-Convention Classes
  3. World-Class Instructors
  4. 5 Program Tracks + 3 Conferences
  5. 223,000+ sq. ft. Tradeshow
  6. Phoenix METRO light rail makes getting around a breeze
  7. Fabulous Parties & Special Events


NOTE: ANNE GEDDES will be the keynote speaker for this event.


http://www.imagingusa.org/index.php

Lookout Mountain Gallery Offers Corinne Adams Photography

The Lookout Mountain Gallery will offer the chance to meet Atlanta–based photographer, Corinne Adams on Friday, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 3914 St. Elmo Ave., Suite G, Chattanooga, Tn. 37409.

Ms. Adams will present her show Flora Photografica, an array of floral images printed and displayed in unique and eye-catching style. Floral images will be hung from pant hangers, mounted on panels with rich resin finishes and soaked in white milk on animal crackers for a unique presentation.

Ms. Adams' work is influenced by Joseph Campbell, Harry Callahan and Mike & Doug Starn. Her work has been exhibited nationally from the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport to Los Angeles LAX. She is originally a Chattanooga native.

Yin and Yang Workshop

Yin and Yang Workshop

Join Dave & Quin Cheung (www.dqstudios.com) and Huy Nguyen (www.f8studio.com) in an unprecedented joint workshop collaboration for a journey into wedding photography. Explore their two distinctive philosophies of wedding photography and combine them to produce irresistible images and big money.

Kansas City, Missouri ....

Monday to Wednesday: April 27th, 28th & 29th 2009.

At the Wirken Studio

Open your mind. Be ready for learning out the YinYang.

The three-day curriculum includes...

THINKING...

Yin: Photographing Life: the Mindset.
Yang: What are we selling anyway? Foundations for building your business.

SHOOTING...Lights, camera, action!

Yin: Seeing the story, story, story.
Yang: Empathy, sympathy and embracing who you are.
YinYang: Signature lighting and shooting technique demos and practice.

WORKING...
Yin: evaluating imagery: editing ruthlessly.
Yang: The power of retouching and doing it fast!
YinYang: personal evaluation of your unedited weddings.

THE BOTTOM LINE...
Yin: Balancing creative and financial needs.
Yang: The road to profitability, or, "sell" isn't a four-letter word (well, actually it is, but ..).
YinYang: Talk is cheap. Here's the proof: real case studies and analysis including your current clients.

What to bring
+ Your brain
+ a complete unedited wedding (optionally include final edit and retouched images)
+ laptop (& tablet optional)
+ Camera & Flash
+ A closed mind (kidding)

PRICING:

3-day YinYang Workshop:

More than what you might hope, but much less than what it's worth . . .

. . . $5000 for the gift that keeps on giving: YYY

Early Signing Bonus:

$2500 deposit to reserve your seat with balance due 3 months before the Big Event.

Sign up at signmeup@yinyangworkshop.com

Questions? Email us at signmeup@yinyangworkshop.com

Creative Compositions and HDR at the Saint Michaels Maritime Museum - Joseph Rossbach

January 28 - Creative Compositions and HDR at the Saint Michaels Maritime Museum

This one day field workshop will give you a firm understanding of the basics of good composition as well as proven techniques that really make your compositions sing. We will discuss the rule of thirds, power shapes, lines and complimentary colors in composing your images.

$100.00 per person

3 Spots left!


http://josephrossbach.com/One%20Day%20Workshops.htm

Joseph Rossbach specializes in creating unique images of the American Wilderness with an emphasis on the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. Joseph has been photographing the natural world for over 12 years and has traveled to the deep canyons of the Southwest to the rugged coasts of New England in search of beautiful and evocative images of the American Wilderness. Joe’s work has been published in magazines, calendars, advertising campaigns, web sites, art galleries and books. A few of Joe’s clients include Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Digital Camera World, Photo Techniques Magazine, The Potomac News and Mountain Connections Magazine.

HDR Photography Workshop - Joseph Rossbach

January 16 - HDR Photography Workshop/ all day workshop in downtown Annapolis
Spend the day in classroom and in the field learning all the essential tips and techniques for creating High Dynamic Range images. Based out of historic Annapolis we will have the chance to photograph the old town charm of the city in HDR. Classroom sessions and field instruction included.

$ 100.00 per person

2 spots left!

http://josephrossbach.com/One%20Day%20Workshops.htm


Joseph Rossbach specializes in creating unique images of the American Wilderness with an emphasis on the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine. Joseph has been photographing the natural world for over 12 years and has traveled to the deep canyons of the Southwest to the rugged coasts of New England in search of beautiful and evocative images of the American Wilderness. Joe’s work has been published in magazines, calendars, advertising campaigns, web sites, art galleries and books. A few of Joe’s clients include Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Digital Camera World, Photo Techniques Magazine, The Potomac News and Mountain Connections Magazine.

Upcoming events in Janauary

Hey folks. Its been a busy few days and about to get busier. I have my first wedding of 2009 on the second of the month. I'll share a few photos from that once I get them to the bride. As for things that are happening in January:

  • Jan 9-11 a Winter Workshop is being held at Black Waterfalls in West Virginia
  • Jan 9 and 10 A fine Art Injet Printing Workshop is being held in Berkley Heights, NJ
  • Jan 10 Dave Tejda will hold a Small Strobes BIG RESULTS workshop in Denver Colorado
  • Jan 11-14 Digital Wedding Forum Convention is being held in Arizona
  • Jan 13 [b]ecker will hold one of his Party of 5 events at his place in Mission Viejo, California
  • Jan 16 Joseph Rossback will be presenting a workshop onHDR Photography
  • Jan 18 and 19 Walter Van Dusen will be holding mistic 4 in Mystuc Hilton, CT
  • Jan 19-24 Joe McNally is holding the Dobbs Ferry Workshops in where else but Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Jan 27-29 David Jay is holding a Freedom and Slumber event at his place in California
  • Jan 28 Joseph Rossback wil be presenting a Creative Compositions and HDR workshop at Saint Michaels Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD
Many of these workshops are filling up fast or are already full. If I have missed one click the link to the left and let me know. Rember folks keep the shutters clicking and make some great photos.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Beginning Photography with Digital Cameras
Sarah Meghan Lee
March 8 - March 14, 2009




Register Online »

For more information or to register by phone,
call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


This start-from-scratch primer workshop takes you from the basics of exposure, manipulation of depth of field and shutter speed to the ultimate goal of creating compelling photographs with your digital SLR camera. You gain a solid technical foundation that permits you to take the photographs you’ve always wanted to take as well as push your creative side. You learn to be comfortable with your camera by understanding manual modes of exposure, depth of field and focus with subsequent discussions covering composition, lenses, natural light, and difficult lighting situations.

Participants are on the move with Sarah, practicing new skills during daily field trips in and around beautiful Santa Fe. She encourages a lively, energetic atmosphere that builds confidence in photographic abilities and personal vision. By the end of the week, participants leave invigorated about photography and with a collection of images that illustrates their growth, both technically and creatively.

Instructor(s)


Sarah Meghan Lee began her photography career as an assistant photo editor for USA Today in Washington, DC, where she was also a volunteer teacher for Shooting Back, a program that taught inner-city youth to document life in their neighborhoods. In 1996 she traveled to Rwanda to pursue her dream of being a photojournalist. There she worked for several international relief agencies, newspapers, and the Associated Press, covering the returning refugees. Her first published photograph landed on the front page of The New York Times.

Now based in Mexico City, Sarah works as a freelance photographer throughout Latin America. Her photographs have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and other newspapers and magazines worldwide. This is Sarah’s 10th year teaching at The Workshops. Her Web site address is www.sarahmeghanlee.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for those just getting started in photography. Each participant is expected to bring a digital SLR camera. A laptop computer with the most current version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements loaded is also necessary. (A 30-day trial version is available from www.adobe.com.)

