Mastering Your Off-Camera Flash

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with Photographer Nichole Van

March 30th - April 12th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Never be a slave to the sun again!

Come learn how to harness light and get amazing images at any time of day in any location. Best of all, add to your skill set and differentiate yourself from photographers who have to rely on natural light alone. Join us for an in-depth discussion of off-camera, on-location lighting.

This workshop will cover understanding the properties of light, setting up and using off-camera lights, getting amazing images even in the harshest, brightest light, shooting outside on location, and creative lighting tricks. This workshop will focus on both wedding and family photography, showing you ways to incorporate lighting into most shooting situations. Take your skills to the next level!

All participants will receive Nichole’s entire OCF digital workshop (a $149 value)!

Breaking The Mold

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With Photographer Deb Schwedhelm

April 6th - April 20th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation / $125 alumni participation

Deb Schwedhelm hosts ‘Breaking the Mold‘ — a workshop that will surely inspire and encourage you!

Some of the topics that will be discussed during your two-weeks together are creativity, inspiration, finding your style, creating strong images, shooting with a lensbaby and building a strong portfolio. With this workshop, you will also receive an honest and intimate look at Deb’s photography styles and businesses and every student will receive an inspirational e-book.

While silent seats are available, due to the interaction level within this workshop, active seat participation is highly recommended.

To see images from past students, click here.

Documentary Photography

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with Photographer Lindsey Bergstrom

April 13th - May 4th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation / $100 alumni participation

Day after day we strive to capture literal blinks in time—for both our clients and ourselves—that stitch together moments into beautiful memories. We think of ourselves as photographers but in most cases we are storytellers; witnesses to intimate moments, small triumphs, and quiet sorrows. After this photography workshop you will walk out with a concrete plan for your first documentary project, knowledge and also practice under your belt regarding what it takes to successfully tell stories with your camera, and a better appreciation for the history of documentary work.

Before embracing lifestyle family photography Lindsey Bergstrom completed her Master’s degree in Documentary Photography and then chronicled the lives of the families who remain behind in times of war as well as motherhood in rural America. She now has two small children and has shifted her focus to capturing the raw, real moments of their lives.

You will start by examining the work of notable photographers to gain an understanding of the different approaches available and identify which you may want to use. In addition, each participant will present their idea and a plan for a project that they will in turn initiate… baby steps to get going and overcome whatever fears and obstacles may be holding you back. A part of this means a lot of sharing and discussion. Defining your hopes, fears, and dreams are a huge part of success, so you will walk away with big dreams for your project.

At the end of the course Lindsey will not only look over everyone’s plan and offer feedback, but as an added incentive to finish your first documentary project she will also schedule individual project reviews with each participant 30 days after the class ends. This presents an incredible opportunity to not only apply your new skills and get timely feedback on your photography, but also external accountability to get out and shoot… for those of us that need that extra little kick to shoot that project we’ve had in mind for so long! Also included is a detailed PDF as a guide for your project.

Lindsey will also will schedule individual reviews with each participant one month after the workshop ends.  This added bonus will allow you to check in with Lindsey after you’ve had some real time to work on your project.  This will be a low stress (promise!) chat about your project…what went right, what when wrong, your artistic vision, and a critique of your project portfolio.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. The class will be a friendly environment where you can share both ideas and work with others to receive constructive feedback.

EMBRACING THE CHAOS

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With Photographers Jayme Ford

April 20th - May 3rd, 2015 | Registration is now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Does the idea of stiff, rigid family photographs make your soul cry? Want to break free from the ordinary and create emotive images that will stand the test of time? No more fake smiles and uncomfortable looking, forced connections. Learn to work with unhappy dads, stressed out moms, and those crazy littles. Come join Jayme Ford of The Paper Deer Photography and embrace the chaos of these crazy beautiful families.

If you have ever wanted to whole heartily capture the love between family members and fully document your clients story of togetherness and love, this 2 week, interactive course will help lead you on your way!

