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A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams
Learn how to see nature through the eyes of an artist and photograph it like a pro. Create images that capture the natural wonders of the Mount Auburn Cemetery in your own unique way. You may think a cemetery is a strange place for a photography workshop, but this location is a visual treasure trove packed with beauty waiting to be photographed by you.
During this photo workshop we will focus on three skills:
1. How to gain control over your camera setting by going off Auto. We will work on how to use depth of field (f-stop) settings to isolate your subject and create drama.
2. How to use a variety of creative compositions to organize the content of your image in fresh, exciting ways beyond the rule of thirds.
3. How to be more mindful before you click the shutter so you experience the beauty of the place and can translate that into your image.
See sample photos below. No longer able to insert them here in the text.
We will end class with a hike up the tower for this spectacular 360% view! Or you can stay down on the ground if you don't care for heights. Great view from there as well. We will change camera settings to capture the details of big landscape scenes like this.
About Mount Auburn By FRIENDS OF MOUNT AUBURN (http://mountauburn.org/author/friends-of-mount-auburn/)
"Nature, which had once been something to fear, had by the early nineteenth century become considered a thing of beauty, mystery and awe. Mount Auburn’s founders embraced and celebrated the natural terrain of their new Cemetery. The design philosophies of the picturesque were developed in response to this new celebration of nature and the unknown.
To be "picturesque", a landscape should appear wild, yet be carefully planned with plantings that highlight its natural ruggedness as if to appear like a painting. Hills were considered to be a vital component of a picturesque landscape.
The contrast of vibrant color against the granite sculptures and winding paths offers many stunning opportunities for creative expression."
About your instructor: Suzanne Merritt is a master level instructor with a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. She has led workshops on beauty, photography, and creativity in Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years. She was the founder of the Polaroid Creativity and Innovation Lab. She recently opened The Curious Soul Photo School in Boston MA.
Learning to see creatively means slowing down to notice simple details right in front of you the have the potential to make a great photo. The things other people walk right by will suddenly jump out at you begging for your attention.
I will introduce you to some simple step by step practices for creative seeing so you can find beauty in the most unexpected places. I will show you some inspiring example photos to help get you started. I will help challenge your assumptions about what makes an interesting photo.
I have designed a series of three specific assignments to challenge your creativity and get you out of your habitual ways of seeing.
You will have a chance to try these out right away with my guidance out on the grounds. You will receive individual coaching and critique while we are in the field shooting. This way you can be confident that you will be able to repeat the process next time you are out on a shoot.
We will work with color, texture, pattern, and light to make our photos come to life. As always, this is a non technical jargon zone. It is all about the creative act of seeing and capturing the moments of life with a fresh eye. There is a sudden sense of discovery when you get a glimpse of nature in this way.
This workshop is for you if:
• You want to develop your eye to see beyond the basic, obvious images.
• You would like to go off auto and explore depth of field with aperture priority.
• Your photos are “nice” but not jaw dropping all that often.
• You would like to go beyond the basics of composition and learn more advanced ways of composing your images using dynamic tension and harmony.
Taking better photos takes practice and with guidance the you know what to focus on and how to see with the creative eye of an art photographer.
I am very excited about offering this intensive workshop. I know you will leave with 5 new tips and techniques for seeing creatively that you will be able to apply to any type of photography you do in the future. Handouts will be provided so you can practice the skills you learn again on your own. This is the best way to really improve.
The $65.00 tuition for the workshop. This will be a small class. Only 8 participants.
For directions and parking suggestion please visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery website. http://mountauburn.org
Once the class is full, you will receive an email with more details about what to wear and what to bring. Looking forward to seeing you there. This program is open to all levels. It does require a fair amount of walking so please keep that in mind.
There are public restrooms and parking.
You are invited to visit my website and learn more about my unique approach to teaching photography. www.curioussoulphotos.com (http://www.curioussoulphotos.com)
Rockport Art Association
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt
You are invited to join the small group (only 8) headed to Rockport MA. I realize you have been there before, but during this day you will discover how to see photographically. This skill will change the way you notice and photograph your world. One secret of successful artists, is to return to the same scene again and again and see with a fresh eye. Think of Monet and his water lilies he painted hundreds of times in all different light and conditions. Never the same twice.
