Weekend at WaterFire Providence
With David H. Wells
Saturday, July 20th Event & Sunday July 21st Review
Master light, shadow, night and twilight… the tools David H. Wells uses as he makes his award winning “Light Studies”, photo-essays exploring optics, atmosphere, and location. On Saturday July 20th David will guide you through the strategies, subject matter, location scouting, and shooting of the art performance “WaterFire” in downtown Providence Rhode Island.
The next day David will lead a review and critique of images shot. Please join us for this award winning photographer’s favorite workshop!
David will share specific techniques and particular images that highlight:
- Specific issues of time of day, and morning vs. evening light
- Quality and direction of light
- Scouting a location with a compass to plot the play of light
- Importance of the photographer’s position
- Use of lines, shadows, light and dark
This lecture and shooting class has extensive visuals to introduce you to the important and useful approach to using available light. Participants will gain a better understanding of natural light, how it is shaped by the time of day, seasons, and the photographer’s perspective.
The class will meet Saturday July 20th from Noon to 4pm at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Art then move outside to photograph the set up, lighting and other rituals of “WaterFire” until about 7pm.
The class will meet the next day, Sunday July 21st from 1 to 4pm at RICPA photography gallery to review the works since photographing AND critiquing work is the VERY BEST way to improve your photography.
What happens during the workshop?
Saturday, July 20th
1:30 – 3:30 pm: Intros, techniques, and shooting / David’s “Light Studies” presentation
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Walk all around the basin/river as a group and talk about options (location scouting)
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Set up for shoot and eat dinner (participants are on their own, dinner is not provided as part of the workshop)
6:30 – 9:00 pm: Shoot “WaterFire”. David will walk among the participants and provide advice as needed.
Sunday, July 21st
Review, Critique, and Discussion
1:00 – 4:00 pm Bring about 50 images, JPGs only, about 2000 pixels (+/- ) on long dimension. JPGS out of camera are good! No need to post process 5 to 10 situations (no more!), 10 or 20 images per situation (work situations!) Bring images on HD or USB drive or flash card/memory card (no CDs or DVDs please)
Who is the workshop designed for? The workshop is designed for photographers of many levels who want to improve their skills — from the weekend shooter to the advanced photographer.
At minimum, participants need to be comfortable using either manual exposure or aperture or shutter priority automatic exposure setting. You will need to know how to download images from your camera’s memory cards to your computer and select the best 50 of the 200 plus you will shoot during the class.
What kind of equipment do I need? A semi-advanced digital camera, mirrorless, or DSLR with zoom lens with autoexposure and manual settings. Please email or call with any questions.
Where is the workshop?
Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RICPA) @RIPhotoArts riphotocenter.org
118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence RI 02903 401-400-2542
Register for this workshop
Purchase a seat. Dues-paying members will receive a 20% refund after the registration.
Bruce Wilson says
Wonderful workshop. David Wells gave very generously of his time and knowledge, and I’m looking forward to applying what we learned. He’s a wonderful instructor and great photographer, and I’d readily take more workshops with him.