Birmingham Photography Workshop

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Finding Creativity in the Industrial South
April 7-9, 2017

Birmingham was founded during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period in 1871. The city grew into a major industrial and railroad transportation center. Birmingham’s unique proximity to major mineral deposits of coal, iron ore, and limestone made it a natural location for iron smelting. Birmingham grew into an major industrial hub with rapidly expanding companies producing steel and iron. The Sloss Furnaces was one of many steel and iron producers in the city during its rise and remains the best known with much of its late years of manufacturing still intact. Sloss Furnaces became a National Historic landmark in 1981 and is the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the U.S. being preserved as a historic industrial site.

The Sloss Furnaces is our focus for this workshop. The industrial site has been renovated to allow visitors to tour the complex in safety. Two 400-ton blast furnaces, forty buildings and lots of interesting pipes and other artifacts remain and give the photographer a wide array of interesting subjects to focus on. The photographer is free to wander amongst the giant slag buckets, around the maze of pipes in the blower building, and the entropic crust of decay that make this a unique,fun and creative place to photograph. This industrial site is perfect for the photographer who enjoys HDR and applying other artistic applications to their photography. If you’re looking for something unique and certainly a location not many other photographers have exploited you’ll love this one. The city of Birmingham is also an idea location for photographing the railroad industry and many interesting historic architecture.

What you can expect. You can expect to be the focus of attention. Your photography is paramount and it’s my job to provide the answers that allow you to grow as a photographer. Participants receive lots of one on one instruction in the field along with group discussions. You’ll discover the artist within and build on your skills. Mastering your tools in the field and knowing what they can do for you is the foundation to a successful photo journey. Photographers want to be behind their camera therefore I make every effort to maximize our time in the field and teach with a hands on approach. Learning to see and knowing what to do once you identify your subject is the stepping stone to building a work of art. Classroom sessions will be kept to a minimum. We’ll have a classroom session on Friday evening introducing participants to my workflow and share several of my favorite creative post processing techniques. You’ll be introduced to several popular software programs that provide the photographer the creative freedom to explore beyond the standard photograph, (i.e. Nik Collection, Topaz, Alien Skin, Auto FX and MacPhun). HDR photography will be explored both in the field and in post processing. We’ll look at the different HDR programs and let you decide which one best fits your style, (i.e. Aurora HDR Pro, Photomatix and Nik HDR). Join me and let your creativity flow.

Workshop schedule.
• The Friday evening we’ll meet at 6 p.m. Our evening session will give us a chance to meet other workshop participants, participate in a presentation on creativity and end with a Q and A.
Saturday we’re in the field the entire day. Our morning and afternoon session will take place at Sloss Furnaces exploring the industrial site for unique and creative angles with plenty of one-on-one and group instruction. Each participant will receive a lot of personal attention. Our late afternoon and early evening hours will be spent exploring the streets in historic downtown Birmingham. Our field time is your opportunity to ask all the questions you want. I’m happiest when I know your learning. I want to help you become a better photographer.
Sunday morning we’ll be either in the field or in a classroom for a critique. This will be determined on Saturday late afternoon.

April 7-9, 2017

Fee: $450.
Deposit: $150
Participants: Minimum 5 – Maximum of 10
What’s Included:
• Workshop instruction
• Photo Walks • Photo Critiques and Instruction • Small Group Size

Not Included:
• Transportation • Lodging • Meals • Entry Fees when applicable

Please arrange your lodging as follows:
TBA (Birmingham, AL) for 3 nights; April 7 and 8th. Price TBA per night plus tax. Phone number for reservations TBA. (Reserve your rooms under the William Manning Photography Room Block).

Please fill out registration form at the link below and make payment below. If you are sending a check or money order for payment please indicate it on registration form. 

Registration Form Please click here


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