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Dr Les Walkling

Dr Les Walkling (09/16)

2 sessions
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016
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or call CCP on 03 9417 1549 to make your booking.

Outline

This two day Masterclass explores contemporary landscape photographic practice from three perspectives:

  • Pre and post capture equipment and technique
  • Field work, workflow, and style
  • History, critique, and review

Various contemporary approaches to landscape photography are engaged, from the representational to the picturesque, including mythical landscapes, poetic landscapes, politicised landscapes, commercial landscapes, and manufactured or altered landscapes. The overall aim is to ensure the individual is expertly informed, and to dramatically improve their practice, especially their technique, process, presentation and analysis.

The Masterclass runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm each day, and includes generous breaks for individual questions and answers. The main workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration, critical analysis, case studies and practical applications.

Topics include

What is in the camera bag

  • Lens selection and perspective control
  • Sensor format - medium vs full frame 35mm
  • Weight and portability
  • Tripods - testing stability, ball heads vs geared heads
  • Filters - pre production vs post production
  • Panorama equipment - GigaPan vs Really Right Stuff

Working in the field

  • Seeing the light - feeling the moment
  • Perspective and where to stand
  • Measuring and evaluating light and dynamic range
  • Water proofing cameras and cleaning lenses and sensors
  • Setting up a pano-head and capturing multiple images
  • Focus and exposure stacking techniques

Landscape into Art

  • A brief history of Land represented as Landscape
  • Pictorial design - how pictures function
  • Cultural design - how pictures think
  • Photographing Things
  • Photographing Feelings
  • Artist statements and contextual essays

Processing and Editing

  • Backing up, cataloguing and processing in the field
  • Focus Stacking - controlling depth of field
  • Exposure Stacking - controlling dynamic range
  • Compositing images and how to drop-in skies
  • Luminosity selections, highlight bump masks, shadow luminosity masks
  • Increasing presence, depth and dimensionality

What to bring?

Please bring along any equipment, files and/or prints if you are having specific issues with any area of your workflow, from capture to processing, editing, and printing. While this is certainly not a workshop requirement, do feel free to bring along anything that you think might be helpful.

About Dr Les Walkling

Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, and Bill Henson.

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