Upcoming Documentary Photography Class and Workshops at UVic

January 17, 2013 | Filed Under Gallery & Workshop, Workshop | Leave a Comment 

I’ll be teaching a documentary course and a couple of one day workshops at the University of Victoria. Sign up here http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca

Courses are:

Documentary Photography: Creating the Personal Project

 

In this course you will learn how to use the techniques of documentary work to create a personal photo project. Participants will examine the work of other documentary photographers and see how and why certain ways of seeing and photographing can be applied to their work. You will learn how to organize your own projects, budget time, find out how to edit a project and discover different ways to bring that project to a larger audience.

Students will work on a project throughout the duration of the class; this can be an existing project or something new and initiated by the class experience. This work will serve as a catalyst for class discussions and critiques. This is a course about creativity, not equipment. Participants can use whatever equipment they own, digital or film.

 

Editing Your Photographs—Developing a Critical Eye

 

Do you have a jumble of images stored away on your hard drive or boxes of prints tucked away in the closet? Learn how to look critically at your photographs and find the treasures hidden among the less successful images. We’ll also learn how we can have a higher success rate while shooting by learning to edit as we photograph. Students should bring a selection (20–40) of 4 x 6 machine (cheap) prints to the class from a project, trip or just that box in the closet, as well as a camera and a notebook.

 

Find the Photo Spark

 

Have you lost your photographer’s creative urge? Do all the images you take seem to look like the last one? Rekindle your photo creativity with a day of exercises designed to make you and your camera best friends again. Bring your camera and a notebook and prepare to exercise your mind and eye and have some fun in the process.

 

 



Photo Group Talks

June 19, 2012 | Filed Under Art, BC Photography Archive, Blog, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Careers, Daily Work, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Photo Coach, Photographers, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Workshop | Leave a Comment 

BC Ferries, Swartz Bay, BC 2012

I’ve spoken to a number of photo groups lately, showing some of my images and talking about the projects.

The audiences have been great, very appreciative and always lots of questions and discussion afterwards.

It’s a two way street though. I get lots of feedback on my images which is so helpful and it’s often a surprise which photographs resonate with an audience and why.

The other thing I find is that talking about my projects, both during the presentation and during the discussions after allows me to fine tune my own thinking about what I’m photographing and different directions I might take it.

In my main Pacific Northwest related project Salt Water & Rain I’ve been discussing as a way to find that within the local (landscapes, natural, manmade and cultural) that defines us, as opposed to the generic (chain stores and products) that makes us the same.However due to the presentations I’ve been thinking about more complex issues within that and trying to figure out how to present those. Issues like why certain cultural influences such as writing seem to be stopped by the United States/Canada border, especially since it is regional writing. Yes, the US and Canada are separate regions but the commonalities of the Pacific Northwest really do transcend the imaginary line that is the border.

So, thanks again to all those groups that have had me as a speaker.



Photography Courses at the University of Victoria

December 5, 2011 | Filed Under Workshop | 1 Comment 

I’ll be teaching two courses for UVic Continuing Studies in the new year.

Introduction to Community Newspaper Photojournalism
This course is for photographers considering a career in photojournalism, bloggers who want to improve the visual content of their sites and for the photographer who wants to explore new avenues of creativity. Participants will study the five main types of photo assignment for the community photojournalist: news, sports, feature, environmental portrait and the photo essay. You will examine the images of working photographers, learn workflow and editing techniques and be given assignments to complete between classes.

and

Documentary Photography: Creating the Personal Project
In this course you will learn how to use the techniques of documentary work to create a personal photo project. Participants will examine the work of other documentary photographers and see how and why certain ways of seeing and photographing can be applied to their work. You will learn how to organize your own projects, budget time, find out how to edit a project and discover different ways to bring that project to a larger audience.

full details here: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/



Daniel Milnor – Luz Gallery Workshop

November 20, 2011 | Filed Under Workshop | Leave a Comment 

An excellent workshop last weekend with Los Angeles/New Mexico based photographer Dan Milnor at the Luz Gallery. Check out the gallery’s upcoming workshops here.