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Model and Location Fee: $45.00

Fall in the Smoky Mountains - Tour

http://www.barclayphoto.com/Workshops.html

Lush fall foliage, Cades Cove, picturesque country roads... What else do you need to know! Oh... it is one of our country's most cherished national parks! Co-Leader Dan Sniffin
October 25-30, 2009


Cost - $875 ($250 Deposit to reserve your spot)


Photo Tours are a joint venture with Fresno based photographer Dan Sniffin. Dan is an award winning photographer who has had images used for the prestigious National Geographic Travel Calendar. He has exhibited his images at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite and has many corporate clients. You can learn more about Dan by visiting his web site at www.dansniffinphoto.com


Most photo trips are billed as photography workshops. They are commonly filled with lots of technical information in a classroom setting. Our photo “tours” will minimize classroom discussion, and emphasize being at the right place at the right time to come away with stunning images of each specially chosen location. Of course, hands-on help and answers to questions will be provided at anytime during the tour.

As a follow-up to the tour, critiques of participants work (up to 10 images) will be provided via E-mail upon request.


Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced (Participants must have a good understanding of their cameras operation)


Film or Digital: Both are welcome


Participants: Typically Limited to 14


Photo tours tend to fill quickly, so please make your reservation today.

Camera Cruise

March 7th - 12th Carnival Fantasy Cruise - New Orleans Port

http://www.attachedphotography.com/blog/

Based on input from various photographers they've designed a workshop that will not only leave a lasting impression on your photography business but also offer you a mentoring experience from a different perspective.

Join them and take part in a unique experience on a 5-day cruise to the West Caribbean! Enjoy a 3-day workshop and a chance to connect with many different intriguing photographers of our time.

High Level Details:


On March 7th to 12th, participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by at least 3 different influential and successful photographers of our time!!! That's right. Each day you'll wake up at a different location; participate on a different photo workshop and connect with a different Photog Mentor on a 5 day Carnival Fantasy cruise ship. And yes, you can select from the list of Photog Mentors listed. (Stay tuned for more surprise Photog Mentors and their schedules...you won't be disappointed!!!)


- On March 7th to 12th, participants will have the opportunity to have one-on-one mentoring sessions as well (stay tuned for additional pricing)


The Price!?!?


For the Camera Cruise Workshop? $700 (US Dollars). Stay tuned for the Cruise pricing but trust us it will be worth it..


So now if you are interested, we are giving you all first dibs to reserve a slot before the official scheduled Camera Cruise Registration to be launched on Friday November 21st!!!


What's the Rush?!?!

Well first, you can qualify for a great discount on flights if you are leaving from any of 4 airport cities listed below to New Orleans. (Only a maximum 30 seats available per location)


*New York (EWR) - $486

LA (LAX) - $657.58

Atlanta - $508.35

Miami - $509

*prices include taxes and are in USD. Flights are based on availability.*

So if you want to reserve a spot to have first dibs at selecting a Photog Mentor; take advantage on discounted flights and have a chance to win an awesome prize. Hit the Contact link and provice us with you contact info. We require $600 deposit by January 5th, 2009 and the remaining balance (depending on your cabin choice) by February 5th, 2009.And you must put "Sign me up for the Camera Cruise" in the Header title. And we'll get back to you with more details and confirmation..


That's it for now...stay tuned for frequent updates regarding itenay, schedules and FAQs.

WPPI Convention

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Convention 2009, Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand

Thursday, February 12th 2009 through Thursday, February 19th 2009

Register Here:
https://secure.rhq.com/wppi/wppi09/attreg/index.cgi

February 12-13
Plus Classes

February 13
Opening programs for Business Institute and All About Schools

February 14
Business Institute and All About Schools programs

February 14-15
16 x 20 Print and Album Competitions judging

MAIN SHOW

February 15
15th Annual WPPI Golf Tournament
Opening Platform programs
WPPI and Canon Wedding and Welcome Reception

February 16
Our biggest Trade Show ever! - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Platform and MasterClasses
The Nikon BIG Event

February 17
Trade Show - 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Platform and MasterClasses
WPPI Town Hall - A Forum about the Future of Photography

February 18
Trade Show - 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Platform and MasterClasses
Kodak Awards Reception

February 19
Closing Program

Full Registration - US $249 (for members of WPPI)


US $399 (for Non-Members)

Plus Classes - US $555 (includes full registration)


(Must be a WPPI member to register for a Plus Class)

One-Day Registration - US $130 (WPPI Membership is not required)

Trade Show Only - US $15 (for 3 days)

Full Registration includes all Platform classes, 2 receptions, 2 evening events, the biggest trade show in professional photography and a FREE guest. You may also bring up to three additional guests at a cost of $130 per person. Additional guests may not register their own additional guests. Student and educator registrations do not include a free guest.

One-Day Registration includes all Platform classes, receptions, evening events and the biggest trade show in professional photography only for the day registered.

Spanish Platform Programs are included with Full and One-Day Registrations.


MasterClasses have a maximum of 40 students per class.

MasterClasses - US $50 for each class or
US $100 for 3 classes

MasterClasses may be purchased with Full and One-Day Registrations
(only for the day registered).


The Business Institute will be begin on Friday evening, February 13th and will
continue all day on Saturday, February 14th. Full or One-Day registration
is not required to attend.

Business Institute - US $159, which includes a Friday night reception and class, and lunch on Saturday


All About Schools will be begin on Friday evening, February 13th and will
continue all day on Saturday, February 14th. Full or One-Day registration
is not required to attend.

All About Schools - US $159, which includes a Friday night reception and class, and lunch on Saturday

Payment Method - WPPI accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards.


CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellation requests must be received in writing via e-mail to registration@wppionline.com. All cancellation requests received on or before January 9, 2009 are eligible for a full refund. All cancellation requests recieved after January 9, 2009 and on or before January 23, 2009 will receive a refund, minus $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellation requests received after January 23, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact WPPI at registration@wppionline.com.

DWF

The DWF Convention '09 Sponsored by Zookbinders is taking over the entire Carefree Resort and it'll be better than any you have ever experienced. DWF's legendary focus on learning (instead of selling product) means you'll be bombarded with life-changing artistic inspiration and business strategies. With the resort to ourselves, you’ll be networking and socializing in a comfortable, spacious resort poised to cater to DWF attendees around the clock.

Registration is moving along at an all time record and demand for rooms is high. Don't find yourself left out in the desert.

Full DWF Convention Reg
Four Full Days for $595.00

Additional Spotlight Classes
Two 3 Hour Workshops for $99
Birds of a Feather Luncheon
Only $39.95 per person

DWF Convention 2009 sponsored by Zookbinders will be held Sunday, January 11th through Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 with Spotlight classes on Thursday, January 15th.

It will be held at the Carefree Resorts and Villas in Carefree, Arizona. This is about 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport. By going to a unique place like the Carefree we could have the entire resort and all its facilities to ourselves.

mystic 4 by Walter van Dusen

Walter van Dusen

presents

mystic 4

dwf

An Annual Event of Learning and Networking
The cutoff to signup for Mystic 4 & Sunday GTG is January 8, 2009

Sunday January 18th 2-4:40 pm and 7:30-10 pm
Monday January 19th 7:30 am - 6:10 pm


Mystic Hilton, CT (860.572.0731)
Rooms can be reserved at the special rate of $89 + tax for January 18th and 19th.
To receive this special rate please mention "Mystic 4". Cut off to reserve rooms is January 5th.

**Please bring samples of your wedding work (wedding albums, proof magazine, enlargements and etc).
The Mystic 4 event is for networking with fellow photographers for all to share ideas that help build a community of wedding photographers.

Providence, RI (TF Green) is the nearest airport. Southwest Airlines seems to have the best air fares.

To participate in the 2 seminars on Sunday and all day Monday - The cost is $150 including a full luncheon buffet. Click below...

