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, October 27th, 2019. See below.)
Next Workshop: Photography of the Ballet. Sunday Afternoon, October 27th, 2019 -
from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Southlawn Studio.
My next workshop will again one of my favorite workshops, the Photography of the Ballet. We will again have two excellent ballet dancers at the workshop, and perhaps we can overlap their times by a little, so we can photograph the two of them together.
I am planning to use several different lighting techniques during this workshop, including:
(1) First, we will use the silhouette technique, in which the dancer is totally or mostly black (unlit), with a pure white background. This will be done with different color gels on the background as well, to add color to the image. See two images below.
(2) Second, we will use the long shutter speed technique that we successfully used part of the time during the Creative Studio Techniques workshop, both with and without color gels, to get the blur effect. I have found that using a shutter speed of 1/5 to 1/15th of a second can provide good blur in the extremities while keeping some of the image sharp. See two images below. (Note: when using continuous lighting like is necessary for the blur photos, we will use the rotating "primary shooter" technique, so everybody has the opportunity to be in the front and suggest their favorite poses to the dancers.)
(3) And third, something we had talked about but have not tried, was to combine the slow shutter speed technique with a studio flash using the rear sync trigger on our cameras. Use of this method I think will require considerably longer shutter speeds than #2 above, and will providing much greater blur to combine with the sharp flash image. This should produce a whole different photographic effect.
If we have some time and enough people are interested, we can also try the stroboscopic technique. We worked with this some in a previous workshop, and found this method to be very dependent on dancer position and movement. Lighting position is also an important factor.
We will also use some conventional lighting techniques on these beautiful dancers, especially the dramatic hatchet lighting! And of course, all of these lighting diagrams will be included in the handout.
I am excited to think of what we can do with all of these techniques, and am looking forward to sharing this workshop with you!
As usual, the workshop will start promptly at 2:00 PM, and will be held from 2 PM to 7 PM on Sunday afternoon, October 27th, 2019, at the excellent Southlawn Studios, in Rockville, MD.
The cost for the 5 hour workshop is again $125, including the usual extensive handout and a signed model release from each dancer/model. Sign up on my website below using your credit card and the PayPal link, or email me and I can send you a private PayPal invoice that you can use to register for the class.
I hope to see you there!
P.S. A photo of each of our two dancers is below, plus two photos of ModelKelly taken during a different workshop.
Completed: Creative Studio Techniques Workshop - Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2-7 PM
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.
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
Street Photography (Annapolis)
Street Photography (Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia)
Street Photography (Rockville Town Center)
Makeup and Lighting Techiques for Fashion and Beauty
Thank you and I hope to see you in one of my future workshops!