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Large Format Camera Workshop w Gary Samson, Richard Ritter & David Speltz

  • 27 Sep 2018
  • 30 Sep 2018
  • Camera Commons Dover NH

For our third year of this popular workshop, we are adding options for those who have been through the basic workshop or are experienced and want to take their LF skills to a new level.  Basic and Advanced LF photographers will be together on Thursday afternoon for briefing and dinner and again on Sunday morning for photographing in downtown Portsmouth, reviewing work and having a Camera Commons supplied lunch.

Bring your own equipment or Camera Commons will supply equipment at no additional cost.

Option #1 Basic, Thursday - Sunday includes four days of basic and essential skills, including camera movements, lens selection, film selection and handling, exposure settings, and field work that includes seashore, landscape, architecture, and basic portraiture.   This is our introductory course for those either new to LF photography or those wishing a complete refresher course. 

All students, Basic and Advanced,  should arrive between noon and 4PM on Thursday, Sept 27 at which time we will review equipment needs, refresh ourselves on camera movements, lens use.  We will  test meters, discuss plans for the long weekend, and then head to dinner.  Students in Option #1 Basic will work together as a group the full four days. 


Option #2 Advanced: Thursday - Sunday: Students who have taken the basic workshop in the past may elect to re-take Option #1 Basic or any part of it as well as select one or both of the advanced options Abandoned Places andPortraiture on Friday and Saturday as described below. 

Abandoned Places: One full day on Friday of photographing “Abandoned Places.”  This includes both exterior and interior photography including advanced issues such adjusting for reciprocity failure, advanced camera movements, and lens selection for smaller interior spaces. It will include interior lighting using strobes where appropriate.  Students must have taken option #1 in the past or be fully competent in the use of a LF camera.


Portraits with Gary Samson: One full day of portraiture on Saturday, September 29, led by Gary Samson, former chair of the photography department of the NH Institute of Art and currently the NH Artist Laureate.  This will include natural light, studio lighting and include professional models.  Students must have taken option #1 in the past or be fully competent in the use of a LF camera.  There will be an additional model fee of about $300, split between the photographers.


Costs:  the cost for the four day workshop is $895 (there will be a modest lab charge for film 11x14 and larger and the model fee for those in the portrait option).  Credit and debit cards are accepted.  There is a $100 fee to hold a place and the balance is due September 1, 2018.  the $100 fee is refundable provided there is a wait list and we can fill the slot that has been canceled.

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