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      June 15, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM

      Rockport Art Association , 12 Main Street
      Rockport, Massachusetts

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      Photo Workshop Adventure Rockport MA: Color, Composition, & Creativity.

      To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Elliott Erwitt You are invited to join the small group (only 10) headed to Rockport MA. This is one of our signature programs in our Take Better Pictures Meetup. We go back each year and see things we never saw before. I hope you can join us this time, for the first time second time or third time.  There is  amazing beauty everywhere you look. With expert coaching and guidance you can capture the scene in a way that is creative, unique and exciting every time. Mirror reflections in Rockport Harbor. Great opportunity to work on composition skills. In this case, the choice was a symmetrical composition placing the subject in the center of the frame. Yes this breaks the rule of thirds, but sometimes that is the best choice. I will be covering beginner and advanced composition options for each shot we take so you really see the difference in a strong or weak image of the same subject.  About your instructor: Suzanne Merritt is a master level instructor with a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. She has led workshops on beauty, photography, and creativity in Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years. She was the founder of the Polaroid Creativity Lab and in 2016 opened The Curious Soul Photo School. She brings her background in aesthetics, design, and mindfulness into every program she teaches making each experience far more than just a photography class. It is a day of appreciating the beauty of life and creating images that express that beauty in your own creative way. She is also the organizer of the Take Better Pictures Meetup group in Boston MA.  Sparrow Feasting on Lobster trap treats.  I find most people long to have the image match their memory of the moment of beauty. Often, the results are disappointing. This is because they are trying to translate an experience they have had with all their senses, into a two dimensional visual form. The sounds, smells, and other sensations are lost. You need to know how to use the visual language of color, texture, light etc.. to speak to all the senses. Sure you can get better on your own, but it is more efficient to get some guidance. I can help you simplify your photography so it shines!  Take a look at the photos below and see which one you would rather take. A or B. Boring photo of Motif #1. The most photographed structure in America. The photo above is the typical angle and composition of this famous red structure. This first photo was taken from the recommended photo spot marked on the sidewalk for tourist.   The photo below is from our class. Fresh, vibrant, dynamic. See the difference? Want to know how to accomplish this? It has nothing to do with your camera settings, and everything to do with finding the best viewpoint. In this second image, you can feel the crisp October air. What a day we had! Both images were taken on the same day.  Rockport Reflections A or B In this before and after series you can see the difference a good composition makes. This lantern is an architectural detail you can find on Bearskin Neck. It uses the visual language of color, texture and light. But in the first photo, I had a bad angle. I took one step to the right and it was perfect. See the difference?  "Learn from the mistakes of others; you do not have time to make them all yourself." Chinese Proverb. You will each receive a private mini class during the workshop so we can focus on exactly what you want to learn. Questions about going off Auto? Not sure how to frame the subject? Want to sharpen your focusing skills? It is up to you to choose what you would most love to learn.  This could be your dinner. Even if you have been to Rockport before, this day is sure to help you see it with fresh eyes. I have scouted some fantastic areas for our class to shoot. We will work in three different areas so you can collect a variety of images including the town, the docks and the best view on the North Shore. You will also have enough free time to wander on your own while I do the individual coaching.  There will be three structured  "assignments" designed to challenge your creativity and encourage your unique style of photography. These assignments will come with a handout and a specific skill for you to hone during the assignment. For example, you might be asked to show us Rockport through the eyes of a child. This could require a completely fresh point of view bound to make your images more dynamic. Photo above, typical adult eye level shot of the sea following the rule of thirds. Photo below, I moved to the right two steps, I got down to eye level of a 5 year old and wow! Suddenly the rocks are huge, the horizon line shifts, and it all comes together in creative composition that breaks all the rules but still works. Join us and discover how  to stop taking the same old photos again and again. Photo By Suzanne: Rockport Beach After the Storm In this fun and educational event, you'll discover  techniques that improve every single photo you take from now on. Bring your iPhone, Point and Shoot or DSLR. All levels welcome to participate in this workshop. But it is one of the more physically challenging sessions so be prepared to do a fair amount of walking. Some of the topics I will cover in the workshop will be: • Timing and positioning so you increase the chances of getting the lucky shot when photographing people. • Composition of subjects within the frame and in relationship to each other using creative points of view and rules of thirds.  • How to use visual elements of color, light, texture, and motion to evoke emotion and tell a story when photographing architecture and landscapes. • How to choose the most compelling segment of the horizon for your landscape photos.  • Some basic camera operation tips will be offered if you need them to get off the Auto Setting and take photos that are properly exposed and in focus. Colors of small shrubs up on the cliffs. Look for contrast to create vitality. You are invited to  discover how to capture the true beauty of a place. Discover how to see the hidden structure of the scene. Once you see it, you can capture it in your photos. You will immediately feel the difference in your photography because they will have more impact and power.  This is a "no technical jargon zone", so if you're a total beginner, I promise that you will feel at ease and totally comfortable in this relaxed and fun setting. I provide individual coaching and suggestions so you will improve immediately.  We will have a picnic lunch up on the rocks overlooking the town. Bring a brown bag or pick a lobster roll in town.  I know the secret path to get us to this spectacular view. Good walking shoes are a must.  Logistics: We will meet at 10:15 AM in Rockport. If you live in Boston, some of us will take the 8:30 Train from North Station which gets us to Rockport Station by 9:40 Then walking into town.  Class will officially end at 4:30 you can take the 5:10 train back to Boston. There is also a later train if anyone wants to stay in Rockport after class and have a lobster dinner on the docks! I love to do this and also get some end of day photos when the light is just beautiful.  Small boats floating in the Rockport Harbor make perfect subjects.  Another option is for you to drive and meet us there. Get there any way you can but don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with other like minded photo enthusiasts. You will meet some great people, have some fun, and learn lots!  Tuition: $145.00. This includes materials, private coaching time, short group lectures with sample photos and mini critique. This will be an inspiring way to get your photography skills up and running for the Summer travel season ahead.  Please RSVP today to reserve your space.  I am very excited to be offering this photo experience and hope you will join us. If you are attending this for the second time, you will have different assignments this time around building on the skills we worked on last time.  Warmly,  Suzanne Merritt 

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