|Fine Art Photography Series|
A Five-Part Series
Bob Killen's fine art workshops launched in November 2009 and offer opportunities to learn fine art theory, find your themes and voice, and then develop the practices necessary for creation and eventual development of an audience for your work. These are modular workshops, which progressively grow your creative thought processes and mechanical skills.
Bob teaches this series in the Calumet Photographic Store Studios located in Santa Ana and Los Angeles (Hollywood) CA. Both of these locations have a great classroom and gallery space that you will find comfortable and conducive to a great learning experience.
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So What Is The Fine Art Workshop Series All About?
Fine Art Photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography as these applications provide visual support for stories, or create a visual stimulus for a product or service. Conversely, Fine Art Photography is often thematic and explores social issues, graphic dislocation, subliminal thought, duality, reality, surrealism, impressionism, and is a genre that is often Vision beyond Record.
That is not to say great photojournalists, landscape, commercial, fashion, and top of the line wedding and portrait photographers are not artists. Many are, which means we can broadly define art as those images, paintings, music, performance, and sculpture that move us to a new emotional place or to a new point of view. But there is a place where artists create images for their own sake and it is in these places that new perspectives unfold, provocation and peace collide, the tension between hue and contrast vibrate, and your worldview may shift ever so slightly or sometimes ‘rock and roll' with great violence.
In this five workshop series, you will learn that fine art photography is not a mystery that requires great native talent. In fact, fine art photography is an intimate, human activity, filled with all the dangers, recognition, remuneration, success, and failure that accompanies any creative effort. True, as with any artist, fine art image-makers face the universal fears of all artists because they are moving beyond the image in front of them to the soul of the image within them. That type of self-discovery can be a bit jarring to say the least.
However, I am not Dr. Phil, I am a working artist, and I have little interest in the pop psychology that surrounds creative methodologies. Yet, we will help you recognize and overcome those fears, recognize your art senses and artistic themes. In the early workshops, I will help you find the themes that are within your emotional range and then show you how to expand your emotional range. You will learn to see the image in your mind and heart first, then in the camera while visualizing the final product within a Photoshop Space and ultimately as fine art prints.
Each element builds upon the element before. You are welcome to choose individual workshops but I would encourage you to do all five and if you do, Calumet will offer you a package price for all the classes. At the end of the series, you will not only create your own vision, you will be on a holistic path of vision growth, able to produce exceptional print media, and know how to develop an audience for your work.
Until next time go forth and create!
Bob Killen is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. He consistently retests to insure that his skills are current with the latest software systems, such as CS6, and Lightroom 4.
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