Portraits and Head Shots Workshop - Oct 27

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This 3.5-hour workshop runs on Sunday, October 27th 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 almost no prerequisites. 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 almost any type of camera with controllable aperture and shutter speed. Please bring your digital camera with a normal lens (50-85 mm or equivalent) 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.

This is a workshop to develop your skills photographing people, especially head and shoulders PORTRAITS using available light and simple artificial light sources. Dave will cover camera settings, a variety of ambient and artificial lighting methods, and posing tactics that help you capture “real” faces rather than artificial-looking “camera” faces. He will show and discuss lots of examples, and then, working with a mannequin and possibly participants as models (strictly voluntary!), demonstrate techniques using a tethered camera. Participants will shoot 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 with a Kodak Brownie. As a veteran of thousands of darkroom hours (including hundreds of joyful, dim-lit hours spent in the Looking Glass darkrooms during the 60s and 70s), Dave appreciates the lessons learned from tens of thousands of photographs -- using both pre-digital and state-of-the-art digital methods. Today, Dave owns and operates DS Composition, a photo studio in Oakland. He specializes in studio portraits, editorial and advertising, wildlife, scientific ultra-macro, and fine-art composite photos – as well as photographic education. His images have been featured in publications such as Bay Nature, Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, as well as many websites, academic journals, books, solo exhibitions, museums, and juried group shows.


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