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Long Island Photo Workshop Announces Instructors for Summer 2010

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The Long Island Photo Workshop has announced its list of classes for the August 2-5, 2010 dates. This year’s classes and instructors are: The Power of Light with Tony Corbell, Professional Digital Imaging: Photoshop CS5 for Professionals being taught by Gary Small, “Paint Like a Master” with Corel Painter to be taught by Fay Sirkis, Light is the Greatest Influence being taught by Dave Black, and Professional Polish—Creating Your Signature Style with Janice Wendt.

The Long Island Photo Workshop is a Winona affiliate and PPA affiliate school, so if you’re a PPA member and attend, you will receive 2 merits for your attendance. The LIPW will be held at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel, in Smithtown, N.Y.

For more information about the Long Island Photo Workshop, go to the website www.liphotoworkshop.com.

The Power of Light

Understanding and controlling light quality is at the core of all of Tony’s presentations. You will learn how to see a unique perspective and not be afraid to push the limits of your experience and talents. Tony is a master of lighting and seeing light. Tony will discuss all types of lighting and tools in depth. Lighting applications will include additive, subtractive, reflective and transmission. Tony will show attendees how spending a few extra moments at the time of capture can save you hours in post-production making corrections.

Photographs ⓒ Tony Corbell

Tony Corbell. Photo by Bambi Cantrell

Tony Corbell is senior manager, product education and planning for Nik Software. During his career, he has had the honor of photographing three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders, 65 Nigerian heads of state, about 600 brides and grooms, a couple of NASA astronauts and scores of famous and not so famous faces since 1979. He has spoken at over 450 seminars and workshops around the world.

Tony has received the WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award, the Photographer of the Year award from the IPC, and is one of only 40 worldwide members of the Camera Craftsmen of America. He has also been a published author, has written articles for major photo magazines, and has had his new Location Lighting DVD produced by Software Cinema.

Oh, and he’s [supposedly] the biggest Beatles fan alive!

Light is the Greatest Influence

This workshop class will center around light and how photographers can best use it to define their subject and capture the viewer’s attention, using off-camera flash and Light Painting.

Photographs ⓒ Dave Black

Dave Black

Dave Black has been a freelance photographer for more than 30 years, and he is best known for his sports photography, featured in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time, ESPN and other publications, however he is a true master of light and has photographed many other subjects during his career.

Dave is also well known for his artistic Light Painting. Dave has been a teacher and guest lecturer since 1986. His monthly website tutorial pages – “Workshop at the Ranch” and BEST of On the Road” attract over 85,000 unique visitors monthly. Last year he released The Way I See It …50 One Page Workshops, an instructional coffee table book.

Paint Like a Master

Attendees will learn how to use Photoshop and Corel Painter 11 to transform their images into paintings that replicate the former Master Painters such as Rembrandt, Money, Norman Rockwell and Picasso. Learning to interpret high key portraits to be painted as watercolors and low key images as classical portraiture for the look of heirloom canvas oil paintings.

Photographs ⓒ Fay Sirkis

Photographs ⓒ Fay Sirkis

Fay Sirkis

Fay will share her signature style of blending an image, and the new digital “brushes” she has created that replicate the brush strokes of the Old Masters. Students will receive some of these brushes as files to keep. In addition to discussing retouching in Photoshop, applying and blending paints in Painter, and the final printing process, Fay will also offer tips for marketing these photographic works of art.

Fay Sirkis has spoken across the U.S. and Europe. She is a NY-based contemporary digital artist and photographer, with a background in traditional fine art. Fay is a Painter Master, is on the advisory council of Corel Painter, and is also a Canon Print Master. She is part of the “Dream Team” Instructors who teach at NAPP’s Photoshop World Conferences. Fay is known for her teaching methods which simplify the learning curve for students.

Professional Digital Imaging: Photoshop CS5

If you’ve wanted to enhance your knowledge of Photoshop, increase your productivity and learn real-world production time savers, this is the class for you. In addition to tips, tricks, color management and other techniques, you will also learn the nuances to the just released, latest version of Photoshop CS5. Photoshop Lightroom and its use in the digital workflow will also be discussed.

Photographs ⓒ Gary Small

Photographs ⓒ Gary Small

Gary Small

Gary Small has been a professional photographer since 1979 and has been working with Photoshop since the early versions of the program. Gary was the first person in New York state and only the seventh in the country to receive the PP of A ‘Certified in Electronic Imaging’ (CEI) designation. In addition to running a studio, Gary also conducts private tutoring and consulting on color management, Photoshop and more. He has also been a beta tester of numerous software programs and photographic products over the years.

Gary’s photo may look familiar to regular visitors of Picture-soup.com, he’s our resident digital imaging, Adobe Photoshop, Photodex Proshow Producer, and color management Guru and regular contributor to our website. Prior to his work on Picture-soup.com, he was a regular contributor to imaginginfo.com and Studio & Location Photography magazine.

Professional Polish—Creating Your Signature Style

Want to turn your images from good to great? Ever wonder how top photographers get awesome, edgy images? Want to take your work to the next level? This class will learn the secrets to creative, subtle image enhancements that save you time. As someone who knows Nik Software inside and out, Janice will help students get the most out of each of the company’s programs: Nik Color Efex Pro, Nik Sharpener Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro and Nikon Capture NX2.

(l.) Before (r.) After. Photographs ⓒ Janice Wendt.

