Finding Serendipity with Craig Semetko – May 16th – June 6th, 2021 – Online
This summer join renowned photographer Craig Semetko for this online Master Class and explore the role serendipity plays in your ability to find and capture true moments in your photography.
Can you cultivate luck in your photography? Did you ever wonder why certain photographers seem to have more “luck” than others?
A true master at capturing the offbeat and unusual moments found in everyday life, Semetko has been called a “connoisseur of the spontaneous moment.” His talent for capturing real unposed moments is matched only by his willingness to share his creative process and approach to finding pictures with others, making him a favorite among Leica Akademie students.
This online workshop experience provides the ideal opportunity to hear the stories behind Semetko’s images and learn first-hand his techniques. Over the course of four weeks each student will develop their own project, exploring the idea of “Moments” in photography. Semetko will draw from his master’s degree thesis on serendipity in photography and lead discussions on the role it plays in his work.
He’ll relate lessons learned through decades of experience and provide tangible techniques to help you avoid common mistakes. Each group session will include weekly assignments designed to help you better understand both the technical and mental requirements needed to improve your percentage of “keeper” photographs.
Topics covered will Include:
- The “Photographer’s DIET”
- Understanding what constitutes a moment
- How to recognize the potential for moments.
- Methods for finding a well composed frame.
- Editing & Sequencing of final projects.
While emphasizing street photography, the workshop explores moments in other genres of photography as well. Being locked down in Chicago during the COVID-19 crisis has forced Semetko to look out his window and search for moments in landscapes as well as the streets. Many of the same techniques used to capture the moment in the street are also used to capture moments in landscape photography.
For those of you who have taken Semetko’s workshop in the past, this is a natural progression—for those who have not experienced a workshop with Craig, you are in for a treat!
“Good photographs are tough enough to shoot. Really funny ones are even harder. Good and funny photographs observed in nature not arranged or manipulated but simply observed in real time with amazing consistency, constitute a minor miracle….in my book he is the essential photographer. That is, the one who see what others could not have seen.”
Elliott Erwitt in his foreword to Semetko’s book “UNPOSED.”
The class will meet from 11am – 2:00pm EDT for four consecutive Sundays. The program will include four group sessions and two one-on-one reviews with Semetko at the start and conclusion of the workshop.
Sunday – May 16th – 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday – May 23rd – 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday – May 30th – 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sunday – June 6th – 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Sessions will be held via the Zoom platform.
Who should take this workshop?
This program is open to anyone with an interest in better understanding the concept of the “decisive moment” in image-making and improving their awareness and chances of finding moments in all genres of photography.
Participants should have an understanding of the basics of photography and be comfortable with focusing and metering.
Things you should know:
The program is limited to 11 students. Owning a Leica camera is NOT required to take part.
One scholarship is available for this program. To apply please send a brief email to Akademie@Leicacamerausa.com
Include a link to your portfolio, (no more than 20 images) and a brief explanation of who you are and what you hope to gain from the workshop. Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2021.
Craig Semetko is an American photographer focusing on authentic human experience. Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, Semetko became a professional comedy writer and performer after college and years later discovered photography as another means of storytelling. His comedic background has given him a highly developed sense of the absurd and ironic, resulting in a strong theme of humor throughout his work.
In his foreword for Semetko’s book “UNPOSED,” Magnum Photos photographer Elliott Erwitt writes, “Good photographs are tough enough to shoot. Really funny ones are even harder. Good and funny photographs observed in nature not arranged or manipulated but simply observed in real time with amazing consistency, constitute a minor miracle now presented in Mr. Semetko’s book…In my book, he is the essential photographer. That is, the one who sees what others could not have seen.”
Semetko was one of 10 photographers chosen worldwide by Leica Camera to be a part of its “10×10” exhibition celebrating 100 years of Leica photography. He spent three months in the fall of 2013 traveling throughout India for the project and the resulting work was displayed at the grand opening of the new Leica headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, in 2014. His second book, INDIA UNPOSED, was also born of this project and was published by StreetView Press in the spring of 2014.
Semetko has been working on a long-term project on the United States. The project was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and the America work will be the basis for his next book.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Speech in Evanston, Illinois, Semetko holds a Master of Consciousness Studies degree from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles. He teaches workshops regularly for the Leica Akademie worldwide and his photographs can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Semetko currently spends his time between Los Angeles and Chicago.
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