What to Expect During a Jack Graham Photo Workshop
Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment. An understanding of the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Please have a good understanding of your cameras and menus. As outlined below, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. A laptop and a thumb drive will be very handy in preparing images for review as well as backing up your work.
WHAT WILL WE BE WORKING ON?
We see with both our inner emotion as well as our eyes. When we use both we have the potential to make a powerful image.
Every image should tell a story and convey emotion. In the field we stress slowing down, defining the subject and deciding how to tell the story using your camera. Equally important is using your eyes and inner vision to make quality images. We will work on “seeing” images that often get overlooked or passed up using the environment to aid in creating artistic imagery.
We will discuss the need for foregrounds, leading lines and/or patterns and how to handle these in different ways. We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including depth of field, proper exposure, filter usage and more to improve your overall photography. All this and more will help you become a better “thinking” photographer at the same time as making it possible for you to return home with some wonderful images all in unforgettable locations.
The following (and not in any order) are just some of the many things we will be working on during our time together.
- Improving your technical and visionary photographic skills within these “hands-on” workshops
- Developing your skills in finding, seeing and then creating your image
- Making images that quickly allow the viewer to define the subject and want to take time viewing in order to enjoy and understand the story you are trying to convey
- Working the scene and area, not just making a photograph and moving to the next possible location
- Composition, exposure and other essential elements needed to make a great photograph and to bring out the story within the image
- Other techniques including learning when or when not to use strong tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, and bringing out your personal vision and eliminating any flaws that will negatively affect your images
- Choosing the right focal length (lens) to convey your story
- Learning to think about how you want your image to look while in the field, not after the fact
- How to make panoramas and long exposures and how to use focus stacking, HDR effectively
- Basic processing, workflow, how to use available programs (Adobe Lightroom, etc.) together
DAILY IMAGE REVIEW
We make time to review our images as well as have some informative photographic presentations during our time together. We do this all in an informal classroom setting. We always carry a laptop and a monitor and take time during our busy schedule to review our work. This has been one of the most important things we do on a workshop. Instant information and critique is invaluable.
If the light and weather lends itself to some exceptional photography, we will change this itinerary and take advantage of the conditions. Basically, we will be flexible.
A TYPICAL DAY’S SCHEDULE
- Pre-sunrise departure from our hotels — exact time will vary based on time of year. You can pick up some snacks (granola bars) etc. the night before.
- We will return to town late morning and eat brunch/lunch. Please note that if you decide to stay out in the field and skip eating (not suggested!) you’ll need to be meet us at the next pre-determined location.
- Time will be devoted to image reviews as well as presentations of photographic interest.
- We may elect to stay longer in the field one a certain day and make the review/discussion time on another. We are very flexible.
- A second field outing, either afternoon or early evening, depending on conditions. For some locations, a sunset photo shoot is arranged.
- Dinner can be taken as a group or on your own. If time allows, we may meet back at the hotel for another classroom session.
- We ask that you be prompt for departures and for situations that call for attention to time. We suggest you try to be ready 10 minutes before the times we determine, just in case.