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August 19th, 2017 • 10AM – 5PM Summary / Description: We all shoot pictures of people, friends, family etc, but for most of us it’s rare that these images are our best. There is hardly a more difficult subject to capture then a portrait, yet the skill of making someone look good and feel more at ease in front of your camera is something you can learn. This 1-day workshop is designed for photographers who want to gain a more formal understanding of portrait photography. Students will gain insight into the key elements that professional portrait photographers take into account, before clicking the shutter. Whether you are interested in pursuing portrait photography professionally or you just want to know how to get past someone’s, “camera face,” this program will show you how with a keen eye for the quality of light and the careful placement of your subject, you can go from snapshot to compelling portraits of your subjects. Topics covered include: Philosophy and goals of the portrait photographer Lens selection Dealing with harsh light Use of reflectors and diffusers Metering Getting to the best pose Engaging with your subject What to expect: The first day will begin with a look at the history of great portraits, providing a solid foundation in concepts of classic portrait lighting. Your instructor will breakdown the thought process and considerations that go into camera and lens choices, demonstrating the techniques and communication skills needed to put someone at ease in front of your camera. Our group lunch will be followed by practical hands-on sessions that allow you to immediately put into practice the ideas presented in the morning. In order to be most effective behind the camera it is essential that you know how it feels to be a subject in front of the lens, for this reason we will be photographing each other in the afternoon. Shooting both indoors and outdoors students will focus on choosing backgrounds, posing and “finding the light” using nothing but the light you find.
October 7 – 8, 2017 • 10AM – 5PM The Leica SL is one of most advanced mirrorless cameras on the market today. If you are a current owner or simply interested in learning more the capabilities of the system, this two-day intensive may be just want you need. Join Leica Professional Imaging Specialist, John Kreidler as he steps you through the process of understanding and using the SL to its full potential. The SL is designed to give the photographer the ability to customize the camera for any shooting situation. The goal of this program is to take the guesswork and trial and error out of figuring out how to best customize the camera for your way of shooting. Using his own images as examples, John will share his tips and preferred settings for specific shooting situations. Topics Covered Camera Layout & Menu Overview Focusing Options Customizing Controls Setting User Profiles for specific situations. WiFi Set Up Understanding Video settings Recommended Accessories and Product Road Map Image review and Lightroom Settings All Leica Akademie workshops provide a combination of lecture and hands-on experiential learning and the SL Intensive is no different. Following a comprehensive overview of the controls of the SL and review of recommended settings, we will put theory into practice by venturing out on a shoot in the local area, giving you the chance to acquire expert advice while in the field – expanding your skills, working techniques and confidence while shooting. On day two we will continue to shoot on-location, exploring individual field assignments customized to your interest or desired areas of improvement. The afternoon will include a presentation on the SL’s video capabilities. No workshop, on the SL would be complete without a review of student images in Lightroom.