Sharp, crisp & “real”. Modern cameras are good at giving you sharp, crisp, well-exposed, photos. “Real photos”.
But do we want “sharp, crisp & real” every time we pick up our camera? Much of the time, yes, but most of us have a restless artist inside us, an inner voice that often asks “Is that all there is? What about something creative, something different, something artistic and compelling?”
Black and white photography is one very good answer to those requests from your inner artist. Another good answer is long exposure photography that blurs moving water or clouds or people or wildlife. Better still is both together.
Silky, slow, smooth, wonderful. Once you’ve learned these techniques, you can turn your local beach, river, waterfall or moving clouds into artworks. Long exposures create magic out of what is often “nothing much”, photographically speaking. Many days at the beach the waves don’t offer much to the discerning photographer. Days like that are perfect for long exposure photos which turn scruffy, choppy seas [or cloudy days] into satisfying art.
Easy? Yes, the basic techniques are easy, or at least not hard.
Do you need any special equipment? No, not for most of the techniques. I’ll show you how to get good long exposure photos with just your normal camera [and a tripod, usually], nothing else needed. One advanced technique [still not too hard] needs a strong neutral density filter [8-12 stops] and ideally a shutter release cable. But don’t worry if you don’t have a strong neutral density filter – I have three that I’m happy to lend you for the afternoon. First in, first served.
This workshop includes an assignment and follow-up evening 2-3 weeks later [at a time that suits everyone]. The follow-up can be by email.
Cost: Full course fee [which includes tuition, hand-outs, yummy catering, assignment, and follow-up] $295. Fulltime students with ID $145.
ABOUT KIM WESTERSKOV: Kim is uniquely qualified to teach this. He is one of the very few photographers ever to have won five First Prizes in the BBC/Natural History Museum “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, the world’s biggest and most prestigious nature photography competition, running for over 50 years now. This competition is recognized as the Oscars or Olympics of nature photography worldwide. Kim has judged many photography competitions, including four years judging the “New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year” competition.
Kim has had a long and internationally-recognized career as a photographer and for the last 12 years has taught, inspired and guided many photographers through mentoring, tuition and the regular workshops he runs. He has had 18 books published internationally, all written and photographed by him.
Any questions: please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
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KIM WESTERSKOV’S 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAMME. All are one-day workshops, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm:
• Saturday 22nd February. “Landscapes & Seascapes” photo workshop.
• Sunday 29th March. “Close Up Magic” photo workshop.
• Saturday 2nd May. “Photo Essentials” workshop.
• Sunday 24th May. “Slow, smooth & wonderful – long exposures” photo workshop.
• Saturday 20th June. “Great people photos” workshop. Portraits, kids, families, candid, travel, events, weddings.
• Sunday 19th July. “Photo Impressionism & Photo Art” workshop.
• Saturday 15th August. “Zap, Zing, Wow! & Creativity” photo workshop. Going “deeper” & becoming more creative with your photography. “Soul” and “storytelling” in your photography.
• Sunday 13th September. “Composition & Light” photo workshop.
• Saturday 10th October. “Even more exciting new techniques” photo workshop.
• Sunday 1st November. “Good photos, great photos – anytime, anywhere” photo workshop.