Friday, March 3, 6-8pm: David H. Wells presentation at Custom House Museum
Saturday, March 4, 9am-noon: Workshop discussion at Custom House Museum
2pm until approx. 8pm: Location shooting
Sunday, March 5, 6:30-9:30am: Location shooting
10am-2pm: Student’s individual editing on their own (in their homes or in the Custom House presentation room)
2pm onward: Classroom editing and analysis
The best travel photographs make the viewer want to go that place, eat that food, meet those people and/or have that experience. The best ones are made not from the viewpoint of an observer but rather from the viewpoint of someone who is actively engaged in the event. Being good at travel photography requires keeping your eyes open to everything happening around you. Good travel photographers must know how to handle their camera, compose great frames as well as work with the existing light or manipulate that same light.
The best travel photographers are versatile in their skills and fluid in their process, using minimal gear to achieve a maximum of results. In this class, David H. Wells explores the skills needed for good travel photography:
• The traveling photographer's camera and bag • Being in the right place at the right time
• Varying the time of the day
• Understanding the light
• Portraying people
• Stopping action vs showing motion • Thoughts on tripods
• Varying lenses
The workshop features presentations followed by location shooting in scenic Key West, Florida, to practice the lessons. We will photograph on location as a group Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning to apply the techniques discussed in class. Sunday’s final critique of the student’s work will help them fine-tune their portfolios.
In the photographing phase of the workshop, we will explore the proper techniques through a series of shooting exercises. We will also explore how to better understand available light, how it is shaped by the time of day, seasons, the photographer’s positioning, etc. Students will be expected to practice, practice, practice, building the skills they will continue to develop as they move forward in their photography.
When it comes to selecting the best images, most photographers cannot edit their own work because they are too caught up in the content of the image or in the emotional experience they had making the image. In this part of the class we will explore how to edit your photographs effectively by stepping back and looking at the work more analytically and dispassionately.
Sunday afternoon each student brings 100 +/- digital files on a USB drive or Hard Drive and we will edit those down to a top 20 images +/-. At the end of each edit, the student ends up with a top set of images which reflects their artistic strengths, subject matter of interest, etc. Students also learn by watching me do the same edit with the photos of others. In some ways the students learn more watching the same process as it plays out with their peer's work. The observant students begin to "mentally" edit the other work and they learn about editing (whether or not they agree with my choices.)
About the Photograpaher:
David H. Wells a free-lance photographer affiliated with Aurora Photos and photo educator in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. Wells is an editorial, commercial and location photographer focusing on multimedia productions and photo-essays for publication and exhibition. Past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic Publications, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few.
Wells is a visual storyteller whose photography and filmmaking straddles the lines between fine-art and documentary work. This hybrid work is created on assignment and through grant-funded projects which can be seen in editorial publications as well as on the websites of non-profit organizations and multi-national corporations. Wells uses still, time-lapse, and moving images as well as audio to create his award winning narratives.
He is affiliated with Aurora Photos and past assignments have been for Life Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine, to name a few. He has worked for corporations including Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as non-profit organizations including Brown University, the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund, among others.
He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the Maine Media Workshops. He is on the faculty of the International Center for Photography in New York City. He was featured in Photo District News as a "Best Workshop Instructor."