PVDFest has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. This workshop has been canceled.
On the Street with David H. Wells, explore techniques to capture engaging photographs on the go. On Friday, June 12th David will guide you through the strategies, subject matter, location scouting, and shooting on the street of the performers and spectators at PVDFest in downtown Providence Rhode Island.
About PVDFest and plan your stay in Providence
As a photography educator, David leads students to consistently master light, exposure, and tonality, framing and composition with predictable and consistent control over focus and depth of field. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”
The second day, David will lead a review and critique of images shot. Please join us for this award-winning photographer’s 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
- Simple techniques for effective street photography
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 on Friday, June 12th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Art then move outside to photograph the action to PVDFest until about 9 pm.
The class will meet the next day, Saturday, June 13th from 9 am to Noon at RICPA photography gallery to review the works since photographing AND critiquing work is the VERY BEST way to improve your photography.
Friday, June 12th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Intros, techniques, and shooting / David’s presentation
3:00 pm– 4:00 pm: Walk around the downtown as a group and talk about options (location scouting)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Shoot PVDFest and eat dinner (participants are on their own, dinner is not provided as part of the workshop) Food and drink are available as part of the festival from food trucks and street side stands from most local restaurants.
David will walk among the participants and provide advice as needed. Performances generally run till midnight.
Saturday, June 13th
Review, Critique, and Discussion
9:00 am – Noon: Bring about 50 images, JPGs only, about 2000 pixels (+/- ) on the long dimension. JPGs out of the 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)
Session ends promptly at Noon. We encourage you to go out on your own and spend the afternoon putting the concepts presented in the workshop into practice. PVDFest brings four days of arts, culture, music and entertainment to the streets of Providence, with your new skills you’ll have plenty of time to explore and shoot at your own pace. The free festival includes interactive events, live performances, food trucks, street side restaurants, local vendors and more.
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 a 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 a 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
How much does it cost?
The cost of the workshop for two days is $90. You can purchase a seat in the workshop below. Members will receive a $10 refund after registration.
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