Upcoming Workshops

 

           I teach a variety of workshops in a group setting both on location and at a rental studio, and a listing of my upcoming workshops is below. I also teach all of these subjects, and more, on a personal basis to individuals and small groups, who may learn more easily in that type of environment, or who have special needs or techniques they would like to develop more fully.

          To see some of the photos and my comments from past workshops, visit my "Blog" page by clicking on the Blog heading at the top of this page.


Upcoming Workshops: (the next workshop will be on Sunday afternoon, Septmber 27, 2020. See below.)

 

UpComing Workshop: Ballet Beauty - Sunday afternoon, Sept.27, 2020

from 2:00 pm to 7 pm, at the Studio 76 (12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD)

 

          The first workshop I am hoping to hold "post-COVID-19" I call “Ballet Beauty”, and I have asked two of our most beautiful ballet dancers to be the models for this workshop. They are Kelly and Brenda, and a photo of each is below. In addition I am including two photos of mine of two other dancers that illustrate the type of photos that I am looking for in this workshop.

 

          For this first workshop, I am planning to limit the number of photographers to 6, in order to facilitate social distancing in the studio and improved photographer access to shooting. I will also have a forehead temperature device to monitor all participants, and they may be required to wear masks (if mandated by the state or county). The models of course will not wear a mask. It is my understanding that groups of 10 people or less are currently allowed in meetings, so including models and me we will stay inside that 10 person limit.

 

          The new photography studio is still not completed from it's remodeling, so the "Ballet Beauty" Workshop is now scheduled for Sunday afternoon, September 27th, from 2-7 PM. The address is 12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD 20852. We have decided that the name of the new studio will be "Studio 76", incorporating the last two digits of the address. It is located in the lower level of the building, and can be accessed primarily through the door from the large parking lot in the rear of the building. More information will be given to people who sign up for the workshop. Studio 76 will also be available for rental at a very reasonable cost, in case you have a personal photographic project you are interested working on. Contact me for more information about that.


          The studio walls have been painted, and the back wall is a pure flat white, so in many cases it can be used directly as the background without needing background paper or muslin. Paper and muslin backgrounds are also available if desired. There is also a pure flat black side wall, so if a black background is desired and a long throw is not required, then that can also be used directly as a background. The room will also have a new, dark wood paneled floor, which should photograph very well if desired. The flooring has been obtained, just not installed yet. We are also waiting for one electrical outlet to be removed, to provide a perfect background without any "blemishes".
 
          The studio will also have a large pegboard on one wall, for storage of equipment and accessories. Together with a large storage cabinet and some shelving for holding accessories and additional lighting equipment and stands, there should be more than enough space to store and provide easy access to necessary studio equipment.
 
          Now, about the workshop. As stated in the previous email, the topic is "Ballet Beauty", and I have booked our two most beautiful ballet dancers as our models for this workshop. Model #1 is ModelKelly, whom many of you have already worked with at various fashion and beauty workshops. She is a beautiful blonde, with long hair.  A portrait of mine of her taken at one of my workshops is below, along with one of her ballet images from a different workshop. Model #2 is Brenda, an outstanding ballet dancer and a beautiful brunette, also with long hair, and two of my photos of her from my workshops are below as well. With these two models, we cannot miss having a fantastic photoshoot, with a full 4 hours of shooting, two hours with each model. We can also do some ballet dance photographs during the workshop, as well as some experimental techniques such as a combination of continuous lighting and flash using your camera's rear shutter release to get some interesting blur/sharp images.
 
          The cost of the workshop is $125, as usual. The PayPal link is below, just click on it and you will be taken to the payment page, using your credit card. Because of the pandemic I am limiting the participants to a maximum of six people, on a "first come..." basis. If there are more people who wish to take the workshop, perhaps I can schedule a duplicate workshop about 2 weeks later. Let me know if that might work better for you. I have not yet booked the models for a repeat workshop as yet, so that date might slip a week if necessary for the models. Model Kelly is starting her second year of college in a few days, but fortunately she is close enough that she can still do workshops.
 
          I am anxiously waiting and looking forward to the completion of the studio. Of course, I will need to try it out in a dry run prior to the workshop!

 

     Don

 

 

 

Other Workshops 

 

          I also have implemented something I call "Workshops on Demand", where an individual or small

group may prefer to have a workshop or instruction in a limited situation. These can be tailor-made to

take place at any location or at any time.

 

          Below is a listing of workshops that I have taught at various times.  Most of my workshops will be 5 hours in length and taught on a Sunday afternoon, from 2 PM to 7 PM, although I am available on most days and at most times for "Workshops on Demand" or personal instruction.  I have a substantial knowledge of both Lightroom CC and (especially) Photoshop CC for use in my photography, in order to make my images the very best that they can be, and I am available to teach most aspects of digital image modification as well.

 

          I am also available for talks, short workshops or judging for photography organizations in the Metro DC area (including NoVA and Baltimore), including camera clubs and photography competitions. (And elsewhere with travel and accommodations paid.)

 

          Please contact me directly at don(at)donbeckerphotography.com or by phone at 301-949-0473 (home) to obtain more information. Registration for workshops or other payment is above using your credit card and the PayPal link. Or, if preferred, upon request I can send you a PayPal invoice, which you can then use with your credit or debit card to register for any workshop or other instruction.

 

     Workshops Available

 

High Key and Low Key Photography: Portraiture, Beauty and Glamour

Photography of the Ballet 

Macro, Copy and Closeup Photography

Studio Fashion Photography 

Dynamic Studio Lighting Techniques

Outdoor Portraiture
Lighting Techniques for Portraiture

Street Photography (Annapolis)

Street Photography (Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia)

Street Photography (Rockville Town Center)

Makeup and Lighting Techiques for Fashion and Beauty

One-Light Portraiture

 

Thank you and I hope to see you in one of my future workshops!

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