Old Masters Photography: Impressionism


Monday, October 30, 2017
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
One 2½ hour session


$25.  Register here.


This is both a hands-on and lecture type of class. For this class, we recommend you want to learn composition, direction, color, storytelling and lighting by studying the old master painters. You will need any type of camera or smartphone for the hands-on portion.


Before there were photographers, there were painters. These painters helped pave the way for our photographic endeavors through their dedication to studying light. Fortunately, much of what these "Old Masters" knew has been passed down to us and established as the fundamentals of photographic lighting. Through studying the works of the painters such as the Impressionists, we can better understand how to utilize light to create impactful photographs outdoors. This is part of an ongoing workshop in learning better composition and lighting by studying artists' paintings. This particular workshop will focus on the years of Impressionists paintings, Degas, Renoir, Monet, and Pisarro 1860-1910. Photography gave rise to the Impressionist movement.

It is generally accepted that Degas used photographs for his dancer paintings. The composition and detail of his paintings were aided by photographic images, and the cropping of figures at the edge is a result of photography's influence.

"We focus our attention so much in the "latest" and "trendiest" that we tend to forget the origins and principles that led to the point where things are now. Not only in photography, but in any art, it's of the uttermost importance to study the origins to understand the present." Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro and Tiffany Mueller




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