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Home > Our Content > Photography Workshops - The Mindful Eye Photography School > Completed Photography Workshops > Street Portraiture 2010 (***FULL***)

Street Portraiture 2010 (***FULL***)


Savannah People Photography Workshop




Street Portraiture
April 6 – 11, 2010
(Tues 4:00 PM – Sun at 1:00 PM)
Savannah GA
Instructor: Craig Tanner
Tuition: $1,195
Deposit: $300
 
 
The Street Portraiture workshop starts with participants working in pairs to practice the basics of creating beautiful portraits. We start with the most important component of any photograph – seeing light. We have shooting sessions designed to help you see lighting patterns that work well for creating dynamic portraits. We guide you to see more and more subtleties in the quality of light. We also help you to learn to recognize the kinds of street locations that offer these beautiful qualities of light.
 
While working in pairs we also examine and practice a variety of other techniques and skills that are important to portraiture including but not limited to - lens choice, creating dynamic camera positions and perspectives, simplifying and integrating the background into the overall design of your image, working with color theory to improve your portraits, building rapport with your portrait subject, creating a space where your portrait subject can be more emotive, and learning fast, impromptu posing skills.
 
After we practice working in pairs we move on to becoming more confident approaching strangers. Craig will share his ideas about approach (developed over four years during the approach of hundreds and hundreds of “strangers”) which will include techniques for positively framing the shooting session and the effective use of both verbal language and body language communication to help you quickly connect in a positive way with the people you are approaching.
 
We go on to bring it all together – combining our new communication skills with our practiced portrait skills to create powerful portraits of the people we are just meeting on the street. This workshop also includes powerful information about working with the Lensbaby as a tool for creating beautiful portraits. Loaner Lensbabies will be available throughout the workshop.
 
The setting for this workshop has a lot to do with why The Street Portraiture Workshop has been so successful. Not only is Savannah a stunningly beautiful city with a multitude of gorgeous settings for street portraits, Savannah is also an extremely people friendly and photographer friendly city. The Savannah College of Art and Design has 7000 students and a huge photography program. Locals and visitors are used to being approached by students with cameras.
 
That is combined that with the fact that The Mindful Eye has hosted over 20 workshops in the city in the last four years where we have approached hundreds and hundreds of people who live in the city. We have established a powerful sense of community with many people who live in Savannah. We don’t think you will find a better, more supportive scenario for overcoming any fears you might have about street portraiture. We also know you will dramatically improve your skills in this most amazing niche of the world of photography.
 
This workshop consists of shooting sessions, classroom presentations and image critique sessions. This workshop is limited to 8 participants.
 
 
Cancellation policies and procedures:
 
 
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.  
 
Testimonials
 
“I was sure that attending the Street Portraiture Workshop would help my photography skills grow. I could never have expected the amazing experience which unfolded. Craig has designed a workshop that will expand you as a person and open you up to creativity in a whole new way. There is no way to describe what you can expect as the experience will be unique for everyone. I can tell you that if you go to Savannah and open yourself to this journey, that Craig will guide you through experiences that will spark your creativity and photography, and quite possibly open you to look at the world with wonder again. “ -- Kate L., Street Portraiture , 2008
 
 
Additional Information
 
Getting There:
 
The closest airport to Savannah is the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV).  The airport is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Savannah.  There is taxi service and there are rental cars available at this airport. Taxi fare to the historic district where our hotel is located is approximately $25.00.
 
As the workshop date approaches, we will set up a private section on The Mindful Eye Community, available only to participants of this workshop, so that participants can contact to  arrange car sharing, and other information that you want to share.
 
We will only need enough cars to transport participants away from the city to shoot at one or two locations outside of the city, weather permitting.  For the rest of the time, all of our shooting locations are within walking distance of the hotel.  We do encourage the participants to share rental cars. As the workshop date approaches, we will set up a private section on The Mindful Eye Community, available only to participants of this workshop, so that participants can contact to  arrange car sharing, and other information that you want to share.
 
 
Lodging
 
The Street Portraiture workshop is hosted at, and we have a block of rooms set aside for the workshop participants at:
 
Inn at Ellis Square
201 West Bay Street
Savannah GA 31401
Toll Free:  877-542-7666
Hotel Switchboard:  912-236-4440
 
The prices for the rooms are $109/night, plus applicable taxes.  Parking in the hotel's covered garage is $9/day.   This is an excellent price for hotels in the historic district.  
 
When you call for reservations, please tell them that you are with the TSP Group (the code name that the hotel has given The Mindful Eye for this workshop), the workshop name and dates.  Our set of rooms are blocked from two days before the workshop begins through two days after the workshop ends.  If you wish to extend your stay in beautiful Savannah, you can do that at our special rate.  Our contact person at the hotel is Linda Bell, senior sales manager.  If you encounter any problems, you may call her at 912-944-3286.
 
Please reserve your room by March 6, 2010.  After that date, the rooms will be returned to the hotel for general use and will not be subject to the special rate we've been given. 
 
There is free hi-speed internet throughout the hotel, a free deluxe continental breakfast each day, pool and fitness center, and Dominque's Lounge and Bar in the hotel.
 
Each room includes: Flat Screen TV,  coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer and a table and chair.
 
 
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.  
 
 







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