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Friday to Sunday, January 4 to 6, 2013 $495 - HCP Members only!Level: Intermediate/AdvancedClass Size: 10 students The purpose of this workshop is to help you make better photographs, and through doing that, to experience personal growth. And if you already make beautiful photographs, but find that you don’t do so consistently, then this workshop is for you. Because so many photographers are making photographs digitally and are no longer going into the darkroom, we are offering a “Vision” workshop instead of our usual Vision and Technique Workshop. The Vision workshop will be the same except that we will not be demonstrating anything in the darkroom.
In most all photography workshops everyone learns something and has a good time. But afterwards they do not necessarily, in their own terms, make better photographs. After our workshops, most everyone makes better photographs. This is because, we have been told, we have a way of describing and demonstrating an approach to making photographs that is exceedingly helpful and unique. At the end of the workshop description are a number of unsolicited comments by former participants. All of these comments are because of the Vision part of our Vision and Technique Workshop. Although we work with and demonstrate with view cameras, the workshop is not format specific and is for anyone who makes photographs whether they use film or digital capture.
The class fee includes a boxed lunch. Complete Workshop DescriptionThe workshop will begin on Friday evening and will continue through Sunday until late afternoon. Friday: 6 p.m. –10 p.m. ±Saturday: 9 a.m. – dinner timeSunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ±
On Friday evening we take a preliminary look at a sample of the participants’ photographs (without comment) from their portfolios. Each participant is asked to bring a portfolio of his/her photographs, at least 10, and up to 40 prints. This is followed by a discussion of our own work and the visual things that go into their making. This is an extensive discussion of visual concerns common to all good picture-makers.
On Saturday morning we take our cameras into the field and demonstrate how we work. During this time we work with each person individually and demonstrate a creative way to use a camera that will, in all likelihood, expand and enhance the photographer’s way of thinking, looking, and working. Although we will be using an 8x10-inch view camera for this demonstration, it is relevant and useful even if the participants photograph in 35mm or digital format.
Saturday afternoon is a time for everyone to make photographs. During this time we will actively look through the viewing screen on participants’ cameras and comment on how well they are seeing and will suggest broader approaches.
On Sunday we will take a careful look at each participants’ photographs and discuss them in light of all that has gone before during the weekend. Our hope is that by this time everyone will be able to anticipate much of what we might suggest to improve his/her work. The more photographs that participants bring, the more helpful we can be. These photographs should be in as finished form as possible, and preferably mounted (unless traveling with the prints makes that too difficult).
At the end of the workshop, at participants’ request and time permitting, we will cover any topic that may not have been discussed or demonstrated. Photo: Paula Chamlee