Date: August 24 – 28, 2012 (5 days)
Instructor: Bruce Byers
Level: Intermediate and Beyond
Class Description: Have you ever wondered how photographers capture the right moment when taking a portrait? What is the thought pattern that develops as the person sits down in front of your camera? Can you learn how to overcome the uneasiness of your subject staring back at you? This workshop will help answer these questions and many more as we explore the creating of a powerful portrait. Over the past 40 years Bruce Byers has been creating portraits of thousands of people, from the simple studio image to shooting on the streets of the world. Bruce will teach what it takes to be in control behind the camera as you create. This workshop will include studio set-ups, location set-up and street moments. It is required that you know the workings of your camera as we will be shooting as much as possible. A good digital camera that shoots raw is a must. This is not a "learn your camera" workshop; it is to help you develop your eye and skills to reach a higher level of image making. There will be daily critiques which will be straightforward and to the point. We will want to be shooting as much as possible and each critique will be a step to the final portrait. It will be an intense look into your ability to look at your subject as part of the frame, therefore helping you to create an image that includes the Portrait.
Instructor Bio: Bruce Byers has spent over 35 years perfecting the art of observing. With a wealth of professional experience matched with a sensitive eye, Byers captures his observations photographically with evocative results. The images reflect a range of emotions, immersing the viewer in a world of private moments that most of us would otherwise miss. Unstaged and unstructured, these images reflect spontaneous moments of introspection, isolation, joy, serenity and playfulness. The genuine feelings communicated in Byers work represent the true spirit of life in its everyday guise. Byers has traveled all over the world preserving his observations on film. He explains, "I am intrigued by the emotional power of an individual's private reveries, typically unobserved by the outside world." “I have been capturing images for many years. The photographs define my life with a focus on time. “My idea is to give the viewer the feeling that there is a past, present and a future in each image. Because they are incomplete stories, the viewer usually projects his own experiences and completes the story in their own mind. My hope is that they look at the image a little longer than most photographs and therefore remember them.”
(tuition includes lunch during workshop)
Studio/Materials Fee: $100
A $30 Registration Fee will be added to your course total. This is a one-time annual
fee for non-members. If you are a current member, this fee will be removed before
credit card processing.