For this 6 hour intensive workshop, we welcome Mike Kirwan to the LIGHTHOUSE for the first installment of a fine art nude series aimed at exploring the techniques in creating fine art images of the female form.
Mike is both a Commercial and Fine art photographer based in Walnut Creek. He has honed his skills as an artist, learning from another local great, Kim Weston. For Mike's fine art nude work, Mike prefers to shoot in natural light using his preferred tools, large and medium format film cameras. His work is shown and sold nationally and internationally.
"Photographing the human body provides both variety and a great challenge. The naked body can be very uninpiring and can easily become a person without clothes. However, the right lighting and environment the female form can be shown as a thing of beauty as well as a masterpiece of engineering". ~Mike Kirwan "The Gentle Figure"
For more of his amazing work: http://mikekirwan.com/FAN/
Mike will go into detail of his philosphy for creating fine art nudes.
Through this workshop you will discover how to take an image beyond a simple snapshot of the female form, and create a dynamic photograph conveying the message you want to convey to your audience. Every photographer will have a unique vision of the world around them, including their vision of the female form.
This is an opportunity to spend a day in the studio photographing as a private learning experience with two wonderful models. Mike Kirwan will be leading the workshop, providing hands-on guidance as well as demonstrations using the natural light of the studio which includes a lovely outdoor area. Attendees will be able to work both indepenently as well as in groups challenging themselves to create the images they have envisaged in their minds eye.
• Why shoot nudes
• Mike’s Philosophy regarding shooting nudes
• What are your goals for photographing nudes
• Model etiquette and studio rules
• Working with a model
• Nude photography genres
• Finding pleasing light for the model
• Posing and composition
9-9:15 AM Welcome attendees and introductions
9:15 -9:30 AM Roundtable and outline for the day
9:30-10:00 AM Posing and lighting - Mike Kirwan
10:00-12:00 PM Break into two groups and begin photographing
12:00-12:30 PM Break --Please bring food or snacks. We will provide light fare.
12:30-2:15 PM Groups switch models and continue shooting
2:15-2:50 PM Shooting with two modles
2:50-3:00 PM Wrap up session
We have scheduled two excellent and experienced models for this workshop. This will focus on natural and available light so please bring tripods! Film and digital cameras welcome.
we do have cameras available for rent: 25$ fee
Hasselblad 500- 2 available, Mamiya C330, Mamiya RB67, Pentax 67- please bring your own film :)
Our talent for this workshop includes Eleanor Rose. She is a professional model based in Santa Rosa and has joined us at the lighthouse several times now and is always a treat! She excels in the fine art realm and will be a welcomed edition to this course.
Check out more of her variety at:
Our second model for this workshop is Gwendolyn Nymph. We've been waiting for Gwendolyn to join us and this will be here first of many appearances at the Lighthouse. Gwen is a chameleon in front of the camera and an outstanding poser, a welcomed addition to this course. More of her work at: http://www.gwendolynjane.com
Date and Time: April 19th- 9am-3pm (6HRS)
PLEASE NOTE: includes model and studio fees plus limited model release, and education from Mike Kirwan; A TREMENDOUS DISCOUNT!
$150 for 12:15-3pm to shoot with the models with support and guidance if needed.
Location: The LIGHTHOUSE Berkeley:
1310 9th st. Berkeley, CA[masked]
About The LIGHTHOUSE Berkeley:
The Lighthouse is a photo studio/event space in Berkeley, that runs events, workshops and meet ups for people interested in creating art. The content ranges from fashion shoots to hanging from a Lyra to fine art nudes and filling all the gaps in between. We are affiliated with amazingly talented photographers eager to share their knowledge in lighting; professional models that carefully instruct the female form in providing posing techniques for up and coming talent; and hair, make-up artists and stylists interested in making your ideas come to life. The Lighthouse is available for private bookings hourly, half days or full day rates. We have professional, internationally published models coming through monthly and also widely publicized, amazingly talented photographers on board to teach our groups on various topics. This is intended to be more of a coop of artists of various forms coming together in a common space. We are continually growing and building. You can check out the website atwww.thelighthouseberkeley.com for rates and more info. We invite you to join us!
Want to Teach? The LIGHTHOUSE is always looking for partners that want to give back to the community and help our members grow and learn. If you have exceptional knowledge on any photography related topics, we want you! We are looking to build a community of artists seeking to enhance their skills and master their craft. Contact Candace at [masked] Thanks!
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