Sunday Get Together at the Mystic Hilton, 5:15pm to 7pm followed by Huy's presentation. $31 covers tax and tip along with a house salad. Click below...

Meal Choices

P.S. If you have any dietary requirements (i.e. Vegetarian, Lactose Intolerance) please e-mail waltervandusen@yahoo.com or provide comments when providing pa

Monday, December 29, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Portraits Unplugged
Bobbi Lane
March 1 - March 7, 2009




Register Online »

For more information or to register by phone,
call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


The beauty of available light is that it is everywhere. Any time of day, any situation, can be a great opportunity to make an interpretive portrait. This workshop is designed to develop your ability to see the quality of light and apply it to real people. We don’t scout locations; we scout light, and then make the location work. The emphasis is on utilizing all our tools—light, tonality, composition, and color—to get our ideas stated visually.

Through demonstrations, field trips, and personal projects, we explore every kind of existing light: hard, soft, bounced, reflected, and diffused. We learn how to work with a variety of personalities and how to draw out appropriate expressions. Our goal is to capture the essence of each person through gesture and props.

Instructor(s)


Bobbi Lane is an award-winning portrait and commercial photographer who brings 30 years of experience to her fun-filled workshops. Based in Connecticut, she photographs people on location for corporate and editorial clients as well as photographing real people for stock. Bobbi’s clients include Warner Bros., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Bose Corp., Neutrogena, Charles Schwab, Mattel, Sears’ Tower Skydeck, and the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. Bobbi is a contributing editor for Photo Techniques magazine, the author of Creative Techniques in Color Photography, and co-author of Advertising Photography.

Bobbi teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her instructional DVDs, Portrait Lighting Techniques and Portraits Unplugged, are available through The Workshops’ Store and Calumet. This is Bobbi’s 12th year teaching at The Workshops. Her Web site address is www.bobbilane.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for photographers who want to strengthen their portrait skills and their appreciation of natural light. Participants may choose either C41 print film or digital capture. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of recent portraits is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $995.00
Model, Location, and Materials Fee: $120.00

More workshops. More readers.

I have enjoyed tracking down photo workshops. I still want to focus on the ones to be delivered in my own region but as you can see from the posts and the calendar I am not limiting this blog to that alone.
As many of you may have recognized it already I am using a Google Calendar. I use Google Calendars to keep my computer stations synced up with data and to allow me to access my personal calendars when I am on the road for my day job. This has worked great for me. When I decided to use the blog as a way to locate workshops and photo events and disseminate the information I envisioned a calendar as a part of it. It did not take me long to decided to embed a special Google Calendar from my Google calendars. This particular calendar is also publicly viewable, so if you use Google Calendars and would like to add this calendar to your screen be my guest.

Currently I take a day a week and go out and look for new workshops and events to add to the calendar, then using the time release capabilities of blogger I write relevant post about these event. Typically I use the press release from the workshop provider and post it here for you to read. The upshot is I am only locating a small portion of the workshops and photo events out there. That is why I need your help.

How can you help. First if you run across or hear of a workshop in your area get the details (who, what, when, where, by whom, and url if it has one) and pass it on to me. That way I can add it to the calendar and get a post up about it. Secondly share the blog with your friends, that way more folks are checking it out and using the info gathered here.

"Hey Wait! This is just a way to get more readers!"

Now you might think this is just a plea to get more readers...well it is. I do want more readers, so they can help locate workshops and photo events too. This way we can all share the info with each other. Being from a largely rural area I understand how hard and frustrating it can be to hook up with other photographers. Workshops and photo events is a great way to do that. My hope is that point...click...shoot can be a means to allow you to meet other photographers in your area and connect with each other.

Another way is to look at the facts and figures. Despite the fact that my feed burner stats shows less than twenty readers I know this blog has been viewed in over 31 countries with roughly 275 unique visitors in the month of December alone. (Google Analytics is great.) If every one of thees visitors locates one event in their region and sends it along to me, that adds over 200 workshops and one of them may be of an interest to you.

If each one of those visitors pass on the blog info to a friend who in turn looks for a workshop in their area we now have the potential of over 500 new workshops a month being reported here. I personally like the sound of those numbers.

If you hold a workshop or event in your area or you know of one being held that I have not listed on the calendar please send it along to me. To make this easier I have set up a mail link to the left. Which probably means the amount of junk mail I get will increase...but you know what it is worth it!

So be kind and help a guy out and in doing so help yourself locate a great workshop near you!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White
Carlan Tapp
March 1 - March 7, 2009




Register Online »

For more information or to register by phone,
call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


Landscape photography is formed by the point of view of the photographer; it is a spiritual experience, the reflection of a culture. Historically, the great masters of black-and-white landscape used large-format cameras and traditional film processes. Today, digital technology has opened new avenues for creating such images. This workshop is for photographers who wish to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital black-and-white landscapes.

On location daily, we take the time to see and fully express the spirit of the black-and-white landscape as we discover a place and the secrets of its beauty. We consider the concept of landscape and how it is connected to the cultural, social, and geographical aspects of our environment. In the classroom, we combine traditional Zone System methodology with new digital processes in Adobe Lightroom to forge a complete digital grayscale workflow. We learn to express in black and white our personal interpretations of landscape. Blending traditional, new, and emerging techniques and technologies, we discover the extraordinary possibilities of expressive digital black-and-white landscape work.

Instructor(s)


Carlan Tapp had the privilege of assisting the late Ansel Adams for three years. His photography centers on environmental and social justice issues. In 2005 Carlan began exploring coal-burning power plants in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and their effects on the Diné (Navajo) people living in their shadow. He spent three years interviewing and photographing the Diné who will be directly affected by the proposed Desert Rock power plant. The resulting documentary project, “Question of Power,” is currently being exhibited throughout New Mexico and Colorado. A new project, ”Fueling America,” examines the true social costs of energy in America today.

Carlan’s photographs have appeared in New Mexico Magazine and have been published by the Associated Press, NPR’s “Living on Earth”, Honor the Earth, and the Sierra Club. His documentary work was nominated for the National Geographic All Roads Projects, and his fine-art photographs are included in collections in the U.S., China, Australia, and Spain. This is Carlan’s seventh year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.carlantapp.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for photographers interested in exploring the landscape with a digital camera. Each participant must bring a digital SLR camera and a laptop computer with the most current version of Lightroom loaded (a 30-day trial version is available from www.adobe.com). A portfolio is not required for admission; however, a working knowledge of your camera in manual mode is essential. See the "Camera Usage in Manual Mode" and "Digital Cameras" sections of General Information.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Location Fee: $15.00

SHOOTING DAY : Portrait Lighting on Location by Bert Stephani

BERT STEPHANI is an internationally known professional photographer, mostly known for his creative portraiture, commercial work and his lighting style. Bert is also a passionate teacher who’s frequently asked to conduct workshops, seminars and lectures in Belgium and the rest of Europe. Bert doesn’t believe in ’secrets’ and is always willing to share everything he knows.

What ?
Lighting on location by mixing natural light with off-camera flash and light modifiers can be overwhelming at times. When to use what? Why isn’t this working? How do I turn a boring scene into a nice picture? YOU are going to seek the answers to those questions with the help of the other participants. Bert will provide you with guidance, assignments and tons of tips and tricks to improve your pictures. This shooting session is limited to four photographers to ensure substantial shooting time for each participant. We’ll be shooting a model, so you can concentrate on getting the pictures. By the end of the day you will be confident in mixing flash with ambient light on location. You’ll probably have some portfolio pics in the bag and some new shooting friends too.

Where ?
Brussels area, Belgium (precise location to be determined in function of the weather)

When ?
February 20, 2009 - all day

For who ?
This is a hands-on shooting session, so you’ll need to be at ease with the basics of photography and your camera but it’s not mandatory to have any prior location lighting experience or lighting gear. This shooting day is for those who want to get started with location lighting or want to take it a step further.

