Andy Bloxham Workshop "Location Lighting and Storytelling"

July 6th, 10am-5pm $75

(Includes lunch from Martone's Deli)

Darkroom Gallery is thrilled to announce a workshop taught by Andy Bloxham a photographer, professor of photography at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and instructor at Maine Media Workshops. Bloxham will be on a photography road trip for 7,000 miles over 50 days. Dubbed "Shootapalooza II: The Sequel," the trip will be used to create a new exhibit of constructed, fictional photographs from each stop. In addition, the journey will produce a portrait project of the faces of North America. Starting in Louisiana, he is going the long way around America and Canada to arrive in Maine. And we are one of his stops along the way! Yay!

About the workshop:

Do you want to think about storytelling with your camera? Do you want to learn about studio lighting on location? Do you want to be introduced to the digital post-production processes that combines everything? This workshop brings these avenues together for an intensive afternoon of conceptual brainstorming and overcoming technical hurdles.

We will start in the classroom, discussing what photographic storytelling consists of. Then we will use various brainstorming exercises to focus our collective conceptual abilities into a narrative for the still frame. Our goal is to establish a storyboard to work off of. We have to be open-minded and quick thinking in how this idea can go from pen and paper, into a physical form that plays out for the lens.

Then we head out, for what is the bulk of the workshop. Studio lights are used for more than indoor purposes. They add drama and focus, and quite often, become the emotion of your work. We'll take them out, setting up at our photo set to craft ambient with strobe against our photograph's characters. Essentially, we're building a set where this photographic world lives inside of. Directorial and communication skills come into play. Technical considerations for the camera are discussed. Quality of light is addressed. All of these factors are performed on location to create the best possible images to work with back in the lab.

At the computer, we will analyze all of our options from the set. Basic to advanced compositing will be discussed, as will effective ways to blend multiple takes into a single frame using adjustment layers in Adobe Photoshop. Our initial storyboard will become transformed into a finished photograph. In this workshop, you will start with nothing but your imagination, and go through each of the steps towards building complex, lighting-infused narratives.

$75 (to register in advance) only 15 spots, includes lunch at Martone's Deli

$85 (at the door day-of) includes lunch at Martone's Deli

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  • Andrea P.

    It was a fantastic day and extremely interesting. Enjoyed learning about Andy's process. Met a great group of people. Thank you Ken for making it happen :)

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Ben M.

    Thanks Andy for the awesome class, and Ken for providing the setting!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Paul D.

    The event was awesome! I learned something new and had fun. The ducks were great!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Ken S.

    We had a great time learning about Andy's work , and then going of and constructing (and I do mean constructing) an image of our own. What a great experience!

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • carolyn b.

      Please share the final image...

      July 6, 2013

    • carolyn b.

      Phil, I paid, but was unable to attend. Did you get my message? Please tell me how I can get a refund. Thanks

      July 6, 2013

  • carolyn b.

    Do we bring our cameras and laptops? I need gluten, soy, lactose free food. cb

    July 5, 2013

  • Jane b.

    I am so sorry to miss it, but a last minute schedule change means I will be out of town.

    July 5, 2013

  • Cathy

    Sounds very interesting but I will be out of town...

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you I'm out of town.

    July 1, 2013

  • Cyndy A.

    I had ankle surgery June 17th and will spend most of the summer in a cast. This looks interesting, but a bit above my abilities.

    June 30, 2013

  • shoshana

    not able to attend this workshop, although it sounds fabulous!

    June 17, 2013

  • Andrea P.

    Sound like a terrific workshop. I look forward to it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Jane b.

    Sounds like a really helpful workshop!

    May 24, 2013

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