I’ve announced the Central Park Workshop for Saturday, August 15th, at 9 A.M. You can register / pay by going to link below. First come, first served. Limited to five people (at most 7).
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CENTRAL PARK WORKSHOP AND TO PAY / REGISTER.
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I’ll put up a page over the weekend for registration and payment. I’d like to keep it to five people, but if there’s a big demand, I’ll go as high as seven. I will email anyone who’s expressed interest once the page is up. The things I know: Fee $75 for about two or three hours. Date: Saturday, August 15. Time: probably 9:00 a.m. If there’s something crazy weather-wise, like a hurricane, I’ll postpone it to Sunday. But if it’s just general rain, the show goes on. No Tripods. We may spend part of the time in the Metropolitan Museum. (It costs whatever you wish to donate, i.e. I usually give a dollar). I’ll have a laptop that can take CF or SD cards so we can transfer files. I have the latest version of Lightroom, but I don’t know if it will read whatever raw files you have, so it might be a good idea to shoot RAW + JPGs. Not for beginners. The main idea is to be able to discuss and experiment with shooting techniques, composition etc. In other words, I would hope not to have to discuss things like exposure, except in terms of artistic implications… In other words, not so much about “correct” exposure, or “what to focus on” but how photographic technique can be used artistically. If you want to shoot film – I have nothing against that – but there won’t be reviews.
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Let’s say I was to offer a workshop in Central Park. I would think the weekend would be the best time. In terms of light, (though who knows what the weather will be) the morning would be best. Say 10 AM.
I don’t know how many people would be interested, but I can’t see doing this with more than five people, and being able to give any sort of individual attention. Which is better, a Saturday morning or Sunday morning? I’d guess Saturday morning would be more convenient.
What would I cover? I think we’d meet at my favorite spot, Bethesda Fountain, and walk around shooting. I’d expect everyone would have digital cameras (?), and I’d have my laptop or a DVD player that can display images as well, with me and as we go around I could try and give pointers; or you could watch me shoot. We could then find a nice shady spot and either put the photos on my laptop, or your own if you have one and begin to review them. I don’t think it’s enough to simply look at the images on the back of the camera. I suspect that there are a bunch of technical things that I’m doing that I’m not even aware of.
No cancellations for weather. If it turns out to be raining – then wear a raincoat and bring an umbrella. I shoot in the rain all the time, and it might actually give us the best pictures.
Something might come out of this, and then we’d pick another spot. Work our way through Poet’s Walk. Talk about how to approach a) people and b) the scenic quality etc. Some more shooting and some more reviewing. In other words a sort of field trip with review and hopefully some tips picked up. Say the whole thing lasts two hours, more or less.
Payment would be in advance through paypal (first come first served) and would cost $75 per person. The outing would be an experiment, for all of us. It might turn out to be valuable, or it might not.
I would give at least a month’s notice before the event. And that would be the whole thing. Start small and see how it goes.
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– Travel light. I’ll be working as I usually do with two lenses at most.
– No tripods allowed. For all I know we may swing over into a subway at some point.
– Zoom lenses are not recommended. If that’s all you have, then fine. But I would suggest prime lenses.
– If you’re shooting film, that’s fine with me, but no instant review.
– Be prepared for extremes in weather, i.e. really hot, or rain. I’m thinking mid-August.
– This is about b&w shooting. If there’s enough interest, I can bring the digital infrared camera along as well.
– And if you’re coming from out-of-town, you really want to arrive the night before, because the earlier we get going, the better.
That’s about all I can think of right now; but as always – open to suggestions.