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Next Step 1 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography

This class instructs the emerging photographer on how to present work to the fine art and documentary markets. It also provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner.

Throughout the course new work will be encouraged and portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will enter photography competitions, submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. The work of a new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. Furthermore, guest photographers will be invited to share their journeys.

Students in previous classes have gone on to win international photography awards, have exhibited work in solo and group shows, created websites and produced new bodies of work.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 13 – October 18, 7-10 pm
Enrollment Limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Prerequisite: Students MUST be either working on or have completed a body of work in the fine art genre. Prints may be called upon by instructor for review and acceptance into the class.
Tuition: $565

Please contact the Los Angeles Center of Photography for more details.

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Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography at the Maine Media Worshops

Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography
July 10, 2016 to July 16, 2016

Throughout this five-day workshop, participants will set goals, learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. We will explore photography competitions and learn how to prepare work for exhibition. Information about portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. Projects of new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. I will also present current trends and genres in fine art photography that will help spark new ideas for creating a personal photographic series. Though much of the workshop will be in the classroom, we will set aside time to create new work.

The workshop is taught from the perspective of a working photographer. You will learn from my mistakes and successes and her unusual perspective of sitting on both sides of the reviewing table. New work will be encouraged through class assignments and I will make time for one-on-one sessions with all the participants, where portfolios can be shaped and edited. Come join us for a week of inspiration, motivation, and self-discovery!

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Upcoming Workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography


Upcoming workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography

SHOOTING WITH INTENTION
Today’s fine art photography market asks for more than beautifully, well crafted images. Curators, gallerists and editors are looking for work created with intention and/or work focused around an idea or concept. In addition, they are looking for photographers who can not only articulate their images, but interpret the world with intelligence and thoughtful analysis, whether it be work made close to home or in regions undiscovered.

Join me in a six-session workshop designed to help photographers create significance in their imagery. Participants will be exposed to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. I will offer exercises so that students can identify a personal vision or a subject worth exploring, including photographing in the surrounding area. Work will be examined and critiqued thoroughly, offering students invaluable feedback as they reexamine the intention behind their photographs. I am not looking for technical expertise as much as the thought behind the photographs.

Ultimately, the workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and by bringing depth and meaning to their efforts. Designed for all levels of fine art photographers.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 19 – May 31 (no mtg. 5/17), 7 pm -10 pm
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to fine art photographers of all levels.

NEXT STEP 2
Designed for students who have completed The Next Step 1 in or prior to 2015, this four-session class continues to instruct the emerging photographer on how to present work to the fine art and documentary markets. Photographers are encouraged to build on their bodies of work over the break and come prepared to fine-tune, edit, and enhance their series or images. We will also continue to explore competitions, grants, presentation and packaging, marketing, and other venues for presenting work. Submissions to competitions and portfolio reviews will be encouraged and guest speakers, if available, will share their work.

The class will culminate in a group exhibit at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (currently scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016) that we will work on together, from image selection, announcements and mailing lists, editioning, pricing, and hanging.

Students will be given time to implement changes to their websites and promo materials prior to the final class which will allow all to share accomplishments and solve challenges that may not yet be fully resolved.

Dates: Tuesday, January 26, 7-10 pm; Wednesday, February 10, 7-10 pm; Tuesday, February 23, 7-10 pm; Tuesday, March 8, 7-10 pm
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Prerequisite: The Next Step 1 or equivalent experience and instructor approval.

PERSONAL PROJECT
This 9 month class is now closed.

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Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography at the Maine Media Workshops

I am very excited to be teaching at the Maine Media Workshops this summer. I will be teaching a week long workshop, Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography from August 9th – August 15th, 2015.

To succeed in the fine art photography world, it’s not just about making terrific photographs.  Today, photographers need to be articulate about their work, be professional in the way they package themselves and their projects, and make smart decisions about moving projects into the fine art arena.

