It’s been a while since I conducted my workshop in Prague, and because of circumstances way beyond my control (that would be misplacing the flash drive with all the student’s work on it) I am now able to finally write this post. It seems that it was in the bottom of my bag…go figure!!!
My class and I spent a fantastic week shooting in Prague, and with a little help from the weather Gods, we had five perfect days of beautiful skies and wonderful sunsets. Like with my online class I teach with the PPSOP, my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop is centered around my Artist Palette. On this palette are the elements of visual design and composition, and I show fellow photographers how to apply them to their imagery. Negative Space, Balance, Vanishing Points, Perspective, Tension, Texture, Pattern, Form, Shape, Light, and Color are what we work on while touching on the six principles of Gestalt.
When you can go to a location, and are able to implement these elements into your thought process, you can pretty much count on walking away with a photo that you’ll not only be proud of, but you’re sure to impress most anyone, including fellow photographers. These elements have been around for a very long time, going back to the ‘Masters’ who also were using them in their paintings. After all, are we not painters who have chosen a different medium? Have we not exchanged a paintbrush for a camera?
I know I did, a very long time ago!!!
I took the above photo while scouting locations for the sunset shoot. There’s nothing quite taking a break for lunch and enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc while overlooking the Old Town Square.
Take a look at these photos taken over a five day period by nine serious amateurs photographers who were using their own Artist Palette. I think you’ll be as impressed as I was…and still am.
Btw, I gave each student a letter to find as one of their assignments, see if you can pick them out. I can tell you that my favorite was the letter ‘Q’ (very difficult to find in reality) I gave to Katka the woman that lives in Prague who did an incredible job producing this workshop for me.
Be sure to watch for my “Springtime in Tuscany” workshop I’ll be conducting the week of May 28th, 2013. I have the same producer, so it will be a fantastic time and a vacation you’ll be remembering for a very long time. As usual, the class will be limited so be sure to write me at: email@example.com to let me know that you’re interested in the full description.
Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and stay tuned for my complete workshop schedule including a photo workshop and wine tasting in Napa Valley next September. What a great combination!!!
Come shoot with me sometime.
Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com