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Join us for this 3 Day Intensive Workshop with Black & White Photographer Philip Blair! Students will be first guided through the history of black and white photography, to gain insight and inspiration for making a monochromatic image. With his intimate knowledge of Washington landscapes leading the group, this workshop will be focusing on the area of the very photogenic, Deception Pass! Known for its surprising balance between contrasting subject matters, it will give students the opportunities to capture snow covered natural and man-made subjects alike.
Philip will discuss how to bring out the best out of each participants images through an afternoon group editing session, using Lightroom and Photoshop. This will allow each participant to see the creative process from start to finish, when developing a monochromatic photograph. We will be discussing using curves, controlling density in the highlights and shadows and preparing your file for print. This workshop is designed for photographers who are comfortable with their camera and would like to develop their knowledge of the qualities of light and shadow, with the goal to extract the essence of the moment captured.
TOPICS TO INCLUDE:
- The history of black and white photography
- Composition and metering for black and white photography
- Image processing monochrome images
- Image review & discussion
- Preparing your image for print
FRIDAY: (1P-5P) – Students will meet at the Bellevue Club with Philip for the introduction and lecture to the class. Philip will include his shooting process and compositional thought process to prepare students for Saturday.
An assortment of limited Leica cameras and lenses will be available to borrow on loan at a first come first serve basis. Check out and basic camera operation will be during the last hour.
Basic beverages will be provided.
SATURDAY (10:30A – 5P) – The class will in Deception Pass, just over 80 miles from Leica Store Bellevue. Blair will work with students to experiment with different types of lighting scenarios through the day. It will give the class possibility to learn how to best bring out their subject, no matter the lighting condition. The class will photograph throughout the day and into Sunset for the last hours of light.
Lunch provided on-site.
SUNDAY (10:30A – 5P) – Class will resume the final day back at the Bellevue Club. Philip will lead a discussion of Yesterday’s Field Day Experience and the editing session of all the students. Philip will also be showing his image processing techniques of achieving his monochromatic landscapes before going into final edits with students. The class will end with a final presentation of selects from the weekend and final discussions.
Lunch provided on-site.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in the history of black and white photography and the modern process & techniques in developing poignant digital monochromatic photographs. Attendees should have a good grasp over their camera settings, including ISO, shutter speed, aperture & exposure metering. Attendees will need to bring a personal device for editing their photographs during the group session on the third day, we recommend a laptop or a tablet with Lightroom/Photoshop installed on it. Knowledge of basic printing and retouching concepts will be helpful to ensure that you get the most from the experience. Although the use of a digital black and white camera is not required, it will be a cornerstone to the program.
“Native to the Pacific Northwest, Philip Blair is an outdoor photographer based in Seattle, Washington. He has traveled worldwide, with an emphasis on the North American West. With his intimate familiarity with the Oregon/Washington outdoors, his focus has been on the creation of mood-inspired visuals of calmness & subtlety, conveying a distinct sense of presence. He exhibits his work locally, does speaking engagements, and produces artwork with a central interest in large custom wall pieces. He enjoys traveling and working with other photographers, sharing his love of art and the outdoors. Philip is a nine year Leica user, primarily the M systems and his M246.
The field day on Saturday will require the workshop attendees to drive to Deception Pass on their own. Weather condition will determine the final location of the field day, please be well equipped with warm clothing as we will be outdoors for most of the day.
Philip will also be on display at Leica Store Bellevue from November 11th 2018 to the beginning of January 2019.
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Photo by Ashwin Rao.