A few topics we will be covering in this course will be, Getting to Know your Clients, Location Scouting, Working with Kids, Working with Parents (aka How to Win Over Dads), My Go to Equipment, When Sessions Go Bad (how to deal with it without it showing in your photos), My Key Shot List, Indoor Lifestyle, The Shy Photographer – Building Confidence, Workflow, Pricing & How to Attract the Right Clientele, Getting Testimonials WHILE Boosting your SEO at the Same Time, and a bonus Iphoneography Course! There will be a few assignments as well as a Q&A section and private Facebook group for all members to interact after the workshop.

Who this is for?

Anyone who yearns to document the real moments of you clients, who wants to feel confident going into a session all while spending more time with YOUR family because your workflow has been cut in HALF.

Prerequisites:

A DSLR and knowledge of shooting in manual is recommended for this workshop

"Day In The Life” Time Capsule Film

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With Photographer Xanthe Berkeley

April 27th - May 17th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$150 active participation / $100 silent participation

A Time Capsule film is a fun & captivating, memory evoking film, created by you! Imagine your unique moments, packaged up into a film; using a mix of photos or video, for you to share and enjoy… forever.

The ‘Day In The Life’ film is my favourite Time Capsule film. For this film project you will document parts of your day – preserving the fleeting moments.… The more “everyday” the moment, the better… It’s a chance to record the details that will slowly change over time.

During the three week course, we will look at all the elements you need to create your own ‘Day In The Life’ film – From tips and tricks of what & how to capture your moments, through photos and video – to sorting through your footage and editing it together into a Time Capsule film of your day.

Your ‘Day In The Life’ film can be of your family life, your work or your own personal story of your day.

Everything you learn and create, will inspire you and ignite your creativity and will be the starting point for you to carry on making these films as part of your everyday life.

COURSE BREAKDOWN:

All the course materials will be available at the start of the course, so you can work through them at your own pace.

It’s suggested that capturing your day should take part in the first week – you can choose which day suits you. Leaving the remaining course time to edit and ask questions and be inspired by other members of the course.

shooting-

- A guide to helping you choose your day with what to look out for during the day – tuning you into being a “memory gatherer.” Including video tutorials sharing how I shoot with DSLR and iPhone.

- There will be notes about shooting, storytelling & composition ideas, with tips & examples of what you can shoot and how to approach certain aspects of storytelling.

- There will be plenty of inspiration to spark your creativity, as I share some of my DITL films and my process creating them.

* Please note – Please feel free to use your favourite camera, whether it’s a DSLR, or hand-held video recorder or even an iPhone…or a combination. If you’re not that familiar with your camera, you’ll need time practice and play. I won’t be covering technical aspects of specific cameras. The shooting part of the course offers tips and guidance on how and what to shoot. This class won’t show the technical ins and outs of shooting with a DSLR…

editing-

- Notes on editing – Approaching the editing process & using music to enhance the mood and feelings of your film (you may need additional funds available to purchase music for your films. I will share my favourite places to buy music for my films).

- I will work in iMovie, offering tips and showing you how I approach editing in this program. With the use of voiceovers of my films and tutorial screencasts, we will look at the basics of iMovie…how I approach editing my movies to give you the kickstart to go play and practice yourself (I won’t be sharing tutorials in Windows or Adobe Premier programs, but you are welcome to edit in them and there are plenty of other online tutorials to assist you. A lot of the advice and tips I share can be easily transferred).

sharing of participants films –

A big part of the course is the community that gathers as so much inspiration can be gained by watching each others films. I will encourage you all to share your films with everyone by uploading to Vimeo and then sharing via the forum. You’re welcome to password protect your creation if you would prefer.

To see examples of DITL films, visit the links below:

Saturday, 12.12.12 The Morning Routine (part one), 11.11.11 The Morning Routine (part one) and Random Happenings

To see examples of photo based films, visit the links below:

Sunday Morning, A Week Of Mornings and Sunday

Everyday Beauty

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With Photographer Ginger Unzueta

May 4th – May 24th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$250 active seats / $200 silent participation / $100 alumni participation

Join Ginger in this three-week online photography workshop.

CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

Learn how light, composition, connections, and details come together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Ginger will teach you how to capture authentic moments through observing the beautiful mundane and routine that occur within the walls of your home. In addition, she will present ideas for you to create your own story-telling session from start to finish. Finally, she will discuss shooting in public places and the importance of getting in the pictures yourself.

Walk away from this workshop with a renewed appreciation and passion for documenting your everyday.

