I’ve mentioned these workshops before and they continue to excite me. If you’re in New York City on the following dates, do book this workshop! Taught by Ed Kashi an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker who has produced seventeen stories for National Geographic magazine. Dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times, a sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. One of his innovative approaches to photography and filmmaking is his acclaimed Iraqi Kurdistan flipbook that uses still images in a moving-image format. As a member of the prestigious VII Photo Agency, Ed has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. His images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books. Ed is a pioneer in multimedia, having worked in video and film for more than a decade. He has also been on the forefront of using mobile photography and the Instagram platform as a photojournalist on assignments and for personal projects. In 2011, he produced a multimedia piece on the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam that won the UNICEF Photo of the Year and a World Press award. Ed’s work has earned numerous other honors, including from Pictures of the Year International (recently named Multimedia Photographer of the Year for 2014), Communication Arts, and American Photo Magazine. Ed is also an accomplished educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. I’m assuring you, you will not be dissapointed!
I have listed the itinerary below but bear in mind, it flexes, for all the right reasons!
Day 1 — Saturday: High Line Park/Times Square
Gather in our classroom this morning for introductory talk on the fundamental technical skills for making great images with your smartphone—including exposure and focus controls—as well as an image presentation by our National Geographic photographer. Then head west to the Highline to test your new technical skills on your first assignment. Stroll along this elevated urban greenway, capturing its architectural details, scenes of passersby, and unexpected angles on the New York skyline and the Hudson River. Pick up your lunch to bring back to the classroom for an edit-and-critique session with your instructors. This afternoon, learn about photographic composition and creative seeing, and discuss the elements that make an image powerful. As the afternoon light fades to dusk, travel by subway to iconic Times Square for today’s second field assignment, working with low lighting and bright city lights to make compelling night shots.
Optional Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Day 2 — Sunday: Central Park
Meet up to edit and critique yesterday’s images in the classroom this morning. Discuss storytelling with your camera and hear which of today’s creative apps can best enhance your smartphone images. Then head out on a photo shoot in Central Park, using some of these apps to tell a compelling story about the park and its patrons. Later, return to our classroom for a final edit-and-critique session with your instructors, followed by a discussion on social media’s impact on photography, future directions in smartphone photography, and your own next steps. Cap off the workshop with a group dinner followed by a presentation of the best images created during the weekend.
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