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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Photographing with Intention at the SFPW

Photographing with Intention

Santa Fe Workshops

April 2 – 7th, 2017

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.

- See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/photographing_with_intention_2/#sthash.7kfgCsF3.dpuf

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Preparing for Portfolio Reviews 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 on Preparing for Portfolio Reviews. We will work on presentations, articulation, and sequencing, and look at bios, leave-behinds, and web sites in preparation for taking next steps into the fine art photography world.

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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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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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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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