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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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Makeup for Photographers

May 23, 2012

The Photographer’s Guide to Makeup:

A workshop presented by Kelly Armstrong

Quite simply, good make-up can make or break any shot involving people, from a basic headshot to an elaborate fashion spread.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to work with a makeup artist to get the best results (and save yourself time retouching!).

Kelly Armstrong, a great freelance makeup artist, will join me to present this informative workshop.

We’ll cover how to select and work with a make-up artist, and what you need to know to get the best results from the partnership.  You’ll have a chance to observe how make-up is applied for photography, and see before and after photos to show the results.

As well, we’ll give you a variety of tips and techniques that you can use when there is no make-up artist for the shoot.  Simple things that you can do at the shoot to save yourself hours of retouching later.

Here are some specific topics we’ll cover:

  • Understanding how make-up works in a photo to enhance to look of your subject
  • Basics of how make-up is applied and why
  • Choosing and working with a make-up artist
  • How to communicate with your Make-up artist about the style and look you’re going for
  • Specific issues to look for and address through make-up
  • Demonstration, including before & after photos, of different styles of makeup
  • How to match the make-up to the lighting style and look of your photographs
  • Differences between “fashion/beauty” make-up and make-up for “real” people
  • What to do when there is no make-up artist
  • Where to send your clients to get make-up done for a portrait
  • Simple make-up techniques that you can apply yourself
  • Items to include in your own “emergency” make-up kit
  • Simple tips for taming hair
  • How to quickly improve hands and legs
  • Of course, since this is a workshop, you’ll have lots of opportunity to ask questions.

You’ll also receive a complete makeup handbook with photos of the various elements and styles of makeup.  You can use this a reference point when dealing with makeup artists, so you can be sure that your communicating clearly.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Date: Monday, June 18   6:00- 9:30pm
Location: Davidson Studio, Liberty Village, Toronto
Workshop Fee: $100. & HST
Contact me below to register:

 

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Makeup Workshop for Photographers

January 17, 2010

This is a great workshop for anybody who photographs people! Whether your interest is in fashion, portraiture, weddings or corporate photography, you get lots of helpful information that will improve your work and save you hours of retouching.

Learn how to find and work with a make-up artist to enhance your photos of people (especially if they’re not supermodels!).  Natalia Zurawska will share the secrets she’s learned through working with top photographers and directors, shooting supermodels, celebrities, and just plain folk (like you and your clients).  You’ll learn exactly how the make-up artist does her magic, see before and after photos of a live demo shoot, and learn how to work with this key member of your creative team.

As well, you’ll learn some invaluable make-up tips and techniques that you can use yourself, for those times when you don’t have a make-up artist on hand.  Assemble a simple kit of items you can use for quick touch ups and fixes that you can always have with you.   For portraits, weddings or just casual shots of people, these tips can save you hours of retouching, and could save your shoot.

You’ll also get a complete set of notes, and a shopping list!

This is definitely a fun workshop (Natalia’s a delight), you’ll learn lots, and your clients (and friends) will thank you!  We ran this workshop for the first time last fall, and it was a great success!

I’ve posted two detailed information sheets about this workshop here and here.

Workshop Date & Time:

Saturday, March 13  1:00 – 5:00

Location is my studio in Liberty Village

Workshop fee: $105 (incl GST)

Advanced registration is required, so you can contact me here:

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