The Work In Progress Photography Seminars are finally here!
The first two one-day workshops were held on Saturdays: July 11 and August 22, 2009. We focused on creating great lighting, composition, working with art directors, hair and makeup artists, models, etc.
I didn’t want this thing to get too boring, so we’ll be working in the amazing Metropolitan Building in NY, where the likes of Steven Meisel, Paolo Roversi, Diego Uchitel, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, and Me have all worked We’ll be shooting on one of these two floors:
Here are a few of the tear sheets from the Met Bldg’s promo materials:
And here are a few of my advertising images from the Metropolitan Bldg:
So here’s the plan:
There will be a maximim of 5 participants. The format will be fairly loose. I want you to get as much out of it as possible – and to that extent we will be doing what you all want to do the most. The space is huge so we will have plenty of space to spread out. I’ll be concentrating on using daylight and mixing it with strobes, bounce cards, gels, etc. Also discussed will be the pluses and minuses of front lighting, back lighting, side lighting, strobe, tungsten, modeling lights, and such.
So bring your cameras, tripods for sure because it can be a little dark in there, laptops if you want, small reflectors, and whatever else you like to work with.
And since we’ll be in New York, I will also have guest Art Directors/Makeup artists/Stylists who have worked on assignments for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, Prada, Bergdorf Goodman, Victoria’s Secret, Surface, Allure, New York Times, etc. So part of the day will feel like a real assignment, because it sort of will be
We will also be using models from Ford Models, New York Models, and elsewhere.
[In case you are wondering if I know what I am doing, well…er…sort of
Actually, I do have a lot of teaching experience, including teaching photography at Parsons School of Design in New York as well as in Paris. I was also the Assistant Chair of the Photo department there for a number of years.]
Cost of this workshop is $495 per person for the way, which covers: the space, lighting, models, make-up artists, breakfast and lunch. Not included are lodging and transportation.
PayPal e-check is the preferred method of Payment. If you want to pay by regular PayPal or PayPal Credit Card, please add in $14.85 (3%) to help cover the PayPal processing fee. When sending payment, please specify the date of the workshop which you would like to attend. Cancellation must be made 15 days prior to the workshop day in order to receive a refund. Payment should be sent to ron at ron purdy dot com. Also, any questions you may have can be sent to the above e-mail address, or posted in the comments section of this post and I will reply.