Sunday, November 30th, 10am-4pm $50 (Please bring along a lunch or pop over to Martone's Deli on the lunch break).
Grade of gear doesn't make a photographer. To become a better photographer, you need to take a lot of pictures and select the best few. The problem is that most photographers cannot edit their own work well. They become too caught up in the content of the shot or in the emotional experience they had making the image. In this class we will explore how to select your most successful photographs effectively by stepping back and looking at the work more analytically and dispassionately.
We will consider: How do you "Critique" photographs? We will explore the common language for critiquing photography. We will discuss the photographic tools, elements and techniques the photographer used, successfully or unsuccessfully, to make an image that communicates their idea, regardless of photographic style, media, genre, format, etc.
©David H. Wells
10am to Noon: David will walk you through his career path, show examples of the strongest selections of his work and teach the basics of recognizing the best few images from a large body of work. The sets of work David will show will not all be his own so the students can feel more comfortable having an open discussion about the work.
Noon to 1pm: Lunch
1 pm to 4 pm: Each participant brings a stack of 50 to 100 photos (4 x 6 to 8x10 inch prints, again prints only, no digital files.) We will lay out the images from each student on a large table, one student at a time. David will go through them and edit them with the participants watching. He will start cutting the number down to get to a top 15 or 20, talking about his reasoning as he goes. Often times, he will find 3 - 7 images that are similar in terms of composition, content, etc., and can select the best one. Having prints to place side-by-side in this process makes it easy to learn and articulate the differences between them.
At the end of each edit, the participant ends up with a top 15-20 images (approximately) which reflects their artistic strengths, and subject matter of interest. Participants will also learn by watching David do the same edit with the photos of others. In some ways they may learn more watching the same process as it plays out with their peer's work.
Participants will leave the class with an education in identifying their best work AND a professionally executed selection that will cut their large set of images down to a final, tightly edited and clearly defined top twenty images.
Please watch this video to get a better idea of how the workshop will run: http://davidhwells.com/multimedia/Critique.php
Artist Bio: David H. Wells
is a photographer/photo educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” See his work at: davidhwells.com and his photography educational blog at thewellspoint.com. Reach him with questions at [masked].
Stay on to join us for the Far Away Places Artist Reception 4:30-6:30pm at the gallery! Since this exhibit's juror is David H. Wells!