One of the most important considerations in taking a good photograph is focus. Many times photographers don’t put enough emphasis, not only on nailing the focus but in many cases, deciding what exactly the focus should be on. One of my favorite questions that I ask students is, “Who is the star of this photo?” You should know the answer before the shutter button is pushed.
Today’s cameras include so many different types of focusing options that it could make your head spin. Do you ever change these options? Do you know which options to use in which settings? The proper focus can make or break your work and we will spend two days diving deep into all of these considerations.
After we figure out exactly how to properly nail the focus we will begin to explore what happens when you purposefully shoot out of focus. That’s where the fun really begins. Everybody will have the opportunity to create some artistic images by experimenting with all different types of focusing.
This Art is Everywhere – A FOCUS ON FOCUS Photography Workshop will start at 8 AM on Thursday morning where we will have group discussions, watch a slideshow presentation, and then set out to practice what we learned. We will spend the remaining time over the next couple of days shooting and discussing our work. There will be plenty of time for group critiques and editing.
Snacks and coffee will be provided on the first morning and we will plan to eat lunch together every day. Meals are not included with the price of the workshop. We will also plan for one optional group dinner on Thursday evening. The workshop will end late Friday afternoon.
The Art Loft in Rockland will be our home base for the classroom sessions and our assignments will take place in the close vicinity of the Rockland, Rockport, and Camden area.
Please see Maine Photo Adventures website for more details and to register.
About your instructor – Paula Apro
I have been a professional graphic designer for over 20 years. When I first started getting serious about photography nearly 10 years ago I never called myself a photographer, but rather, “a graphic designer that likes taking pictures.” I felt confident calling myself a graphic designer because that was my profession and that’s what I got paid to do. It was very clear that my graphic design experience and talent played a big role in helping me to become “a real photographer.” It wasn’t long before I was being paid to shoot. I’ve been published in countless industry magazines and my photos have appeared on 6 different magazine covers to date. I think getting my first cover was when I was comfortable calling myself “a professional photographer,” as if my camera bag that weighed more than me wasn’t a big enough clue!
No matter how many years of experience I gain and no matter how good of a photographer I become, I will never stop learning. I have taken multiple photography workshops over the past decade, all of which have improved my skills in some way. Many of those workshops were taken at Maine Media Workshops, which is a highly accredited film and photography school. I have also attended many Photoshop World conferences, PDN Photoplus conferences, and I hold a Certificate in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography.
In addition to shooting still photos, I’m also a video producer. Many photographers, although interested in adding video to their skill set, are frightened to take that leap. I will offer some workshops that will combine photography and video into beautiful multimedia presentations. You can see some examples of some multimedia photo presentations here.
When not shooting photos for profit I’m constantly shooting for the fun of it. As a recent transplant to the great state of Maine, I’m passionate about capturing the diverse beauty of my new home. The gallery section of this website is dedicated to only photos that were shot right here in Maine. There is so much natural beauty here and all I want to do is explore it and capture it. I would love to be your host and guide you through my lovely new hometown.
For even more information on my experience and background, please visit my business website at www.aprodesigns.com.
To see more of my personal photography, please visit my online portfolio.