03 Jul See you in Vancouver!
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The Streets of Vancouver Photography Workshop is coming this month!
We have received numerous emails asking about The Streets of Vancouver Photography Workshop. In short, we will be working together to create stunning imagery. Yes, you read that correctly! There is no room for mediocre, so-so, “it’s good enough” or “maybe someone will like it.” Not only during the workshop but once you’ve gone back to your photographic life you will leave equipped with mental, technical and artistic tools to create strong visuals in ANY situation.
One of the reasons we haven’t offered photography workshops before is because we wanted to make sure our program was designed from the ground up, based on our own successes and failures; it is one-of-a-kind. I have been working on it for the last few years and have tested it in real life situations with my students. I’ve also used this philosophy when creating the imagery on this blog.
No, we are not going to hold hands and praise crappy imagery, whether mine or yours. No, we are not going to “feel inspired” by artificial sweeteners. We are going to dive deep into the process of image-making.
We will start with ourselves, our attitude and approach. Then, we will talk about the role of concentration and observation. We will learn techniques to see life around you so you can recognize stunning visuals as they happen right in front of you. Next, we will learn unique ways to use light and line to create stunning compositions. We’ll discuss simple but highly effective techniques to turn every scene you find interesting into a strong photograph. We will also learn very simple post-processing techniques which will give you more time doing what you love – taking photos in the field.
Yes, we will be interacting with some people on the streets but not in an intimidating way. We will do it with class, honesty and most importantly attuned to your own character.
During our interactions, some of you mentioned that you are afraid to participate because you feel “you are not good enough” or “scared about interacting with people on the streets.” What a misunderstanding! My programs are NOT for “I know everything” and “let me show you how much better I am” photographers! To be honest I have no interest in working with people who have those attitudes.
My workshops are not photo or personality competitions. I don’t care how good you are coming into my program. I’ve found that people who have just started in photography and don’t know basic camera settings excel in seeing because they don’t have preconceived ideas about seeing processes.
We will have in-class sessions and we will shoot extensively on the streets of Vancouver. We will discuss our imagery without the usual “oh, this is so beautiful” because in that way we’ll never learn how to create strong visuals.
If you are looking for a special learning experience and you are committed to the craft of photography, come to Vancouver and spend three days with me. Two spots have opened up for my July 28-30 Vancouver Workshop.
I hope to see you there!
On another note, the July issue of FujiLove Magazine is out. It contains lots of great articles by very talented photographers. Valerie Jardin writes on the importance of personal projects and there’s a fascinating article by Drew Gardner, among many others. Steve Thomas, Ritesh Ghosh, Steve Dreyer, Jonas Rask, Simone Raso and Michael Schnabl are all names you should become familiar with.
You will also find a piece by yours truly: “Have you ever looked into your own visual mirror?” This may well be one of the most important photography articles I’ve ever written. Why? Because I also look into my own visual mirror and ask: “Why am I interested in photography? What triggered me to take the first step into photography?” I believe that every photographer should have this conversation with herself/himself.
Please read it and let me know what you think. Would you like to share your story? Use hashtag #FujiLoveMirror
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