David duChemin is a vision driven photographer. He is my photography guru! Listening to him throughout his Vision Driven Photography Workshop, I learned as much about my creativity as I did about my photography. David takes a step back from the technical side of photography and looks at the big picture. He understands that in order to capture magic behind a lens you need to reach inside yourself and understand your own creative nature.
David explains how important vision is to your art and what it means to pursue that vision. If you want to take a photography workshop that challenges your mind and enlightens your creative spirit, this is the workshop for you. I would love to share this workshop with everyone I know who is passionate about photography.
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Here are the six video submissions from the students Rick Sammon selected to join him in Seattle. We can't wait to meet you! Thank you to everyone who submitted a video. This is going to be a fun weekend.
The social networking bonanza started with MySpace. It completely changed the way we interacted with the web. It allowed us to share a little piece of ourselves with the rest of the world! We could connect with friends and family from anywhere and share our interests, likes and dislikes. We could share photos, music and opinions with everyone. It quickly became an obsession for many of us logging in every day to check our updates and messages.
Then came Facebook. It was very similar to MySpace and at first I didn’t see a need to change over to yet another social networking chain. I was perfectly happy with MySpace, but gradually it became socially unacceptable not to be on Facebook. And when that happened for me, it happened for most people and Facebook took over. The sharing and connecting was easier and this quickly put Facebook in the lead as the king of social media with over 800 million users worldwide.
I was a little resistant with the migration from MySpace to Facebook and now I’ve been a little slow to jump on board with Google+. I’ve decided to give it a try and I’ve found I like it! Here are a few of the reasons why:
Last year I was blown away by this first video I saw about the French Artist JR’s 28 millimetres, Face2Face and Women Are Heroes projects. I made sure EVERYONE I came into contact with saw this inspirational interview. I’ve probably watched it at least 30 times and counting. The images of the eyes on the train lining up with the portraits on the hillside gives me the chills every time, and those chills lead me to a big smile.
This past March JR was awarded the 2011 TEDPrize. Every year a new TEDPrize visionary is given funds to act upon his or her "One Wish to Change the World." If you haven’t heard of TED or TEDTalks, please, please, please listen up. TEDTalks will enlighten your mind and change your life. We here at creativeLIVE believe in the democratization of creative education. With a likeminded goal, TED brings "ideas worth sharing" to the world on nearly any topic you could imagine through free TEDTalks. In his TEDTalk in March, JR unveiled his TEDPrize wish "to use art to turn the world inside out."
Tamara Lackey kicked off her 2-day Taking Care of Business workshop on creativeLIVE with a bold statement, “We’re going to bring hotness to business!” She was right. Tamara was on fire for two days as she walked us step by step through the elements of running a successful small business. creativeLIVE has released a playlist of YouTube video clips that we’d love for you to watch and share with your friends via your blog and social networks. Help your peeps help themselves!
Tamara challenged us to put the same passionate flame that fuels our photography into our business: “How could your company change if you had as much affection for your business as you did for your art?” Many of us creatives might instinctually think, ‘But Tamara, I don’t love business like you do. I don’t want to use my left brain as much as my right brain.’ It may be obvious that in order to survive as an artist we must also be smart business people, but that doesn’t mean it’s obvious HOW to do that! Enter Tamara, who taught us not only the Whys but also the Hows.
Chase Jarvis just completed his project called Dasein: Invitation to Hang. Dasein was an art installation piece that Chase curated during his month-long artist-in-residence at the Ace Hotel. He invited everyone from around the world to send in photographs with the sole requirement that they are all snapshots.
So many times we can get hung up on lighting, gear, technical knowledge and we forget about how simple and powerful an unplanned snapshot can be. Chase is bringing forth the power of the simple snapshot and sharing it with the world with this project.
A snapshot, a moment of your life frozen in time. A moment that will never occur again. A moment that otherwise would be forgotten. A moment that nobody else in the world will ever experience. These moments are what make up our lives. They happen every second of the day. They are you and nobody else. This is what makes a snapshot so powerful.
When taking a snapshot your mind is truly focused. Your mind is free to be creative, to explore yourself, to express yourself, a snapshot is truly you.
One of the first workshops I ever took at creativeLIVE was John Greengo's Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course. John’s workshop completely changed my photography. I’ve been a professional photographer for a couple of years, and just like many of us, when I read that the course said Fundamentals in the name, I thought to myself 'I already know this.' I was extremely surprised, the deeper John got into the basics, the more I realized how many gaps I actually had in my knowledge.
There are so many things that you don’t realize that you don’t know. There are many things you can get by without knowing, but in order to become the photographer you want to be, “YOU MUST KNOW THEM!” And you don’t know you don’t know them until someone tells you about them. John’s ability to really get into the nitty gritty of photography and explain it in a way that I understood was ground breaking for me. I thought I knew everything that I needed to get by in photography. What I realized after taking this workshop was that my photography was stalled by my lack of complete understanding.
John went over so many things that I have never heard about anywhere else. I couldn’t believe how important all those things actually were. The fundamentals are the basics, but they are not basic. They are fundamental to being a great photographer. In Photography you must know the technical side like the back of your hand. You must know these basics so that they do not get in the way of your creative side.
After taking John’s workshop I can truly say 'I understand the basics.' I can say this because when I have a vision of an image I want to capture, the technical aspects are second nature. I don’t think about them anymore. I’m not struggling with my camera to try to figure it out. As an intermediate photographer, it’s extremely important to make sure you have no gaps in your knowledge and learn from a teacher who understands what all those gaps may be. As an emerging photographer, it’s extremely important to have a teacher who can relay the information in a way that you can understand. John does both and much more. Watch a few short video clips from John's workshop to get a taste of his great teaching style!
Tamara Lackey knows business. And I mean KNOWS business. In and out. Through and through. You may be able to tell that just from watching this 2-hour whiteboard segment from her Children’s Portrait Photography workshop last year on creativeLIVE wherein she outlines all of the elements of running your own business. That is just a taste of what we’ll experience this weekend. If you’re anything like me, you may be a tiny bit overwhelmed just thinking about all of the roles you play when you are a small business owner (and by tiny bit I really mean massively). I believe it’s especially frightening for those of us who are solopreneurs and are trying to do it all ourselves.
I thought I was going to learn a ton about the ins and outs of commercial photography from Mark Wallace during his Anatomy of a Photoshoot Workshop on creativeLIVE. And yep, I did. What I didn't realize was how much I would learn from Mark Wallace about life in general. The morning his workshop began Mark called us all together for a pep talk. Mark explained that one of his studio Snapfactory's underlying principles is that art not only has the possibility to change lives, but as artists we have a responsibility to use our art to influence change.