Price?
To celebrate the launch of squeezethelime.com this workshop is temporarily offered at the introductory price of 250 euro*. This offer is valid till January, 18 2009. After this date the price will be 310 euro*.This includes the one day workshop, lunch, lighting gear, model fee and insurance.

How do I book ?
You can book your workshop by clicking Here. Please provide us with your contact information so we can get in touch. Only one more spot available

*all prices including VAT

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Choice and Vision
Gregory Heisler
March 1 - March 7, 2009



This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

The creative choices you make as a professional photographer are like your fingerprints; their patterns are uniquely yours. Whether aesthetic or technical, emotional or practical, conscious or unconscious, such choices ultimately define your photographic vision. Using the portrait, this advanced workshop heightens your sensitivity to the decision-making process and increases your awareness of the creative possibilities available to you.

Daily explorations in the Workshops’ fully-equipped studio or on location in Santa Fe will inspire you to work with both new and existing tools in exciting, effective, expressive, and unexpected ways. Our focus is not about validating your present work; rather, it is about laying the creative groundwork for the images you have yet to make, and making them truly, authentically yours.

Instructor(s)


Gregory Heisler is an award-winning, New York-based photographer. He has created more than 70 covers for Time, as well as dozens of covers and essays for ESPN, Esquire, GQ, Life, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times Magazine.

A sought-after lecturer, Gregory has taught at the International Center of Photography, the National Geographic Society, the New School, the Smithsonian Institution, and in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, among many others. This is Gregory’s fifth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web address is www.gregoryheisler.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for professional photographers. Participants must use digital capture in this workshop. A working knowledge of your digital SLR camera and digital workflow is essential. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of recent photography is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $1,325.00
Location and Materials Fee: $110.00

Warm weather and ice on the porch

Sitting here this morning and reading through my blog roll brought me to Moose Peterson's blog and a wonderful picture of icecicles. Like Moose I love to try and get good photos of them but for me here in West Virginia the weather is currently against me. My thermometer is reading 50. Yes I typed that right and the forecast is calling for the low 70's today. So alas for me I can not go hunting for ice photos today...however I know as sure as the sun comes up that our weather will turn cold in the coming months and I will likely get my chance.

A few years ago I captured the image below from our front porch. For me it has always been a favorite image. I never realy understood why or gave it much thought until I read the post from Moose this morning. In his post he cited his trick for a good icecicle shot as:

"The trick for me is to find the right background. What’s the right background? It’s gotta be dark, have some hint of color that translates through the icecycle and gives a sense of place."

When I look at the image I have enjoyed I see that I nailed his trick, I wish that I could say I did it all on purpose but to be honest I was a happy mistake. The image is dark, the light is coming through the ice from behind and the blue of the clear morning sky is reflecting in the ice. The dark framing is from our porch roof and that lends a sense of place to it for me. So I guess in the long run I made a good image with out knowing the reasons, but now that I understand the image more I may be able to create another of a new subject. Hope you enjoy the day!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Art and Commerce
Doug Menuez
March 1 - March 7, 2009




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If you make a living from your photography, or have contemplated doing so, you’ve probably wrestled with the age-old conflict between art and commerce. Whether our income is from fine-art, commercial, or editorial photography, or from another career, we face the possibility of shortchanging our true passion and sacrificing our personal work on the altar of financial security. Yet this path can lead to frustration and burnout, satisfying us neither creatively nor financially.

How does one reconcile these competing needs to create an ideal life in photography for the long term? Douglas Menuez found his answer by figuring out how to get paid for shooting exactly what he loves to shoot. The practical, logical steps to finding your own answers, based on real-life experience, are at the heart of this workshop.

Digging deep to rediscover what we truly love in photography and who we are as photographers, we build new portfolios expressing that true vision, and then create long-term plans to help achieve our goals. We learn to embrace risk and counterintuitive thinking, along with the fundamental business and marketing practices photographers must master to reach their full potential creatively and financially.

Participants leave with a newly defined vision of themselves and their work, and with the tools to create the life in photography they have always wanted to lead.

Instructor(s)


Douglas Menuez is an award-winning photographer based in New York City. He began his career as an intern at the Washington Post and has freelanced for Time, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, and People, covering assignments ranging from famine in Ethiopia, to sports and celebrities, to the AIDS crisis. Douglas has made portraits of notables from Mother Teresa to Robert Redford and President Clinton, and co-produced the book 15 Seconds: The Great California Earthquake of 1989, which raised over a half-million dollars for earthquake victims. His 20-year project on the rise of Silicon Valley led Stanford University Library to acquire his archive for their collection.

Douglas’s most recent book is Transcendent Spirit: The Orphans of Uganda, with all proceeds going to charity. Past books include Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de México, 2005, and Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, 2003. He is currently completing a book from his long term project covering Silicon Valley in the 1980s and 1990s. His advertising clients include Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Emirates Airlines, Bank of America, Hewlett Packard, Siemens, and Nokia, among many others. This is Doug’s second year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.menuez.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for experienced photographers, both amateur and professional, who are ready to dramatically change their creative and professional lives. Participants must use digital capture in this workshop. A working knowledge of your digital SLR camera and digital workflow is essential. A sample of recent photographs is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00

What the Duck

WORKSHOP : Capturing Romance by Pieter Van Impe

PIETER VAN IMPE is a wedding photographer who’s ultimate goal is to capture the romance. His down-to-earth layed-back approach, his technical skills and his eye for a composition, allow him to capture the essence of even the most hectic wedding day. Pieter also has the confidence to share all his tips and tricks with passionate photographers.When Pieter isn’t looking through a viewfinder, he’s probably is looking through the windscreen of his motorcycle helmet or through a glass of beer with friends.

What ?
Did you ever wonder how to get that one shot at exactly the right time ? How can you make the couple forget all about you, allowing you to capture their most intimate moments together ?And how can you do all that in the right light, with a minimal use of flash (or Photoshop) Well that’s what I’ll be teaching you ! Half of the day will be spent on getting to know each other, looking at each others work & learning to evaluate & improve your shots. In the afternoon we’ll be shooting a couple (outside when weather permitting, otherwise indoors), putting into practise what we saw in the morning. The day will end with an evaluation of the shots you took during the afternoon.

You’re about to find out it’s a lot easier than you think !

This workshop is limited to 15 people to ensure a very personal experience and it will be in English unless we only have Dutch speaking participants.

Where ?
Steenokkerzeel, Belgium

When ?
March 8, 2009

For who ?
For everyone who’s confident not shooting in P-mode, in other words a basic knowledge of your dSLR is required to get the most out of this workshop.

Price?
To celebrate the launch of squeezethelime.com this workshop is temporarily offered at the introductory price of 150euro*. This offer is valid till January, 18 2009. After this date the price will be 180euro*.This includes the one day workshop, drinks & lunch, an assistant and insurance.
How do I book ?You can book your workshop by clicking Here.

Please provide us with your contact information so we can get in touch.

*all prices including VAT

Small Strobes BIG RESULTS - Philadelphia, PA

Small Strobes/Big Results, Philadelphia, PA - Friday March 20, 2009

The workshop portion of this event will be held in the morning at a location to be announced later; the afternoon location shoot practicing the techniques you have learned will be at the fabulous Eastern State Penitentiary (see images on the left). Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend 4 hours photographing a remarkable location. As usual, models will be provided.Details of the morning workshop location, as well as specific times, will be available at a later date.Email or call 303-346-1525 to register for this event.

