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, September 15th, 2019. See below.)
Next Workshop: Photography of the Ballet. Sunday Afternoon, September 15th, 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 I can have them overlap their times by a period, 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, with a clear white background. This can be done with color gels on the background as well.
(2) Second, we can 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.
(3) And third, I want to experiment some more with the stroboscopic technique. We worked with this some in a previous workshop, and found this method to be very dependent on dancer position, something I want to work on with one of the dancers during a private shoot before the next workshop.
(4) Finally, something we had talked about but had not tried, was to combine the slow shutter speed technique with a flash using the rear sync trigger. This method will I believe use considerably longer shutter speeds than #2, providing much more blur to combine with the sharp flash image.
We will also use some conventional lighting techniques on the 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, September 15th, 2019, at the excellent Southlawn Studios, in Rockville, MD.
The cost for the 5 hour workshop is $125, including an 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.
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!