Fine-Art Long Exposure Workshop in Iceland!
- Marc Koegel
- 14. to 20. July, 2013
- US $ 7,500
During your week in Iceland you will be taken through the journey required to generate beautiful black and white, as well as color, long exposure photographs. Through exercises in the classroom and in the field, you will refine your photographic vision and set out on the way to becoming a better photographer.
Digital camera equipment, or film in any format (including 4×5 and larger) can be used. Students can choose to shoot in black and white or color.
Anyone who has ever tried to use long exposure techniques will quickly recognize that it is not only a serious technical challenge, but also an emotional and visionary one. Where and how do you find suitable subjects, and what approach do you use to photograph them? What techniques do you employ to turn everyday subjects into stunning pieces of photographic art?
This is exactly what you will learn in this workshop. Not just how to work the techniques, but also how to see. Even a master of technique will only produce weak photographs if his or her vision is not up to par. On this workshop, you’ll take both your photography and your digital processing skills to the next level.
Here are some of the things we’ll be exploring during the week:
- Master the essential techniques behind long exposure photography
- Learn how to use various kinds of neutral density filters
- Understand the creative, as well as technical, reasons for choosing specific long exposure times
- Refine your sense of composition, camera angle and position, as well as lens choice in an effort to create strong fine-art long exposure images
- Understand the difference between color and black and white long exposures, and reasons for choosing one over the other
- Learn how to pre-visualize your final image including specific composition advice for sea-scapes, architecture and city-scapes, as well as landscapes
- Learn about Marc’s fine-art black and white conversion process using a variety of tools including Adobe Photoshop and NIK Silver Efex
- Master more advanced shooting techniques including multi-shot long exposure panoramas, bracketing long exposures, etc
- Understand basic as well more advanced post production techniques using software such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
- Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at Marc’s award-winning fine-art imagery as he takes you through all the adjustments and workflow step-by-step needed to create the final look and feel.
- Learn about how to present your final images with focus on fine-art printing
- Work on creating a series of long exposure work taking advantage of the amazing natural surroundings of Iceland
Suggested Camera & Computer Gear:
- A Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens capability that can shoot in RAW
- Camera battery charger plus extra batteries
- A minimum of 16 gigs of camera memory
- Lenses to cover a range from wide angle to telephoto
- A sturdy tripod capable of supporting your camera and lens combinations
- A cable release
- A rain sleeve for protecting the camera when shooting near waterfalls
- Circular polarizing filter,
- Neutral density filters that total 16 stops of ND (i.e. a 10 stop and a 6 stop ND filter) Note: Marc will have ND filters for you to rent and use during the workshop if you do not have your own. Marc recommends filters by B+W, Hoya or Singh-Ray
- A small, compact camera, or your camera phone, for quick, casual shots
- Laptop computer with power charger
- Two external hard drives for image storage and backup
- A card reader
- Image processing software. Lightroom 4, Photoshop CS6, and NIK Silver Efex Pro will all be used to demo workflow and techniques; If you do not own these programs, all are available as free trial versions.
About Marc Koegel:
Marc Koegel is a proud father of two, an award-wining fine-art photographer, accomplished educator, writer and the director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD (www.vpworkshops.com).
His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe.
Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father’s camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12 (Yes he does fit this stereotype).
Marc has worked and studied with many internationally acclaimed photographers, including Joe McNally, Greg Gorman, Mary Ellen Mark, Arthur Meyerson, Jay Maisel, Ralph Gibson, David Hume Kennerly and Jon Cone from Cone Editions Press. In 2007, Marc was commissioned to put together Western Canada’s first 1 year full-time, fully accredited, diploma program focusing on the latest digital photography technologies. he has been teaching fine-art long exposure workshops for the past 5 years in venues across Canada, the US and Europe.
Among Marc’s keen interest are the creative and transitional techniques used to merit traditional darkroom with the latest digital processes. To create his fine-art photographs, Marc works with both, film and digital processes.