Capture the essence of the season through renewed vision and enhanced craft.

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Past student work: Laurie McCormick
“Light, gesture, and color are the key components of any photograph.” —Jay Maisel

There are few places on earth that are as full of light, gesture, color and the potential for timelessness than October in Maine. From the color and hue of the leaves to the mists of fog and rain, the diversity of light creates the environment for stunning imagery.

Working with lessons from his latest book “Welcome to Oz 2.0” and some of its key topics , the following are covered (weather permitting):

  • Bokeh- the quality of how a lens goes from in focus to blur
  • Depth of Field- how to use blur and focus to bring forth a more powerful image
  • Weather- how to use and make it in the computer when it doesn’t show as planned
  • Gesture- what is the gesture of a moment, how to capture it and how to use it to great motion within a stillness
  • Shape and Color- How to use shape as the unwitting ally of color, so that color is remembered over shape in your images

The result of this week’s intensive work in both the field and digital lab are images that echo the stillness and beauty of October in Maine – of the light, of the gesture, of the moment.  The photographs are upheld by the unique vision of the participants in combination with exquisite technical craft.

Image Credit: Vincent Versace

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Instructor: Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.

Instructor: Mickey Strand

Mickey Strand, Navy Photographers Mate Chief Petty Officer retired, is a working Photographer & instructor living in San Diego, Ca. He is enjoying his second career after 24 years of active service, traveling and shooting with occasional teaching stops for ACME educational, Maine Media Workshops, and Madeline Island School of the Arts.