Portraits and Head Shots Workshop - Feb 23

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This 3.5-hour workshop runs on Sunday, February 23rd from 10:30am to 2:00pm. The workshop includes a lecture/presentation and live demonstrations (tethered shooting), along with hands-on-camera exercises and discussion of both the instructor’s and participants’ images.

There are really no prerequisites, except a basic understanding of your own camera. Please bring your digital camera with a 50-100 mm lens and a fully charged battery. We suggest bringing a spare camera battery and a pocket notebook. Memory cards should be cleared and formatted prior to the workshop. PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES PRIOR TO THE STARTING TIME.

This is a workshop that will help you dramatically improve photographs of people, especially head and shoulders portraits, using available light and simple artificial light sources. The workshop consists of lecture, slide presentation, discussion, demonstrations, and lots of camera-in-hand exercises. This workshop will be helpful for anyone who wants to get beyond amateurish “grin at the camera and say cheese” pictures to make distinctive, absorbing, authentic portraits using any type of camera with controllable aperture and shutter speed.  

This workshop is most appropriate for INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED photographers. We’ll cover camera settings, a variety of ambient and artificial lighting methods, and posing tactics that help you capture “real” faces rather than artificial “camera” faces. Dave will show and discuss lots of examples, and then, working with a mannequin and participants (strictly voluntary!) as models, demonstrate techniques using a tethered camera. Participants will shoot often using the demonstrated techniques. Click for Portrait Examples on Dave's web site.

Dave’s passion for photography began at age 7 when he started taking pictures of friends and family with a fixed-focus cardboard box camera.  Decades, and tens-of-thousands of photos later, Dave’s love of photographic image making has only intensified. Today, Dave owns and operates DS Composition, a photo studio in Oakland (www.dscomposition.com). He specializes in studio portraits, editorial and advertising, wildlife, scientific/ultra-macro, and fine-art composite photos. His images have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, commercial websites, academic journals, solo exhibitions, museums, and juried group shows. Dave loves teaching photography at Looking Glass!


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