Throughout this five-day workshop, participants will set goals, learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. We will explore photography competitions and learn how to prepare work for exhibition. Information about portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. Projects of new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. Aline will also present current trends and genres in fine art photography that will help spark new ideas for creating a personal photographic series.

The workshop is taught from the perspective of a working photographer.  You will learn from Aline’s mistakes and successes and her unusual perspective of sitting on both sides of the reviewing table.  New work will be encouraged through class assignments and Aline will make time for one-on-one sessions with all the participants, where portfolios can be shaped and edited.  Come join us for a week of inspiration, motivation, and self-discovery!

Interested?  Go here: http://www.mainemedia.edu/workshops/photography/taking-next-step-fine-art-photography

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Next Step One at the Los Angeles Center of Photography


This October, I will be teaching a one week intensive of the course, Next Step One.
This class instructs the emerging photographer on how to present work to the fine art and documentary markets. It also provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner.

Throughout the course new work will be encouraged and portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will enter photography competitions, submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. The work of a new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. Furthermore, guest photographers will be invited to share their journeys.

Students in previous classes have gone on to win international photography awards, have exhibited work in solo and group shows, created websites and produced new bodies of work.

One-week (five-session) workshop

Dates: Monday – Friday, October 12-16, 10 am -1 pm

Enrollment limit: 12 students

Skill/Experience level: Students MUST be either working on or have completed a body of work in the fine art genre. Prints may be called upon by instructor for review and acceptance into the class.

Tuition: $565

Location: Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
- See more at: http://www.ssreg.com/juliadean/classes/classes.asp?courseid=16634&catid=3286#sthash.ijl0JOJK.dpuf

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The Photo Fix Retreat with Scott B. Davis and Aline Smithson


Join us on June 5 -7th, 2015 for an immersive weekend exploring the most essential aspects of being a photographer: creating work with intention, initiating and maintaining industry relationships, developing professional practices, and learning to recognize your best work as a photographer. Led by two internationally recognized and practicing artists, scott b. davis and Aline Smithson, the Photo Fix Retreat gives participants unparalleled insight into the field of fine art photography today with more than 40 years of practical experience shared in an open and supportive environment. Focused around one on one interactions and group conversations, the retreat is designed to give personalized advice on each photographer’s unique career, goals, and talent. Participants will leave with resources to take their work to the next level of creative, conceptual, and professional possibility, while experiencing a transformative understanding of what it takes to be a photographic artist today.

The Photo Fix Retreat is held in a peaceful Buddhist monastery high in the San Jacinto mountains. Retreat accommodations are minimal and all participants should receive an outline of the accommodations prior to registration by emailing scott b. davis in advance.

During this retreat we will:

• Develop your photographic ideas and understanding of the medium

• Stop to reflect on your own photographs, intentions, and goals as a photographer

• Fix your sights with renewed focus and direction to move your career forward.

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The Photo Fix Retreat includes all meals and lodging in a beautiful setting for considering and creating photographs, reserving time for introspection, while networking with a focused group of fellow artists. It is a participatory experience designed for committed photographers who have a developed body of photographs and are looking to take their work to the next level. Participants will be encouraged to take an active role in weekend conversations, help foster creative thought to expand each photographer’s conceptual and creative practice, and also build community.

Please contact scott b. davis to learn more and receive detailed information about the Photo Fix Retreat. Go here to register:

http://mediumsandiego.org/event-registration/?ee=35

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Photographing with Intention at the Santa Fe Workshops

Photographing with Intention
with Aline Smithson
March 8 – March 13, 2015
QUESTIONS? Call us at 505.983.1400 x111.

Would you like to make photographs with purpose, photographs that transcend technical prowess to express deeper thoughts and intentions? Join Aline as she guides you in the process of discovering how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation, and connection.

Aline presents exercises that assist you in identifying a personal vision or a subject you feel is worth exploring, and you are given ample opportunities for testing your new-found insights while photographing in and around Santa Fe. To get you considering the medium in new ways, Aline exposes you to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. In addition to discussing how best to present your photographs to the fine art market, Aline also meets with each participant for individual direction and feedback.

