Thursday, January 25, 2007
Back To School
Enrich and expand your photography knowledge through workshops
While many workshops offer routine courses at an established foreign facility, some schools, like the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, always travel to different locations, making it an adventure for everyone from start to finish.
"I always have an interpreter on my trips abroad, someone who lives in that country or city," says Julia Dean. "It's a unique advantage to have someone who knows the area like the back of their hand. The interpreters spend time with students, show them their culture and lead them to places a tourist may not know about."
Exotic locations like Peru, Cambodia, India and New Guinea are on the Palm Beach Photographic Centre schedule. Along with overseas excursions, Dean has an ongoing "On the Road" workshop, a series of trips in America for those photographers looking to experience the diversity of this country. In addition, a wide breadth of travel workshops explore the U.S.
Traveling workshops generally last a week, with students picking up meals and plane ticket expenses. The first night involves an informative meeting or dinner to acclimate students to the area, and introduce fellow travelers and the lesson plan ahead. Classmates often learn from each other and form lasting friendships.
Courses range from specific technical lessons like Lepp's Molokai Madness, which centers around digital shooting and image optimization, to thematic shooting styles decided by teacher and student prior to the trip. Dean wants students to focus on something specific. "It could be shooting with a pinhole camera, the color red, digital techniques or an architectural or cultural aspect of the area," she says.
And after the workshop? Dean's travel workshops include an opening-night exhibit at her gallery, where the edited images of students' work are on display. Dean also has had students' work published in newspapers and magazines. Lepp has a follow-up class where students create a coffee-table book from the images composed on their trip. These are just a few of the benefits of attending a workshop—in addition to the new skills acquired and the enriching experiences gained.
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