This is one of our signature programs. We go back each year and see things we never saw before. I hope you can join us this time, for the first time second time or third time. There is amazing beauty everywhere you look. With expert coaching and guidance you can capture the scene in a way that is creative, unique and exciting every time. No one sees the world the way you do. So join us to express your experience of beauty in your own way and develop your visual voice.
About your instructor: Suzanne Merritt is a master level instructor with a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. She has led workshops on beauty, photography, and creativity in Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years. She was the founder of the Polaroid Creativity Lab and in 2016 opened The Curious Soul Photo School. She brings her background in aesthetics, design, and mindfulness into every program she teaches making each experience far more than just a photography class. It is a day of appreciating the beauty of life and creating images that express that beauty in your own creative way.
I find most people long to have the image match their memory of the moment of beauty. Often, the results are disappointing. This is because they are trying to translate an experience they have had with all their senses, into a two dimensional visual form. The sounds, smells, and other sensations are lost. You need to know how to use the visual language of color, texture, light etc.. to speak to all the senses.
The lantern example in the photos below is an architectural detail you can find on Bearskin Neck. It uses the visual language of color, texture and light. But in the first photo, I had a bad angle. I took one step to the right and it was perfect. See the difference? "Learn from the mistakes of others; you do not have time to make them all yourself." Chinese Proverb.
You will each receive a private mini class during the workshop so we can focus on exactly what you want to learn.
• Questions about going off Auto?
• Not sure how to frame the subject?
• Want to sharpen your focusing skills?
It is up to you to choose what you would most love to learn.
Even if you have been to Rockport before, this day is sure to help you see it with fresh eyes. I have scouted some fantastic areas for our class to shoot. We will work in three different areas so you can collect a variety of images including the town, the docks and the best view on the North Shore. You will also have enough free time to wander on your own while I do the individual coaching.
There will be three structured "assignments" designed to challenge your creativity and encourage your unique style of photography. These assignments will come with a handout and a specific skill for you to hone during the assignment. For example, you might be asked to show us Rockport through the eyes of a child. This could require a completely fresh point of view bound to make your images more dynamic.
In this fun and educational event, you'll discover techniques that improve every single photo you take from now on. Bring your iPhone, Point and Shoot or DSLR. All levels welcome to participate in this workshop. But it is one of the more physically challenging sessions so be prepared to do a fair amount of walking. WE will take a coffee break mid way through the 4 hour class.
Some of the topics I will cover in the workshop will be:
• Timing and positioning so you increase the chances of getting the lucky shot when photographing people.
• Composition of subjects within the frame and in relationship to each other using creative points of view and rules of thirds.
• How to use visual elements of color, light, texture, and motion to evoke emotion and tell a story when photographing architecture and landscapes.
• How to choose the most compelling segment of the horizon for your landscape photos.
• Some basic camera operation tips will be offered if you need them to get off the Auto Setting and take photos that are properly exposed and in focus.
You are invited to discover how to capture the true beauty of a place. Discover how to see the hidden structure of the scene. Once you see it, you can capture it in your photos. You will immediately feel the difference in your photography because they will have more impact and power.
This is a "no technical jargon zone", so if you're a total beginner, I promise that you will feel at ease and totally comfortable in this relaxed and fun setting. I provide individual coaching and suggestions so you will improve immediately.
Logistics: We will meet at 12:30 PM in Rockport. If you live in Boston, some of us will take the Train from North Station which gets us to Rockport Station by 12:00 Then walking into town.
Class will officially end at 4:30 you can take the 5:50 train back to Boston.
Another option is for you to drive and meet us there. Get there any way you can but don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with other like minded photo enthusiasts. You will meet some great people, have some fun, and learn lots!
