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About NYC Digital Photography Workshops...

New to photography? Know your way around a camera but your skills need some fine tuning?

With so many resources now available out there, where do you start?

Our experts in the field can help guide you through the process – both creative and technical – in image making.

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NYC Digital Photography Workshops creates fun, yet informative, GROUP AND PRIVATE workshops on over 120 photography topics on everything from how to use your new DSLR, manual settings and composition to studio lighting, fashion and street photography that spark creativity and technical know-how with or without having the latest and greatest gear. You will learn real-world photography techniques both in the studio and/or in the field.

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NYCDPW occasionally leads themed Photo Walking Tours with its owner, Dawn M. Wayand, to exercise your skills, build your portfolio and make new friends in a more intimate group environment. We provide outlets for your photography via occasional Group Exhibitions in various places such as SoHo, Chelsea, Lower East Side and more.

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We aim to build your confidence as a photographer all while giving you the skills you need to succeed as a photographer. At NYCDPW, you will be part of a community of photographers, from novice to expert, where you can hone your craft. Our instructors, themselves working photographers, have walked in your shoes. They speak your language and understand your challenges. Yes, intuitive instruction that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Register today…we look forward to helping YOU become the photographer YOU want to be!

Shoot. Learn. Become MORE Awesome.

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Intro to Exhibiting Your Photography

WFM Studios

$89.00

Exhibiting your work can be a very exciting yet daunting task. What can sometimes feel more nerve-racking is wondering if your work is good enough to exhibit! Where do you even start? Where can you sell your photography and how can you get gallery representation? You may have questions as to what your work is worth as a beginner...or even as an advanced photographer. In this workshop, we will cover the following common concepts for getting started in exhibiting your photography: Setting Goals Building Confidence to Sell Your Work Dealing with Negative Feedback What Sells Putting Together a Portfolio Where to Show and Sell Your Work Getting Gallery Representation Pricing Your Work Tips for Negotiating Your Prices Increasing Your Photography’s Market Value You will leave this workshop better equipped to approach different markets for exhibiting your photography and geared up for the next workshop in this series, which is how to market yourself and your photography, which will be offered a few weeks following. Required: Pen and paper for notes. About the Instructor: Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator, photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published over 80 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn currently writes for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014. You can see examples of Dawn's work in her galleries at www.dawnmwayand.com and http://travel.dawnmwayand.com.

Strobe Modifiers & Effects

WFM Studios

$99.00

Light is just one element to creating a beautiful studio photo. Modifiers for those lights are also necessary to shape and diffuse the light to create specific effects you may be looking for in your end result. This workshop will familiarize you will a toolbox full of modifiers and their effects for shaping and diffusing light onto your subject to create beautiful portraits. We will have a model for this workshop to demo and for you to practice shooting using the different modifiers. In this workshop, we will cover the following modifiers, their various characteristics and effects: Collapsible reflectors: different shapes, sizes, colors Metal reflectors: short and throw Umbrellas: different sizes and colors Softboxes: different shapes Barndoors Beauty dishes: different colors Grids Snoots Gels: different colors You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of when to use what modifier to achieve a particular effect when shooting in the studio. Requirements: Intro to the Photography Studio workshop or relative experience working with strobes. Optional: Feel free to bring your camera, however, you will also need to bring your camera’s USB cord for tethering to Lightroom. If your camera does not tether to Lightroom, you will need to use the classroom camera, which is a Nikon D750, and I will have it set for the studio settings. No exceptions. SPECIAL NOTE: Any student photos taken of the model belong to the photographers, however, photographers agree photos shall be released to the model to use for her portfolio only as a special thanks for her time. Photographers agree to sign a class model release prior to shooting providing such use and prohibiting photographer commercial use (selling the photos) without written consent of model. About the Instructor: Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator,+ photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published over 80 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn currently writes for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014. You can see examples of Dawn's work in her galleries at www.dawnmwayand.com.

Intro to the Photography Studio

WFM Studios

$89.00

A portrait is a record or keepsake to last a lifetime. As a studio photographer, much goes into creating that momento. From coordination of wardrobe, hair and makeup to setting up sets and lights and then directing, posing and shooting your client to reviewing select images with your client - these are just a few tasks involved with the actual shoot. However, as a new studio photographer, you will need to grasp all of the basics of being in a studio: the equipment available to you and how to use it - learning to crawl before you walk and to walk before you run! In this workshop, we will start by briefly going over many of the tasks involved in a portrait shoot as a primer before diving into a discussion and demonstrations on the following topics: Shooting space Tripods Background options & support systems How to properly use light stands and sandbags Odds and ends such as: gaffer tape, spring clamps, extension cords, surge protectors Different uses for strobes: key lights, fill lights, background lights, rim light, hair light, side light and floor lights How to use a light meter Tethering: why tether, what’s needed for tethering and how to tether And more... You will walk away from this workshop with a better comfort level of being in a photography studio, using a light meter, setting up light stands and a tripod, the functions of the class strobes and how to tether using Adobe Lightroom. Requirements: You must know the manual settings of your camera. Optional: Feel free to bring your camera, but if you do, bring your camera’s USB cord. If there’s time at the end, you can practice shooting tethered in the studio. This workshop is mainly to get you acquainted with the studio equipment before other workshops where we will actually learn about modifiers, lighting patterns and other studio techniques. About the Instructor: Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator,+ photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published over 80 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn currently writes for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014. You can see examples of Dawn's work in her galleries at www.dawnmwayand.com.

How to Plan a Model Photo Shoot

WFM Studios

$99.00

As a photographer, we are in charge of and responsible for everything that happens on a photo shoot. We plan the shoot. We prepare for the shoot. We shoot. We clean up after the shoot. Then we begin the process of retouching and distribution. There’s a lot to do and a lot to remember each time you have a photo shoot. When your jobs get bigger, there’s always even more to do. This workshop will provide you with a list of general tasks that may be involved in your photo shoots, be it headshot sessions, portrait shoots, model portfolio shoots or fashion shoots. Not all of these tasks will apply to you ,as the photographer, each time, but it’s good to get familiar with the ins and outs of each task and to have solutions should a task fall upon your shoulders. This will be a lecture and discussion-based workshop with a handout. No cameras are needed - just your undivided attention and willingness to learn! Just a few of the topics we will cover include: Developing ideas/concepts/themes Creating mood boards Wardrobe Hair and makeup Selecting a creative team Locations Model agencies Building sets Logistics Call sheets Shooting on location And so much more! You will leave this workshop better prepared to pull off successfully setting up your own photo shoots from start to finish leaving the only thing for you to focus on during the shoot is shooting! Requirements: Pen and paper for notes. About the Instructor: Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator,+ photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published over 80 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn currently writes for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014. You can see examples of Dawn's work in her galleries at www.dawnmwayand.com.

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