—with Adam Marelli
Every photographer wants to take better
pictures. We want to distill the chaos
of daily life into a single, powerful frame.
If you want to open your lens to a new
view of the world, then join me on a
bespoke program in the lessons of
design made specifically for
When I opened the doors of my studio to fellow photographers, I expected to teach people how to improve their images. It was not a hope or a maybe, but a mandatory commitment I make to everyone who studies with me. You WILL improve the way you see, the way you take pictures, and the way you understand Art & Design. Why do I believe this?
I believe there are certain aspects of being a photographer that can be taught and others that cannot be taught. Master artists develop a sixth sense after years of training that only comes with maturity. But everything short of that last 1% is based on a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding that is passed down from one generation to the next.
As an artist, it is my personal passion to share the knowledge that was given to me over the years. By combining my training as an sculptor, builder, draftsman, and photographer these workshops will open up a level of understanding that is simply not taught in any other workshop in the world. Believe me, if someone was doing it, I would have taken it myself.
2013 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Bangkok [ T H A I L A N D ] January 25th–27th
Zurich [ S W I T Z E R L A N D ] April 19th–21st
Matera [ I T A L Y ] May 22th–26th
London [ E N G L A N D ] June 14th–16th
Venice/Verona [ I T A L Y ] September 30th–October 4th
Kyoto [ J A P A N ] November 11th-15th
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If you would like to arrange a workshop in your part of the world, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make an arrangement. (4 person minimum)
Workshops come in all shapes and sizes, from lecture halls to solo tours. My workshops are scaled to feel like the perfect dinner party, with just enough variety to keep things interesting, but not so many people we feel weighed down. This allows me to spend time with everyone because I truly enjoy teaching. A classroom with a bunch of numbed out college students, being overcharged for their educations was never an interest of mine. I want to work with photographers who take time out of their daily lives to develop their craft with a camera. These workshops are designed for us to work individually on your skills, aspirations, and your ability to See more clearly than ever before.
The reason the workshops are so unique is because they provide a shortcut to years of artistic study. We have all heard photographers say, “I could not draw, so I decided to become a photographer.” That is a guaranteed admission that they do not know anything about how to design a picture. Cartier-Bresson said it best, when he revealed that taking pictures is “Recognition of an order.” I enjoy photography so much because of my training as a draftsman. But you do not have to spend ten years studying as a draftsmen. The camera takes care of reproduction, but it needs an intelligent eye to guide it to success. Understanding the Principles of Design used by the great master artists will:
- Improve your ability to see beyond anything you have encountered before.
- Open your eyes to the vast resources that lie in master artworks around the world (you think the Sistine Chapel was interesting before? Just wait till you take Introduction to Design)
- Teach you that once you understand the Principle of Design you will NEVER run out of material.
Re-Inventing the Critique
Who wants to sit in a room and have a bunch of strangers tell them about their pictures?…No one. I understand this. Between university, teaching, and professional work I have been a part of critiques and panel discussions that convinced me, there is a BETTER WAY TO CRITIQUE. These workshops take a completely new approach to giving critiques. I won’t reveal all the secrets (there are snoops on the internet who would love to know what I’m doing), but here is a loose description.
- Bring images that inspire you. I want to see what motivates you to take pictures. It matters.
- We will compare what you WANT to do with what you are actually doing. This will allow you to see the tools your artistic heroes are using in each image.
- Then, instead of giving you a list of books or names, we will look at images that match your current level of design to give you a step by step approach to reaching your goals. Successful artists are not made over night. But I don’t believe in making things harder than necessary. Just because I have been studying art for two decades, does not mean you need to suffer through it too. These workshops were created to make life easier than normal.
Before we get too serious, let us remember that we love photography because it brings us pleasure. Sit back, enjoy a glass of Barolo and lets have a look at your images. Developing a critical eye is part of being a good photographer, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves in the process. The hardships should be in picture taking, but once its all over lets enjoy some good meals together. Wherever we are in the world, we enjoy the best in local, authentic cuisine. My preferences for food, travel, and accommodations are simple…I value locally grown artisanal goods in every shape and form.
“Never is etiquette and good form observed more carefully
than by experienced travelers when they find
themselves in a tight place.”
— Captain Frank Worsley
of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance
10 Things you will NOT find at my workshops
- Gear Heads. We like cameras, but we prefer the pictures they make.
- Big Egos. Image making is a 45,000 year old tradition and has produced some of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. We proceed humbly.
- Temper Tantrums. We are in it together and even when things go wrong, we remember Captain Worsley’s quote above.
- Camera Bi Partisanship. It does not matter if you use a Phase One, Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Ebony, Leaf, Alpa, Pentax (am I leaving anyone out?) We will not be debating which platform is better. My only concern is what is good for you.
- Fist Fights during critiques. Unless we all have our cameras out and can practice shooting the scene as it develop. Band aids will be provided at no extra charge.
- Photo Vests, Camera backpacks, and white gym socks. While we might not be ninjas, we don’t want to scream photographer by the way we look. A stealthy gentleman or gentlewoman is greatly appreciated. And no one in the business of aesthetics should be walking around in pulled up white gym socks.
- Tour Guides. We will sniff out interesting parts of the globe together. Photographers use translators and handlers, guides are for tour buses.
- Elitists. We come from a range of academic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Remember if your nose is in the air its very hard to take a good picture.
- The Rule of 3rds. Known to artists as the Rebated Square, I will dispel with all of the childish guidelines of composition that prevent photographers from making better pictures.
- HDR. HDR is an insult to an artists sense of value, color, and hue. Its effects on the greater photographic community have been disastrous. These workshops will restore your sense of authority over the subject matter and remove the crutch of technology from photography.