You'll learn how to:• control and modify the quality of light produced from a typical shoe mounted flash;
• properly use umbrellas, soft boxes, snoots, grids, silks and bounce techniques;
• use a single strobe combined with existing light as well as more complicated multiple light set-ups;
• PLUS bonus pro photo business information.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

The New Large Format
George DeWolfe
February 22 - February 28, 2009




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call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


Large-format photography was the exclusive province of view cameras (4x5 and larger) for nearly a century. With the advent of digital imaging, new horizons have opened up that change how large-format photographers work, affecting their equipment, techniques, and workflows. This workshop explores these innovations as they relate specifically to landscape, architectural, and small-product photography.

The new large-format camera is the high-end Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR). As sensors allow greater magnification, these small cameras match and even surpass the quality of the older large-format equipment. Thanks to the introduction of tilt-shift lenses, DSLR can now be used for applications that were once the realm of their larger brothers and sisters. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom open up even more possibilities. The new Nikon full-frame D3 and accompanying tilt-shift lens, the prime examples of this new large-format paradigm, are supplied by Santa Fe Photographic Workshops to participants in this workshop; participants also are welcome to bring their own equipment.

Demonstrations and field assignments address a range of topics, such as devised studio and location techniques; large-format theory and practice; lighting setups and equipment (both flash and continuous); tethered shooting; WIFI imaging; computer workflow; and individual correction techniques.

Instructor(s)


George DeWolfe, a photographer for more than 40 years, was a student of Ansel Adams and Minor White. He studied perception with Dr. Richard Zakia and earned an MFA in photography and graphic art from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His commercial clients include APC, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, United Bank, Yamaha, J.C. Penney, and Sears. George leads workshops and seminars nationwide on such topics as large format, quad-tone, digital fine printing, the master print, advanced Photoshop, contemplative photography, and the contemplative landscape. He has published three books, most notably At Home in the Wild, and contributed to dozens of others, including The New Zone System Manual, Zone Systemizer, Perception and Photography, Visual Concepts for Photographers, The Dictionary of Photography, and Creative Digital Printmaking. This is George’s eighth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.georgedewolfe.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for experienced photographers who have worked in large format or are curious about developments in new large-format photography.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Location and Materials Fee: $30.00

SHOOTING DAY : Portrait Lighting on Location by Bert Stephani

BERT STEPHANI is an internationally known professional photographer, mostly known for his creative portraiture, commercial work and his lighting style. Bert is also a passionate teacher who’s frequently asked to conduct workshops, seminars and lectures in Belgium and the rest of Europe. Bert doesn’t believe in ’secrets’ and is always willing to share everything he knows.

What ?
Lighting on location by mixing natural light with off-camera flash and light modifiers can be overwhelming at times. When to use what? Why isn’t this working? How do I turn a boring scene into a nice picture? YOU are going to seek the answers to those questions with the help of the other participants. Bert will provide you with guidance, assignments and tons of tips and tricks to improve your pictures. This shooting session is limited to four photographers to ensure substantial shooting time for each participant. We’ll be shooting a model, so you can concentrate on getting the pictures. By the end of the day you will be confident in mixing flash with ambient light on location. You’ll probably have some portfolio pics in the bag and some new shooting friends too.

Where ?
Brussels area, Belgium (precise location to be determined in function of the weather)

When ?
February 19, 2009 - all day

For who ?
This is a hands-on shooting session, so you’ll need to be at ease with the basics of photography and your camera but it’s not mandatory to have any prior location lighting experience or lighting gear. This shooting day is for those who want to get started with location lighting or want to take it a step further.

Price?
To celebrate the launch of squeezethelime.com this workshop is temporarily offered at the introductory price of 250 euro*. This offer is valid till January, 18 2009. After this date the price will be 310 euro*.This includes the one day workshop, lunch, lighting gear, model fee and insurance.

How do I book ?
You can book your workshop by clicking Here. Please provide us with your contact information so we can get in touch. Only one more spot available

*all prices including VAT

Merry Christmas


Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I will be spending the day with my family and hope that each and everyone of you are doing the same. I hope to take the time to make a few images. I have been experimenting with out of focused trees this season and would like to share them after the holidays.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Rifle...

I'm not one for passing on things but the other day Dane Sanders posted this little story on his blog, it had been passed to him by a friend and now I am passing it on to you. I have been blessed this year. I don't have as much money in the bank as I'd like but when I look around at my family I see the real blessings. God has taken care of me and for that I am thankful. I hope you enjoy the story as I did and thank-you Dane for sharing it with all of us as your friend did with you.

THE RIFLE
by R. B. Ryan

Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities. But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving.

It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.

After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible. I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn’t in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn’t get the Bible, instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn’t figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn’t worry about it long though, I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.

Soon Pa came back in. It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. “Come on, Matt,” he said. “Bundle up good, it’s cold out tonight.”

I was really upset then. Not only wasn’t I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see. We’d already done all the chores, and I couldn’t think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this.

But I knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one’s feet when he’d told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn’t know what.

Outside, I became even more dismayed. There in front of the house was the work team, already hitched to the big sled. Whatever it was we were going to do wasn’t going to be a short, quick, little job. I could tell. We never hitched up this sled unless we were going to haul a big load. Pa was already up on the seat, reins in hand. I reluctantly climbed up beside him. The cold was already biting at me. I wasn’t happy.

When I was on, Pa pulled the sled around the house and stopped in front of the woodshed. He got off and I followed. “I think we’ll put on the high sideboards,” he said. “Here, help me.” The high sideboards! It had been a bigger job than I wanted to do with just the low sideboards on, but whatever it was we were going to do would be a lot bigger with the high side boards on.

After we had exchanged the sideboards, Pa went into the woodshed and came out with an armload of wood - the wood I’d spent all summer hauling down from the mountain, and then all Fall sawing into blocks and splitting. What was he doing?

Finally I said something. “Pa,” I asked, “what are you doing?” You been by the Widow Jensen’s lately?” he asked. The Widow Jensen lived about two miles down the road. Her husband had died a year or so before and left her with three children, the oldest being eight. Sure, I’d been by, but so what?

Yeah,” I said, “Why?”

“I rode by just today,” Pa said. “Little Jakey was out digging around in the woodpile trying to find a few chips. They’re out of wood, Matt.” That was all he said and then he turned and went back into the woodshed for another armload of wood. I followed him. We loaded the sled so high that I began to wonder if the horses would be able to pull it.

Finally, Pa called a halt to our loading, then we went to the smoke house and Pa took down a big ham and a side of bacon. He handed them to me and told me to put them in the sled and wait. When he returned he was carrying a sack of flour over his right shoulder and a smaller sack of something in his left hand.

“What’s in the little sack?” I asked. Shoes, they’re out of shoes. Little Jakey just had gunny sacks wrapped around his feet when he was out in the woodpile this morning. I got the children a little candy too. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a little candy.”

We rode the two miles to Widow Jensen’s pretty much in silence. I tried to think through what Pa was doing. We didn’t have much by worldly standards. Of course, we did have a big woodpile, though most of what was left now was still in the form of logs that I would have to saw into blocks and split before we could use it. We also had meat and flour, sure we could spare that, but I knew we didn’t have any money, so why was Pa buying them shoes and candy? Really, why was he doing any of this? Widow Jensen had closer neighbors than us; it shouldn’t have been our concern.

We came in from the blind side of the Jensen house and unloaded the wood as quietly as possible, then we took the meat and flour and shoes to the door. We knocked. The door opened a crack and a timid voice said, “Who is it?” “Lucas Miles, Ma’am, and my son, Matt, could we come in for a bit?”

Widow Jensen opened the door and let us in. She had a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. The children were wrapped in another and were sitting in front of the fireplace by a very small fire that hardly gave off any heat at all. Widow Jensen fumbled with a match and finally lit the lamp.

“We brought you a few things, Ma’am,” Pa said and set down the sack of flour. I put the meat on the table. Then Pa handed her the sack that had the shoes in it. She opened it hesitantly and took the shoes out one pair at a time. There was a pair for her and one for each of the children - sturdy shoes, the best, shoes that would last.

