Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

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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 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 Business of Photography

November 17, 2013

Have you ever dreamed of turning your passion for photography into a profitable business?  Or perhaps you’d like to find out more about marketing and selling your work. This workshop is a great way to get started on that goal!  This has been a very popular workshop in the past, and has started many photographers on their way to building successful businesses.

This workshop will run on two consecutive Sundays…. January 12 and January 19, 2014.  In Part 1 (January 12) we’ll cover setting up your business and running it… including the all important question of HOW MUCH TO CHARGE!  Here are the specific topics:

  • Business planning and set-up: Business Plans, Financial plans and cash flow management, start-up costs, registering for HST , naming your business.
  • Estimates and Billing: Quoting jobs, fees, expenses and mark-ups, invoicing and collections.
  • Pricing Your Work: Establishing your rates and prices
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: A simplified approach to financial record keeping and cash management.

In Part 2 (January 19th)  we’ll discuss marketing and selling your work:

  • Marketing: Identifying potential markets for your specific work, and developing a marketing plan.
  • Portfolios: Developing your portfolio, selecting and editing your work, portfolio styles for different markets
  • Websites: Explore the various options and styles for your “online portfolio”
  • Blogs and Social Marketing:  The importance and roles for these components of your marketing plan
  • Selling  Your Work:  Overcoming the emotional barriers around selling your work.
  • Personal Portfolio Review: After this workshop, each student can schedule a personal consultation with me to review their work and get information on potential markets and business opportunities.

You can attend either one or both workshops.
If you’d like to see what past students have to say about this workshop, click HERE

Workshop Details:
Part 1:  January 12, 2014  9:30am – 5:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Part 2: January 19, 2014  9:30am – 5:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Location: My studio in Liberty Village, Downtown Toronto
Workshop Fees:  $250. for either Part 1 or 2
$450 for both (prices include HST)

Advance registration and a $50 deposit are required.  To register 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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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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Printer Delight….. A Digital Printing Workshop

February 28, 2012

Is your printer making you crazy, frustrated, disappointed? Colours don’t match your monitor? Never sure what settings to use? Want to make prints that “sing” but you can’t seem to get there? Maybe you’re avoiding printing altogether, or you’re just contemplating purchasing a photo quality printer. Then this is definitely the workshop for you!

You’ll learn the complete printing workflow, from calibrating your monitor to achieving the perfect gallery worthy print.  Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Monitor Profiling
  • Using a color Managed workflow to save you time. money and frustration
  • Understanding color spaces
  • Using printer profiles
  • Printing from Adobe Lightroom
  • The Photoshop printing workflow
  • Paper choices
  • Optimizing your photos for printing
  • Evaluating and refining your prints

This is a one OR two-day workshop, and you can choose to attend one or both days.

On Saturday we’ll cover the technical aspects of the printing workflow and go through the various steps and choices required to get predictable results that match your monitor.  We’ll also look at preparing photos to be printed at an outside lab.

Sunday’s session will be a hands-on workshop where you’ll be working on your own images, preparing them for printing, making prints, and evaluating the results.  We’ll have a variety of papers for you to experiment with so you can see the effect paper choice makes on the final print.

This workshop will be held at 44 Wide in their state of the art digital classroom, with iMac work stations, using Adobe Lightroom, Epson and Canon printers.

Workshop Details:

Saturday Session:  March 31, 2012     10:00-4:00 (1 hour break for lunch)
Cost:  $200 & HST ($226)

Sunday Session: April 1, 2012    10:00- 4:00  (1 hour break for lunch)
Cost:  $250 & HST ($282.50) including materials

Class size is limited to 16 students.
A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot.

To register contact me here:

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