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Basics of Digital Photography Class

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Finished up the Basics of Digital Photography class yesterday.  I told these guys to come well rested for their week because it would be intense… and it’s a good thing they did.  We started the week exploring the technical and everyone shot the week in manual mode.  But as the week progressed the technical took a back seat to the aesthetics and heart that go into a thoughtful image.

I would make a motion that none of these photographers are beginners any longer.  They all got it; that poignant imagery is about what a subject feels like more than what it looks like.

Workshops are a study in group dynamics – we all are so used to doing our art in a self-contained bubble, it truly is amazing to see what can happen when we all play and push and struggle together.

Memphis Barbree was my stellar Course Coordinator for the week.  She has some stunning black & white landscape work that can be viewed on her site.  Give it a look…


Right Brain Buzz

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Getting ready to meet a new class at the Santa Fe Workshops tonight.  That place buzzes with an intensity that’s hard to find in regular life.  An assortment of people come together and decide to eat, sleep and breath image-making and the creative process.  It’s incredible to see what that level of focus can produce:  usually some serious smoke out of the right side of the brain.

I recently heard about another Workshop that promises to be stellar.  Renie Haiduk and Eddie Soloway have decided to take their teaching skills to Africa this May.  Neither of these photographers are what would be considered traditional wildlife photographers  – which is exactly what makes this workshop such an interesting concept.   Africa is a place pulsing with universal themes and rawness.  I would bet Renie and Eddie help their participants capture the untamed feeling of the Serengeti in a more unqiue and personal way than it traditionally has been.  You can find more information on their workshop here.

On Assignment in Santa Fe

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Just finished up a great week working with Ralph Lee Hopkins in National Geographic’s On Assignment in Santa Fe class.  Ralph’s been working on an important long-term project documenting the perils facing the Baja Coast of Mexico.  Check out his work here… Ralph Lee Hopkins.

The class can pretty much be summed up by the word “moxie” (having energy, pep and determination).  Up before dawn and fearless in their pursuit of finding the perfect f-stop, they produced some first-rate work.

I put on the ol’ tilt shift lens at one of our locations and had a great time making a few snaps of the dearest cowboy I know, Thomas Wingate of Eaves Ranch.

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Written by Spelman

10/11/2009 at 7:17 pm