Art of Winter Workshop
Autumn may get all the attention with its stunning fall foliage, but the beauty to be found in winter is as varied as it is limitless. What people don't like about winter, the bleakness, the lack of color, is precisely what makes it beautiful. Trees that only a month earlier were bursting with color are now laid bare, their naked limbs standing in sharp contrast against the snowy landscape. However, those same trees now have a different kind of beauty, more stark but in many ways more compelling. For winter is the most graphical of all the seasons. Lines, shapes, patterns, contrast, all carry much more weight and importance in the wintertime. This added emphasis on the visual elements coupled with the relative absence of color also make winter an ideal time to practice black-and-white photography.
Join me as I share with you the reasons winter is my most favorite season in which to photograph. We will explore the beauty that winter has to offer in places in and around my home of central New York, one of the snowiest locations in the country. These are places that have been the source for many of my personally favorite photographs. With an emphasis on the creative aspect of photography rather than the technical, the focus of this workshop will be on making creative and personally expressive images, those that venture beyond the documentary and representational. Particular attention will be paid to enhancing your creativity through your own vision and learning to see beyond the obvious and spectacular. Whether your interests lie in color or black-and-white photography, I will share my inspiration with you and provide individual field instruction as well as indoor instructional sessions and reviews.
A meeting room has been reserved for indoor instruction, image processing and reviewing.
Field lessons will include tips and techniques on:
- Nurturing your creativity
- Seeing beyond conventional composition templates and fine tuning compositions
- Learning to see in black-and-white
- Using visual elements for effective communication and expression
- Working with your range of lenses, from wide angle to telephoto
Chris will also give indoor instructional sessions on:
- Black and White Artistry
- Expressing Your Vision
- Optimizing images in Lightroom and Photoshop
- Converting images to black-and-white
Camera Skills Needed
All skill levels are welcome. Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR and mirrorless cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images.
Description of skill levels - click here
Computer Skills Needed
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop will be helpful. Chris will be glad to answer your image processing questions.
Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, some moderate walking in snow may be required. Participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines. Though not necessary, feel free to bring snowshoes or cross-country skis to access snow-covered forests.
9 participants max.
To register, please call me at (315) 416-8038.
$695 - payable by check to Chris Murray before January 15th, 2021
Dates and Times
Workshop begins Sunday, February 7th at 5:00 pm and ends Wednesday, February 10th at noon.
Where to Meet
We will gather in the lobby of The Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville, NY on Sunday, February 7th at 5pm.
The Craftsman Inn is located at 7300 E. Genesee Street in Fayetteville, New York. For driving directions go to Google Maps. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the inn at (315) 637-8000.
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Chris will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.
The workshop will be based out of the Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville, NY. Pricing for the room is $115/night. Be sure to mention that you will be taking part in Chris Murray’s photography workshop (Pricing quoted by Sales Manager Bobby). Contact the hotel at (315) 637-8000 for details.
Getting to the Event
The nearest airport is Syracuse Hancock International (SYR). Rental cars are available.
Transportation During the Event
Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We are adamant about carpooling as much as possible to minimize the number of vehicles needed for any given field trip, as well as to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads and trails. Note that the instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.
What To Bring
Important: The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact Chris Murray directly with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (315)416-8038.