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The course will comprise of 4 online webinars lasting 1.5 - 2 hours per week.
By the end of the course, the participants will have shot 3 assignments and 1 project each. Their project will be a compilation of the images shot on each weekly assignment.
On weeks 1,2 and 3, Alex will give the participants the theme for their weekly assignment. Each assignment must be shot on a single day during each week of the course. The assignment themes can be as closely or loosely interpreted as the participants choose.
Before shooting their first assignment, the participants will each be asked to come up with the theme of their own project. This project theme will be the focal point around which each of their weekly assignments is shot.
Example: a participant might choose the project theme ‘My family’. This will be the dominant theme as they shoot from week to week. They will then tie in their ‘My family’ project theme with the weekly assignment theme that Alex gives them. The weekly assignment themes will have general titles like ‘darkness’, ‘outside’, ‘reflection’. It will be up to the participants to interpret these titles to fit in with the overarching theme of their final project.
The participants will be required to send Alex an edit of 10 images in sequence ahead of the coming workshop.
In weeks 2,3 and 4 the group will discuss the submitted works and give critique, feedback and suggestions for improvement. Alex will give suggestions for techniques they can try for the coming week’s assignment, and direct participants to look through other photographers’ works, providing inspiration for the coming assignment as well as any other relevant reference material.
In the final week, the participants will present a 15-image series compiled from the three weeks of shooting.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Look at their own work and the work of others with a critical eye.
• Shoot pictures to a deadline, and within the constraints of a chosen theme.
• Try new photographic techniques and use the work of other professional photographers as inspiration for their own work.
• Think about their images as being part of a broader series rather than being individual images.
• Develop their eye and understanding of sequencing.
Requirements of the participants:
• A digital camera that can shoot RAW files.
• Basic understanding of editing software – Capture One/Lightroom/Photoshop
• Willingness to dedicate a day to taking photographs, creating an edit, and filing photographs to Alex ahead of the coming weeks’ workshop session.
Date: 11th, 18th, 25th April & 2 May, 2021
Time: 17:00 - 19:00 GMT (all sessions)
Participant level: Beginner / Intermediate
|Akademie Category:||Introductory Workshops, Intermediate Workshops|
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15 minutes: Introduction. Alex and participants introduce themselves – who they are and what is their involvement in photography.
45 minutes: Introduction to Alex. Who he is. What he does. Alex’s journey in photography so far.
15 minutes: The crossover between photojournalism and documentary photography. How Alex approaches a documentary project. Shooting single-day journalistic assignments and then linking them together with an overarching theme to create a long-form project.
15 minutes: Explaining the structure of the coming weeks: 3 assignments. 3 themes. 1 final project.
15 minutes: Questions.
Homework: Participants must decide their project theme, Assignment theme for week 1.
Deliverables: 1 x project them, 1 x series of 10 images relating to the week 1 theme and participant’s project theme.
Full session: Review assignments from week 1.
Homework: Assignment theme for week 2.
Deliverables: 1 x series of 10 images relating to the week 2 theme and participant’s project theme.
Full session: Review assignments from week 2.
Homework: Assigned theme for week 3.
Deliverables: 1 x series of 10 images relating to the week 3 theme and participant’s project theme. This will be submitted to Alex for review ahead of the week 4 workshop. Participants will receive feedback from Alex on their third assignment before they move on to sequence their final project to present on week 4.
90 minutes: Participants present their final projects. Feedback and critique.
30 minutes: Questions and debrief.
Alex McBride is a freelance photojournalist covering social, political and humanitarian themes. Having spent the past three years living and working in East Africa, he has now moved his base back to London.
Alex shoots regularly as a stringer for Getty Images and AFP. His work has been published by such publications as Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, BBC, ELLE, El Pais, FT, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Internazionale, Le Monde, TNH, The New York Times, VICE, The Washington Post and others.
Over the course of 2020 his work was exhibited at Helsinki Photo Festival and Photo IS:RAEAL. He was an award winner at the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo contest in Moscow. His work from South Sudan was also screened at the 2020 edition of Visa Pour l’Image in France.
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