This three-week interactive online workshop consists of four assignments, including feedback from Ginger, intended to challenge each student’s abilities.

A question and answer section will be provided where Ginger will actively engage with all students. A PDF file will be provided at the conclusion of the course with all content covered during the workshop.

A DSLR camera and basic knowledge of shooting in manual is recommended. A Q&A section will also be provided. At the end of the course there will be a private section on Facebook where participants can continue interacting and sharing with one another.

Ginger’s past students have also created a project called Cherish this Day. Alumni will be given the opportunity to participate in this beautiful project as well. Read reviews from past students here, here and here.

The Magic of Light

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with Photographer Summer Murdock

May 11th – May 31st, 2015 | Registration is now open
SOLD OUT

Learn how to utilize the sun to create magic in your images. We all know as photographers that light is key in creating interesting and moving images. In fact, it can be the deciding factor of whether an image is average or spectacular. If you want awe inspiring images in your portfolio, you must learn how to use all types of light to your advantage. If shooting directly into the sun or in an open field with NO shade scares you or even makes you nervous, than this workshop is for you.

In this three week, online, interactive workshop, Summer will help you teach the specifics of how she captures light and makes it dance in her images. You will start by not only learning to recognize the light but to be inspired by it. Then you will learn to create images with haze, flare, and rim light. Detailed instruction will be given on knowing the difference and how to control the light including specifics on how to position your subjects in relation to the sun to achieve each of those effects. She will also cover metering, exposure, and focus which can be tricky when shooting into the sun. You will learn the effect that different lenses, focal lengths, and apertures can have on haze and flare. Summer will discuss her light based location scouting method. Then you will  learn some tips and tricks in Photoshop to help you make your backlit images pop. Finally, using what you learn about exposure and metering, Summer will teach you to get creative with light using dappled light, shadows, silhouettes, midday sun, overcast flat light, and even some tips on using artificial light creatively.

This two week workshop will include three assignments and individual feedback directly from Summer. A question and answer section will be provided where Summer will interact with you daily answering any questions you might have about the lessons. She will provide an editing video where you will be able to watch her edit a few images in different lighting scenarios.  At the conclusion of the workshop, a PDF will be provided containing all the content covered during the course!

A DSLR and knowledge of shooting in manual mode is recommended to get the most out of this workshop

To read testimonials from past student, just click here. To see some of the images that some talented and inspiring students created during the last run of the workshop, just click here.

Taking Care Of Business

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with Photographer Jennifer Tonetti Spellman

May 18th- June 14th, 2015 | Registration is now open
$400 active participation / $350 silent participation

Just starting out or currently ramping up to go into business? Or maybe you are a hobbyist who is just so overwhelmed you don’t know where/how to begin setting up your business. This 4 week intensive business course will give you all the necessary foundations to get up and running in the most efficient and beneficial way possible in the overcrowded photography market.

This is a soup to nuts photography business course. Nothing will be left unaddressed. Jennifer’s straight forward and to the point teaching philosophy provides students with all they need to know without holding any information back.

From the importance of being legal, to being sure you are marketing to your ideal client, to pricing, website/social media reviews, workflow, client relations and more, you will end your four weeks with confidence in your business and a drive to surge forward.

The class includes a weekly PDF with weekly homework assignments that will coincide with the videotaped lesson for that week.

Once homework is submitted each week, you will be given personal video feedback directly from Jennifer via video.

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to ask questions in the forum regarding the topic being discussed that week.

In addition to the PDF, contract/copyright disclaimer written samples will be provided.

Here are some topics that you can be expected to be covered:

  • the importance of shooting what you love and making sure that is what you are ‘selling’ to the public
  • website/social media review
  • logo review / product packaging review (if applicable)
  • how to charge for what you are offering
  • products to offer that fit your brand
  • the pros/cons of selling digital images
  • in home sales vs. on line Gallery and best practices for payment
  • the importance and how to market to your target market
  • marketing lists
  • developing marketing plans
  • tips to free up time in your workflow to focus on marketing
  • creating + maintaining a loyal client base
  • the importance of customer service
  • when and how to say ‘no’(it’s a good thing)
  • common client scenarios
  • print releases + contracts

Class is best suited for those just starting out or in business for 1-2 years and who are having trouble making their business their own.  Full participation seat is $400, silent seat is $350. There will be a discount for those silent seaters who later take the workshop as a full seat.

