Professionals in the field will provide advice, tips, and instruction catered to your ability level to improve your camera storytelling, creativity, and technique in both film and photography. From the studio to photojournalism to TikTok, learn how to market, develop a narrative, and draw “exposure” to your portfolio.  Make your pictures sing with line, shape, form, texture, color, size, and depth!

 

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Workshop #1

Creative Photography

With Juozas Cernius

General Description:

This workshop is designed to activate the creativity of your own picture making. You’ll harness the power of expressive techniques and learn some less conventional aspects of photography. 

This course is for intermediate and advanced photographers. As long as you have a good understanding of how to make a good exposure in a camera (how to use shutter, aperture and ISO together), this is a good fit for you. 

All techniques are done in camera, there will be no pixel based manipulation programs like photoshop involved.

Date & Time: October 15 (Sat.), October 19 (Wed.), October 22 (Sat.) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Afternoon

Over three sessions, you’ll learn expressive image making techniques (session 1), ways to add drama to your images (session 2) and gain understanding of storytelling principles (session3). In short, with this knowledge, you’ll become a better photographer. 

Workshop Instructor Biography:

The workshop is led by Juozas Cernius, a photographer, filmmaker and communications consultant with extensive international experience (37 countries to date). With a foundation in fine art, his passion is to elevate projects thoughtfully and imaginatively while creating emotionally resonating content for diverse audiences. He has developed content for some of the world’s largest and most impactful organizations such as the Red Cross, The United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund, Dell, Samsung, Save the Children, World Bank, The Guardian, and many other organizations making the world a better place. 

His portfolio is at www.cernius.com

 

Itinerary and Learning Content: 

 

 

Session 1 (of 3): Creative use of Long Exposures

Most photography today is made in tiny fractions of a second. Motion is ‘stopped’ or ‘frozen’. In this workshop, we learn to embrace longer stretches of time, allow for expressive movement and painting of light onto the camera sensor. Unleash your creativity with this image making technique.

Hour 1: Introductions, slideshow examples and discussion of controlled long exposures in photography. 

  • Assemble a DIY neutral density filter to assist in the practicum  

Hour 2: Go outside. Start shooting and problem solving as we go.

 Techniques to explore: 

  • Balance exposures of .5 seconds to 20+ seconds 
  • Use camera handheld 
  • Use camera on tripod 

Hour 3: Group Review: Images from participants reviewed and discussed as a group.

 

 

Session 2 (of 3): Creative Photography: Cinematic Photography

What makes some photos ‘cinematic’? It’s a treatment of light. The particulars of this paradigm evolve, but we’ll look into today’s dominant cinematic conventions with an emphasis on backlight. 

Hour 1: Introductions, slideshow examples and discussion of cinematic photography.

Hour 2: Go outside. Start shooting and problem solving as we go.

Techniques to explore (using available sources): 

  • Backlight 
  • Reflected light, bounced light
  • Shooting into the shadows

Hour 3: Group Review: Images from participants reviewed and discussed as a group. 

 

 

Session 3 (of 3): Creative Photographic Storytelling

How to tell stories with photography. Can you tell a story in a single photo? Yes. This is the idea we will work towards. 

Hour 1: Introductions, slideshow examples and discussion of storytelling in photography.

Hour 2: Go outside. Start shooting and problem solving as we go.

Assignment: 

  • Tell a story (any story) in 3 photos
  • Try to use the techniques from sessions 1 and 2

Hour 3: Group Review: Images from participants reviewed and discussed as a group. 

Tools Required:

  • A camera that has a “M” manual setting. We’ll need full control of ISO, Shutter and Aperture.  
  • A way to transfer your camera files to computer (card reader, USB cable, etc)

Tools recommended but not required: 

  • Tripod
  • Different lenses 
  • ND filter (variable or standard)  

Cost: $65 per session or $150 for all three

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