Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Photo workshops connect you to world-class instructors and fellow photographers for hands-on experience that will invigorate your photography
"Take the first shot that you see and then draw an imaginary five-foot box around where you are standing," she explained. "From [within] that box—or you can move out of the box if you have to—take many more photographs (a roll of film, 50 digital images—whatever). Explore the scene. Consider it from many different angles and viewpoints. Try different lenses, different depth-of-field settings, different filters, white-balance settings—and try many different compositions. Ask yourself, what do I really want to say about this subject? What do I want to express? The more time we spend getting to know our subject and understanding what we want to capture, the more likely we’ll achieve success with our camera."
Tom and Pat Cory, instructors for Strabo Photo Tour Collection, emphasize the importance of learning to be flexible. "People going on a workshop are often going because they have seen beautiful images of a location in magazines, coffee-table books and so forth," Pat told us. "They often want to make their own photograph of that scene. But the weather or lighting will most certainly be different. And this may be a once-in-a-lifetime visit to this location. So the trick is not to go away discouraged, but to see if there’s another way to make the image or to look around to see if the current conditions favor some other subject."
Sometimes this leads to even bigger and better things. "For example," she continued, "we’ve had clients who had never photographed in the rain before. They are sometimes amazed that the flowers at their feet, covered in raindrops, may be just as magical and beautiful as the mountain that they came to photograph. Looking around to see what else is there and what new opportunities are presenting themselves can be a 'wow‚’ experience and expand one’s vision, creativity and appreciation for the beauty and variety of our world."
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