Oh wow, things have been busy! Portraits are going strong. Lots of makeovers and photo shoots and darkroom time, too!
Last spring, I taught two classes for PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and it re-sparked the love of teaching in me. I taught a class on how to shoot on manual. Such a range of people came! From a teen to the wife of a pro and a mom and some others in between….we learned. We learned every camera, we shot outside and shot chickens and sheep and goats and longhorn cattle….then we learned about depth of field and shot wildflowers! We had lunch and came back to the studio and learned to redo all those settings in order to shoot inside! THEN? We went into a dark room and shot long exposures of industrial glow sticks! yes, yes we did. We started off in a camera obscura and went outside, inside and dark after that! hahahaha
I also taught a class on art…taking a photograph, making a digital negative and creating with the gum bichromate process. It’s a 19th century printing process that uses water color and light sensitive chemicals (and gum arabic, hence the name) to create one of a kind art blending photography and painting. I had students that were SO inspiring with what they came up with! It was a day of absolute out of the box fun!
So what now???? Well, coming up in August, I have a gum class again and I have a shooting on manual class again! I’m going to redo those classes for those that couldn’t make it the first time. I will add some in Sept, also. In October, I will be teaching at the studio for PPA again and will teach two other art classes. Kallitype and Ziatype. One is an iron process and one is a silver/palladium process. These are incredible processes and another way to blend one of a kind art with your photography.
This blend of art and portrait is right where I love to be. I love shooting portraits of people and watching them come alive in front of a camera….and I love watching people come alive in the darkroom as they explore their artsy side. THIS is the mix that speaks to me. I am living my best life right now for sure!
If you’d like to join us at the studio for a class….I am providing links to the website. All the details are here…and if you have questions, by all means, let me know!
For the gum bichromate workshop: http://flyhippiephotography.com/marketing/gum-bichromate
And for the shooting on manual workshop: http://flyhippiephotography.com/marketing/shoot-on-manual
I will keep updating as more workshops are added!
Enjoy a few snaps from the workshops! Explanations starting from top left and going clockwise:
me and a gum print…then two mouthy gum prints…a shoot on manual student, then three gum prints…then a phone pic of the camera obscura (this upside down view is from across the street and projected on a wall. We stand INSIDE the camera and learn about the camera AND why the image is upside down and backwards!) Then, a grape gum print. Above that are students creating their gum prints, then students learning to shoot on manual, another student learning to shoot and then back to ME!
COME JOIN US!