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3 Advanced Workshops by MIGS workshops

  • Oct 9, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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20% OFF Introductory Price for ALL October Workshops (automatically discounted at checkout)


Your Guide:

Michael is originally from Toronto, Canada, and has been a professional photographer for over 15 years. He specializes in providing commercial / advertising photography for global brands such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda Motors, Bell Mobility, Sprint Telecommunications, TD Bank, and Nintendo. He is also a highly respected photography instructor and has taught advanced photography courses at Ryerson University and The International Academy of Design & Technology for over 6 years. As a working photographer, he is always kept abreast of new developments in the industry, which ultimately transfers to his teachings. As such, his students are always exposed not only to current technology, but also the most effective and efficient techniques on how to apply this technology to image making.

His workshops are taught in English, and are designed to further the education of the many excellent beginner workshops available in Hong Kong. He feels that photographers, whether hobbyist, serious amateur or pro, always yearn to expand their knowledge beyond the basics. He's here to help! The workshops focus on the intensive exploration of 3 key elements: intent, capture, and finesse. Class sizes are small and limited to 10 students at a time. Additionally, private workshops are available for those who desire a fully customized experience catered to their specific interests and needs.

1st Workshop - INTENT: The Creative Mindset - HKD 1,450

OCTOBER 9 and 10, 7pm-10pm

Theory-based, non-technical.

6 hours total over 2 consecutive weeknights
(Tuesday and Wednesday)

Weeknight 1: 3 hours
Weeknight 2: 3 hours

Often overlooked, the mental approach and thought-process are possibly the most important attributes to becoming a successful photographer. It has nothing to do with what equipment you use, or what you take photos of; it has everything to do with how you see, the depth of your vision, and how you translate this vision from your mind to the outside world.

This workshops provides a solid mental foundation to develop the correct attitude, methodologies, and actions to help you establish your own vision and style. Without this knowledge, the novice photographer often finds themselves shooting aimlessly, yielding photographs without a strong visual bond, lacking direction, and thus lacking unity. Participants of this workshop should not expect to achieve their style instantly, because it is a process that requires months to years of refinement and experimentation. However, most importantly, they will know how to get started, and which directions/actions to take.

This workshop is also ideal for those other than photographers, but who are interested in the visual art and how photographs are mentally developed.


2nd Workshop - CAPTURE: Advanced Shooting & Lighting - HKD 4,750

OCTOBER 13 and 14, 9am - 6pm (1 hour lunch)

Combination of theory + practical + technical.

16 hours total over a weekend
(Saturday & Sunday)

Saturday: 4 hours in-studio +1 hour for lunch + 4 hours in-studio
Sunday: 4 hours on-location + 1 hour for lunch + 4 hours in-studio (location vs. studio may be reversed according to weather conditions)

CAPTURE is designed specifically for intermediate/semi-pro photographers who are looking to take their technical skill set to the next level. The only pre-requisite is that you are comfortable with the full manual operations of your camera, namely the direct relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Those for are not familiar with these operations are encouraged to complete one of the many wonderful beginner workshops offered in Hong Kong.

The primary goal of this workshop is to reveal many practical in-camera techniques and workflows used by current professional photographers, especially concerning photo shoots that involve a crew and sets. This is a great opportunity to witness the behind-the-scenes of how professionals work, a process which is normally hidden from public view. You will also be introduced to the latest and greatest cameras and lighting equipment, and not only see what is technically possible with such technology, but more importantly, how they benefit the pro photographer.

It is always ideal to get the best image in-camera, and not to rely on post-production to fix mistakes. That is why we refer to post-production as “FINESSE”.


3rd Workshop - FINESSE: The Critical Post-Production Workflow - HKD 2,950

OCTOBER 20, 9am - 6pm (1 hour lunch)

Combination of theory & practice & technique.

8 hours total on a Saturday
Saturday: 4 hours in-studio + 1 hour lunch + 4 hours in-studio

Combination of theory & practice & technique.

In order to do great post-production work, you must first understand the many choices presented to you in an environment such as Adobe Lightroom. FINESSE will show you how to import your raw files and tune them to suit your vision and style. All technical and procedural aspects will be explored in detail and you will leave this course with a very solid understanding on how to finalize your image making process.

These Workshops are by MIGSWorkshops. Go to their website to register.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible just to attend the workshop 2?

    October 7, 2012

  • ron

    Hey folks! I've been to Mike's lecture and seen his techniques. He's good! He took one look at a studio photo that I showed him and could tell what lights were used and their placement. He certainly knows what he's doing.

    September 26, 2012

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