I watched her carefully She bit her lower lip to keep it from trembling and then tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks. She looked up at Pa like she wanted to say something, but it wouldn’t come out.

“We brought a load of wood too, Ma’am,” Pa said. He turned to me and said, “Matt, go bring in enough to last awhile. Let’s get that fire up to size and heat this place up.”

I wasn’t the same person when I went back out to bring in the wood. I had a big lump in my throat and as much as I hate to admit it, there were tears in my eyes too. In my mind I kept seeing those three kids huddled around the fireplace and their mother standing there with tears running down her cheeks with so much gratitude in her heart that she couldn’t even speak.

My heart swelled within me and a joy that I’d never known before, filled my soul. I had given at Christmas many times before, but never when it had made so much difference. I could see we were literally saving the lives of these people.

I soon had the fire blazing and everyone’s spirits soared. The kids started giggling when Pa handed them each a piece of candy and Widow Jensen looked on with a smile that probably hadn’t crossed her face for a long time. She finally turned to us. “God bless you,” she said. “I know the Lord has sent you. The children and I have been praying that he would send one of his angels to spare us.”

In spite of myself, the lump returned to my throat and the tears welled up in my eyes again. I’d never thought of Pa in those exact terms before, but after Widow Jensen mentioned it I could see that it was probably true. I was sure that a better man than Pa had never walked the earth. I started remembering all the times he had gone out of his way for Ma and me, and many others. The list seemed endless as I thought on it.

Pa insisted that everyone try on the shoes before we left. I was amazed when they all fit and I wondered how he had known what sizes to get. Then I guessed that if he was on an errand for the Lord that the Lord would make sure he got the right sizes.

Tears were running down Widow Jensen’s face again when we stood up to leave. Pa took each of the kids in his big arms and gave them a hug. They clung to him and didn’t want us to go. I could see that they missed their Pa, and I was glad that I still had mine.

At the door Pa turned to Widow Jensen and said, “The Mrs. wanted me to invite you and the children over for Christmas dinner tomorrow. The turkey will be more than the three of us can eat, and a man can get cantankerous if he has to eat turkey for too many meals. We’ll be by to get you about eleven. It’ll be nice to have some little ones around again. Matt, here, hasn’t been little for quite a spell.” I was the youngest. My two brothers and two sisters had all married and had moved away.

Widow Jensen nodded and said, “Thank you, Brother Miles. I don’t have to say, May the Lord bless you, I know for certain that He will.”

Out on the sled I felt a warmth that came from deep within and I didn’t even notice the cold. When we had gone a ways, Pa turned to me and said, “Matt, I want you to know something. Your ma and me have been tucking a little money away here and there all year so we could buy that rifle for you, but we didn’t have quite enough. Then yesterday a man who owed me a little money from years back came by to make things square. Your ma and me were real excited, thinking that now we could get you that rifle, and I started into town this morning to do just that, but on the way I saw little Jakey out scratching in the woodpile with his feet wrapped in those gunny sacks and I knew what I had to do. Son, I spent the money for shoes and a little candy for those children. I hope you understand.”

I understood, and my eyes became wet with tears again. I understood very well, and I was so glad Pa had done it. Now the rifle seemed very low on my list of priorities. Pa had given me a lot more. He had given me the look on Widow Jensen’s face and the radiant smiles of her three children.

For the rest of my life, whenever I saw any of the Jensen’s, or split a block of wood, I remembered, and remembering brought back that same joy I felt riding home beside Pa that night. Pa had given me much more than a rifle that night, he had given me the best Christmas of my life.

Don’t be too busy today. Feel free to share this inspiring message. And may God reveal someone in need to you, and bless you!

Santa Fe Workshops

The Extended Portrait
Alan M. Thornton
February 22 - February 28, 2009




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call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


Like all art, a meaningful photographic portrait is a process of exploration, not only for the artist, but also for the subject. In this workshop, we examine the creative and technical aspects of drawing out an individual’s personality, expression, character, and stories. We learn how to create an atmosphere conducive to exploration and how to incorporate our subject into that process. Through daily exercises in lighting, camera and lens choice, and control of the environment, we become familiar with the many technical options at our disposal. We also discover ways to deepen our understanding of the subject’s life, work, and worldview through personal interviews. This greater understanding enables us to tell a more interesting visual story that reflects the collaboration of photographer and subject.

We begin the week photographing our greatest subject: ourselves. We move on to photographing our fellow workshop participants, and then someone new whom we have met in Santa Fe. The goal is to learn how to make our subjects feel comfortable as we practice creating compelling visual stories and timeless portraits.

Instructor(s)


Alan M. Thornton has been an advertising, editorial, and fine-art photographer for 15 years, working with such clients as Hewlett Packard, John Deere, Land Rover, Nike, Santa Fe Reporter, and TV Guide, and producing for photographers including Joyce Tenneson, Greg Myhra, Jimmy Williams, and Pete Stone. He is on the faculty of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in Massachusetts.

In his fine-art and travel documentary work, Alan’s most recent project took him to southeastern Turkey, where he spent the summer of 2005 exploring the mountainous regions and making large-format black-and-white portraits of the nomadic Kurdish people who live there. This is Alan’s sixth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.amtproductions.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for those who have acquired basic skills photographing people and creating portraits. A working knowledge of your SLR camera, equipment, and digital workflow is essential. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of portraits is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Model, Location, and Materials Fee: $120.00

SHOOTING DAY : a real life engagement session - by Pieter Van Impe

Who ?
PIETER VAN IMPE is a wedding photographer who’s ultimate goal is to capture the romance. His down-to-earth layed-back approach, his technical skills and his eye for a composition, allow him to capture the essence of even the most hectic wedding day. Pieter also has the confidence to share all his tips and tricks with passionate photographers.When Pieter isn’t looking through a viewfinder, he’s probably is looking through the windscreen of his motorcycle helmet or through a glass of beer with friends.

What ?
A shooting day is the closest thing you’ll get to the real thing : by limiting the number of participants to only 4, I can spend a lot of time with each one of you, helping you getting amazing shots & teaching you how to that each & every time !

It’s a perfect addition to the “Capturing Romance” workshop because you get a lot more practise & personal coaching, further improving your skills.

During one day we will be shooting on 2 different locations, one indoors & one outdoors. We will be evaluating your shots after each shoot, discussing them in group & really coöperating to help each other become better & more confident photographers, able to provide your clients with mind blowing shots.

This shooting day is limited to 4 participants to ensure a very personal experience. I (Pieter) speak Dutch, English, French & German. If you speak neither of those languages, English will be the main language.

Where ?
We meet in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium. The location for the shoots are still to be decided, transportation from Steenokkerzeel to the locations will be provided.

When ?
March 19, 2009

For who ?
For everyone who want’s to get better at shooting couples using mainly available light. A descent knowledge of ISO, aperture & shutterspeed is required to get the most out of this shooting day.

Price?

To celebrate the launch of squeezethelime.com this workshop is temporarily offered at the introductory price of 200euro*. This offer is valid till January, 18 2009. After this date the price will be 250euro*.This includes the one day workshop, drinks,lunch & transportation to the shooting locations, an assistant and insurance.

How do I book ?

This workshop has sold out. We are currently looking into sheduling a second shooting day, if you would like to be put on the waiting list please send us an email by clicking Here. Please provide us with your contact information so we can get in touch.
*all prices including VAT

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Digital Photography: The First Step
Marcia Reifman
February 22 - February 28, 2009




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For more information or to register by phone,
call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.


Here is an opportunity for beginners to learn the art and technique of photographing with a digital camera in a supportive, patient, and fun-filled atmosphere. Marcia covers all the necessary technical skills and ingredients for making great photographs—light, depth of field, shutter speed, metering, ISO, flash, lenses, and composition—and guides participants in developing a personal vision. We explore the possibilities, limits, differences, and similarities of digital versus traditional cameras.

