Photography Wide Open with Mark de Paola – Online – July 24th, 2021
Focused on “Photography Wide Open”, this seven hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.
For over 40 years Mark has used Leica cameras and lenses, especially the 50mm Noctilux, to deliver projects for clients ranging from Vogue and Gucci to Superbowl commercials and fine art photographic exhibitions.
Mark’s first hand experience and wealth of still and motion imagery will provide a foundation for the class and serve as a point of inspiration during a day of in depth discussions and practical exercises. This program will begin with a half day of intensive lectures, break for lunch, and conclude with an afternoon of shooting assignments and group review session. Mark will be online and available to students for assistance during the afternoon shooting time and students are encouraged to involve a member of their household to shoot as a portraiture subject (although not required).
Don’t miss your chance to discover how Mark came to find his own visual aesthetic and experience for yourself the process that allows him to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances
Topics covered include:
- Historical overview of Leica glass and evolution
- A brief overview of the neurobiology of human vision
- Impact of lens choice on the creative process.
- Maximizing your use of Leica lenses
- Working with natural light indoors and on-location
- Exposing for skin in fashion, beauty, and portraiture work
- Techniques for working at minimum focusing distance
- Capturing motion in a still image
- Understanding the collaboration between photographer and model
Don’t miss your chance to discover how Mark came to find his own visual aesthetic, and experience for yourself the process that’ll allow you to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distance
11:00AM – 6:00PM – EST. (Varied breaks before and after lunch. 1 hour lunch break toward the middle of the workshop)
Who should enroll and details to know:
- Students of all experience levels are encouraged to take this workshop.
- Owning a Leica is not required for this event.
- Students are strongly encouraged to, if at all possible, involve a person within your household to shoot for the afternoon shooting exercise portion of this program. Students should have the access and ability to upload and send files via Dropbox or We Transfer on the spot during the afternoon exercise session of this program.
Class Size: 12 Max.
His storytelling has also been translated across a broad range of television work, having directed nearly seven hundred spots including Anheuser-Busch for the Superbowl, Giorgio Perfume (exhibited in MoMA New York and Bergdorf Goodman windows), Donna Karan, Neutrogena, Sephora, Sony, Toyota, Kawasaki, and Ford Motorsports.
De Paola continues to work with select clients around the world. His most recent commercial works are the Art of Backstage worldwide collaboration with Aveda during New York Fashion Week. His lectures and workshops including “Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, “Leica M Panel” with Ralph Gibson and Leica Camera at Photoville New York City, and “Photography Wide Open” at the Leica Store San Francisco, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, the Leica Gallery Tokyo, and Photoville NYC.
Most recently, his fine art photographic series, “60 Seconds,” was exhibited at the Leica Gallery San Francisco, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, the Leica Gallery Boston, and the Leica Gallery Tokyo, and is now touring to select cities including Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, and New York City.
“60 Seconds” delves into a realm of abstract figures, fluidity, and poetic forms, challenging and seducing the limits of motion contained within still image. With each photograph taken handheld with a 60 second exposure, de Paola has discovered the connection between his physiological make up, the Leica M camera as a tool, and time, the unflinching competitor to the timeless image.
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