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The Art of Photographing People

Join us for the presentation with a National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow on "The Art of Photographing People".

Catherine Karnow is known for her vibrant, emotional and sensitive style of photographing people. Catherine's passion for photography carries into her love for presenting and teaching. She teaches the National Geographic Weekend Workshops in San Francisco as well as her own Italy Photo Workshop in Umbria every May.

The secret to creating great photographs of people is getting to know your subjects and making a connection with them even before you pick up your camera. Catherine Karnow will show you how it's done, whether you are shooting candid images and street scenes, or more formal portraits of family and friends. Learn important photographic techniques that help capture personality and improve the quality of your images.

                             Young Woman in the Rain, Hanoi, Vietnam


About Catherine Karnow

Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based, National Geographic photographer, Catherine Karnow, seems destined to have travel and photojournalism at the center of her life.  She graduated Brown University with honors degrees in Comparative Literature and Semiotics.  After a brief career as a filmmaker – her film Brooklyn Bridge premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 – she turned her attention to photography full time in 1986.

Catherine has covered Australian Aborigines; Bombay film stars; victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam; Russian “Old Believers” in Alaska; Greenwich, Connecticut high society; and an Albanian farm family.  In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She also gained unprecedented access to Prince Charles for her 2006 National Geographic feature, “Not Your Typical Radical.”

Her work appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French & German GEO and other international publications.  She has also participated in several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and Women in the Material World.  Catherine Karnow is known for her vibrant, emotional and sensitive style of photographing people.

Catherine's passion for photography carries into her love for teaching. She teaches the National Geographic Weekend Workshops in San Francisco and at Miraval Resort in Tucson, as well as her own Italy Photo Workshop in Umbria each May.

For more information, visit her website: catherinekarnowphotoworkshop.com

Attention participants:

We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and SlickPic.com. SlickPic.com is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service.

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off for this event, so come early to take advantage of this deal.

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.

7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Presentation
8:15 p.m - 8:30 p.m. Q&A


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  • Sam

    Many of you expressed an interest in Catherine's signature Photo Workshop in Umbria. The dates are now final -- May 6 - 16, 2015 --and the workshop is open for registration. Be sure to check out http://catherinekarnowphotoworkshop.com

    October 27, 2014

  • Art B.

    Catherine was great, loved her stories and passion, and If should win the lottery I'm definitely going to her Umbria workshop.......

    August 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sad I missed out on the networking part. Forgot my wallet had tp turn back. But, the presentation was great. Learned a lot. Thanks for organizing it.

    August 27, 2014

  • Jerry R.

    Excellent presentation. Ms. Karnow is both knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to. No wonder she gets great people photos.

    August 27, 2014

  • Linc

    Thanks for arranging this, Sam! Catherine was inspiring, and covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.

    August 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it! Catherine is very inspiring!

    August 26, 2014

  • Jonathan P.

    Catherine is a true master, a beautiful soul, and an amazing story teller bother verbally and photographically. If you missed this meetup, you really missed out.

    2 · August 26, 2014

  • Lorretta

    Thanks Sam for organizing, I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from Catherine talk.

    August 26, 2014

  • Al

    I'm truly sorry I have to flake last minute. I was looking forward to this all week :/

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Andrew

    Hey, my +1 is no longer going so if anyone is looking to get off the waiting lost feel free to drop me a line at[masked]

    August 26, 2014

  • Farshid K.

    How strict is the confirmed vs waiting list? Those in the waiting list shouldn't show up?

    August 26, 2014

  • Lorretta

    Or anyone want company on the train, don't fancy walking back to mission bart on my own when it's dark.

    August 26, 2014

    • Veronica

      Hi Lorretta, I'll walk back to the train with you after the meet up.

      August 26, 2014

    • Lorretta

      Veronica, are you travelling on Bart?

      August 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really excited for this event. I haven't had a chance to meet anyone since moving here 3 weeks ago. Been working on following my goal of my own photography business! See you all tonight!

    August 26, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Sorry, as I mentioned we are driving an electric so we really don't have the range options of driving away from the destination to pick up anyone.

    August 26, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Coming from Oakland leaving Lake Merritt area between 530 and 600 anyone needs a ride contact Roberta [masked]

    August 26, 2014

  • Lorretta

    should have mentioned from Orinda perhaps we can meet st stephens exit, easy parking there

    August 26, 2014

  • Ankit U.

    Anyone coming from Mountain View or South bay? We can carpool! Anyone?

    August 26, 2014

  • Lorretta

    Still looking for a ride from east bay. Anyone, want to subsidize their fuel costs?

    August 26, 2014

  • Lorretta

    Anyone carpooling from East Bay?

    August 25, 2014

  • Cyndi

    anybody from Marin? carpool??

    August 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sam, how can I move from the waiting list? Does it require for a cancellation to happen? Cheers, Klara

    August 19, 2014

  • Sam

    Street parking is available

    June 27, 2014

  • Ron E.

    Where is the closest parking?

    June 27, 2014

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