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New Course on B&W Photography

February 17, 2016

landscape B&W sml

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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Playing with Platinum

February 18, 2015
Vineyard, South of France

Vineyard, South of France

Atlantic waves

Atlantic waves

Anita's Tibetan Door

Anita’s Tibetan Door

Anita's Tree

Anita’s Tree

Anita Chui and I have been experimenting with Platinum Palladium Printing, a process that dates back to the late 1800’s.  We were inspired by Beth Moon’s exquisite book of Platinum printed images, so we ordered a kit from Bostick & Sullivan and compiled all the necessary bits and pieces. The process involves mixing the emulsion and painting it onto rag paper.  We then create “negatives” by printing inverted images onto clear film.  These negatives are sandwiched with the coated paper, exposed to UV lights, then developed, cleared, washed and dried.  Fortunately all this is done in subdued light (no darkroom required).  It’s taken some experimentation, fiddling with negatives and exposure times, but we’ve now created a few prints that are quite beautiful (at least in our humble opinions). Each print is a unique object of subtle tonalities that are hard to describe.  We are having a good time! We are going to continue exploring Platinum/Palladium prints, as well as the Salted Paper printing method developed by Henry Fox Talbot.  Stay tuned for more developments! If you’d like to see how this process works, here’s an excellent video of V. Tony Hauser making a print.

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The Elegant B&W Workshop

September 17, 2014

Rob Iden

Ok, I have to confess that my heart really sings for the beauty of the B&W image.  I love that the world of B&W belongs to photography alone, and we photographers get to play in that unique world.  However, this world also has its unique challenges…. it easier to produce mediocrity in B&W….. and so much more difficult to create compelling images!

And so Iden Ford * and I have created this two-day workshop exploring the world of the B&W image, from concept, through lighting and shooting, to the final print.

Iden and I will walk you through lighting approaches tailored to B&W shooting, both in studio and on location.  You’ll have plenty of time to light and shoot our models (experienced dancers) both in the studio and on location.

We’ll also demonstrate how to process and print your images for optimum impact in B&W.  Plus you’ll have an opportunity to print 3 of your best shots from the workshop!  Here’s the workshop schedule:

Day 1: Sunday, November 16  9:30- 5:30 in my studio in Liberty Village

Morning lecture/ discussion of what makes a great B&W image
Demo of examples of lighting our models for portraits, action and nudes.

Afternoon shooting our models in studio on a variety of sets and lighting styles.
You’ll be working in small groups of 3-4 with a model.

Day 2: Sunday November 23  8:30- 5:30 on location (TBD) and in my studio
Morning: Shooting on location for landscape and with models

Afternoon: Return to studio for demo of Lightroom B&W techniques.
Create prints of your best images from the workshop.

Cost for the workshop:
$595 (incl HST) for both days
$395 (incl HST) for one day
$200 deposit required to hold your spot

This workshop is limited to 12 students, so reserve early to guarantee a spot!

* I met Iden as a student at Ryerson, and he has since gone on to establish himself as a photographer, specializing in dance, performance and portraiture.  His work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, SHIMMY magazine, Dance Ontario, Photoshop User Magazine, Lightroom Magazine, and Light It Magazine. He’s also an established educator, presenting workshops for Elinchrome Lighting at ProVision, and writing articles for Photoshop User Magazine.  I’m very excited to be co-presenting this workshop with him!

To reserve a spot in the workshop, contact me here:

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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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Explore the unique world of Black & White Photography

March 16, 2012

Black, white, shades of grey…. the world unique to photography.  Black and white was the original voice of the photographer, and is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest.  Our digital cameras, software and printers now allow us to create B&W images with tonal range, tonal control and print permanence that far surpass what we could achieve with film and chemicals.

Join me for a full day of exploring this fascinating world through this new workshop.  We’ll spend the morning examining the tools and techniques used to create stunning B&W renditions of our digital captures.  We’ll also look at how the B&W image differs from the world of color, and what we have to do to create powerful images in this unique medium.

In the afternoon you’ll work with your own images to make B&W prints on a variety of printer and papers.  We’ll work one-on-one to improve your images and produce prints you’ll be proud to display.  You’ll come away with a richer understanding of this uniquely photographic medium.

This workshop will take place in the state of the art digital classroom at 44 Wide, and we’ll have access to their printers (both Canon & Epson) to produce prints up to 24 in.

Workshop Details:
April 14   10:00- 4:00 (with a 1hr. lunch break)
Location: 44 Wide, 171 East Liberty Street, Unit 122
Cost: $250. including materials and HST

To reserve a spot, contact me here:

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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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