In our workshops we put primary emphasis on seeing
and feeling and on learning how to express effectively what you see
and feel. We regard visual design as the craft or the language of
visual expression and our hope for every participant is that she or
he will become fluent, using design with the ease of speaking your
first language. We strongly believe that, if you make photographs
for yourself above everybody else, you will write your own story as
clearly with pictures as you might with words.
Workshops are for amateur or professional photographers.
Our experience has consistently been that a mixed group functions
best and learns the most.
André Gallant is a freelance photographer specializing in imaginative travel, people, and stock photography around the world. He has several major books to his credit - three with Pierre Berton, and Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image co-authored with Freeman. André has recently self-published five hardcover books, Dreamscapes, Destinations, Expressionism, Inspiration and Innovation and has penned and photographed Photographing People At Home and Around the World for Key Porter Books. A contributor to Canadian Camera, André continually experiments with new visual approaches and techniques in both his professional and personal photography, and he generously shares his ideas and expertise – in either English or French.
Freeman Patterson has been a freelance photographer and writer since 1965 and his contribution to the photographic medium is recognized around the world. He is the author of five best-selling instructional books on photography and visual design and eight other books, including The Garden, a collection of images and writing about his home at Shamper’s Bluff, New Brunswick. In 2013 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Goose Lane Editions published FREEMAN PATTERSON: Embracing Creation, a major retrospective of Freeman’s career co-authored by Freeman and art curator Tom Smart. Freeman has conducted week-long workshops annually in Canada since 1973, in South Africa since 1984, from time to time in New Zealand since 1992, and in many other countries. Freeman believes a sound knowledge of visual design is fundamental to clear visual expression and focuses on this in his illustrated lectures. He has received numerous national and international honours and awards for his photography and teaching, including the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick.
2017 WORKSHOP DATES
We accept registrations on a first come/first
served basis. Registration is now open.
ST. MARTINS, NEW BRUNSWICK
Fee for the six-day/seven-night course includes meals and accommodation
in a private room with private bath.
REQUIREMENTS BEFORE TAKING THIS WORKSHOP ***
To get the most from the workshop, please make a serious effort before you arrive to learn basic camera operation: how shutter speeds relate to lens openings, what depth of field means, what each dial, button or item on your camera or camera menu does. Study your camera manual carefully and bring it with you.
Participants must bring their own laptop computer. A digital projector will be available. Be familiar with your camera and with the playback features that enable you to select, delete, and transfer images to your computer or flash drive. Ensure that you have your camera manual with you. Participants should be sufficiently adept with software such as Photoshop or Lightroom to adjust the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, and sharpness of your images. You should also be able to resize your images and save them as jpegs to a flash drive. (Participants may shoot in RAW but we work in jpeg to speed up workflow.)
Workshop begins with dinner (6:00pm) on Sunday and concludes with
dinner on Saturday night.
Waterproof footwear is necessary for shooting at water’s edge and for early mornings as there is often heavy dew. A hat, gloves and warm jacket are essential for the autumn workshop. Bring a good repellent if you are at all bothered by insects.
Tripod Rental: We will have four tripods available for rental. With all the weight restrictions with air travel, this will make it easier if you are flying. It will also give participants who do not own a sturdy tripod the opportunity to work with the tripod that both André and Freeman recommend.
Rental fee is $40. for the week. As quantities are limited, please reserve when you register for a workshop.
TO REGISTER FOR A 2017 WORKSHOP
We will take registrations on a first come/first served basis. Registrations are now open.
Step 1: Send your completed application form by e-mail, phone or fax for the 2017 workshops indicating your first and second choice of workshop weeks. We require a $400 deposit (Canadian funds) payable by VISA or MasterCard at this time but we will not debit your credit card until the first week of January. Workshop fees can also be paid by e-mail money transfer. Please indicate on your application form if you will be paying by e-mail money transfer the first week of January.
After registering if you haven’t already sent a signed copy, we will need a signed application form by e-mail, fax or send to:
Step 2: The balance of your workshop fees must be paid six weeks before your workshop begins to ensure your place is held.
Cancellations: On cancellations up to six weeks prior to the beginning date of the workshop, we will refund your deposit less 50% for expenses. We will not refund on cancellations received six weeks or less prior to the beginning date of the workshop.
Please do not register for a workshop unless you are able to stay for the entire period as an early departure seriously disrupts the spirit and fellowship of the workshop.***
Images and Photographs © 2006 Freeman Patterson - All Rights Reserved.