Being Featured : A Guide On How To Submit Yourself And Your Work

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With Photographer Lexi Vornberg

May 18th – May 31st, 2015 | Registration is now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

With so many amazing opportunities out there you don’t have to be a fashion or commercial photographer anymore to have your work published and or featured.  Being Featured is a workshops that will take you through the steps that will not only make your session stand out to a blog or magazine but also help you learn what they are looking for.  From finding the right blog/magazine that matches your style to capturing a session that screams feature, even during a normal paid session to submitting that session the correct way.

Lexi Vornberg is the editor in chief, founder, and creative director behind Lemonade and Lenses, a photographers magazine and blog.  After looking through thousand of submissions and seeing almost everything done wrong she is here to teach you how to get a publishers attention in a good way and to submit a session correctly.  She will go over how to submit to a blog, finding a blog that showcases styles similar to yours, how to shoot a session for submission even during a normal paid session, how to edit that session and how to submit that session correctly.  Each active seat with be able to submit 2 sessions to be critique as if Lexi was looking at them as real submissions.

Evolve V3: The Senior Portrait Experience

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With Photographer Amanda Holloway

May 18th - May 29th, 2015 | Check back soon
$300 active participation / $250 silent participation / $100 alumni participation
GET EXCITED for VERSION 3 of the most popular, EVOLVE online workshop with Amanda Holloway! She has packed tons of NEW information straight from her new workbook into this class and has revived the old lesson plans! Give your seniors a once in a lifetime experience that will set them apart from everyone else! They want to stand out from the crowd and giving them senior portraits that are as unique as they are will make them want to tell all their friends about you! When creating this experience, there are several things that you can do to give them excellent attention to detail while being a full service boutique photographer. From professional hair and make up, to styling your senior’s shoot, and from the shoot itself to a Premier Ordering Session, YOU are the key to a once in a lifetime experience for these seniors and their parents.
BEFORE THE SHOOT

  • session tiering: why and how
  • how to get them to buy the session you want to shoot
  • make up & hair styling: how to find an artist
  • before & after: the proof is in the pictures
  • styling the shoot: take control over your senior’s fashion

DURING THE SHOOT

  • white balance: how to shoot with Kelvin white balance
  • locations: maxed out locations vs limited range
  • composition for dynamic images
  • using a reflector: see pullback images of Amanda working her reflector right next to the end result
  • full posing sets: see Amanda’s posing workflow through 7 different sessions

AFTER THE SHOOT

  • Premier Ordering Sessions
  • the samples: why and what
  • incentivizing your products
  • the psychology behind the high end sale
  • upselling

All participants will receive the following:

  • “Evolve”: NEW workshop book of 80 pages featuring detailed instructions,  visual examples,  how to’s, tips & tricks
  • Several assignments over the course of the workshop
  • Constructive criticism on your homework & assignments
  • Image Critique Webinar (live and recorded for download)
  • One on one attention and dynamic conversation through the forum on a daily basis

Perfecting Exposure, Light and Images

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With Photographer Nichole Van

June 8th - June 21st, 2015 | Check back soon
$149 active participation / $119 silent participation

Tired of having less-than-perfect images out of camera and spending hours “fixing” problem photos in Photoshop? Do you dream of perfectly lit images with soft, creamy skin and little color noise? Would you like to achieve beautiful exposures every time you press your shutter? Do you want to be able to find amazing natural light at any time of day in any location? Basically, are you ready to take your images to the next level? If so, this workshop is for you. This workshop covers topics that will help you achieve perfect images straight from your camera. As a photographer, you can spend countless hours learning Photoshop tricks to reduce editing and proofing time, but in the end, the best solution is to have beautiful images straight from your camera. Consequently, this workshop covers:

  • how to get perfect exposures every time,
  • an in-depth discussion of aperture and depth of field,
  • how to get amazing blur or bokeh,
  • understanding and using histograms,
  • ways to ensure sharp images and troubleshoot focus issues,
  • my specific formula for finding beautiful natural light both indoors and outdoors at any time of day,
  • manipulating camera angle and focal length to create beautiful portraits,
  • tips on how to create and capture client reactions and emotions,
  • managing the look of a location and how to inject more drama into images,
  • creating amazing sunflare, from metering to lens selection to focusing, and
  • controlling the look, type, direction and strength of the flare you get, from spiky clean sunflare to hazy golden light, guaranteeing beautiful results every time.

