THE CRITSHOP WORKSHOP was founded on the belief that the peers in your field--other photographers, no matter their niché or experience level--can offer you invaluable information about what you're doing right or what might need fixin'. I mean, what are your three biggest weakness as a photographer, and how can you fix them? What does your watermark say about you? Is your website up to snuff? THE CRITSHOP WORKSHOP isn't about following another photographer and trying to emulate their style. It's about you, and it's about improving what you do at lightning speed.
THE CRITSHOP WORKSHOP 2013-2014 SCHEDULE
1. Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1-5:30pm, Special Guest Yan Palmer
- Salt Lake City, UT, exact location TBD
2. Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1-5:30pm, Special Guest Molly Flanagan
- Greenville, SC, exact location TBD
3. Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1-5:30pm, Special Guest Deb Schwedhelm
- Tampa, FL, exact location TBD
How's it going to work?
Prior to arriving, you'll fill out a questionnaire, and I will compile the answers in one document to be posted in the workshop's private Facebook group 2 weeks before the workshop date. You'll then review the photographer profiles and fill out a peer critique form for each photographer. You should then print (3) 8x12s of your best work.
Once we all arrive, we'll introduce ourselves and I'll go over the parameters for how we'll critique each other. Each photographer's critique will last about 20 minutes and be kind, detailed, and useful.
We'll have two breaks, and after everyone's been critiqued, our special guest photographer will conduct his/her Q&A session--to answer anything and everything, from workflow to editing, etc.
An optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant will follow...see your workshop's FB group for more details!
Ready to Sign Up?
1. Pay $225 below.
2. Complete the Photographer Profile Questionnaire ASAP after paying.
3. Do a little homework: review the Photographer Profiles via the "Files" tab on your workshop's FB page, and create a peer critique form (also under "Files") for each photographer. Profiles will be posted 2 weeks prior to your workshop date.
4. Print (3) 8x12s of your best work. Include at least 1 black-and-white image if you offer these to your clients.
5. COME TO THE CRITSHOP! Get feedback, get better!
WANT TO KNOW MORE? FAQ HERE!
DO I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY TEETH?
You might--at least, metaphorically. Maybe your compositions are consistently static, or maybe it's as simple as your portfolio loading incredibly slow on everyone else's computer. The thing is: you'd never know it unless you're getting honest feedback from others. I mean, super honest and respectful. When was the last time you asked a group of photographers to sit down, study your work, and then talk about it for 30 minutes while you take notes? Hmmmm, never? Well, now's your chance!
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
Any photographer an any level, and specifically for portrait photographers (wedding, family, newborn, etc.). Think you're too experienced to improve? You might be surprised. Think you're too inexperienced to offer useful feedback? Think again. I believe that everyone can benefit from critique, and I believe anyone (even a non-photographer) can offer useful criticism. If you're open-minded and seeking to progress as artist, this workshop is for you.
WHAT CAN YOU OFFER AS THE GROUP LEADER?
For 5 years, I taught writing and writing workshops at UNC Greensboro and the University of CIncinnati. I know and understand the fundamentals of leading a critique-based workshop, and I am a big believer in it. To be honest, I am amazed at how many professional photographers don't know or understand this format and instead choose to take workshops that only showcase one photographer's methods/style/business.
Now, after 3 years in business as a photographer, I am so ready and excited to apply my knowledge as a professor and workshop leader to the field of photography.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE ALL OF THE GROUP'S ADVICE?
Um, no way. The point of any critique-based workshop is for you to listen, think about the criticism, and then filter it to fit your vision, your common sense, YOU. There's no way you can take everyone's advice, it just wouldn't be practical. But I believe that you know the truth when you hear it, and perhaps you'll hear something you kind of already knew but haven't worked hard enough to improve. Or, perhaps you'll hear a bit of criticism that you squirrel away and then hits you later as amazingly useful.
In any event, this workshop will be tailored to you, your goals, and it's definitely not about following someone else's journey or style and then trying to apply that to your own.