Here's one of those images that you never see coming. It wasn't until I scanned this neg and was spotting it that I realized the two figures dead center were near doubles of two very famous photographers.
Of course, a second look and I knew the resemblance was minor, but it's enough for a double take and enough to make me wonder if I experienced some subconscious moment in which I thought, "There they are, snap the shutter now!"
I think those subconscious moments happen often. It's the intuition a photographer develops after long years of practice. It's being instinctively aware of important elements coming together without actually looking at them and understanding the timing of the movement and knowing when to come into it, sensing that split second and adding your "click" to the concerto.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 This workshop has been postponed until August. Watch for a new date to be posted in July.
David's 2013 Summer workshop concentrates on the most fundamental aspect of picture making - composition.
"Ultimately the composition of a photograph depends upon a series of complex decisions made by the photographer often in a fraction of a second." - DWS
Having guided students through the initial steps toward defining one's personal vision and the process of identifying and understanding the fundamental nature of light, David will now focus those lessons on the creating of dynamic and powerful compositions.
This June 29th workshop will explore the classic rules of composition and demonstrate why those rules can be and are so often broken.
David will take participants through the process of defining essential elements such as line, form and tonal value as well as the concepts of visual tension, negative space and balance and how all of these work together to create a visual harmony resulting in a dynamic image successfully expressing the photographer's vision.
Other topics discussed in the course of this workshop will include :
color vs. black & white
Date: Saturday, June 29th, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: San Francisco Financial District (Meet on the bottom floor of the Crocker Galleria on Post St. at Montgomery, at 11:00am)
Instruction & discussion: 11:00 - 12:00
Gallery visit: 12:15 - 1:30
Break: 1:30 - 2:00
Photographing & problem solving: 2:00 - 4:00
Discussion & wrap up: 4:00 - 5:00
Be sure to bring a camera: digital, film, SLR or point & shoot and some sort of note taking device. (Pack a lunch for the break or there are limited options for lunch in the Financial District on Saturdays.)
In 1988 David moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin his career in photography, taking a job as a photo researcher at Mountain Light Photography. Since then, in addition to freelancing, he has worked as a studio/darkroom assistant, print finisher and in the late 1990s was Picture Editor at StageImage. For the past several years he has focused on personal projects documenting the social context of the urban environment. He lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife, the painter, Anna Conti.