Each day’s schedule includes an inspiring photo trip in and around Santa Fe; afterward, we review our images. The week also includes a demonstration of using your camera in Raw format, an overview of file management options, and one-on-one sessions with Marcia.

By the end of the week, you have gained confidence and a deeper trust in your abilities and vision, as well as a better understanding of your camera’s manual and automatic functions. You also take home a portfolio of images to share with others and use as inspiration for continuing your photographic expression.

Instructor(s)


Marcia Reifman brings experience, passion, and inspiration to the art of photography. She received a Master’s degree in photography and education while studying with Jerry Uelsmann at the University of Florida. She has served as house manager for Photo Santa Fe, Photo LA, Photo San Francisco, and Photo New York. Marcia authored the book Welcome to Digital Photography, published in 2005, and co-authored Welcome to Photoshop Elements, published in 2006.

With over 25 years of experience, Marcia divides her time between teaching, writing, fine-art photography, and exhibiting her work throughout the U.S. She has presented workshops in photography and spirituality, hand coloring, digital imaging, and alternative processes for a variety of groups in many locations, including Los Angeles, Tucson, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She heads the digital imaging program at the Santa Fe Community College where she has been honored twice with the Teacher Excellence Award. This is Marcia’s 11th year teaching at The Workshops.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for those just getting started in digital photography. Each participant is expected to bring a digital camera and a laptop computer.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
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Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Materials Fee: $30.00

Santa Fe Workshops

Location Photography and Lighting
Joe McNally
February 22 - February 28, 2009



This workshop is currently full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Much of what professional photographers are called on to do is done on location, including scouting a location, using existing and artificial light creatively, and dealing with physical space. This workshop, designed for experienced photographers who want to become more proficient in the use of light in the field, is about learning how to size up a location and find the best angles and light for the assignment.

We explore the use of natural and artificial light, reflectors, strobes, and tungsten to light and to photograph both exterior and interior portraits, large and small spaces, street scenes, and people in all types of situations and locales. Our emphasis is on how to “write” with lighting and how to use lighting techniques to shape the mood and color of a photograph. We explore color temperature, ways of working with natural light and strobe, and how to mix the two effectively.

Joe discusses lighting issues that arise in the field when using small, on-camera speedlights as well as the issues of huge productions involving larger studio strobes. He also covers gaining access to locations, methods for covering magazine assignments, and blending a variety of techniques and approaches. Working in the studio and on location, we photograph specific assignments with critiques the following morning. By the end of the week, participants have confidence in their ability to use light and lighting systems in a variety of conditions.

Instructor(s)


Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed photographer and photojournalist, was LIFE magazine’s staff photographer from 1994 to 1998. His best-known series is ”Faces of Ground Zero: Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th.”

Joe is a 25-year contributor to National Geographic. In 2005 he shot a photo diary of the New York City Opera’s historic first tour to Japan as part of the World Expo 2005. Joe’s work has won numerous awards and appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, ESPN Magazine, Men’s Journal, LIFE, and Fast Company. His advertising and marketing clients include Nikon, Sony, Land’s End, MetLife, Lifetime, AGA Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Ballet Theatre, and FedEx, to name just a few. This is his sixth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.joemcnally.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for professional photographers with lighting experience. Participants must use digital capture in this workshop. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of artificially lit photographs is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
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Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $1,225.00
Model and Location Fee: $280.00

Japan - Mentor Series Photo Trek

Japan May 11-19 , 2009

Mentors Joe McNally & Tom Bol

Travel with our mentors and try out all of the latest equipment from Nikon! Including world class digital SLRs, Nikkor lenses and the Coolpix line of Digital Cameras.

Get your camera and your sense of adventure ready: The Mentor Series, along with Nikon professional photographers Joe McNally and Tom Bol, are hosting an unforgettable journey to Japan, a country full of the boisterous and the serene, the kitschy and the traditional, the ultimate urban and the simply rural. No other place juxtaposes more sides of life than Japan and, not surprisingly, few offer more astonishing and once-in-a-lifetime photo ops.
You will arrive first in Tokyo, a city bustling with a palpable energy and sense of purpose. Amid the hustle of seemingly sprinting passers-by, the electric lights flashing in currents and streams, and the quieter scenes speaking of older traditions, freeze moments in time and capture what this remarkable city is all about. On a morning sightseeing tour, visit the Tokyo Tower Observatory and let your lens take in bird's-eye-view perspectives of this unfolding urban expanse. Of course, no visit to Tokyo would be complete without stopping by the Imperial Palace, home to the Emperor of Japan and quite a stunning architectural marvel to behold. The Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is another photo hot-spot: a Buddhist temple containing 7th century gates and pagoda buildings, the grounds also contain a shopping street, known as Nakamise Arcade, where many colorful Japanese souvenirs such as kimonos and folding fans are sold.

Next, journey to the natural wonder that has enraptured many an artist, poet and sightseer: Mt. Fuji. Capture in photographs what mere words cannot. This peak, the highest in all of Japan, is an active volcano (don't worry, it hasn't erupted in over 300 years!) with an exceptionally symmetrical cone shape which stands beautifully against the sky, whether on cloudy or clear day. Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes, offers breathtaking views of some of the natural flora and fauna surrounding the great mountain peak. Traveling on to Hakone, introduce your camera to a whole new viewpoint as you ride on the Mt. Komagatake Ropeway, an aerial lift line which climbs Mt. Komagatake from the shoreline of Lake Ashi. You'll get even more photos of this serene body of water from aboard a Lake Ashi boat cruise, which will take you from one end of the lake to the other, with amazing views of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Hakone along the way.

Kyoto remains the cultural center of Japan, and it is in this dignified city that you'll encounter some of the more picturesque scenes of traditional Japanese life: raked temple gardens, carefully contoured temple roofs and mysterious Shinto shrines. Kinkaku-ji Temple, second only to Mt. Fuji as Japan's most famous site, is renowned for its gold-leafed main building which shimmers tranquilly on the surface of its adjacent pond. Glean this vision in the morning and your portfolio will surely shine. 17th century Nijo Castle, with its palaces, moats and gardens, is another sight your lens will delight in as it takes in all the great history and beauty Kyoto has to offer. You won't want to miss this photography trek to Japan, a country steeped in rich culture and natural beauty that will leave your eyes and lens completely amazed!

Jared Polin - How to Hold a Camera

Jared Polin recently posted this video entrey on how to hold a camera. I've linked to it below. If you want to see more of Jared's stuff check out his blog.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Your Future in Stock Photography
Patrick Donehue
February 15 - February 21, 2009



This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

With the market for stock photography currently growing at a record rate, enormous new opportunities are available to those able to navigate the complexities of the stock photo industry. This workshop is designed to help photographers take advantage of those opportunities while avoiding some common pitfalls. Participants learn what kind of imagery sells, how to shoot it, and how to sell it. Personal vision, creative risk-taking, and a conceptual approach are stressed.

The week begins with individual portfolio reviews, followed by a series of lectures, demonstrations, and assignments in which participants practice applying their personal vision while photographing subject matter that appeals to an international market. Topics covered include the common traits of best-selling stock photos, anticipating market trends, shooting conceptual photos, the role of digital technology, selecting the right distributor and maximizing the photographer-distributor relationship. Licensing models, including microstock will be covered in depth. Case studies of successful stock photographers are presented and analyzed. This workshop provides the necessary tools for building and sustaining a career in shooting stock photography.

