Introduction to Large Format Photography: Nov 1-3, 2013, Death Valley NP
INTRODUCTION TO LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY - November 1-3, 2013Death Valley National Park, California
Limited to only 5 photographers; $575 per person
"Michael provides several quantum leaps of knowledge in all aspects of large format photography. He conscientiously and thoroughly covers every pertinent topic, so that you are in awe of how much you really do know by the end of your time with him. You will not only be able to spell Scheimpflug, you will actually have an intuitive understanding of the principle and know how to apply it to your photography. And Scheimpflug is just one of the seemingly arcane subjects that Michael handily clarifies. Michael is the best photography instructor I have ever encountered. Treat yourself to one of his workshops, and get ready for many AHA moments!" Susan Aylward - Davis, CA
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Do you seek a slower and more contemplative style of photography? Are you unfulfilled by the digital photography experience? Despite the digital boom, large format film-based photography is experiencing a resurgence of interest and an increase in the number of practitioners. The large format camera offers complete control over the entire creative image-making process - from perspective to focus to depth of field - and offers negatives and transparencies of extraordinary detail and resolution. The market is flooded with plenty of used and value-priced large format gear, and new high quality yet inexpensive field cameras have made this an excellent time to move up to the format with only a moderate amount of expense (a good LF kit can cost and weigh less than a professional D-SLR kit).
This course is designed for experienced photographers who seek a slower and more contemplative form of photography, and for those who have previously worked with large format but have struggled with it. My teaching methods and techniques are direct and easy to comprehend. At the completion of this intensive two-day workshop, you will be able to efficiently and confidently compose, focus, meter, and expose your own large format photographs.
Here is what we study and practice during the workshop:
- Essential gear
- Lens selection
- Camera movements and terminologies
- Setup and focusing
- the Scheimpflug principle
- When to use which movements
- Using compound movements
- Close-up photography
- Bellows compensation
- Everything you need to know about film
- Metering and Exposure
- Basic principles of Zone System
- Working with filters
- We cover everything you need to know to confidently make large format photographs!
NO PREVIOUS LARGE FORMAT EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! A large format camera and kit is not required, but may be considered essential. If you would like to attend this workshop but do not already own a large format camera, please discuss your options with Michael (a loaner is available; rentals are available from select camera shops). Michael's workshops are sponsored by Chamonix View Cameras, and all workshop participants are eligible for discounts on Chamonix cameras and accessories.
General Info and PoliciesThis Introductory workshop will provide you with in-depth instruction in remote and unique field settings. The main focus of this workshop is learning; be prepared for intensive discussion, demonstrations, and camera practice, but come for the fun, inspiration, and camaraderie. Here especially, my small group size assures that you will have adequate time with your instructor and that all your questions can be answered.
What is IncludedYour workshop fee includes full instruction and location guiding. Upon receipt of your deposit/payment, you will be emailed a trip checklist and other important information to assist you with your preparations. At the workshop, all participants receive a complete instructional packet stuffed with technical and creative articles, a couple of useful Large Format tools, and other goodies!
What is Not IncludedAirfare, car rentals, transportation, lodging, and meals are not included, nor are items of a personal nature. Participants will be required to transport themselves (carpooling is highly encouraged) to and from the workshop location, which is approximately 4-5 hours drive from Los Angeles and 2-3 hours from Las Vegas.
LocationThis workshop will take place in world famous Death Valley National Park. We’ll be learning in outstanding locations and will have access to all of Death Valley's incredible scenery.
AccomodationsRecommended lodging is at Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek Ranch, Death Valley NP. Rooms have been blocked for the group at Stovepipe Wells; registrants will be given lodging information upon registration. You may also choose to camp in one of the Park's developed campgrounds.
MealsThis will be an intensive workshop with little downtime. Plan on sack lunches in the field and nightly dinners together at Stovepipe Wells 'Tollroad Restaurant' at the close of each day's instruction.
Registration and PaymentTo guarantee registration in this workshop, full payment is required. Previous workshop participants can enjoy a 10% discount on tuition! Please contact Michaelto register.
Cancellation PolicyIt is impossible to predict the weather when scheduling a workshop. What people consider "bad" weather often makes for good photography. Therefore, the workshop will not be cancelled due to weather unless extreme weather conditions make it unsafe to continue the workshop. Participants should come to the workshop prepared for all weather conditions (cold, hot, snow, sun, rain).
If the workshop is cancelled by Michael E. Gordon for any reason, a full refund of the amount paid will be sent to each participant.
Occasionally circumstances arise that prevent a person from participating in a workshop after registration. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and related travel costs, please investigate trip insurance. This insurance will reimburse you in the event that some circumstance prevents you from attending the workshop.
Cancellations, for any reason, must be in writing (e-mail or postal mail).
• If you cancel 30 days or less from the workshop start date, you forfeit your registration fees.
• If you cancel 31-60 days from the workshop start date, you will receive a 50% refund.
Please contact Michaelif you have any questions about this workshop.