The greatest tool a photographer has is the brain. Spend five days with Aline as she shares new ways of working, providing you with a toolkit of ideas for creating photographs in which you are truly engaged—and, in turn, engage your audience. Let this workshop inspire you to reconsider how you create your photographs, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors.

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Next Step One at the Los Angeles Center for Photography


This class instructs the emerging photographer on how to present work to the fine art and documentary markets. It also provides an insight into the world of photography and helps photographers package themselves and their work in a professional manner. Throughout the course new work will be encouraged and portfolios will be shaped and edited. Participants will learn how to build and write a résumé, how to construct a bio, and how to title and write personal statements about their work. Students will enter photography competitions, submit to publications and prepare work for exhibition. Information about grants, portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. The work of a new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. Furthermore, guest photographers will be invited to share their journeys.

Students in previous classes have gone on to win international photography awards, have exhibited work in solo and group shows, created websites and produced new bodies of work.

Participants completing this workshop are encouraged to enroll in The Next Step 2 (offered in January, 2015). Upon completing The Next Step 2, all students will partake in a group exhibit held at the Los Angeles Ceter of Photography.

This workshop is strictly limited to 12 students. For consideration please click “ADD TO WAIT LIST” below and follow the prompts.

NOTE: Please disregard the “Currently FULL” notation below.
- See more at: http://www.ssreg.com/juliadean/classes/classes.asp?courseid=20702&catid=3286#sthash.LRBkG8Ls.dpuf

Six-session workshop

Dates: Tuesdays, October 14 – November 18, 7-10 pm

Enrollment limit: 12 students

Skill/Experience level: Prerequisite: Students MUST be either working on or have completed a body of work in the fine art genre. Instructor approval required for acceptance. Prints may be called upon by instructor for review.
- See more at: http://www.ssreg.com/juliadean/classes/classes.asp?courseid=16634&catid=3286#sthash.j80z1pwG.dpuf

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Shooting with Intention Workshop at Newspace Center for Photography

I’m coming to the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, August 8- 10 to teach Shooting with Intention, a workshop designed to help photographers create significant imagery. Participants will be exposed to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. Aline will offer exercises to guide students in identifying a personal vision or a subject worth exploring, including photographing in the surrounding area. Work will be examined and critiqued  thoroughly, offering students invaluable  feedback as they reexamine the intention behind their photographs.

This workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and bring depth and meaning to their efforts.

Aline will meet with each student for  direction and feedback.

Prerequisites:  Designed for all levels of fine art photographers.

More information can be found here.

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Shooting With Intention Workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography

Shooting with Intention

Join Aline Smithson in a weekend workshop designed to help photographers create significance in their imagery.  Participants will be exposed to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. Aline will offer exercises so that students can identify a personal vision or a subject worth exploring, including photographing in the surrounding area. Work will be examined and critiqued thoroughly, offering students invaluable feedback as they reexamine the intention behind their photographs.  She is not looking for technical expertise as much as the thought behind the photographs.

Today’s fine art photography market asks for more than beautifully, well crafted images. Curators, gallerists and editors are looking for work created with intention and/or work focused around an idea or concept. In addition, they are looking for photographers who can not only articulate their images, but interpret the world with intelligence and thoughtful analysis, whether it be work made close to home or in regions undiscovered.

Ultimately, the workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and by bringing depth and meaning to their efforts.  Designed for all levels of fine art photographers.

Weekend-intensive (three-session) workshop

Dates: Friday, June 20 7-9 pm + Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, 10 am – 6 pm (Please note exact meeting times may vary.)

Enrollment limit: 18 students

Skill/Experience level: Open to fine art photographers of all levels

Tuition: $775

(Tuition includes optional lecture/presentation with Aline Smithson on Thursday, June 26, 7:30 pm.)

- See more at: http://www.ssreg.com/juliadean/classes/classes.asp?courseid=24488&catid=2931#sthash.h5bqAzKt.dpuf

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