Category Archives: Workshops

Private Mentoring, Portfolio Reviews, or Consultations

I work with photographers all over the world, doing private tutorials via Skype, telephone, or in person if you live in Southern California. Sessions usually last an hour and can be on a regular or as needed basis. My specialty is helping photographers focus their visions and get their work into the fine art market.

Email for more information: alinesmithson@gmail.com

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The Big Picture: Creating Meaningful Work and Presenting it to the Fine Art Market at the Maine Media Worshops

The Big Picture: Creating Meaningful Work and Presenting it to the Fine Art Market
August 20 -26th, 2017

Throughout this five-day workshop, Aline will present current trends and genres in fine art photography that will help spark new ideas and inspire you to not simply take photographs, but to conceive projects based on your ideas, personal experiences, and the world around you. Participants will garner a deeper understanding of the Fine Art Market and learn best practices for presenting work. Students learn construct bios, write artist and project statements, and resumes. 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 explain editioning and pricing of work. 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. Participants will learn from Aline’s unusual perspective of sitting on both sides of the reviewing table. New work will be encouraged through class assignments and she 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 in a warm and supportive environment.

 

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Next Step 1 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography

Next Step One 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 r?sum?, 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, published monographs, produced new bodies of work.

More information here.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 12 – October 24, 7-10 pm (no mtg. 9/19))
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.

Venue:   West Side Annex @ dnj Gallery

Address:dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica, California, 90404, United States

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Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography at the Pacific Northwest Art School

Looking forward to teaching a three day workshop at the Pacific Northwest Art School on beautiful Whidbey Island, in Washington. Join me from September 22,23,24, 2017 in this magnificent setting.

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.

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The Personal Project at Filter Photo in Chicago

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Part of our Professional Development workshop series, this one-day workshop is for photographers who are interested in creating work with intention and beginning a long-term project. Aline will provide you with new ways of considering your world, approaching and exhibiting photography, and spark ideas for mining your lives for inspiration. In today’s fine art photography market, a well-focused and articulated project is critical for success.

The Personal Project will give participants a creative tool belt in order to bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors. The most important piece of equipment a photographer can use is their brain–knowledge of why they are making the work, knowledge of photo history, and knowledge of the market where they hope to present their photographs. Participants will come away with a broader understanding of the contemporary market, genres and themes in photography, and leave with lots of ideas for making work.

More info here

Workshop Presented By: Aline Smithson
Date: Saturday May 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: SOLD OUT
Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207

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Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Market at the Southeast Center of Photography

May 20-21st, 2017

Join me at the Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina for a two day workshop that will help participants garner a deeper understanding of the Fine Art Photography Market and learn best practices for presenting work. Aline will help photographers prepare for portfolio reviews, consider submissions to calls for entry, and most importantly she will work on the articulation, sequencing, and presentation of projects. From her experience of sitting on both sides of the reviewing table and from her insights as a juror, Aline will demystify the experience and consider all aspects of what surrounds the making photographs–bios, statements, leave-behinds, and web sites –in order to prepare participants for taking next steps into the fine art photography world, especially important in a time where everyone has a camera.

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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

June 16, 17, 18th, 2017
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.

Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to fine art photographers of all levels.

 

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