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New Course on B&W Photography

February 17, 2016

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I’m teaching a brand new course on B&W photography at The Chang School of Ryerson University.  You’ll learn about the uniquely photographic world of the B&W image, how to capture, render and print stunning monochrom photographs.

The B&W image forms the very roots of photography, and you’ll be learning how to master the craft and aesthetics of this artform.

The course runs Tuesday evenings, from March 1 to March 22. Here’s the link to the course page on the Ryerson website: DIGITAL B&W PHOTOGRAPHY

Registration is open now for certificate students, general registration opens on Feb 22

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A Lightroom CC Workshop…. keepin’ up with the new stuff!

May 4, 2015

Adobe has just dropped a totally new version of Lightroom… Lightroom CC (aka Lightroom 6).  We get some great new features like HDR and Panoramas built in, new ways to control filters, better Web Galleries, and new ways to share and publish your photos.  Perhaps most significant is the continually evolving integration of Lightroom Mobile (for your phone and tablet) and the impact of Smart Previews on your workflow.

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

I’ll be digging into all these new features and workflow refinements over the next month, and on June 7, I’ll hold a full day workshop so you can get all the cool new info and see how it will improve your life (at least photographically)!

If you’re feeling the need for a Lightroom update, want to get the most from these new developments, or just want to get more out of Lightroom, this will be a great workshop for you!

Workshop Details:
Sunday, June 7   9:30 – 5:00 (1hr break for lunch)
Location: My Studio in Liberty Village
Cost:  $250 (incl. HST)
Advanced Registration and a $50 deposit are required.

Contact me here if you are interested in this workshop:

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The Creative Nude Workshop: April 29

March 22, 2012

The body always expresses the spirit whose envelope it is. And for him who can see, the nude offers the richest meaning. -Auguste Rodin

Learn how to light, pose and photograph the nude figure from a true master of the art. Acclaimed fashion and figure photographer Struan will share his knowledge and insights on capturing the beauty of the nude. Then you’ll be able to put these into practice for yourself in a shooting session.

Workshop Schedule: Sunday, April 29 2012
Location: My studio in Liberty Village, Toronto
Cost: $300 & HST (includes lunch) 

9:30- 12:30 The morning session will start with a discussion of the technical and esthetic issues of shooting the nude, including lighting, lens choices, posing, perspective and “seeing” the form. You’ll observe Struan as he photographs our models, and see the results live.

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break in studio.

1:30-5:30  Students photograph the models, working in small groups. A variety of backgrounds and lights will be available. Struan will assist, providing pointers and tips.  You’ll have an opportunity to shoot at least three models on a variety of sets, so you’ll emerge with a complete selection of creative nude photographs for your portfolio.

This workshop is limited to 12 students, and is very popular, so register early to ensure your spot.  A $50 deposit is required.
Contact me below to register:

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Poured Resin Workshop!

April 8, 2011

Lots of you have been asking for this one, so Talia’s flying in from NY to hold a workshop on Saturday, May 7 in my studio.

This very popular presentation technique transforms your images into beautiful, rich works of art ready to be proudly displayed. The thick, high gloss resin finish makes prints look like they’ve been preserved under molten glass. Photos presented this way have an incredible richness and “pop” that really makes them stand out!  It’s a very popular technique in galleries and shows, so you may have seen examples of it and wondered exactly how it was done.

Here’s your chance to learn this process, and transform your own print into a beautiful work of art! You’ll see each step demonstrated by Talia Shipman, and you’ll mount and finish your own print as well. This is a technique that you can easily set up and execute at home, so you will get a complete set of instructions and materials list so you can continue to create beautiful artworks on your own.

This is always a popular workshop, and we have limited spaces, so be sure to register soon!

Workshop Details:
Saturday, May 7  10:30- 4:00
Location: My studio in Liberty Village (downtown, near King & Dufferin)

Fee: $360 including an 11×14 print and all materials
Discounted fee for full time students: $270  Click Here for a detailed flier on the workshop 

 

To reserve a spot ($50 deposit required) contact me here:

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Poured Resin Workshop… last chance for a while!

July 14, 2010

This very popular presentation technique transforms your images into beautiful, rich works of art ready to be proudly displayed. The thick, high gloss resin finish makes prints look like they’ve been preserved under molten glass. It’s a very popular technique in galleries and shows, so you may have seen examples of it and wondered exactly how it was done.

Here’s your chance to learn this process, and transform your own print into a beautiful work of art! You’ll see each step demonstrated by Talia Shipman, and you’ll mount and finish your own print as well. This is a technique that you can easily set up and execute at home, so you will get a complete set of instructions and materials list so you can continue to create beautiful artworks on your own.

If you’ve been wanting to learn this technique but haven’t had a chance yet, I do want to mention that Talia is moving to New York soon so this may be your last chance for a while. Also note that we’ve included a special discounted price for full time students [we understand your pain].

For complete details on the workshop see this link.