So much more than a vague suggestion to just “walk around and see what looks best,” this workshop provides in-depth diagrams for finding, shooting and troubleshooting your natural light, ensuring that the light in your photos is perfect every time. Based on the idea that you can’t fix what you can’t see, the workshop also walks through what good and bad natural light look like and help you understand what causes the bad and how to find the good. This workshop also covers basic traditional lighting patterns that relate to natural light and discusses how to utilize them. Best of all, finding perfect amazing natural light also means dramatically improving the white balance of photos straight out of camera. Most importantly when taken all together, this workshop thoroughly discusses ways to manipulate the digital format of DSLR cameras to ensure amazing image quality right out of camera. Because of this, the information and shooting tips in this workshop will lessen editing time, particularly for problematic skin, due to significantly improved file quality. Participants in this workshop will receive the following:

  • Using Natural Light Digital Workshop
  • Secrets to Extraordinary Images Digital Workshop
  • Achieving Perfect Exposure and Sharp Images Digital Workshop
  • Capturing Sunflare Digital Workshop
  • Specific shooting assignments and personal feedback (for active attendees)

Each digital workshop includes a pdf manual and video, so all total, this workshop includes nearly 170 pages of instruction with 13 videos. You can see each workshop in detail here.

Social Media, SEO + The Photographer

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With Photographer Courtney Keim

August 17th - 31st, 2015 | Check back soon
$150 active participation / $100 silent participation

Ever think to yourself you need major help with SEO? Want to find ways to get your name out there on the Internet? As a photographer, we often want our photography to be the number one spot on the internet. We want a strong internet presence. We want to market to our target audience. We want to master Facebook, Pinterest, Google and much more. We want to be ranked #1.  Here is your chance. Join us for this two week online course. This course, while not as an intensive as the WordPress course, still requires your devotion and a bit of your time each night so you can get the most out of the workshop. In addition to weekly PDFs, weekly assignments + review of your efforts + a copy of Courtney’s ‘Get your Name Out There’ e-book + videos, you will get a chance to have your website looked at for both aesthetic appearance + internet marketability.

Come join Courtney Keim as she teaches you the basics of SEO, the recipe to the perfect homepage, how to embrace social media and much more.  Each week looks at a different aspect of your online presence, analyzes what more you can do and how to see results.  This three week interactive workshop consists of multiple assignments, including feedback from Courtney, intended to take your website to another level.

A PDF is provided each week with the lessons + assignments.

You’ll receive: weekly lessons (PDFs), weekly assignments, individualized teacher + peer feedback, ‘Get your Name Out There’ breakout session + ‘Elements of Design’ (a gorgeous 34-page PDF detailing the basics of design elements including samples and real life examples) + a one on one skype session with Courtney to go over your site.

An established online presence is recommended.

High Impact Marketing

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With Photographer Amanda Holloway

September 14th - September 25th, 2015 | Check back soon
$300 active participation / $250 silent participation / $100 alumni participation

Optimize your market presence with psychological techniques that will bring your ideal client to your photography business.

Amanda Holloway started branching out into The Woodlands, TX in February of 2011 and is now the most sought after senior photographer in south east Texas. Her marketing skills have turned heads all across her market and she has become a household name in her market’s homes. Learn how she works smarter (not harder) to be an ever present authority in her ideal market with ideal clients. Learn how to turn your social networking pages into working websites for your business with fail proof techniques that build interest in your photography business from potential clients. Also learn how to increase word of mouth from your current clients to reach optimal presence in your ideal market. This course includes techniques to market on the web, social networking, rep and reward programs as well as the psychology behind high impact marketing.

Class students (both active and silent) will receive a Psychological Marketing PDF workbook as well as video tutorials and interaction on a personal basis inside the forum.

