I teach a variety of workshops in a group setting both on location and at our new 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, February 28, 2021. See below.)
Upcoming Ballet Photography Workshop - Sunday afternoon, February 28, 2021
On February 28th I will hold a new "Photography of the Ballet" Workshop, to be held at the Studio 76 location in Rockville, MD. More informatrion about the studio including the address and a map showing it's location can be found at www.mystudio76.com. The workshop will start promptly at 2:00 PM and end at 7:00 PM. This workshop will use two new dancers, Aliya and Allison, which I have never before used for a workshop. Three photos of each of them are below. They are wonderful dancers and I am sure we will be able to get many excellent images of them.
For this workshop, in addition to some of the ballet poses and jumps that these dancers are really good at, we will be designing some artistic ballet poses, using accessories and props, to create what I call "ballet art". I have sent out some examples of these kinds of images with my emails to my mailing list so will not include them here; if you might be interested in seeing what I sent out and wish to be added to my mailing list, just send me a request at email@example.com.
Another type of artistic ballet image we will be doing at this workshop is what I call "ballet line art". This is special lighting which defines the edges of the ballet dancers with a very thin line of edge lighting, against a black background. This is somewhat similar to the "hatchet lighting" that I have used in the past, but the edge lines are much thinner. There are several ways that this can be done, and we will be experimenting with them to see which works best.
Finally, I am having the dancers overlap for 1/2 hour, so we have the opportunity to photograph both of them at the same time, in the same image. We did this once before, and got some really nice images from it. However, since this will shorten the overall time we will be photographing the dancers, I will be bringing my laptop to the workshop, and any extra time we have I will demonstrate some of the Photoshop techniques I use to process my ballet images. I have had multiple workshop participants request that.
So, that is a summary of what will happen in this Feb 28 workshop. There are only two spaces left, so if you want to attend be sure to sign up right away. If the workshop fills and there are enough people still interested in attending, I will consider repeating the workshop perhaps two weeks later, depending on dancer availability. If you want to be added to the list, be sure to email me.
As usual during this pandemic, the following will be mandated: the workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants; a forehead temperature will be required upon arrival; the studio will have been sanitized before starting; and 70% alcohol sanitizer will be available for use by participants. You can sign up on my "upcoming Workshops" page on my website at www.donbeckerphotography.com (below), and the cost of the workshop is $125 as usual. Once 6 people have signed up, the workshop will be closed. If you wish to sign up, please use the PayPal widget below with your credit card. Or, if you prefer, send me an email and I will send you a personal PayPal invoice.
I hope to see you on the 28th!
Past Workshop - Sunday afternoon, January 10th, 2021 -
"Silhouettes, Semi-Silhouettes, and Darkness"
Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year to all of you! My primary New Year's wish is for this pandemic and lockdown to come to an end!
I hope you are planning to gift YOURSELF for this Christmas and for the New Year! And, I have just the thing for you. On January 10th, Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM and lasting until 7:00 PM, I will hold my first workshop of the New Year. The topic is: "Silhouettes, Semi-Silhouettes, and Darkness". This will be a study in low key fashion and beauty photography.
The models I have reserved for this workshop include Kat, a new model that I have only used for a test shoot so far. She is a 5'10" beauty that has a long resume and was fantastic in our test shoot in Studio 76 about two weeks ago. Below are three photos from that test shoot, photos of which have already been accepted for publication in two different online fashion and beauty magazines! During that test shoot I came up with several new lighting systems, some of which you see in the three photos of Kat below.
The second model is ModelKelly, a favorite of mine and I know of yours as well. I have a test shoot set up with Kelly for next week in which I will be trying out several additional new lighting techniques. Three of my favorite images for ModelKelly are below also.
I am excited to bring this new workshop to you on the 10th, a Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM in the new Studio 76 on Wilkins Ave. There are several outstanding aspects of this studio that allow some new techniques, and some that just make old techniques simpler. Please join us for this workshop, you won't be sorry!
As usual during this pandemic, the following will be mandated: the workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants; a forehead temperature will be required upon arrival; the studio will have been sanitized before starting; and alcohol sanitizer will be available for use by participants. You can sign up on my "upcoming Workshops" page on my website at www.donbeckerphotography.com", and the cost of the workshop is $125 as usual. Once 6 people have signed up, the workshop will be closed. If you wish to sign up, please use the PayPal widget below with your credit card. Or, if you prefer, send me an email and I will send you a personal PayPal invoice.
May you all have a very happy Holidays!
Past Workshop: Outdoor Ballet - Sunday afternoon, October 18th, 2020 - from 2 to 5 PM
This workshop with be a variation from my normal, in-studio workshops. We will be working with Ballet Dancer Kelsey and posing her with local architectural structures to create interesting views and looks. This workshop is shorter than most, lasting 3 hours, from 2-5 PM. The cost is also reduced, and is $75 for the workshop. Kelsey is one of our favorite ballet models, and we look forward to exploring this new venue with her. The participation will be limited to 5 photographers, so if this sounds interesting to you don't hesitate! We will likely drive to a number of nearby areas to take advantage of interesting structures, and will use my 8 passenger minivan for transportation.
Past Workshop: Studio Fashion Photography - Sunday, November 15th, 2020 - from 2-7 PM
This fashion photography workshop will revert to my usual type of workshop, i.e., 5 hours in length, and with two different models. One of the things we will be trying is working with a clothes designer. I am in contact with a clothes designer that will bring some new and different types of outfits for our models to wear. We will also be able to explore all of the facets of our new studio, and see what new and different lighting techniques we can use to highlight the special characteristics of the fashion items. I have one new fashion model lined up for this workshop so far, and am now looking for just the right second model for our shoot. One of the things we will be trying is to incorporate movement into our fashion looks...both from multiple exposures as well as with slow shutter speeds and actual blurred movement. This can also be done with color gels on the lights to add a three-dimensional effect. This workshop will be 5 hours in length, and the cost is $125. You can sign up using the PayPal widget below for registration and payment. (Note: Just below the Immediate Past Workshop writeup.)
Past Workshop: Ballet Beauty - Sunday afternoon, Sept.27, 2020
from 2:00 pm to 7 pm, at the Studio 76 (12276 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD)
My first "Post-Pandemic" workshop was “Ballet Beauty”, and we had two of our most beautiful ballet dancers for this workshop. They were Kelly and Brenda, and 3 phots of each are below. I think you will agree that this was a very successful workshop!
For this first workshop, we limited the number of photographers to a maximun of 6 (we actually had 5, because one had to drop out at the last minute), in order to facilitate social distancing in the studio and improved photographer access to shooting. I 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 now completed from it's remodeling, so you are seeing photos that were taken in the completed studio. We have decided that the name of the 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 workshops. 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, and/or visit the studio website at www.mystudio76.com.
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!