Joseph Marranca and I are planning a number of new workshops. One is an all-day workshop in Mono, Ont. on January 16.
This is a course for past students only. It is about a slightly more advanced subject than the technical courses. About a subject that has kept artists busy for centuries. Namely, “The Art of Nude Photography”.
Throughout history, artists have pictured the human form. Nudes are always timeless when tastefully done, especially in black and white, using natural light or simulated natural light.
It is easy to photograph a nude model but it is difficult to do it with taste and meaning. Using a professional model, Joseph and I will teach you how to light, how to interact with your model, and how to produce art that takes a fresh look at a subject that will always remain interesting.
Model Katrina modest
Let me give you a few tips for nudes – a teenie tiny excerpt from the course:
- You will often want to shoot implied rather than explicit.
- Use soft light for females – back light is great for round shapes.
- Hard light is better for males.
- Keep it simple. Props if appropriate, but as a general rule, nudes are about the nudes, not about the rest!
- Consider using available light.
- High-key lighting is more flattering than low-key lighting, especially for females.
A slightly more revealing photo after the click:
As you probably all know, I am an educator. I teach a variety of photography subjects in various locations and in various ways.
Learning from a live person is a great way to quickly gain essential photographic skills, so I thought perhaps I should update you as to where you can see me.
Michael Willems Looking Very Serious - Photo, Albert Wong (using film!)
S0 – here are the ten ways you can learn from me:
- Via this blog. Of course a blog is only an aide to real, in person teaching, but it is a very valuable resource. Search, look at specific categories, check out keywords, and so on. Read back to over a year ago, when I started posting daily.
- Via the Henry’s School of Imaging, Canada’s premier photo school. I teach many subjects there, including my course on Travel Photography and my Outdoor Flash workshop as well as my outdoor Creative Urban Photography workshop. I plan to post my November/December School of Imaging schedule here later today.
- Via my courses in Mono, Ontario – like the Creative Lighting all-day course I teach tomorrow with Joseph Marranca.
- By way of Personal coaching and custom one-on one or group courses. Contact me if you are interested (“contact” above).
- Worldwide, via special courses and tours, such as the courses I recently taught in Phoenix and Las Vegas. If you are interested in having me come to your town, shout (same “contact” button above).
- Via local special events – such as the upcoming half-day course with special guest David Honl (yes, the David Honl) on 19 March 2011 – book this day off in your calendar, it’ll be a great event with limited seating.
- Via speaking engagements to photo clubs – again, contact me if your club has not had me speak yet, or if you would like a repeat.
- Via custom corporate speaking engagements: if our company has people who want to learn photography, go for it!
- And finally, via custom 8- or 12-week courses for your organization.
- As a speaker at photography shows, like the Digital Imaging Show that is held twice a year beside Toronto Airport.
I hope that clarifies, and above all, I hope to see you at one of these events soon. There is, as said, no substitute to personal training. Blogs are good, books are great, but personal interaction is much better. Think about it – otherwise we would just ship our kids and students a bunch of books and URLs at the start of each year. It just doesn’t work that way!