Breaking The Mold: Continuing The Journey

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With Photographer Deb Schwedhelm

TBD | Check back soon
$325 active participation

Breaking The Mold:  Continuing The Journey is the next chapter in Deb’s successful workshop Breaking The Mold.

Topics that are covered:  Purpose of Photography, Passion & Vision, Advancement of Style & Inspiration, Fine Art Photography, Meaningful Shooting, Pre-Visualization & Storytelling, Developing Your Portfolio and Showing & Promoting Your Work. Exercises are accompanied with almost every topic above and there is a minimum of three photo challenges.

Click here to read what some past attendees had to say about this incredible workshop. In order to sign up for  the Continuing the Journey workshop student must have taken the Breaking The Mold workshop.

To see images from past students, click here.

Food Photography Narratives : Natural Light, Simple Styling & Storytelling

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With Photographer Gina Weathersby

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$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

Join Gina Weathersby, a nationally and internationally published, award winning food/lifestyle photographer as well as founder, creator director and principal photographer behind the food magazine, 513{eats}, in Food Photography Narratives : Natural Light, Simple Styling & Storytelling.

This workshop is all about making beautiful images of food using natural light, simple styling as well as telling a story around it. Seeking the one perfect image is wonderful, but, for me ­ it’s the story that pulls me in deeper, makes me want to keep coming back for more, and keeps me loving what I do simply because each story is inherently unique. In our time together, I will share with you what I have learned and what I know about making beautiful and engaging images of food by using solid techniques, and a creative heart through descriptions, visual examples, demonstrations, shooting assignments and individual feedback.

This workshop is for food bloggers, recipe developers, food writers, hobbyists, amateurs, or anyone wanting to learn to improve the quality of their images and/or how to approach, set up, style and make beautiful images of food using natural light in the simplest of settings. I create many of my food images in the dining room of my own home or by a single window in my studio with simple props and basic equipment, and you can too. My goal is to share with you my approach along with the components of creating beautiful photographs of food that you can take with you, continue to practice with and use to create enticing images to grab your reader’s/client’s attention on your own websites, blogs or personal projects.

PREREQUISITES:  To enroll in this digital natural light food photography workshop, you do not need to have the latest or most expensive camera/lenses/equipment, but you’ll get the most out of
this workshop if you have a dslr, tripod, and at least a 50mm lens. Regardless of your camera, you need to have a basic understanding of your own camera’s functions as well as shooting manually.

** This is is three week intensive workshop with multiple shooting assignments. Please
be sure to allow ample time for this workshop if you plan to enroll as an active student.

Gina Weathersby is a nationally and internationally published, award winning food/lifestyle photographer as well as founder, creator director and principal photographer behind the quarterly food magazine, 513{eats}. While working closely with chefs, artisans, makers, and farmers to create imagery for their websites and marketing needs, creating visual content for over 800 pages of her own magazine as well as regularly contributing to other editorials, Gina has developed a repertoire of the art of visual storytelling which she calls Food Narratives.

Topics covered will include:

Lesson 1 Your Story/Your Style:

- The thought process behind a food shoot/storyboards/purpose/theme/color palette/mood and your style of storytelling.

Lesson 2 Natural Light/Locations:

- How to see and find light as well as understanding the differences in the qualities of light.
­- Different directions of lighting your food.
­- How to manipulate light with simple and affordable materials.

Lesson 3 Modifying Light/Video Demo

Lesson 4 Technical Camera Considerations (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White
Balance)

Lesson 5 Camera Shooting Considerations (Lens Selection, Camera Angles, Lighting
Directions)

Lesson 6 The Story

Lesson 7 Props/Video

Lesson 8 Creating Your Shot List

Lesson 9 Artistic Considerations (Light, A Sense of Place, Composition, Color, Emotion)

Lesson 10 Prop/Set & Food Styling

Lesson 11 Ready to Shoot/Video

Lesson 12 Post Processing

Lesson 13 Assembling your Visual Story

Lesson 14 Getting Inspired, Staying Inspired and Working your Craft

FINAL ASSIGNMENT/BONUS ASSIGNMENT:  ­You will have a week to complete and submit.

