Tours vs Workshops

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Hello friends,

Today I’ll write you about a theme, in fact two because they are different, that many photographers confuse, even some professionals. I’m referring to Photo Tours versus Photo Workshops.   

I think it’s important for people who like photography, and see in the social media Photo Tours and Photo Workshops offerings, distinguish what is expectable in each one, to doesn’t create false expectations, since it is common register for a Tour and wait for a Workshop. A reason for that is there are many Tours offered incorrectly labeled as Workshops.   

A Workshop is an educational experience to help improve technical and creative knowledge. Usually a Workshop is designed to teach photographic techniques, outside or in a studio, or teaching post-production techniques.

A photographic tour is designed to take you to special places, preferably at the best time of the day, and the year, trying to maximize photographic opportunities with minimal instruction from the guide Tour.

The best way to avoid being disappointed is to be honest with yourself about what are your real goals when you choose each one of these offerings.

When you should choose a Workshop and when to choose a Tour?

Workshop

If the main intention is to develop the photographic technique, focus on something specific, such as composition, use of filters, lighting, flash, macro, people, post-production, etc., then a Photo Workshop is the right choice.

It is advisable that a Workshop should have a small number of 5 or 6 people, if it’s with only one instructor, or up to 10 people if they’re two instructors. This caution will allow the instructor to devote time to all participants, showing the techniques, and answer individual doubts of each participant.

It is not critical that the Workshop be in a stunning place, because the intent is to take advantage of some place features to potentiate the teaching of the techniques, which does not mean that it can not be a visually appealing place to take advantage of the photos for the participants personal portfolio.  

During the Workshop, the instructor’s main concerns is to teach and not photograph for himself, even if he can do so, to illustrate the teachings.

Tour

If the participant’s main intention is to meet new places, people, environments, etc., potentiated by the knowledge that the guide has from those locations, and enrich their portfolio, then the Photo Tours is the right choice.

Obviously it is not impetive that, during the tour, the guide aso be able to pass on technical and creative knowledge to improve the participants photos. In fact it’s a current practice to happen, however we must take into account that this is not the main Tour goal. The objective is to explore new places and, therefore, photograph.

It is also common practice that the guide itself also makes the their own photos, taking advantage of the atmospheric conditions of the moment, because every day is always different in terms of light, colors, environment, etc.

A tour may have more participants than a Workshop, 10 participants per guide it’s a good number, but it’s also important not have a big group because, besides creating dispersion if the group has to move between places, the technical/photographic support component becomes more difficult to do.

However, there are some common elements when we participate in a Workshop or a Tour, one of the most important is the interaction among participants. This interaction will potentiate the exchange of knowledge, experiencies, creating new ideas for photo projects, establishing new friendships, at the bottom potentiate the fun that’s the key point of these events.

And for now, my friends, That’s all. I promise to go back to this topic in the near future because it is my intention to develop these themes, promoting Photo Tours and Workshops. Nothing too complicated to non one feels embarrassed to participate, and can enjoy the advantages above described.

If you think you’re interested in participating in these events I’m thinking organize, leave a comment, or send me a mail, to know your interest. The more of you express interest, faster I’ll go with the idea.         

Until the next post.

Kisses and hugs.

Timelapses

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Hello friends, another post and another little tutorial about photographic techniques. This time I’m telling you about the timelapse technique.

I hope you enjoy it.

Kisses and hugs

Studio session-Backstage

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Hello friends, as I mentioned in a previous post, I intend this year to do more studio works, which give me great pleasure.

In this post you have a chance to see the backstage of a studio session I did with my nieces and friends.

I hope you enjoy it.

Kisses and hugs

Photographic Project

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Hello friends,

Following some photography lessons I’m giving, where I address this topic, today I come to you about the theme: Photographic Project.

What about a photographic project?

A photographic project is no more than telling a story through a set of photos. The story can be as simple as photographing an event, illustrating life in our neighbourhood, illustrating the visit to a place we like, choosing a color and making a set of photos in which this color is always present, etc. Etc.

Of course, a photographic project can be much more than the examples above. We have examples of large-scale photographic projects, such as Sebastião Salgado’s projects that take years, require financial availability, and force a deep and continued dedication, or projects that intend to have a Social intervention, drawing attention to major causes, as are examples of numerous award-winning projects in the World Press Photo (WPP) competition.  

Please note that these latest projects are not exclusive to great photographers, any of us can do them. I remember a Portuguese photojournalist who, some years ago, practically had to sell his photographic equipment due to the scarce financial resources he had, and he held a photographic project in Africa that came to be awarded at WPP and relaunched the his career.

