CHARACTER with Dave Brosha and Wayne Simpson
$500 – $1,092.50
CHARACTER with Dave Brosha and Wayne Simpson

CHARACTER with Dave Brosha and Wayne Simpson

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Hansport Memorial Churchill House

Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0


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CHARACTER:  An exploration of the art of portrait photography with Dave Brosha and Wayne Simpson.

If you love portrait photography, and the idea of capturing the essence of person and soul in memorable images, be sure to check out a new yearly workshop, "CHARACTER", dedicated to the end-to-end art of portrait photography. Rather than a simple workshop, however, this will be a three-day event in an absolutely amazing location with long days, lots of laughs, an incredible amount of hands-on creative time, and the ability to see the end-to-end process of passionate and experienced Canadian portrait photographers, Dave Brosha and Wayne Simpson, with absolutely no secrets: from visualization to execution to post-processing and beyond.

Consider it a year of portrait photography school jammed into three days.

Dates:  May 19-21, 2017

Cost:  $950 + tax + Eventbrite fee for the three days (full price) or pay $500 with final balance due November 15, 2016.

(NOTE: Workshop Fee only - accommodation, meals, or transportation not included although carpooling encouraged).

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (note:  details subject to change)

Friday, May 19th

9:00AM until 11:00AM -  Churchill House, Hantsport meet-up.  Dave and Wayne will kick off the event with introductions, slideshows, and a talk about finding your vision and voice in your portrait work.  During this morning presentation, they'll examine a variety of styles and influences and talk about the ideas of both pre-visualization and creating within the moment.  Participants will be expected to share their biggest current portrait challenges as Dave and Wayne will take note and work on helping each participant overcome these challenges.

11:00AM until 12:30PM - The Art of Location. Dave and Wayne will lead participants on a walk-through of the location, both inside and out, and explain environmental features that stand out to them as well as various storytelling components that can be utilized for strong portraiture.   Once the walk-through is complete, participants will separate to jot down ideas, concepts, and potential portraits.

12:30-1:30PM - lunch break. 

1:30-2:15 - The Art of Portrait DEMO#1 // The group will split up - half will go with Wayne and half will go with Dave as they demo a short portrait session.  In this time, they will talk aloud their entire thought process, including obstacles they're trying to overcome, posing, expression, lighting, and mood.

2:15PM until 3:00PM - The Art of Portrait DEMO #2  // The same as demo #1, except the group will reverse.  Whoever went with Dave in the first demo will go with Wayne in the second, and vice versa

3:00PM until 6PM - Participant photoshoots.  Participants will break into small groups and be assigned subjects and proceed to create for 3 straight hours.  Participants will help and support each other, as will Dave and Wayne.

6:00PM until 6:45PM - dinner break.  Note - to take advantage of best light conditions, dinner break is kept very short.  Participants are requested to pack food for this particular break (or to quickly grab something to eat in the village).

6:45PM until 7:15PM - Dave and Wayne will demo shooting in outdoor evening light situations; Dave will demo natural light techniques while Wayne will demo off-camera flash and/or studio lighting.

7:15PM until 8:45PM - Participant evening outdoor photoshoots.

Saturday, May 20th

9:00AM until 12:00 -  Churchill House, Post-Processing.  One of the over-looked and/or rushed aspects of many workshops, Wayne and Dave will spend time going over their entire end-to-end editing process, which will include "live" edits of some of their images, explaining different Lightroom and Photoshop techniques.  After their demos and discussion, participants will have roughly one hour to work on their images from day one.

NOTE:  while it is strongly advised to bring your own laptop for editing to best take advantage of the morning's session, don't stress if you don't have a laptop.  Participants can double up and also hop onto Dave and Wayne's laptops if need be.

12PM until 1PM  -  Lunch break.

1PM until 3PM  -  Lighting for MOOD + STORYTELLING.  While Day One demos were more focused on the essentials of strong portraiture, Day Two will see Dave and Wayne get more advanced and focus more attention on lighting to create a mood, multi-light set-ups, effectively balancing ambient and introduced lighting, and "lighting-for-the-face (not just for the sake of lighting).  As with Day One, the group will split up and see demos from both Wayne and Dave.

3:00PM until 7PM - Participant photoshoots/Flat-out creative.  Participants will break into small groups and be assigned subjects/models and proceed to create for 3 straight hours.  Participants will help and support each other, as will Dave and Wayne.  Unlike Day One, participants will be assigned specific portrait tasks and challenges to allow them to focus on skill-building and in-the-moment creativity.

Sunday, May 21

5AM Meet-up/Morning Creative + Field Trip -  Location TBD.  For the final morning we're shaking things up.  Leaving the comfort of Churchill House and creating in the field. Where?  To be determined.  But it may be anywhere within 50-75 kilometres of Hantsport. We'll share details at the event and we can all arrange carpooling then.

10AM until noon - group brunch (note: optional/at participant own expense)

12PM-3PM - final group editing session, slideshow, and critique, Churchill House, Hantsport.

NOTE:  This workshop is limited to a maximum of 18 participants so expect a lot of hands-on shooting time with lots of support from Dave and Wayne.

Transportation To and Around Hantsport/Locations

The price of the workshop does not include transportation. Participants will need to arrange car rentals or carpooling with other workshop participants.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot, with final payment due by November 15th, 2016.
Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable (i.e. if the the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

You can pay the full amount up-front, too, should you choose.

For any additional questions, please contact any of the event organizers:

Dave Brosha -

Wayne Simpson -

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