Instructor(s)


Patrick Donehue, is the VP/Chief Photographer for Corbis. Well-known as an industry expert, he is a frequent lecturer on the creative and business aspects of photography. Former president of the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), Patrick sits on the executive board of the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS), and is a member of the President’s Council at the International Center of Photography (ICP). He is also on the Advisory Board for the Microsoft Icons of Imaging program and is on the faculty of The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A professional photographer since 1977, Patrick’s images have been used worldwide by clients such as General Electric, Motorola, Nissan, Chrysler, and Jim Beam. This is his ninth year teaching at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. His Web site address is www.patrickdonehue.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for advanced amateurs and professional photographers who want to explore stock photography. Participants may choose either C41 print film or digital capture. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of recent photography is required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
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Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $995.00

I've Seen the Light by Bert Stephani

December 18th, 2008 at 11:24am

Who ?
BERT STEPHANI is an internationally known professional photographer, mostly known for his creative portraiture, commercial work and his lighting style. Bert is also a passionate teacher who’s frequently asked to conduct workshops, seminars and lectures in Belgium and the rest of Europe.

Bert doesn’t believe in ’secrets’ and is always willing to share everything he knows.
What ?The title says it all, by the end of this one day workshop you’ll say “I’ve seen the light”. We’ll start by explaining the basics of light. No need for complicated formulas, we’ll make sure that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand how light works.Bert will then show you how you can uses your new knowledge of light into the real world. Together we will try out different lighting setups with just about any possible light source: the sun, speedlights, studiolights, work light, …

By the end of this day you’ll be able to see, bend and make the light that you want.This workshop is limited to 15 people to ensure a very personal experience and it will be in English unless we only have Dutch speaking participants.

Where ?
(depending on the progress of the studio) Steenokkerzeel, Belgium or nearby

When ?
February 7, 2009 - all day

For who ?This workshop is for everyone who wants to get better in what photography is really about: writing with light. With good basic knowledge about things like shutterspeed, aperture and your camera’s settings, you’ll get the most out of this workshop.

Price?
To celebrate the launch of squeezethelime.com this workshop is temporarily offered at the introductory price of 180 euro*. This offer is valid till January, 18 2009. After this date the price will be 210 euro*.This includes the one day workshop, drinks & lunch, an assistant and insurance.

How do I book ?
You can book your workshop by clicking Here. Please provide us with your contact information so we can get in touch.
*all prices including VAT

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa Fe Workshops

Lighting Portraits on Location
Alan M. Thornton
February 15 - February 21, 2009



This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

Location portraiture is one of the most rewarding and exciting pursuits in photography—requiring us to interact with our subject, our location, and the light and atmosphere we find or help to create. It is about photographing life while it is happening, with a little creative control thrown in! Participants in this workshop learn to understand and apply the principles of location portraiture through the creative possibilities of location, light, and most importantly the subject. Mornings are devoted to lectures, demonstrations, and critiques; the rest of the day is spent practicing lighting techniques in a variety of inspiring locations in and around Santa Fe. Our subjects include hired models, people we meet in town, and our fellow workshop participants.

The focus of the week is on creating simple but expressive lighting schemes with speedlights, professional strobes and tungsten hot lights. We explore the use of soft boxes, grid spots, reflectors, and colored gels, and learn how to select those best suited to a particular subject and scene. We learn to adapt existing light, both natural and artificial, to intensify the effect we want our portraits to convey. Other topics addressed include the rigging of lights, packing and preparing for location, various cameras and equipment, and creative ways to photograph a portrait. Alan also demonstrates large-scale location shoots and discusses how to break a few photographic rules to get a stronger portrait.

Instructor(s)


Alan M. Thornton has been an advertising, editorial, and fine-art photographer for 15 years, working with such clients as Hewlett Packard, John Deere, Land Rover, Nike, Santa Fe Reporter, and TV Guide, and producing for photographers including Joyce Tenneson, Greg Myhra, Jimmy Williams, and Pete Stone. He is on the faculty of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in Massachusetts.

In his fine-art and travel documentary work, Alan’s most recent project took him to southeastern Turkey, where he spent the summer of 2005 exploring the mountainous regions and making large-format black-and-white portraits of the nomadic Kurdish people who live there. This is Alan’s sixth year teaching at The Workshops. His Web site address is www.amtproductions.com.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for photographers with little or no lighting experience who wish to improve their understanding and use of lighting techniques. Participants must use digital capture in this workshop. A working knowledge of your SLR camera and digital workflow is essential. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A portfolio is not required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $995.00
Model, Location, and Materials Fee: $220.00

West Virginia Winter Wonderland Workshop

Learn the art and science of Nature and Landscape Photography with professional photographer, Joseph Rossbach.
Joseph’s photography workshops are designed for the digital nature photographer, beginner or advanced, interested in finding and expanding their creative vision while learning how to use the digital technology in their camera to best express that vision to the rest of the world. In addition to being a widely-published, professional outdoor photographer, lecturer and writer, Joseph is an experienced teacher and instructor, both in the classroom and out in the field.
Our workshops are designed to put the participant in beautiful locations at the best time of year. I have extensive experience shooting in all locations and can get you to the right place in the best light. We limit the number of students to 8-10 persons per workshop. This allows me ample time to address each person individual needs in the field. I will help you with exposure, filter techniques, compositions, concept and design and proven techniques to improve your nature and landscape photography skills.
Visit our Client Testimonials Page to see what others have to say about our Workshops and Tours

Please visit our workshops page at http://josephrossbach.com/?goto=phototoursworkshops to sign to register.


West Virginia Winter Wonderland Workshop
January 23 -25, 2009Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia, Virginia

Alaska - Mentor Series Photo Trek


Alaska July 11-18, 2009

Mentors Layne Kennedy & Bill Durrence

Once in a Lifetime Photo Ops:
• Have your camera ready for Mount McKinley, the highest peek in all of North America. Photograph this natural wonder and it stunning surroundings.

• Capture the beauty of Anchorage, surrounded by six mountain ranges. Your camera will always have something lively to zoom in on.

• Experience the “window to the sea” as your lens takes a journey to the city of Seward, where a medley of marine life awaits you.

• You don’t want to miss Kenai Fjords National Park. Where jaw dropping glaciers and an array of wildlife are just the thing to keep your camera focused.

Travel with our mentors and try out all of the latest equipment from Nikon! Including world class digital SLRs, Nikkor lenses and the Coolpix line of Digital Cameras.

The Mentor Series is headed north to Alaska, a land of majestic mountains, sparkling glaciers and incredible wildlife to wow your senses and expand your portfolio. Traverse the vast grandeur of this state alongside professional photographers Layne Kennedy and Bill Durrence who will guide you in finding the best shots and using the best techniques possible to capture this remarkable locale.

Your trek begins in Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city located in the heart of the state's interior. Follow the log-cabin-lined city streets and discover the colorful, hospitable locals who add warmth to the chilly air. Travel on next to nearby Denali National Park, an expansive subarctic wilderness with Mount McKinley as its centerpiece. This peak is the highest in all of North America?-?an overwhelming sight to behold and one you'll be anxious to fill your frame with. Soaring to an astounding 20,320 feet (nearly 4 miles high), Mount McKinley truly embodies what landscape photographers' dreams are made of, and you'll have ample time to photograph this natural wonder and its surrounding Kantishna region.

No place provides a better mixture of Alaska's modernity and its natural beauty than Anchorage, its largest city. Encircled by six mountain ranges and kept seasonable by a maritime climate, Anchorage is active year-round with festivals, recreation and adventure?-?your camera will always have something lively to zero in on in this urban landscape. Kenai Fjords National Park is another sight you won't want to miss. Here your lens will encounter awe-inspiring glaciers and fjords as well as an array of wildlife.

The marquee attraction of the Park may be Exit Glacier, a 3-mile expanse of undulating ice which will offer a host of fantastic photo ops, whether serving as the backdrop to a landscape or the intimate subject of a close-up shot. Journey on to the city of Seward and visit Alaska's only public aquarium and “window to the sea”, the Sea Life Center, where a medley of marine life awaits your discerning lens.


Alaska is a place of distinct beauty with photo ops around every glacier and forest bend. Don't miss your chance to explore this unique state with expert photographers at your side--sign up today for a photo trek you won't soon forget!