Tuition: $125.00. This includes materials, private coaching time, short group lectures with sample photos and mini critique. If I cancel due to rain, I will issue you a refund. Please hold Sunday as a rain date alternative just in case.
This will be an inspiring way to get your photography skills up and running for the Fall travel season ahead.
Please RSVP today to reserve your space. I am very excited to be offering this photo experience and hope you will join us.
If you are attending this for the second time, you will have different assignments this time around building on the skills we worked on last time.
Time to go to Brimfield!
Our exciting destination for this special field trip is the Brimfield Antique Market just 90 minutes from Boston, near Sturbridge Village. Brimfield provides a treasure trove of photo opportunities. You can choose to focus on the people, the place, or the things you see. It is like a giant visual feast of color, action and fun. Collect some of the most fascinating photos of your life during this one day photo fieldtrip. You just never know what you will see.
Brimfield Antique Market is BIG. 20 fields, 6,000 dealers, 50,000 visitors. This can be overwhelming. That is why it is great to go with a guide like me. I will help you find your way and take some of the most curious, fascinating, and unexpected photos of your life. WE go mid week so there are not too many people.
The photography skills you will develop during the day:
How to use your camera better. Working with different settings for each assignment.
• How to use composition to simplify the scene and create a dynamic image.
• How to focus on the visual design elements of color, line, texture shape and color.
• How to take your camera off the auto setting for clear, properly exposed photos.
• How to create photo essay with a series of images that add up to tell a story.
• All levels are welcome. You can shoot on auto or venture into the off auto world with some basic technical tips and guidance from me.
• Why go with a professional guide? Because I make arrangements with the top dealers so we have special permission to photograph their space. We can even move things around! I know which dealers are photo friendly.
• Because I reserve a parking spot for you. So don't worry when you see all those signs that say LOT FULL.
• Because I have been going to Brimfield twice a year for 20 years! I know my way around and love to share best photo opportunities with you.
Because I arrange special permission for us to shoot in the top dealer setups.
One year I just focused on photographing vintage cameras. You could choose one subject and see how many samples you can find.
There is a definite art to photographing the Brimfield Flea Market! I have been photographing Brimfield for over 20 years. I will be be sharing my secrets and taking a small group of you on a photo field trip to Brimfield located in Sturbridge MA. You can drive down same day, or go the night before and stay at an inn. If you choose this option book right away since the hotels fill up very fast.
One of the many fascinating and friendly dealers you will meet. Take time to hear their story. When I asked this man if I could take his photo, he absolute as long as he could wear his hat. And of course that made the photo!
Are you a lover of vintage flea markets and antiques? Are you a person who enjoys being surrounded by fascinating people in a festival like setting?Are you curious about how to take better photos of the unexpected moments of life?
I make arrangements for parking and for specific dealers who welcome us into their tents. Not all dealers are photo friendly but I have developed relationships with the top dealers who will let you shoot. Some, only allow our group to shoot!
"Under Suzanne's excellent tutelage, we were able to focus on the well thought out photo assignments she provided. Suzanne located the very best vendors for us to visit. " Lisa W.
The subjects: textures, people, dogs, collectables, textiles, glass, sliver, artwork, and that is just one field! It is almost impossible for me to describe what you will see, because honestly, it is never the same twice.
Spend the entire day at Brimfield with the fabulous small group with me as your photo guide. I will be providing photo tips, instructions and assignments all day. Some creative photo topics we will cover include composition, lighting, cutting out clutter, story telling, photographing people and pets and macro settings. I will share with you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes photographers make when shooting events and gatherings. You will also receive individual coaching during the day to help you with the specific type of photos you want to take.
You never know what you will see. Have your camera ready at all times. And everyone is happy to strike a pose if you say please.
It is almost impossible to describe Brimfield. You will just have to come on the adventure and experience it for your self. I am counting the days and hope you will join us. RSVP now to save your space. If you want to go the night before, you should book a hotel room NOW since they fill right up. Call pooling is also possible once we know who is going.
P.S. If you have any questions just send me a message. I will be happy to reply so you will have all the info you need to make your decision.