Protect yourself from stress and strain to enjoy a lifetime of photography.

Date: Sep 16, 2018
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate. Advanced, Master
Workshop Fee: $150
Class Size: 12

Be a “well-armed” photographer. Your hands and arms are often overlooked as a part of your photographer’s toolbox. Photography requires endurance, flexibility, speed and strength. You ‘schlep’ equipment, shoot in sustained or awkward postures, and then sit at your computer for hours to post-process your images. Do you pay attention to yourself or are you not focused on yourself,perhaps leaving your body in a painful blur? As a serious amateur or professional, your work habits should protect your hands and arms from undue stresses and strains. This workshop will show you how to do just that. Through interactive and experiential activities you will acquire knowledge and techniques to keep you “well-armed”.

Fortunately, we’ll have photographers and cameras in class, so you’ll be able to see yourself through the eyes (and lens) of others, including your instructor. You will learn about both relevant anatomy and conditions that may affect hand and arm use. Tips for minimizing the aches and pains of your beloved avocation/profession will be discussed and demonstrated.

Although this 6-hour workshop will emphasize from fingertips to shoulder, we will also include tips for care of your neck and back.

Workshop topics

  •   Carrying the camera and behind the camera observations
  •   Discussions and demonstrations on anatomy and common conditions affecting hands and arms, risk factors for injury, and keeping in shape for photography. As part of this lesson, you will have the opportunity to map out a “typical” workday and share concerns you may have about keeping healthy for photography.
  •   Instructor-guided analysis of activity: Carrying the camera and behind the camera observations.
  •   Recommendations for working postures
  •   Pros and cons of changing equipment and work postures
  •   Resources for the photographer including online websites (what is trustworthy?)
  •   “What do I do when I am not doing my photography?” Could this contribute to aches and pains?
  •   Analysis of working at the computer and discussion of computer ergonomics
  •   Keyboards and mouse versus graphic tablet versus track pad, laptop v. desktop
  •   Chairs and desks/tables
  •   Positioning of monitors

What to bring with you to the workshop

You should bring your camera, tripod (if commonly used), laptop, flash drive, and smart phone (if you use one). Bring a short sleeve or sleeveless top to wear for some of the activities. This will make it easier to for us observe postures. Bulky shirts and sweats will make it harder for us to work and analyze.

This course is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. After this workshop, I can help you find a health care practitioner in your area if you have questions or concerns.

Workshop meets 10AM – 5PM.  Lunch is included.

All image credit: Sue Michlovitz

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Instructor: Sue Michlovitz

Susan Michlovitz, PT, PhD, CHT is a physical therapist and certified hand therapist who specializes in the hand and upper extremity and works with artists, musicians, and photographers. She loves to teach, learn and mentor. Over her 44-year career as a physical therapist, Sue has been on the faculties of Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, and Hahnemann University and currently is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy, Columbia University. She has published textbooks, journal articles and book chapters and current serves as an Associate Editor, Journal of Hand Therapy. Sue was the 2013 President of the American Society of Hand Therapists and as served an Affiliate Member of Board of the American Association for Hand Surgery.