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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Shooting with Intention at the Los Angeles Center of Photography


Shooting with Intention is a  six week class held in SANTA MONICA
Dates: Tuesday evenings from 7-10pm January 15 – March 5, 7-10 pm (no mtgs. 1/29 & 2/26)<
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to fine art photographers of all levels.
For more info, gohere!

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 Aline Smithson 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. 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. Weekly assignments will be given and participation is a critical part of the learning curve.

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.

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Photographing with Interntion at the Santa Fe Workshops



Photographing with Intention With Aline Smithson

When: March 31 – April 05, 2019

Category: Creative Vision, Fine Art, The Business Side

Tuition: $1,595

Fees: $75 Model, Location, and Materials Fee
This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 111.

Description: Would you like to make fine art 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.

Get acquainted with some of the previous work that was generated in this class HERE.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera

ACCOMMODATIONS:

On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.

TUITION INFO:

Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.

Would you like to make fine art 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.

Get acquainted with some of the previous work that was generated in this class HERE.

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Room to Dream Workshop in the South of France…Mais Oui!

Needless to say, I am thrilled and excited to be invited by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to teach a workshop in the South of France in June 2019.

Room to Dream will inspire all levels of photographers to not only capture the beauty of the South of France, but make work that is artful, personal, and filled with magic. I will lecture each morning, providing inspiration for new ways of seeing and creating work. Easy assignments will be given, leaving plenty of time to capture the beauty of the place. Afternoons may include field trips to museums, vintage open-air markets, a swim in Mediterranean, trips to Cannes or Nice, a ferry ride to the Isle of St. Marguerite or simply strolling in town with a camera in hand.

This is not a technical workshop, but instead one that inspires making photographs that go beyond the travel snapshot. One-on-one time with the instructor will be encouraged and feedback on work created during the workshop will take place throughout the week. As a photographer, editor, and educator, I will provide insights into all aspects of the photographic journey. Join us for a once in a lifetime experience in a magical setting by the sea. Take time from your daily life, leaving room to dream. It will be a week filled with laughter, light, learning, friends and adventures. And of course, croissants.

All info here…The workshop has filled an is now closed…

Date | Thursday June 20 – Monday June 24, 2019

Arrive Wednesday June 19th and depart Tuesday June 25th, 2019
Time | 9AM – 12:30PM

class may adapt time to availability of locations
Location | Château de La Napoule
Boulevard Henry Clews
06210 Mandelieu-La Napoule
FRANCE

Skill Level | All Levels – we ask that you have a basic understanding of your camera

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Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects from Places You Know Best

In 2020, I will be offering the workshop, Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects from Places You Know Best, at the wonderful Wild Rice Retreat from June 14 – 18th.  It takes place in beautiful Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Open to all levels.  For more information, go here.

About the workshop:

The joy of creating photographs becomes richer when the work is produced with purpose. In the workshop, Intentional Photography: Creating Personal Projects from Paces You Know Best, Aline guides participants in the process of discovering how to create work that springs from a place of introspection, contemplation, and connection, expressing something deeper and more intimate. It is her belief that the greatest tool a photographer has is the brain.

Aline will expose participants to 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. Aline will share new ways of working, providing you with a toolkit of ideas for creating photographs all done in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere. 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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2018 PIE Lab at the Center for Photographic Arts

 

Join me in Carmel, California–an amazing setting to enjoy learning and photographing–for a weekend of workshops during the 2018 Pie Labs! October 5- 7th, 2018

PIE = Photography + Ideas + Experience. Registration for our renowned PIE Labs weekend of workshops will open July 25, so now is the time to make your plans. Each year CPA presents a long weekend of six fabulous workshops that gives artists an opportunity to explore and develop their skills. Space is limited, so register early!

Register by the Early Bird deadline on August 27, and receive a significant discount!

Go here for more info…

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The Big Picture:Two Days of Workshops

I am so excited to not only attend the upcoming Still Life Exhibition at the South x Southeast PhotoGallery in Molena, Georgia, but also to teach a two day workshop. Please join me!

©Aline Smithson, Mae Turned

Part I, January 19th, 9-4
South x Southeast PhotoGallery
Molena, Georgia
For this two part workshop, Aline will spend the 1st day with a group limited to 15 participants, focusing on the most important elements that surround your photography: the art of writing bios, project statements, general artist statements, and résumés. We will also work on elevator speeches, honing the ability to speak about your work in a limited amount of time.
Includes lunch at the gallery.

$275
(Special Rate for those photographers exhibiting in Still Lifes – only through Sunday, 11/5)

Click Here to Register.

Part II, January 20th

9-4pm
South x Southeast PhotoGallery
Molena, Georgia
Day two is open to a larger group where Aline will inspire photographers to create new projects based on ideas, personal experiences, and the world around you. Participants will garner a deeper understanding of the opportunities available in the Fine Art Market and will include a thorough investigation of how to prepare for portfolio reviews. Photographers are encouraged to bring a small portfolio of 10 prints if time allows for a review of work.

Includes lunch at the gallery.

$175

(Special rate for those photographers exhibiting in Still Lifes – through Sunday 11/5 only)

The Artist’s Reception for Still Lifes begins at 5pm

Click Here to Register

These workshops are 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 and writing about photography on Lenscratch, every day for the last 10 years.

http://www.sxsephotoworkshops.com/2017/11/03/the-big-picture-two-days-of-workshops-with-aline-smithson-january-19-20-2018/

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Cuba with Intention: Capturing Camagüey Workshop

©Court Loving

I am beyond excited to be teaching the workshop, Cuba with Intention: Capturing Camagüey Workshop in Camaguey, Cuba along side Carrie McCarthy from February 4 – 12, 2018, through the Santa Fe Workshops. If you have ever taken a workshop with this stellar organization, you know that everything is well-considered, thoroughly organized, with people on the ground to make it a seamless experience.

Open to all levels, we will be bringing inspiration and ideas to go beyond typical travel photography and create work that could move into the fine art world. Both Carrie and I will be your support and partners in this adventure. It’s my first time, so I will be seeing Cuba in the way that you will be–eyes open with great curiosity.

“As Cuba moves into a new era, with cultural changes and challenges leading to an uncertain future, don’t miss the timely opportunity to explore and photograph this beguiling and vibrant island nation on a journey to better understand a people and a culture that is on the precipice of another seismic transformation.

Join photographers Aline Smithson and Carrie McCarthy on a meaningful people-to-people cultural journey to Camagüey, a city with a rich history and a fascinating culture replicating what Havana held ten years ago. Camagüey—a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuba’s third largest city, and one of the first seven villages founded by the Spaniards—invites visitors to experience a more relaxed Cuba than is now found in Cuba’s other major cities.

Our days are full and rewarding as we engage with local Cubans in this cheerful city, full of bicycles, street vendors, and families. Two English-speaking, Cuban photographers serve as your local guides and translators offering us unparalleled access. Aline provides participants with a host of ideas for making work in unfamiliar places, providing a focus for seeing details that might go unnoticed, and considering more significant storytelling that has the potential of being an evocative project. Carrie supports Aline and shares with participants her techniques and approaches for meeting people and creating portraits that convey a true connection with your subject.

Together, Aline and Carrie lead two, group image reviews during the week that are shared with local Cuban photographers, offering thoughtful feedback and encouragement. Meals that are also shared as a group and become inspiring “food for thought” sessions.

Let this educational program inspire you to reconsider how you create your photographs, interpret your life and world, and bring depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors while discovering present-day Cuba that lives off the beaten path and outside the realm of normal tourist experiences.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Cuba with Intention: Capturing Camagüey focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.

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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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