Vision It! Capture it! Finish It!
John Hummel, Instructor
August 3-6, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
In this workshop we will explore the three phases of artful image creation. There will be daily location shooting, where John will work with you to achieve the images that spark your inner artist and tell your story. The field shooting sessions will be followed by midday critique sessions to hone in on effective ways to improve your images. During the afternoon sessions you will learn powerful post-processing techniques create images that will capture the viewer’s imagination.
In the first phase, Vision it!, you will learn five steps to observing a scene and then connecting with the story to be communicated and finally seeing that image in your mind. You will address key questions like:
- “What story do I want to tell?”
- “What elements of this scene will add to my ability to tell that story?”
- “What elements should I leave out to make my image more effective?”
- “What is the most powerful point of view to tell my story?”
- “How can simplification make my images more powerful?”
In the second phase “Capture It!”, you will learn seven tools to flesh out your vision successfully. Compositional elements, exposure, depth-of-field and perspective will be covered in a step by step process to achieve masterful images that tell your story and begin to define your style.
The final phase is “Finish It”. Here you will be shown ways to take your raw images and finesse them to clearly communicate the vision and feeling that you had as you stood at the scene. We will work with Adobe Photoshop’s powerful tools to create a workflow that will bring depth and dimension to your images and create a final piece of art that clearly tell your story.
Join us for a week of exploration into the powerful storytelling ability of photographs in the beautiful setting of Whidbey Island.
You are expected to have a working knowledge of how to produce properly exposed images from your camera. You are welcome to work in color or black and white. Any camera format will work but DSLRs would be most appropriate. You will also need a laptop computer with image editing software (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or others) in order to work on your captured images. Plugs-ins like Nik Effects filters (available free at Google.com) or any other plug-ins will be very useful during the workshop.
After registration you will receive a workshop overview and a text book which will be provided for use with the class.
We will photograph during the morning hours and there may be some optional evening shooting sessions based on weather conditions and opportunity. Bring clothing to range from 50 to 80 degrees. It is slightly possible that we could shoot in light rain, and the ground could be wet, so it is advisable to bring waterproof shoes and rain gear (pants and jacket). Bring snacks and water for the ﬁeld, as we could be out for a while depending on the light. Bring lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto, for example 20mm to 300mm or more, and a tripod. A polarizer is suggested and a set of graduated and fixed neutral density filters would be helpful but not required. Your laptop computer with image processing software (such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Lightroom, etc.) A flash drive, or small hard drive to transfer images taken during the workshop for viewing
Please bring a selection of images you would like to work on in the unlikely possibility that the weather forces us to stay indoors.
Above all else bring your excitement about your photography and lots of curiosity about what is possible to learn and most importantly a desire to have fun and celebrate the world around us.