Experience Beijing from the inside, working in conjunction with local photographers while exploring this diverse city. Through formal lectures, critiques and on-location demonstrations, students will learn how to photograph in a variety of challenging lighting situations while developing their style. Lectures and demonstrations include working in low light conditions and at night, using strobe to create a ‘natural look’. This workshop will teach you how to document a foreign culture and how to produce a photo-essay that has impact.
Three Shadows Photography Art Center is located in Beijing’s vibrant new art district, Caochangdi. The Center is the first contemporary art space dedicated exclusively to photography and video art in China. The complex includes a gallery space, classrooms with Wi-Fi, traditional black & white darkrooms, professional ink jet digital printers, a library with over 2,000 books, catalogues and journals and a café, and was designed by the renowned artist Ai Weiwei.
Three Shadows mission is to showcase contemporary Chinese photography, provide challenging educational programs for artists and photographers, publish books, conduct events, provide an archive of Chinese photography, and initiate a dialogue between China and the international art scene. Visit www.threeshadows.cn for more information.
Workshop classes are held each morning at the Three Shadows Photography Art Center. Afternoons and evenings are reserved for on-location demonstrations and group shoots and for participants to work on their personal projects. During this workshop participants are encouraged to work on a long-term personal project. Participants may work with still photography or video. With Three Shadows as a resource, you will gain access to events, activities and subjects usually only familiar and primarily accessible to the local population.
Participants can work together in groups or individually pursue their projects. Beijing is the perfect photographic location, and offers a diverse range of photographic subjects. Possible documentary subjects and photographic locations include: residential life in the Hutongs, tea ceremonies, nightlife around Hou Hai Lake, the architecture of the Forbidden City, and the many temples & the railway stations. Beijing is a contrast of new and old, from its modern glass skyscrapers to the narrow lanes of the Hutongs. You can explore the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, and climb the Great Wall of China. Gallery 798, originally a Soviet style weapons factory is now a fashionable district of galleries. The back streets of the Hutongs offer Beijing as it use to be. Here you can access the locals who live in their front stoops. At night experience Beijing’s night food market with its exotic delicacies.
Participants should plan to arrive in Beijing by Friday July 12, 2013. That evening we will hold an orientation meeting and group welcome dinner. Our first class meets the following morning on Saturday July 13th, at 9:00 am at the Three Shadows Center. The workshop officially ends the evening of Sunday July 21st with the final critique and farewell reception.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers & videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to photograph the diverse Chinese culture. This is an opportunity to work closely with local Chinese photographers while developing a new body of work. Participants should be comfortable navigating and photographing in a foreign city.
Media & Recommended Equipment
Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with Lightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have either imovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera batteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notebook and writing utensil.
The workshop fee includes the use of the Three Shadows Photography Art Center classroom, facilities, group guide and location assistance, the opening and closing receptions and the on-location demonstrations. Participants are responsible for all their own travel arrangements, including international flights, visas, transportation, hotels, airport transfers, local transportation, meals and private guides (if you choose).
You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in the group excursions and receptions for a charge of $500.00.
At the time of registration, Maine Media Workshops will collect an initial deposit of $600, plus a $55 registration fee. All other payments will be billed & collected by Collins Photography Workshops. Arlene Collins Photography, LLC, reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the stated due date.
Three Shadows Photography Art Center is located in Beijing’s Chaoyang District
Chaoyang District Beijing 100015
Tel: +86 10 6432 2663
Travel & Expenses
Several airlines fly from various U.S. cities to China. Participants may stay at the hotel of their choice and Beijing hotels range from deluxe to boutique. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from the Center. If you choose to stay downtown driving to the Center can take up to one hour. A taxi from downtown to the Center may cost upwards of $20.00 USD each way. Beijing is a cosmopolitan city what offers all kinds of restaurants from very expensive to inexpensive. You should plan on budgeting USD $120.00 to $150.00 per day for food, local transportation and ancillary expenses.
In addition to travel guidebooks, www.timeoutbeijing.com offers a complete listing of hotels, restaurants and events in Beijing.
Swire East (the closest hotel to the Center) www.east-beijing.com
- Work with people in a foreign culture
- Light an environmental portrait on location
- Photograph at night
- Expand your photography vision
- Shoot video
- Tiananmen Square
- The Forbidden City
- Temple of Heaven
- The Summer Palace
- The Great Wall
- Mao Zedong Mausoleum