Has a photograph ever stirred your soul? Has a scene ever begged to be etched into memory? Have you ever reflected on the role art plays in your everyday life?
Lifestyle and still life photography have become a key aspect in promoting business on social media. It is a necessary skill in this digital age. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the process! Whether you have a business to promote or love the idea of learning fine art photography, this class will introduce you to the artful process of still life and lifestyle photography.
We will learn camera settings specific to the genre. We will discuss ISO, F-stop, and the direction of natural light. An array of props will be available for you to practice your skills. A demonstration and practice session on composition and design will enhance your skills.
Still life photography is about more than fruits, flowers, and styling; today, still life photography is mindfulness, playfulness and, yes, stillness. It is a medium that encourages the creative process, that leads artists to a place of emotional healing and growth. Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight, revealing who we are, and who we were meant to be.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate photographers. Class is limited to 6 persons to allow for personal instruction. Please bring a bagged lunch for a short break.
About your instructor – Karen Olson
Modern day still life photography is often connected with mindfulness, stillness, and playfulness. My own experience with the art form has led me to a place of emotional healing and growth. The creative process is such an amazing thing! Our very being compels us to create. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight, revealing who we are, and who we were meant to be.
When we give ourselves permission to play, we begin to realize how essential it is for our well-being. The benefits are immeasurable! We become more productive overall, contentment is easier to find. Satisfied with our creative accomplishments, we go about daily living with more confidence, ease, and grace.
With this mindset, I go about creating art.
Karen Olson is a photographer, writer, and still life stylist. She teaches still life photography workshops on the coast of Maine, online, and abroad. Karen’s work has been published in several online sites and national magazines including Bangor Daily News and Bella Grace. She writes an engaging blog entitled ‘Renuko Style,’ discussing creativity, exploring emotion, and offering photography tools and tutorials. Her blog was featured in Stamptington Publications magazine ‘Artful Blogging.’ Her book, ‘Photo Therapy: Exploring Emotion with Photography,’ was recently released on Kindle and iBooks.
Karen has been involved in the Midcoast Maine community arts scene for more than 20 years. She is operations director for The Art Loft, a community art space in Rockland, Maine. Her work is currently available in several Maine galleries and online. She will be teaching in Tuscany in October with Arts and Cultural Travel. Visit her website at renukostyle.com Follow her on Instagram @renukostyle
Our very being compels us to create things. It is the means by which we make sense of the world. Each method or medium, each creative endeavor or personal expression brings clarity and sight.”
~ Karen Olson