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Put your art down and grab your camera!

It’s time to immortalize your artistic efforts with a visual record of your work. Having quality, well-lit, color-accurate photos will get your art noticed and promoted while creating a lasting record. Your image can make or break your Call for Entry submission.

In the hands-on, two-day workshops, you will learn how to take great photos and go home with images of 3-6 of your own artworks. Day One is all about lighting, the set and capturing the image. On Day Two, it’s your turn to take the shots while having the instructor by your side. This allows you to customize your photo techniques to meet the particular needs of your artwork while working under the guidance of the instructor.

The Learn To Manage Your Image Files workshop is a one-day session on the basics of organizing your image files for efficient retrieval and safe archiving. No camera work here — just a day of creating an organizational system that will work for you. Bring your laptop, or just follow along.

The Open Lab periods are available to graduates of the workshops. No teaching — just a studio facility where several sets will be ready to produce photos of 2D (flat) artwork or 3D (dimensional) artwork or jewelry. Bring your own work and your camera gear to the studio, and use our lights, sets, and space to photograph your work.

Your instructor, Scott Miles, is a graduate and teacher from Brooks Institute.  He loves teaching, and has taught for over 15 years at the college level and has been teaching photography workshops for over 30 years. Now, you have the opportunity to participate in workshops in his studio in Ventura, California.

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Workshop Structure

We begin with discussions of basic principles and methods. The procedure for photographing your work will be covered in a step-by-step manner. Equipment options will be presented. Questions are welcome throughout the workshop.

After covering the fundamentals, we will set up to photograph in groups of 2-3 participants. This allows you to help each other to achieve the best results, under the direction of the instructor. There will be a discussion of basic image processing at the end of the first day.

At the beginning of the second day, we will review the photos you produced the day before. We will discuss solutions to technical problems and help everyone to refine their technique. We will rotate through the artwork so that each participant could photograph 3 — 4 pieces. We will wrap up the day with a discussion of proper archiving and backup of image files.

Equipment Needed

You will need a camera with appropriate media cards (SD or CF cards). It’s best to bring your own, or borrow a suitable camera for the workshop. A tripod is required for this type of photography. Again, bring your own, borrow one, or let us know if you need to use one of our tripods.

We will help you determine proper camera setting for your camera, but the manual would be very helpful. Go online and download your camera manual if you do not have the printed copy.

Do not purchase equipment prior to the workshop since the workshop will include discussions of equipment considerations. Used equipment is often a good choice.

We will provide printed handouts and a drive with digital documents. Bring a laptop if you have one and like to use it during workshops.

This workshop has been specifically designed for artists who wish to achieve high-quality results photographing their artwork. These methods cannot be used with mobile phones or overly simple point-and-shoot cameras.

You can successfully use these methods with most digital cameras that allow manual controls, and a tripod. Please email or call Scott — he’ll be happy to discuss camera needs and answer any questions you may have.

Students should bring:

  • Camera & Manual
  • Charged Battery
  • Memory Cards (camera media cards — SD or Compact Flash — for your specific camera
  • A notepad and pen
  • A USB thumb drive (2 gb or larger)
  • Tripod

Bring Your Own Artwork

You will have the opportunity to photograph 3-4 art pieces during the workshop, possibly a few more. We will provide subjects to photograph. However, you may wish to bring some of your own work. Be sure to carefully pack and protect your artwork during transport.

Your artwork is valuable — please treat it carefully! If you bring your own artwork to the workshop, please package it carefully and transport it with care. Avoid placing wrapping materials on the face of flat art – paper and bubble wrap often adhere to the surface of artwork. Wrap 3D work carefully.

Studio Location:
1996 Eastman Avenue
Suite 111
Ventura, CA 93003

We will provide bottled water, iced tea, coffee and snacks throughout the workshop. You may bring your own lunch for each day, or you may purchase lunch. A menu will be available at the beginning of the workshop and we will pick up everyone’s order in time for lunch.

Cancellation Policy

Because class size is limited, every registration counts. While we hope you do not cancel, things happen to make it unavoidable. Our policy is:

  • Cancellations before 2 weeks prior to the workshop start date — full refund
  • Cancellations 13 to 7 days prior to the workshop start date — 50% refund
  • No refunds less than 7 days prior to the workshop start date
  • Regardless of cancellation date, if someone on the wait list chooses to take your place, then a full refund will be given

Learn how to photograph 2D art
Sept. 23 & 24

Photograph 2D Artworks Like A Pro! One Course, Two Days: Saturday, September 23, 2017 10am-4pm Sunday, September 24, 2017 10am-4pm Limit 12 Students | $275 We have all seen it happen – a promising artist has an opportunity for an exhibition, gallery or fellowship opportunity and poor quality photos of their artwork result in a lost opportunity. Hiring a professional photographer is a great option, but is not always feasible. The quality of your images…

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Learn how to photograph 3D art objects Oct. 21 & 22

Quality photos of your sculpture, basketry, ceramics wood carvings and other 3D artworks will open doors to the kind of juried shows, galleries and direct sales that you want. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to build the set and lighting, achieve proper exposure and color, and go home with photos of 2-4 of your 3D artworks.

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Learn how to photograph jewelry
Nov. 4 & 5

As an artisan, you have probably seen how challenging it is to photograph jewelry items. They are often small, shiny, bejeweled, and present major challenges in producing photos that give a true feel for the pieces. This hands-on workshop will develop your confidence and expertise in lighting, proper exposure and focus of jewelry items. Bring some of your own pieces so that we can target your abilities to the type of work that you create.

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Learn how to manage your image files

It’s time to organize your photographs for easy retrieval and safe archiving! You’ve captured lots of photographs. You may have taken workshops to improve the quality of your images. Ensuring that you can retrieve those photos when needed and protect your image files from loss is a priority. By organizing your image files, your Call for Entry submissions and marketing efforts can be accomplished much more efficiently, giving you more time to create your artwork.

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Open Lab
Dates Ongoing

We will hold periodic Open Labs at our studio. These opportunities are only available to individuals who have already taken a workshop. During the labs, there will be photography sets prepared so that you may use your camera and tripod to photograph your artwork using our lighting equipment and studio facility. Scott Miles will be on hand for occasional assistance, but this is not a teaching session. Carefully pack and protect your artwork during transport…

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