Upcoming Workshops

 

           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, October 18, 2020. See below.)

 

The Next 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.

 

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Future 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.)

 

Immediate 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.


          As you can see in the photos, 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 also has a new, dark wood paneled floor, which photographs very well.  (We used both the white and the black walls for all of the backgrounds in this workshop.)
 
          The studio also has 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 is more than enough space to store and provide easy access to necessary studio equipment.
 
          I received a lot of very positive comments about the workshop from participants, and as you can see the results were excellent. The photos below are all my photos, taken with very little shooting time compared to all of the participants, so I am sure they have many more as good or better than mine.
 
If you missed this one, you missed a good one! But more are coming...probably a fashion photography workshop on Sunday afternoon, November 15, and I am trying to put together an outside ballet workshop for Sunday afternoon, October 18th. The outside one will be a little tricky, not sure exactly how I am going to do that one, but likely have only one ballet dancer, and will drive to various locations in my vehicle (an 8 passenger mini-van) with the dancer and all participants. More information will be coming later.
 
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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