Photo Notes

September 26, 2011

Workshop In Indianapolis!

Filed under: Indianapolis,Photographic Education — John Siskin @ 3:49 pm

I think that I have some important news in this issue of the blog. I’m offering a live workshop here in Indiana. This is the first time I have done a live class in a couple of years, so I hope you will appreciate that this is a special opportunity. One of my students from BetterPhoto is here in Indianapolis, and she is opening up a new rental studio in the Stutz Building. This is great for me because it offers me an opportunity to teach here in Indianapolis. It also means that my students will have an opportunity to check out the new studio. Even better: each person, who signs up for the workshop, will get two hours to work in the studio on their own. Of course you can get more hours or work with another student. This time will give you a chance to get hands on experience with lights.

The workshop is set up over two days. The first day, October 15, will be lecture and demonstration. Because there are only ten students in the class, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the material in a way that suits you. We’ll have a model so that you can really see how light affects a person. I hope that everyone in the class will ask questions and get a chance to examine everything we do. Over the next two weeks each student will visit the studio individually, or with another student, and work with the studio and lights themselves. If you do team up with another student I’ll try to come by during your studio time. Finally, we’ll meet again on October 29. During this session we’ll review the work each student did and discuss any issues that came up during the shoot.

We are going to cover several topics in depth. How lights work. How to manipulate and control light. How to control color. The differences between hard light, soft light and projected light. How to achieve a sense of three-dimensionality with light. We’ll discuss how to light the face, products and spaces. You should gain an understanding of how the basic tools of light can be applied in a variety of situations to create the image you want to make. Most people take pictures, they point the camera at a subject and press the button. Photographers MAKE pictures: they control light and image to make a photograph that is more than just a record. This workshop will give you the tools that you need to take control!

One more thing that you’ll get from the class a copy of my book: Understanding and Controlling Strobe Lighting: A Guide for Digital Photographers. The book will help you integrate the ideas from the class in the pictures that you make.

Please visit here to sign up using PayPal, at the bottom of the page. Or you can call me to ask questions or to reserve a space: (317) 473-0406. I really hope you’ll join me for this great opportunity to learn how make the photographs you want by controlling light! The class is just $295, so I hope you’ll reserve a space now.

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