The Large Format Narrative Portrait
Have you ever wanted to try out shooting large format but didn’t have the equipment or nerve? Are you terrified of talking to strangers? Maybe you already have experience in large format but would like to push yourself to do more. My large format photography workshop in the beautiful setting of Rockport, Maine is coming up July 8 through July 14. It is an opportunity to challenge yourself within a supportive and encouraging environment with likeminded artistic individuals.
The weeklong workshop is geared toward getting you up to speed with a 4×5 camera while looking and discussing the pictures you make during the week often referencing images that you have taken before the class. As the week progresses, we turn the camera to photographing people, often strangers, on the fly, in sometimes unexpected environments such as grocery store parking lots, local neighborhoods or the beach to name a few. Beyond that, we will be looking at creating narratives and stories within the frame as well as within bodies of work.
Greg helped me find my voice by encouraging me to use a larger format, but more importantly through his profoundly sharp, insightful, and constructive critiques. He helped me slow down and develop my emerging style, skills I keep building on years after taking his class.
-Christi Paige, Photographer
Photographers at any level, from students who have never touched large format cameras, to experienced large format shooters are encouraged to register. Shooting large format photography in the world challenges and inspires every level. This course discusses not only the basics of camera operation, camera movements and anything needed to get up and running, but also addresses the challenges of photographing people in the world, such as approaching strangers, obtaining release forms, and addressing the fears and boundaries associated with this type of portraiture.
Equipment (4×5 cameras and tripods) as well as film processing and printing is included in the tuition.
If you have any questions about the course please comment below or email me at email@example.com.
Below is a video made by a local Nashville TV station in 2008 showing me shooting on the street.
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