Our hotel for the weekend is another Copthorne in Salford Quays as they’ve been more than accommodating at our last two weekends and hopefully this one will maintain that excellent standard.
The weekend will run much as before and I’ll send out a full itinerary nearer the time but I’ve given a few details of our workshops to whet your appetites, I think that each workshop leader will tackle the different areas of Manchester and Salford to great effect and keep us all on our toes.
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Adrian Beasley Workshops.
Adrian is a Light and Land leader, he will focus on capturing the architecture in and around the quay in B&W. He will focus on how he identifies and captures new locations and the methods he employs to capture his superb graphic architectural images
In the evening, he will do a presentation on High Impact B&W architecture and include a session editing images from the day. He will also have a printer on hand and will print something from the day.
You will find examples of his architectural (among other genres) images on his website: https://www.abeasley.org
Verity Milligan Workshops.
Verity is very well known for her Birmingham cityscapes. Also a Light and Land leader and her workshops will be in Manchester city centre, taking in the juxtaposition in architecture, exploring the Northern Quarter and capturing the canals that run through the city centre (and the Castlefield Viaduct highland).
There will be opportunities to practice different techniques and hone skills with regard to photographing cityscapes.
Check out her website below under ‘prints’ to see some examples of her work: http://www.veritymilliganphotography.com
Tony Bramley workshops.
Tony will be rejoining us (you may remember his absorbing workshops when we were in Brighton). A different topic this time Tony has for a number of years been running “Street Photography” workshops in and around city areas and for this weekend he will be mentoring you on the techniques of street photography in the style of Saul Leiter, a pioneer of colour photography in the 40’s and 50’s and a leading light in the New York School of photography who I’m sure you will all have heard of.
He will also be giving a presentation on ‘Pictorialism’ the precursor of Visual Art.
Claimed as the beginning of photography as art, Pictorialism changed many views on photography. It emphasises beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality and it was practised by such early photographers as Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz among many others.
Digital photography provides an opportunity to emulate the style of the Pictorialist’s and Tony finishes the presentation with some examples of processing using current software.
His website is: https://lightacademy.co.uk
NOTES FOR TONY’S WORKSHOPS
Saul Leiter moved to New York to pursue painting and turned to photography (largely self-taught) to become one of the iconic photographers of the mid-twentieth century.
Leiter experimented with colour, sometimes using Kodachrome 35 mm film past its sell-by date. His main subjects were street scenes and his small circle of friends.
His innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of other notable street photographers of the time.
His style encompassed colour, quite often saturated as well as pastel, but blended with shapes, textures and people, at times in a semi-abstract form.
Happy to experiment, he included short to medium telephoto lenses in his street photography. This helped to gain compression in the layers as well as distance himself from subjects.
We will be exploring the Quays area, even hoping for some rain!
Shooting in Leiter’s style, there is much to think about as well as plenty to offer for inspiration:
Saturated colours, Pastel colours, Low light, out of focus, Windows, Shapes, Texture.
Think from 50mm (FF) upwards and if street photography worries you then 90mm to 150mm will be your friend for compressing layers within the composition.
If you wish to go light and simple, then a 24-70mm or 24-105mm lens will work well.
Primes in the 50mm to 135mm will provide limited depth-of-field to help emphasis selected layers in the frame.
No tripods required :)
Experiment with colour and dodging and burning in post-production.
His presentation will be based on Pictorialism
We Visual Artists have a lot to thank the Pictorialists for...A presentation on photography Pictorialism from the late 19C to early 20C. Claimed as the beginning of photography as art, Pictorialism changed many views on photography that still resonates today
This presentation that takes in the key photographers/artists of the time showing the beautiful, stylised images they produced. Tony outlines the emergence of the movement and how it changed the voice of the amateur photographer. Demachy, Stieglitz, Marissiaux, Boughten and too many others to mention are celebrated for their artistic imagery.
Digital photography provides an opportunity to emulate the style of the Pictorialist’s and Tony finishes the presentation with some examples of processes using current software.