Students will receive:

  • Demo videos
  • Post processing videos
  • Assignments and individualized, thorough feedback
  • The full downloadable pdf of the written lessons from this workshop

Q&A:  All active students will be able to (and are highly encouraged to) participate in Q & A sessions. I’m here to share with you and you’re here because you want to learn, so don’t be shy. Ask away, I’ll do my very best to answer anything and everything to the best of my ability.

** After the workshop lessons, students will put their skills to use with a final assignment of photographing and creating your own ‘Food Narrative’ a magazine style spread of their own Food Narrative, plus a bonus (optional) presentation option, for final feedback (active seats only).

Prophoto Wordpress Workshop

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with Photographer Courtney Keim

TBD | Check back soon
$225 active participation / $150 silent participation

Let’s create a customized self-hosted, Prophoto 5 theme based WordPress site you can use either for business or personal photography journeys.

You will learn how to take your own site from the plain/boring to fun and unique – from how to choose a web host and domain name to customized styling unique to your colors and branding to the power of plugins and SEO and much much more. Finally customize a photography site that YOU can be proud of rather than a straight out of the box template that you see time and time again. Each week looks at more customizations (basic customizations/week one, advanced customizations/week two, final preparations + launch/week three).

You receive: weekly lessons (PDFs), weekly assignments, individualized teacher + peer feedback and ProPhoto templates.

PREREQUISITES:  Prior to the start of the class, you will receive information on evaluating your brand, social media integration, how to prepare your galleries, installation of WordPress and ProPhoto + options on ProPhoto templates (including receiving Courtney’s designs from the ProPhoto shop). You will have to purchase for the class a domain name, website hosting + the ProPhoto 5 template. We do go over options for this in the pre-assignment should you need help with this. If you are ready to purchase the ProPhoto 5 theme, just click here for an exclusive $10 savings.

The Discover Workshop: Finding Your Style, Voice, and Confidence Through Branding

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with Renee Swigert of Ribbons Of Red

TBD | Check back soon
$200 active Participation / $150 silent Participation

Does the thought of branding overwhelm you? Are you aching to stand out in your competitive market or longing to be the next household name? We get it. Making a name for yourself is hard. Through branding, we help photographers just like you turn heads, grow a following, and connect with dream clients. We’ve helped Christine Pobke, Jamie Schultz, Michelle Moore, Skye Hardwick Edmonds, Jesh De Rox, and Lemonade & Lenses to name a few—and now we would love to help you!

Join Renee Swigert of Ribbons of Red as she leads you through the wonderful world of branding. In this two-week workshop, you will learn about the importance of having a strong brand and how it can be used to grow your business. Throughout this workshop, you’ll be taken through a series of hands-on, creative exercises to aid you in finding your brand style and voice. You’ll also be armed with an arsenal of clever branding tips and tricks so you can start improving your brand presence immediately.

Renee is an award-winning designer whose work has been showcased at WPPI, featured on an iPhone commercial, and published in professional design books and magazines both nationally and internationally.

* To get the most out of the personal branding exercises provided in this workshop, active seat participation is highly encouraged!

Simple Shooting SOOC

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With Photographer Stephanie Beaty

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Are you ready to transition from auto and program modes to manual? Transform your shooting results in 30 days by learning the foundations of natural light portrait photography from Stephanie Beaty of Lifeography. Discover the easy way to capture beautiful images SOOC (straightoutofcamera) without image processing or photoshop. Stop relying on editing to correct your images and learn how simple and freeing it can be to ‘get it right in camera’.

Who is this workshop for?
● Beginners who want to learn to use their DSLR.
● Program, Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode shooters who are ready to make the leap to manual.
● Photographers who rely on shooting RAW to consistently correct exposure, white balance, sharpness or crops.
● Anyone spending significant time on nonstylistic editing for image presentation.
● Shooters who depend on actions for image correction instead of enhancement.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
In Simple Shooting SOOC, some of the topics Stephanie will guide beginning photographers through include:
- A DSLR overview and custom settings that will make your camera work for you
- Demystifying exposure and the exposure triangle to share how aperture, shutter speed and ISO
work together
- Metering like a pro
- Focus modes and the best way to select AF points
- A no-fail formula that will help beginners eliminate camera shake and nail focus in simple portraits
- Natural Light 101 and the top three lighting scenarios that can help every beginner succeed
- Easy tips and tricks on getting correct white balance in camera
- Professional framing secrets for dynamic portraits, the rule of thirds, and how to avoid ‘spraying
and praying’ / overshooting through thoughtful composition
- What ideal SOOC images should look like. Before and after editing examples that demonstrate
the benefit of high quality SOOC images
- My favorite beginners photography book and website reading lists

PREREQUISITES:
Suggested Equipment:
DSLR and 50mm Lens (or any lens with at least an f2.8 maximum aperture) All images will be shot in JPG mode and shared SOOC, resized for web.

