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Photography portraiture with Matthew Jordan Smith

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“If you want to learn photography learn from someone great.” Matthew Jordan Smith is great. Smith has worked with some of the most famous celebrities, from Oprah Winfrey to Tyra Banks and more recently “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Smith is no stranger to working the high-pressure world of high profile commercial photography.

Recently I spoke with Matthew Jordan Smith at Imaging USA 2014 in Phoenix and he shared some of his thoughts about his beginnings in photography, the industry, education, and outreach to new photographers entering the field of photography. His passion to help others was admirable and unquestionable. I’ll cover his interview in an upcoming article later this month. As an educator Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the most sought-after speakers, presenters, and educators around.

“Smith has taught at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He has been a featured photographer and judge on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model. He has been the subject of television and magazine interviews including The View, BET, In Style, Essence, Photo District News, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographer.”

Source: PPGBA.ORG

Matthew Jordan Smith will be presenting and teaching workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area on the following dates and you can view his work at:

http://www.matthewjordansmith.com

February 20, 2014

Secrets To Creating Powerful Portraits

Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area! –PPGBA

February 21, 2014

Fashion Portraiture: with Secrets to Shooting Fashion and Beauty

Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area! –PPGBA

February 22 & 23, 2014

Photo Assistant Basic Training

APA- American Photographic Artist

Day One – Kicks off with the popular "Assistant Panel" which includes experts on working as a photo assistant. Get real world answers to all questions from the attendees. Following the panel discussion will be exciting live software and equipment demonstrations with industry reps from Sony, Broncolor, and PhotoShelter. Learn from the pros. Industry reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Day Two - Full on, hands-on workshops with much of the gear an assistant will most likely encounter on the majority of professional photo shoots. Many aspects of assisting will be explained in great detail, i.e. strobes, hot lights, flags, scrims, set etiquette, the assistant kit, tips on getting work, billing, and how to deal with the dreaded cancellation. Following classroom discussion and demonstrations, participants will work along side the Pro Photographers to discover crucial pro assisting skills.

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