This workshop will teach you how to identify both your strengths and weaknesses as a photographer. No one has mastered all aspects of photography. There are always ways to improve your craft. But for many photographers, it is difficult to identify exactly which aspect that needs improvement the most.
The approach is simple. The craft is divided into three: Shooting, selecting and editing.
In this part of the workshop, you learn which aspects of your shooting process need improvement the most. And many parameters are at play, when you're trying to get that really great shot.
There are the technical aspects of the camera, of course. But your surroundings and your use of either natural or artificial light are easily as important. And when you are photographing people, your social skills are quintessential.
To capture that magic RAW file, all the different parameters have to come together.
A somewhat overlooked aspect of good photography is the selection process. Many photographers tend to focus too heavily on the technical aspects when selecting the best photos.
Sure, it's sharp and well-lit – but how is the atmosphere? Are the eyes sparkling, or does your subject have that "out to lunch" look on his or her face? Is the composition interesting? And once you've cut maybe hundreds of shots down to two or three final candidates, how do you pick the final shot to print, share or send to your client?
This part of the workshop will teach you to be the best possible curator of your own photos.
Too many would-be-amazing photos are suffering from either a lack of editing, or simply an unhelpful kind of it. The days of "straight from camera" pride are long gone. There is no photo taken that wouldn't benefit from at least a minimal amount of post-processing.
To release the full potential of a great capture, there is a wide array of parameters to adjust. There are obvious ones like adjusting the exposure and the composition, but it's just as likely that careful work on the lighting or colors is what will make all the difference. Or maybe it's a subtle retouch, a tight re-crop, or a conversion into a powerful black-and-white image.
This final part of the workshop teaches you how to look at your unedited shots and release the potential within them.
Duration: Flexible, but typically in the 2-to-3-hour range.
Interactive elements: All workshop participants are encouraged to bring along a selection of their own photos, which will then be analyzed and discussed with the other participants.