Workshop date: Sunday, August 15    Location: my studio in Liberty Village.

Workshop fee: $360 including 11 x 14 print and all materials.   [Student discounted fee: $270]

To register, contact me below:

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Makeup for Photographers Workshop

April 12, 2010

Natalia Zurawska’s very entertaining and informative workshop will take place on two new dates:

Friday, May 7  from 6:30 – 10:00

Friday, June 4  from 6:30 – 10:00

Everyone who’s attended this in the past has agreed that it’s a must for any photographer working with people.  You’ll learn about how makeup works for photography, how to find and work with makeup artists, and a variety of products and techniques that you can use yourself when you don’t have a makeup artist.  You’ll watch as Natalia transforms a model, and you’ll see before and after photos.

Complete details on the workshop are here.

The cost is $105 (incl GST), and it will be held in my studio.  To register, contact me here:

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Lightroom’s getting more Amazing!

March 27, 2010

Adobe has now released a second Beta version of Lightroom 3, and it has some great new features!  So now is the time to get going with this program, or step your use up to the next level.  So, I’ve scheduled two new Lightroom workshops:

Introduction to Lightroom will cover all the basics of workflow and image development, from importing your shots, organizing and finding the best ones, developing your images and making prints, slideshows and web galleries, all from within Lightroom!

Advanced Lightroom will will explore the power features of this amazing program.  From retouching your photographs, to special effects, working with multiple catalogues, tethered shooting etc.  This is the perfect workshop to step up your game in Lightroom.

In both workshops we’ll be looking at the new features debuting in Lightroom 3.  For complete details on what we’ll cover in both workshops, have a look HERE and HERE.

Workshop Dates:  Intro to Lightroom  Saturday, May 15

Advanced Lightroom   Saturday, June 19

Fee for each workshop:  $210 (incl GST)      $100 deposit to register.

For further information, or to register, contact me here:

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On Being A Professional Artist

March 25, 2010

I’m very pleased to announce this new workshop, taught by my long-time friend Wayne Dunkley.  This workshop is for anyone interested in pursuing photography or new media as a fine art.  Wayne will guide you through the often confusing world of galleries, arts councils, foundations, and schmoozing the art scene.  He will explain the importance of your Artist Statement, and Project Proposal.  You’ll have an opportunity to start writing your own Artist Statement and receive feedback on it.

Wayne will share the knowledge he’s acquired through 20 years as a working artist in Photography and New Media, as well as his experiences with funding organizations as both an artist and a jury member.  This is going to be an amazing workshop!  I’ve posted a detailed outline and schedule for the day here.

Workshop Date: Saturday, April 24     Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

Workshop fee:  $210 (incl. GST) ($100 deposit to register)

Contact me here to register:

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The Creative Nude… by Struan…new date!

March 24, 2010

This workshop was a great hit last month!  Everyone involved had a fun time, and some great photographs were made!  So Struan has decided to run it again!

The (very full) day will start with a presentation and shooting demo by Struan, where he will explain how he shoots, works with models, and produces his unique and provocative nude studies.  He’ll work with our models, showing a variety of lighting set-ups and shooting styles.

We’ll take a brief lunch break (served in the studio), then you’ll have a chance to apply what you’ve learned!  We’ll break up into small groups to photograph the models on a variety of sets.  Struan (and I) will be on hand to offer suggestions, help with lighting and answer questions.  At the end of the day review your work and hold a brief critique.  Here’s a PDF with the complete workshop details.

Workshop Date: Sunday, May 30   9:30 – 6:30            Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

Workshop Fee:  $350 (+gst) includes Lunch ($100 deposit to reserve a space)

There are limited spaces in this workshop, and  it will be popular, so enroll soon!  Contact me below to enroll:

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Poured Resin Workshop

January 20, 2010

This very exciting workshop will teach you one of the hottest looks in fine art photography right now.  It consists of a method to mount photographic prints on artist’s boards, then enclose them in a poured resin finish.  It  looks as if the prints were coated in molten glass.  It’s a great way to present and enhance your work!  And best of all, it’s a technique you can do at home with some basic materials and know-how.

Talia Shipman will once again lead this workshop.  She’s perfected this technique through years of trial and error, and you will benefit from her experience as she demonstrates the technique and guides you through creating your own finished artwork.  You’ll provide us with an image, and we’ll make an 11×14 print which you will mount and resin coat during the workshop.  You’ll love the results!

You’ll also receive a step-by-step guide with photographs and a materials list so that you can do this technique on your own at home. It’s a fun process and the results are quite stunning! If you’d like to see some samples I have them here in my studio, so give me a call or e-mail and drop by and see them.  Here’s a PDF with more information about the workshop.

Workshop Date:  Sunday, April 25      9:30 – 5:00

Location: My studio (downtown Toronto)

Workshop Fee: $360 incl. materials (& gst)

Advanced registration and $100 deposit is required, so contact me here:

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