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Online workshop with Don Giannatti

Postby Duck » Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:05 pm

Well, I took the plunge and got myself enrolled in an online workshop.

If ever there was one photographer that I can claim as being the most inspirational to me I would have to answer, Dean Collins. Sadly he passed long before I ever became serious about photography but his teachings live on in video form. He had a very unique way of breaking a difficult concept into easy to understand terms. And we all know light is not an easy concept to grasp. On a side note, I suggest looking up some of Dean Collins' videos on YouTube (not Dean Collins the dancer) or find a copy of his "Live at Brooks Institute."

In my search for modern inspiration I found two other photographers that really catch my attention. Alex Koloskov and Don Giannatti. Alex has a fantastically clean sense of image making while imbuing them with motion. Just look at the great stuff he does with capturing liquids in motion. Breathtaking. He has a YouTube channel worth checking out but be warned, English is not his native language and he tends to ramble.

Don, I had the great privilege of watching two of his workshops on Creative Live. What caught me about his teaching style were two things; First was he teaches many of the same principals as Dean did and, second, his no nonsense point of view. He doesn't beat around the bush, sugar coat the industry or make excuses. I really like that about him.

Don does a "Project 52 Pro" workshop where he leads students through a year's worth of instruction utilizing real world examples. In the end the student gains valuable practical knowledge and a healthy portfolio. I passed up the last two years and told myself I wouldn't pass it up again. So, I bit the bullet, as they say, and enrolled. I promised myself I would buckle down and get more serious with my photography but I was having a hard time stepping back from my day job. Hopefully this workshop will be what it takes to break my old habits.

I'll keep you updated along the way.
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Re: Online workshop with Don Giannatti

Postby Steven G Webb » Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:12 pm

I've taken in a couple of Don Giannatti videos. Your assessment mirrors mine. He's straightforward and plainspoken and I like that. I'm sure you'll have a positive experience and look forward to follow-up reports.
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Re: Online workshop with Don Giannatti

Postby Duck » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:23 am

The first three assignments have been posted for the workshop The first is to photograph a stranger. Easy. The second one is about my vision statement. This one's a tough one because it requires me to look at my past work, reflect on where I want to go and distill it into a short sentence. Once that's done I have to illustrate it with a photo. Well, I thought about it, reflected on what appealed to me, looked at the kind of work I do and came up with this;

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Postby Steven G Webb » Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:39 am

Wonderful photo and grand irony.
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Postby Duck » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:12 am

I'm glad you appreciate the irony inherent in the statement, Steven. However, I like to think that I maintain a certain degree of truth in my photography. I enjoy bringing out the beauty in things.
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Postby Steven G Webb » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:24 am

I'm with you. Portraiture seems to involve quite a bit of unnatural posturing, positioning and posing with the intent of creating a natural looking photograph. I think much of the same can be said of product photography.
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Re: Online workshop with Don Giannatti

Postby Duck » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:52 am

Assignment number three is to create a still life that contains a flower. So far it seems the first few assignments are designed to gauge everyone's abilities. We'll see what the verdict is when it comes time to submit them. Anyhow, here is my thought on assignment number three. What do you think? Considering the requirements were rather vague and loose.

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Postby Steven G Webb » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:02 am

Nice job. Sure isn't the standard flower and vase still life study.
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Postby Duck » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:22 am

Steven G Webb wrote:Nice job. Sure isn't the standard flower and vase still life study.


Thanks Steven. As you know, most actual jobs would have a more narrowed list of criteria for a shoot. I'm sure this is designed to see where people's imaginations take them to fulfill the rather open ended criteria. In this case I just utilized what I had available around me. It will be interesting to see what kinds of comments I get back on this assignment considering part of the goal is to make people stretch themselves out of their comfort zones. Personally I know I didn't stretch myself too far so for that I probably failed there. But I also know that in a real world scenario I met the criteria of the shoot and I did it within the given deadline and with room for a reshoot, if needed.
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Re: Online workshop with Don Giannatti

Postby TomCofer » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:11 pm

Nice and interesting work so far Duck
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