Workshops with Kas

Saturday, 17 April & Sunday 18 April 2021, online

 We suggest attending the Seminar to get even more out of these sessions.

 HOW TO CRAFT A LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH

Saturday, 17 April, 9:00 – noon ET with 2 short breaks

Many people believe that crafting a landscape photograph happens in the field, where we use our camera gear and technical skills to capture the awesome beauty of a natural scene. But for others, pressing the shutter button is really just the beginning. The craftsmanship continues in the digital darkroom with the application of sophisticated software to transform the camera’s light and colour data into works of landscape art.

This workshop takes a holistic approach to crafting a landscape image that integrates in-camera and post-processing choices to help us express our personal response to the landscape. In the first half of the workshop we address key technical challenges in the field. In the second half we explore image enhancement and creative possibilities at the computer. Kas will share before-and-after examples from her extensive landscape image portfolio and demonstrate some basic editing techniques.
The emphasis of this workshop is on the rationale for various camera and processing decisions, and on general techniques that can be achieved with any of today’s equipment and software. It is designed to be accessible and non-intimidating to people of all skill levels (i.e. this is not a how-to-do-things-with-Photoshop® tutorial).

Topics include:
• The “classic” landscape: a recipe for creating the traditional wide-angle, tack-sharp, deep-perspective photograph – and why you might want to break from this tradition.
• Exposure: how to handle challenging natural light conditions.
• Focus: depth of field and hyperfocal distance explained so you actually understand and can put them into practice, along with other options for achieving desired sharpness in your images.
• Field of view: how your choice of lens and camera position influences scale and perspective in an image, and how to use this for expressive purposes.
• Image enhancement workflow: a review of simple post-processing techniques, and an introduction to some advanced options to whet your appetite.

What you will learn: A fresh perspective and the ability to make the familiar seem novel.

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Tickets: $25. 

Included! Every ticket-holder will receive a set of notes after the Workshop, access to a video of Kas’s presentation for two weeks, and a chance to win an hour’s consultation with Kas.

Combine both workshops with a Seminar ticket and receive a discount of 10% on your entire personal purchase (i.e., not combined with purchases for a second person).

Ticket purchasers will also receive a pass to the International AV Festival on Saturday, 10 April, 7-9 pm ET. Don’t add it to your cart if you’re buying a Workshop ticket!

 

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HOW TO LOOK AT IMAGES – Sunday, 18 April, 9:00 – noon ET with 2 short breaks.

When we first become interested in photography and start to look seriously at images we respond instinctively with “I like it” or “I don’t like it.” Then, as we become more knowledgeable, our perspective shifts and our image-viewing is often framed in terms of “How would I make this image differently?” and our response tends to be a critique of the image’s technical and compositional flaws. Eventually, with more experience, we outgrow our preoccupation with technique and seek something deeper in an image, which leads us to ponder a maker’s intent in creating and showing it to us. We also become more self-critical and strive to see our own images more objectively.
This participatory workshop takes a constructive approach that helps us to view, evaluate and talk thoughtfully about images – our own and other people’s. Personal preferences and technical elements are an inevitable part of the process, but our primary focus is on an image’s emotional and conceptual appeal, and what it communicates to a viewer.

The first half of the workshop introduces important guidelines for image evaluation. The second half puts them into practice with a moderated group discussion of approximately 15-20 images, and, whenever possible, a demo of simple edits that might strengthen them.

Workshop participants are invited (but not required) to submit a photograph for this evaluation, and are also encouraged (but not obliged) to contribute to the discussion. The evaluation experience is worthwhile even if your image is not selected. Please be sure to read the image requirements and selection notes below prior to submission.

What you will learn: How to look more thoughtfully at images to evaluate not merely their technical and compositional competence, but also their emotional, aesthetic and storytelling power.

Image Submission Requirements:
• Number of Images: One
• Preferred Genre: Nature-inspired (grand landscape, intimate detail, fine art)
• Image Size: Maximum 1920 pixels horizontally x 1080 pixels vertically
• Image Format: JPEG high-quality
• File Naming: FirstnameLastname_ImageTitle (e.g. KasStone_NorthernLight) • How to Submit: First, register for the workshop, then email your image to seminar@latow.com with “Image for Latow Workshop Evaluation” in the Subject line.
• Extra Information: You are welcome to include a brief (maximum 100-word) note about the image describing the backstory, your reason for making it and any concerns you have about it.
• Submission Deadline: Wednesday,  31 March at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Image Selection Process:
• Only images that meet the submission requirements will be considered.
• Participants should be willing to answer questions about their image during the discussion.
• Although it is tempting to submit a perfected image, you (and other participants) will learn more if you submit an experimental image or one you are uncertain about or feel could benefit from improvement. In fact, “perfect” images are less likely to be selected for discussion.
• Time constraints will allow only 15-20 images to be evaluated. From the images submitted, Kas will select a variety of those that best illustrate the workshop topics. Please be understanding if your image is not included.

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Tickets: $25.

Included! Every ticket-holder will receive a set of notes after the Workshop, access to a video of Kas’s presentation for two weeks, and a chance to win an hour’s consultation with Kas.

Combine both workshops with a Seminar ticket and receive a discount of 10% on your entire personal purchase (i.e., not combined with purchases for a second person).

Ticket purchasers will also receive a pass to the International AV Festival on Saturday, 10 April, 7-9 pm ET. Don’t add it to your cart if you’re buying a Workshop ticket!