(l.) Before (r.) After. Photographs ⓒ Janice Wendt.

Janice Wendt. Photo by Joseph & Louise Simone

Janice Wendt is Nik Software’s Channel Sales Manager, leading authority and ambassador, as well as often “training the trainers” on various techniques in digital imaging. She is a commercial and portrait photographer with over 25 years of experience. She also regularly gives lectures and seminars within the educational community.

— Diane Berkenfeld

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Impressions of PhotoPlus Expo 2009

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Having just recouped from three days of attending the PDN PhotoPlus Expo (www.photoplusexpo.com), held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC, I thought I’dlogo_main share my impressions of the show. PhotoPlus is designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, and showcases the latest in photography. October 22-24, 2009 marked the 26th consecutive year of the show.  This year there were a number of companies that chose not to exhibit, including Fujifilm, Pentax, The MAC Group, Calumet, and Adobe. However I didn’t feel that made a big difference in attendance. There were also a number of new companies to the industry showing product for the first time.

Although no registration figures have been released yet—I felt the show was well attended. You see, for someone who has attended dozens of tradeshows over the last 10 years, I judge the attendance on the tradeshow floor by how easily one can navigate through the aisles. If you’ve got to weave among other attendees and stop often to wait for others to let you through, then its pretty crowded. If you can easily and quickly walk the show, then its not that crowded. Well, I’m pleased to say that even though we’re in the middle of a recession, PhotoPlus Expo 2009 was well attended—all three days. Normally the show which is held Thursday through Saturday is more well attended on the weekdays than on the Saturday, however this year there were just as many folks walking the tradeshow floor on Saturday as there were earlier.

In addition to the hundreds of exhibiting companies, over 100 special events, seminars and hands-on workshops were held over the three days of the show. Topics ran the gamut from portrait/wedding, commercial/editorial, lighting, marketing and business, Photoshop and color management, and more.

Stay tuned to the Picture Soup blog for more from PhotoPlus Expo 2009.

[By the way, if you want to put next year’s dates in your calendar now, PhotoPlus Expo 2010 will be held Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30, 2010.]

— Diane Berkenfeld

Book Review: The Art of Pregnancy Photography

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PregnancyPhotogBookCoverBy Diane Berkenfeld

Buffalo, NY-based book publisher, Amherst Media, (www.amherstmedia.com) publishes photography books, covering a variety of topics, educating photographers in learning what is involved in genres they may not be familiar with but want to add to their businesses. One of the titles published in 2008 is The Art of Pregnancy Photography by Jennifer George (ISBN: 978-1-58428-218-1).

Maternity photography—photography of the expecting mother-to-be in her glowing beauty—is a growing market that many portrait and wedding photographers are adding to their offerings. Many of these photographers, though certainly not all, are new moms themselves who have discovered the beauty of maternity portraits.

Jennifer George, an award-winning photographer based in San Diego, CA authored The Art of Pregnancy Photography to share with other photographers how to go about adding maternity photography to their businesses. The book, written for the advanced photographer, discusses the artistic and aesthetic aspects of maternity photography.

Annie Leibovitz’s infamous portrait of a nude, seven-months pregnant Demi Moore, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 1991 greatly affected how Americans respond to such portraits—to the point that we’re now comfortable seeing and displaying these tasteful images in our homes.

The use of lighting to flatter the female form in addition to explaining how props such as flowing fabrics allow you to create beautiful portraits that show the mom-to-be but also allow for creative partial or full nudes to be captured that are quite artistic. She discusses flattering lighting on location as well as in the studio, which is helpful to the photographer who doesn’t normally shoot with artificial lighting.

George is thorough in her coverage of the genre—from discussing the aspects of adding maternity portraits to your existing business, how to go about soliciting clients and building a relationship so you become their photographer for all life events, to which types of poses work well, how to blend the lines between single portraits and add the husband or partner, and other children.

One of the most important aspects to Maternity photography is the photographer’s ability to connect with the client/subject as well as the mom-to-be’s comfort being photographed. George explains this and continues throughout the book, not only displaying examples of her own imagery but incorporating captions that explain the technical challenges of the specific images shown.

Capture alone is not the only way to create such beautiful images as the ones displayed in the volume. George talks about the way that Photoshop can help a photographer take their images to a new artistic level.

She also offers examples and suggestions for post-production manipulation techniques and includes screenshots and detailed instructions. These serve as an added educational aid, which is important because not only does she show final images, but explains in detail how they were created.

One of the most helpful parts of the book is the section on marketing and sales. George explains what types of final items clients are often likely to purchase. This is important to know, because these images, while beautiful, may not always be appropriate for display in a living room. She also goes into the tips photographers can use to build a mom-to-be client into a client for life. Such programs include the ‘First Year of Life’ Line, how to integrate baby portrait settings; as well as where to advertise to potential clients.

Another great part of the book is the section where George talks with nine other pro photographers about their perspectives on pregnancy portraits. By including the views of other photographers, the book is more well rounded and not just a solitary viewpoint from the author.

If you’re contemplating adding Maternity portraits into your studio’s repertoire, check out The Art of Pregnancy Photography by Jennifer George. The book is packed with information that will be helpful to you, and is well worth the $34.95 pricetag.

For more information about Jennifer George, visit her website at www.jennifergeorgephotography.com or her blog at www.jennifergeorgephotography.wordpress.com.