Weekend WaterFire Workshop
With David H. Wells
Waterfire workshop schedule is below.
Saturday, June 30th Event & Sunday, July 1st Review
Purchase a seat in this workshop at the bottom of this page. When the capacity is reached, the sales will automatically stop.
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, June 30th 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, June 30th from 2 to 7 pm at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Art then move outside to photograph the setup, lighting and other rituals of “WaterFire” until about 9 pm.
The class will meet the next day, Sunday, July 1st from 1 to 4 pm 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, June 30th
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Intros, techniques, and shooting / David’s “Light Studies” presentation
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Walk all around the basin/river as a group and talk about options (location scouting)
5:00 – 7:00 pm: Set up for the shoot and eat dinner (participants are on their own, dinner is not provided as part of the workshop)
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Shoot “WaterFire”. David will walk among the participants and provide advice as needed.
Sunday, July 1st
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) 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 $10 refund after the registration.
(This workshop was a success. If you missed it, look at the second offering in October.)