Simple Shooting SOOC includes a topical PDF guide, as well as recorded tutorial videos. Participants are encouraged to submit three images at the start of the workshop for review and goal setting and contribute to multiple technical assignment threads. Active participants will receive a written review/critique two weeks after the close of the workshop of up to 5 SOOC images.

Stephanie has been shooting professionally since 2006 and is an award-winning portrait and commercial photographer currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work has been featured in a variety of international publications including Practical Photography Magazine, For The Love by Jinky Art and JPG Magazine. Her photographs were recently selected for multiple juried gallery exhibits by The Darkroom Gallery in 2014. She has a heart for encouraging others and a passion for helping women pursue and achieve their creative and professional goals, while maintaining life balance.

Crave Photoshop Mentoring

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With Photographer Andee Tate

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$149 active participation

Regularly $350 but register via Bloom and get a $200.00 off! This workshop begins at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, 4pm Pacific on Thursday, September 4th. Are you ready to ROCK your images and take your photo editing to a whole new level with CUSTOM images that stand out? If so, this course is EXACTLY for you! What’s involved in this awesome 3+ hour LIVE online MW? You will learn:

- Deep rich colorful edits
- Soft creamy light edits
- Matte smoldery edits
- Dramatic black & whites
- Infuse your photos with light for that sun drenched look
- Master creamy skin and skin tones
- Bright sparkly tack sharp eyes
- How to use textures for added drama
- Learn to nail your exposure in camera without the use of a reflector or fill flash!
- Learn the benefit of custom editing and how that translates into bookings, increased sales, and recognition
- Enjoy some additional Q&A time at the end of class.  Andee is an open book and answers any and all burning questions you may have about anything photography or editing related!

The Natural Newborn

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With Photographer Julian Evans

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$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Learn to safely and naturally pose your tiniest of clients in this intensive, two week workshop. Join Julian as she shares her passion for newborn photography with you through several instructional videos, a detailed posing video, a pdf guide including her Simple Posing Workflow, as well as an exclusive action set only available to workshop participants. Topics covered will include:

  • Essential Equipment
  • Using Natural Light
  • Secrets of a Sleepy Baby
  • Soothing Techniques
  • Simple Posing Workflow
  • Family Shots
  • Choosing Props
  • The Importance of Details
  • Safety
  • Post-Processing

Students will receive:

  • Instructional Videos
  • Posing Video (follow Julian through a newborn session)
  • Post-Processing Video (color and black & white)
  • Newborn Toolbox Action Set

After the workshop, active participants will be encouraged to put their new skills into action by photographing a newborn and then submitting their images for critique.

Back To Basics: An Intro To Film

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With Photographers Becky Earl and Ryan Muirhead

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$300 active participation / $250 silent participation

Back to Basics: An Intro To Film is a mini workshop designed to teach you everything you need to know to start shooting and loving film. Becky and Ryan will cover choosing the right camera for you, formats, film stocks, metering, labs, learning to see light and MORE!

Featuring giveaways from Indie Film Lab and Kodak. Videos, discussions and a pdf. from the workshop will be provided.

Come learn and have a good time talking about film and the awesomeness of photography!

Poetic Imagery

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With Photographers Val Spring and Breeze Floyd

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$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

Learn to shoot from the heart to create poetic imagery. Follow Val Spring and Breeze Floyd as they cover emotion-led shooting.

Over the course of this two week workshop, Val and Breeze will cover creative use of focal points, post processing, using a lensbaby as well as other alternative forms of shooting. They will discuss working with clients as well as documenting honest, every day moments. With the three assignments, you will learn to let go of the rules and focus on capturing the emotion.

A PDF file will be provided at the end of the workshop with the content covered during the workshop.