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 October 14, 2018. See below.)
Photography of the Ballet - Sunday, October 14th, 2018 - 2 PM to 7 PM - Cost = $125
Location: The Southlawn Studio in Rockville, MD (657 Southlawn Lane, Rockville, MD 20850)
My next workshop is the Photography of the Ballet Workshop, to be held on Sunday afternoon, October 14th. We have as our dancers the beautiful Brenda and Maya again. They are excellent dancers, and very photogenic as well. They will be bringing a different assortment of dance costumes this time, including the tutu, and I will have my wonderful swirly powder blue skirt! I think I am starting to get the hang of creative blur images with the dancers, and I am including one blur photo below from a previous workshop, along with a number of other photos of these two dancers (go to the Blog Section of this website to see my photos of Brenda and Maya). We are so fortunate to be able to get them both again, they are fantastic! (Note: for the blur photo, I used 1/10 second at f16 at an ISO of 500. No Lensbaby on this one, just the slow shutter speed; wonder what it would look like if I DID use a Lensbaby along with the slow shutter speed?)
The workshop will again be at the excellent Southlawn Studio, on Southlawn Lane in Rockville, and will be from 2 – 7 PM as usual. In addition to the studio flash, I will bring my continuous Quartz-Halogen lighting, for the blur photos. I may even be able to arrange for some LED lights to work with for the continuous lighting, which would allow use of a daylight white balance, instead of tungsten. We shall see about that.
News Flash! New concepts for this workshop - (1) we will have both dancers posing together for 1 hour during the workshop (4 hours of photographing the dancers, total); (2) we will be using dry ice fog to get some dramatic effects with the dancers; and (3) we will be using color gels and color fabric to add color to the dancers and the backgrounds.
So, get ready to sign up for this fun and creative workshop, and start thinking about what poses YOU will want to shoot! Several previous attendees have gotten images that have done extremely well in camera club competitions, including a “Photo of the Year” Award; maybe you will be next?
You can sign up with the PayPal link below. Or, if you prefer, email me and I will send you a personal PayPal invoice that you can use with your credit card to register and pay for the workshop. As usual, the cost is $125 for the 5 hour workshop.
I am excited to be doing the ballet workshop again! I always get a few really outstanding shots every time I do the workshop. I hope you will join me there!
Photography of the Ballet - Sunday afternoon, October 14th, from 2-7 PM
(Location: At the Southlawn Studio in Rockville, MD)
This 5-hour workshop will include 4 hours of actual shooting with the dancers, plus extensive instruction on the various types of lighting equipment, their use, and setups needed to create stunning dance images. As mentioned above, the dancers for this workshop are Brenda and Maya, both very talented and photogenic dancers. As in previous workshops, we will be using a variety of studio flash setups (radio slave units provided) which emphasize their form and posing, so important in dance image composition. We will be working with both classical and contemporary ballet looks. An important aspect of using a studio flash system is both stopping the action and a smaller aperture which provides a greater depth of field. We will also be using continuous lighting for a portion of the workshop. This has the advantage of permitting the use of slow shutter speeds to obtain creative blurring in the images. It also allows multiple people to be shooting at the same time, thereby providing significant additional shooting time for all participants.
This is a shooting workshop with models provided, and all participants will have the opportunity to shoot each lighting setup. Also, each participant will receive a signed non-commercial model release, allowing them to use any photo they take for their portfoio, website, competition, etc. We will not stop for eating, but you are welcome to snack during the workshop.
As usual, this workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the cost is $125. Sign up with your credit card at the PayPal link right above this section. Or, let me know if you would prefer that I send you an individualized PayPal invoice for the workshop, instead of using the link.
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.
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!