The main advantages of launching a photographic project, have it the size it has, is an increase of motivation in the act of photographing and the sense of accomplishment that can bring us.

Motivation comes from stimulating our creativity because we are creating something with a concrete goal instead of simply making random photos. The sense of achievement is born from the fact that we are telling a story that obliges us to refine our gaze in the search for the most expressive elements for the narration.

Another of the advantages of choosing a photographic project is to ascertain the technique and our critical sense. We investigate the technique because we want the project to have varied photos in aesthetic terms, that is, from more comprehensive photos to detail photos. As for the critical sense, because we can make hundreds or thousands of photos that respond to the theme but obviously we will not use them all, and so we will have to select those most representative photos to show the project in an impactful way.

The inspiration to create a project can come from anywhere, just be watch what surrounds us. However, we cannot fail to highlight the visualization of photographic projects online. And we should not be inhibitory in ‘copying’ these projects since they should serve us inspiration for a theme and not necessarily to do the same type of photos. Each photographer has his/her own view of the matter soon, when making the photos, they will certainly be different from those we saw in the projects that inspired us.

The photos that illustrate this post are part of a project that I have developed, and I have already spoken here. It is called In the Wave of Surf, and illustrates the entire environment, colourful and protagonists who practice surfing in Carcavelos. Instead the obvious of photographing the practice of surfing, the project retracts its surroundings.

I hope you enjoy it and motivate you to, next time you take the machine, have a photographic project in mind.

That’s all For today.

Kisses and hugs.

Light Tests

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Hello friends
This year I intend to work more in studio photography and, for that, nothing better than start by doing some light tests in studio to identify the light behavior based on the use of various modifiers.
I hope you enjoy it.

Kisses and hugs.

Best of 2018

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Hello friends,

Another year gone by, once again it’s time review the 2018 work and chose the best of 2018.

As always, the choice of the 50 Best of 2018 is difficult and subjective, since a choice of photos also has to do with the our state of mind at the choice time, associated with feeling that certain works have been made.

Although 2018 has provided a chance to make some travel photography like the previous year, always interesting, I took advantage these trips to do something different, focus on photographic projects. What do I mean by that? That I tried to stick to a theme and explore this theme in the photos I made.

It happened with the photos taken in the snow, where I looked for the minimalism and graphism as a form of inspiration. Also the visit to the center of country allowed me to focus on the scars left in nature by fires of 2017 and the nature response one year later, a rebirth of nature.

Many of these photos have already be seen in previous posts that illustrated exactly the projects described above.  

As always, I couldn’t avoid to include some Street photos, an ever-present passion, and also two examples of studio photography which is always a challenge that I will try to explore more at 2019.

I hope you enjoy this selection of 50 photos and one more time, I propose an exercise of analysis and you tell me which are your favorite.

I’ll wait:)       

Kisses and hugs.

Fraga da Pena

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Hello friends,
With the new year is time to make new posts and show you more ideas for shooting. Today I’ll show you some material I made last summer and present you a place that is always worth visiting, Fraga da Pena, in the Serra do Açor.

I hope you enjoy it

. Kisses and hugs

Video Testing

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Hello friends,

Here’s another vlog, this time with the results of some video tests I made with a digital camera and a GoPro 5.

Anyone who wants to see the video on a larger television, and see the differences, just send me a mail and I send you the original video.

I hope you enjoy it.

Kisses and hugs.

Salinas

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Hello friends,

Today I return to a theme that I often do, the photographic project.

Today’s project, which I called Salinas, was held in the salt flats near Castro Marim in the Algarve.

Like all photographic projects, they can be long in time, with a lot of research and preparation work, or they can be born in a natural, almost spontaneous way, and carried out in a short time.

This Salinas project was the last case. He was born spontaneously, since I was going to pass the road, with a late afternoon sunlight, and the presence of workers in the salt pans aroused my attention to make a photograph.

Hence starting to look at the surroundings, the details, the incidence of light, etc., the think of telling a story of those salt pans, at the end of the afternoon, was an instant.

There is no need to think of anything very elaborate, just let ourselves be captivate by the ‘paintings’ that we have ahead, and our creativity does the rest.

One thing I can tell you, having made this little project gave me much more enjoyment than if I had done 2 or 3 photos without a set idea, which would possibly end up at the bottom of the hard drive with little chance of seeing daylight.

Next time you stop to make a photo and the place has chance for a small project, try it !. You’ll see that you’re going to feel a special pleasure at the end of work.

I hope you enjoy

Kisses and hugs.