There is more to a great photographer than great pictures. Nowadays, a great photographer must possess technical skills and business savvy in order to get their work out there and get noticed for the talent that they have. One way to get known is to specialize in a particular niche of photography. Fashion, production and headshot photography are big business in Los Angeles. Below is a continuation of the workshop offerings from the Julia Dean Photo Workshops for the month of February.
Shooting Fashion! A one day workshop with Andrew Southam. Saturday Feb 23.
For many photographers, shooting fashion photography is a challenging yet richly rewarding experience. This creative, energetic one-day workshop will help participants shooting fashion imagery find direction. Students will explore some of the essential ingredients that make a memorable fashion shoot such as lighting techniques, concept and choice of equipment. Emphasis will be placed on developing the photographer’s style and point-of-view.
Andrew Southam will present a brief history by showing images from the masters of the genre. He will then conduct a shooting demonstration showing participants first-hand his approaches and techniques. The afternoon will consist of shooting time for all the participants using models. Andrew will serve as a close guide, helping participants develop their own style, create portfolio-quality imagery, and further their knowledge and preparedness for professional shoots. The workshop will include evening wrap-up time for group critique and sharing of the day’s imagery.
Participants are encouraged to bring DSLR cameras equipped with a hot shoe or sync connection.
The Art and Business of Actor Headshots with Michael Sanville. Sunday, Feb 24.
During this one-day intensive workshop, Michael Sanville, a headshot photographer with 20 years of experience, will share his knowledge of the industry, including how he has photographed literally tens of thousands of actors and continues to do so.
Students will learn the proper tools it takes to begin a career as a headshot photographer including:
How to find your style.
How to avoid the trappings of trends.
How to find makeup artists that are not only professional but reliable.
How to decide between flash and natural light and why some prefer one over the other.
How to make an effective and inexpensive marketing plan to build your business.
The do's and don't of working with actors and how to relate to them one on one.
This class will prepare students to deliver a top quality headshot that will get the actor noticed, and more importantly, in the door of agents managers and casting directors alike.
Surviving the Field: A Production and Career Guide for Shooters with Cirina Catania. Thursdays, Feb 28-April 4.
It takes more than creativity to survive in this competitive world. Learn what is expected from the time you get an assignment until you come home with those award-winning images. Perfectly designed for still photographers and videographers, this six-session mentored class (with high-level guest filmmakers and coaches) guides students to the next step in their careers.
All aspects of production will be covered thoroughly, including equipment choices, tips and tricks of shooting on location, meeting client expectations, paperwork required to finalize deals, financial concerns, and finding good crews in remote areas of the world. Other topics will be explored as well, such as fixers, visas, climate challenges, time pressures, media management, security issues, emergency plans, getting the shots, b-roll, interviews, roadblocks and more, all within the context of telling a story. Ultimately, choosing the life of a field production creative takes hard work and tremendous preparedness, but in the end it’s rewarded with a great shoot and amazing memories.
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