This summer join David duChemin, best-selling author and international humanitarian and travel photographer, in Vancouver (Canada) for a photography event like no other. This is an intensive for creative photographers who want to become better creatives and better photographers, more comfortable and productive as both.
The Created Image is an exclusive 2-day seminar for like-minded and like-hearted photographers who want to learn about photographic expression, and to accomplish that in camera, in post-production, and in the larger context of your body of work. David will discuss vision, voice, and the language of photographs. He will talk about light and lines, the elusive moment, and how to make the most intentional photographs we can make.
This event is jam-packed - here's the itinerary:
Pre-Event Reception - Wednesday July 10, 2013
7:30pm - 9:30pm Social Event
David is throwing party! We'll be gathering at a downtown hotspot to mix, mingle and get to know each other a bit better. Details will be provided to registrants before July 1. (Refreshments provided)
Day One - Thursday July 11, 2013
9:00am - 10:30am Session One
The Inspired Eye, Part One
Creativity is not the exclusive domain of the black-turtle neck and incomprehensible artist's statement, but it is the foundation of our ability to create photographs that are more than just sharp and well exposed. This is an honest, pragmatic discussion of ways in which creativity works, how to kick start it, and how to overcome obstacles to a vibrant, productive, creative process.
10:30am - 11:00am Coffee Break (Refreshments provided)
11:00am - 12:00pm Session Two
Within The Frame: Composition One
The first half of a lecture about the elements and decisions that comprise photographic composition, including a discussion about the role of the frame, visual mass, balance, and the power of lines, light and moment. While composition is usually taught with a reliance on rules, we’ll look instead at why these so-called rules exist, giving us stronger direction for our decisions than merely placing elements where we’ve been told we ought to.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Meal provided)
1:00pm - 2:30pm Session Three
Within The Frame: Composition Two
Within The Frame continues, expanding the conversation about composition.
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 5:00pm Session Four
Based on David’s book, Photographically Speaking, this lecture is about visual language and the way we both read a photograph and create one that expresses vision or intent. The session will end with small group discussions about photographs themselves, and give participants a chance to stretch and flex their visual literacy muscles.
SPECIAL EVENT: THE PATH TO PRO
Add this event to your itinerary via the Event Merchandise section of the registration form.
An evening event for VisionMongers. Seminar registrants can add this event to their itinerary for just CAD $20. Non-seminar attendees pay CAD $40 (registration for this event is not yet open to the general public; seminar registrants receive priority). Space is limited.
9:00am - 10:30am Session Five
The Inspired Eye, Two
A continuation of yesterday's conversation about a more intentional and productive creative process.
10:30am - 11:00am Break (Refreshments provided)
11:00am - 12:00pm Session Six
The UnSuck Filter: Stronger Images, No Gimmicks
A practical discussion about how we can make stronger photographs, without resorting to gimmicks. This is a pragmatic approach to the craft and a distillation of techniques to focus on what we can do right now to make stronger photographs. Drawing on the previous conversations about visual language and composition, this is the practical how-to stuff.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Meal provided)
1:00pm - 2:30pm Session Seven
After the Camera: Editing and Printing
An introduction to the fine, but often-neglected, art of editing. Too many photographers create strong work that never sees the light of day because the process of editing creates a painful bottleneck. David will talk about his own editing process, back-up strategies, monitor calibration, and printing. The latter is an introduction to calibration and printing, not a masterclass, designed for those looking to overcome the initial hurdles that prevent them from creating their best work.
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break (Refreshments provided)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Session Eight
Getting it right in the camera matters, but the camera can only do so much. Photographers used to refine their work in the darkroom, now many of us, even those using film, are using digital darkrooms like Lightroom, Aperture, or Photoshop. Regardless of the tool, developing a workflow that serves our vision and makes the most of the tools we have is important in making the best of our photographs. David will explain his vision-driven workflow using examples from his own portfolio, including a discussion of dodging and burning techniques to push and pull the eye of the reader with greater subtlety and intent.
4:00pm - 5:00pm Session Nine
Photographically Speaking, Break-Out Session
The second part of the first Photographically Speaking session.
5:00pm - 5:30pm Closing Remarks, Q&A
If the event has been sold out don't fret... please add yourself to the wait list and we'll contact you regarding any spots which become available. Cancellations, or the increase in capacity, are a possibility so adding yourself to the waitlist is always a good idea.
CANCELLATION, REFUNDS, EVENT MINIMUMIMS
If a paid registrant wishes to cancel prior to June 9 they will be refunded in full, less a $75 service fee. Cancellations made on June 10 or later are non-refundable but they are transferable.
A minimum of 30 participants is required; if registration doesn't meet that amount by June 9 the event will be cancelled and registrants will receive a 100% refund on their conference payments.
Payments are processed via Taendem Agency.
Registration Note: Once you click the Order Now button you'll see the initial registration page where you enter your name and email address, but don't rush ahead! At the bottom of that page is the Event Merchandise area where you can select the PATH TO PRO special event.
You are responsible for your own accommodations but if you need an affordable hotel we highly recommend MODA Hotel as it's a great boutique hotel only a few blocks from the event location. If you want a more luxurious stay, we highly recommend OPUS Hotel which is 1-block from the event location (and across the street from the rapid transit station) and is a urban, night-life injected property that has won many awards. We've arranged for a special discount price for both locations. Please contact us for more information.
Ground transportation is not provided by the conference organizers. The Canada Line (rapid transportation) is available to/from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) or take a taxi for approximately CAD $30.
Participants will be provided with meals (food, beverages) as noted above - catering is provided by The Dirty Apron Deli - otherwise, you're on your own. Registrants will be sent custom lunch ordering form prior to the event.
All questions regarding this registration process or the workshop itself should be directed to Eileen Rothe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When & Where
Craft & Vision
Logistics and workshop management provided by Taendem Agency (Corwin Hiebert and Eileen Rothe).