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Julia Dean Workshop 2012

A wonderful photo taken by my student at the LA county museum of Art.

I recently returned from teaching at the Julia Dean Workshop in Hollywood, CA. It was my third time out there, and I always enjoy shooting there…except for the traffic!!! The diversity of subject matters is refreshing and it always shows in my student’s photos when we critique them from day to day.

As is always the case, whether it be with my online students at the PPSOP or my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop I conduct around the planet, I show fellow photographers how to incorporate the elements of visual design and good composition into their imagery. Each person is given an imaginary ‘Artist Palette’ with nothing on it. During the course of the five-day workshop we work on: Line, Negative Space, Vanishing Points, Perspective, Texture, Pattern, Form, Shape, Light and Color, and how to introduce them into their thought process, finally ending up in their composition.

We also work on the six principles of Gestalt I’ve written about in an article for Adorama.

For these amateur photographers whose passion lies not only in their love for the craft but in their need to take their photos “up a notch”, the results only after five days are impressive, and the level of creativity is comparably to the majority of working professional out there working as I write this post.

Working with my students.

The above featured photo was taken during a workshop trip to the LA County museum of Art. Here are some of their images…enjoy as I have:

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and check out my new 2013 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime.

Don’t forget to send a photo and a question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.


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    • Lemena Halim November 28, 2012, 9:20 pm

      Hi Joe,
      That was a great shot on the umbrella. Lines, patterns and beautiful light and shadow are all shown in the photograph. Very beautiful.

      Lemena Halim 

      • Joe December 6, 2012, 4:51 pm

        Thanks Lemena, it’s one of my favorites.


    • Bob Schmolze January 10, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Hi Joe – It was nice to see work from our class in Hollywood. That sure was fun! I’m enjoying your posts.

    • Erica January 11, 2013, 2:14 pm

      Hi Joe – That was such a special class – I really enjoyed it, as well as your wonderful critiques and suggestions.  Thanks for putting up some of my shots!  All the best, – Erica  

      • Joe January 11, 2013, 2:48 pm

        You’re welcome!!!


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