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Notice: Due to Mr. Halper's busy schedule with Sunlight and Water, Halper Fine Art, and Mark Robert Halper Photography, he will soon be taking a sabatical from teaching workshops for an indefinite amount of time.

The only remaining workshops on his schedule are in October of 2010. We hope you can join us on those dates for what promises to be an unforgettable experience and time of growth in your photography:

 

2009 - 2010 Workshop Schedule

Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara wine country

In conjunction with Mark's Sunlight and Water Exhibition and Event in the Santa Barbara County wine country (made famous in the movie Sideways), Mark's fall and winter workshops will take place in Solvang, California. These classes will be slightly more relaxed than their Los Angeles counterparts, and feature a wine and food experience appropriate to the area.

The Professional Portrait
October 23 - 25, 2009 in Los Angeles sold out
May 21-23, 2010 in Los Angeles sold out

The Special Four Day Experience:
May 2 - 5, 2009 in Los Angeles sold out
October 11-14, 2010 in Solvang, CA
- Just FOUR spaces left!

The Exceptional Portrait:
From Concept to Execution

May 2, 2009 in Los Angeles
October 11, 2010 in Solvang, CA
- Open

Developing Your Personal Style:
A Wine Country Workshop in Art and Commerce

August 31-September 2, 2010 in Solvang, CA

Saving Your Photographic Career*
*or how I learned to stop worrying and re-invent my business

November 12 - 15, 2009 in Los Angeles

 



The Professional Portrait
(formerly titled Photographing People for Publication)
Three (or Four) Day Intensive Hands-On Workshop
at Mark's Los Angeles, California Studio
and in California Wine Country

May 2 - 5, 2009 sold out
October 23 - 25, 2009 sold out
May 21-23, 2010 in Los Angeles sold out.

Special Four Day Program!
October 11-14, 2010
in Solvang, CA
This is a very unique class as it is both the extended four day version and in wine country.
Just FOUR spaces remaining.

Take both the The Professional Portrait and The Exceptional Portrait back to back at this Sunlight and Water related workshop.

Regular Three Day Schedule:
Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 8:30am-10pm and Sunday 9am-5pm.

Special Wine Country Four Day Schedule:
Monday 9am to 6pm, Tuesday 8:30am-10pm, Wednesday 8:30am-10pm and Thursday 8:30am-3pm.

Tuition is $885 for the three day Los Angeles class
Please also plan on a fixed meal cost of $150 for the entire workshop (two dinners, three lunches, and three light breakfasts), as well as a $175 model and location fee, both due on the first day of the workshop.

Tuition is $1185 for the entire four day wine country experience in Solvang, California
Please also plan on a fixed meal cost of about $250 (TBA) for the entire workshop (three dinners, four lunches, some snacks, and wine tasting), as well as a $200 model and location fee, both due on the first day of the workshop.
We will be carpooling to get to the various locations in the area. There are many hotels within walking distance of the hotel where we will be meeting (hotel info will be sent on registration). By arranging this during the week, we have been able to keep both the workshop and the hotel costs down from the weekend rates. The first day will be a seminar format that will be open to a larger group, with the following three days limited to the smaller workshop group. This is our favorite format, and one we can only occasionally offer.

Class size is strictly limited to twelve participants.
Early Registration is encouraged for all Photography Workshops. Over 90% of these photography workshops are complete sellouts, filing up weeks and months in advance. Sign up now to guarantee your spot.

This workshop will focus on creating portraits for publication, as well as other commissioned imagery. We will cover how to handle lighting, locations, studio, getting good poses and expressions, and the general area of creating high quality portraiture appropriate to the paid, professional market.

At the heart of the process is creating with intent - which is a specific and teachable process of making images based on both client needs and your personal vision. This is not an esoteric concept, but one at the heart of every good photograph (even if it exists by chance).

Mark's approach to lighting is about using uncomplicated setups and minimal equipment to get good results without having to make a large investment or load yourself down with gear. Good lighting can be surprisingly simple. The real work is done with your eyes and your mind; setting up a stand or two is easy once you know what you want to do. In this workshop you will learn to visualize, manipulate, and create light on location. We will cover will emphasize using single sources and combining them with existing lighting, as well as how to handle more complicated setups. The experience will be intense and highly challenging; please be prepared to be pushed past your normal comfort level. Past students have accurately described the experience as being very much like a Photo Boot Camp.

Topics include Credible, Interesting, and Flattering light; the four traditional lighting patterns; light as a function of size, direction and distance; fill light, scouting and composing a location portrait; exposure and the histogram; a great technique for getting great poses out of your subject; the basic tenants of running a successful photography business; the tight portrait; the environmental portrait; working with natural light; tungsten lighting; strobe lighting; and creating outstanding portraits with just one light.

This workshop is for photographers using digital SLR cameras (any camera where you can actually see through the lens, rather than a monitor, is appropriate). You should also have access to a computer between classes to access your images (laptops are preferable, but not necessary). Using a digital workflow will enable us to quickly and easily adjust and perfect our set-ups, shoot without film costs, and see our work almost instantly. Students should know how to use their cameras and have a good basic knowledge of photography (that means you know the difference between f/2 and f/22, why you would choose one over the other, and how to use your camera in manual mode). Previous lighting experience is useful, but not necessary. Participants will be asked to submit images to be admitted to the class.

It is no difficult task to put together a collection of strong student work for nearly any workshop. It is a different matter entirely to showcase the work of an entire class. To help illustrate the transition that is possible in only three days, please visit the April 2008 Participant Gallery to see all three assignments from all twelve participants.

Admission to The Professional Portrait is by instructor approval only, please contact us to be approved the workshop before using the links below. Payment does not require a PayPal account.

REGISTER FOR OCTOBER 2010:

If you have having any issues using the PayPal links, please contact us to make alternate arrangements. Payment is not refundable unless the class is cancelled. Should the class be cancelled for any reason, our liability is limited to a full refund of all fees paid to us.

 

The Exceptional Portrait
from Concept to Execution

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Los Angeles, California Area Location


Monday, October 11, 2010
Solvang, California - presented in the heart of the Santa Barbara County wine country in conjunction with Sunlight and Water.


9:00am - 6:00pm

Tuition is only $245, which includes lunch

This group is limited to 50 participants.
Spaces remaining!

For another perspective on this workshop, you can visit this blog to read about one participant's experience.

For this one day workshop, Mark will open up his process for getting to know and understand his subjects, share his thought processes, and conceptualize and execute a photo session while taking you through it all on a step by step basis.

We begin the morning by examining the process of intent - a specific and teachable process of making images based on both client needs and your personal vision. This is not an esoteric concept, but one at the heart of creating a great photograph.

As we progress, you'll get to see Mark actually problem solve the shoot from arrival to finished portrait. Mark will interview his subject and you'll get to see how he gets into their head to understand who they are. Mark will do demonstrations using a range of techniques and styles. You'll also participate in an exercise designed to guide you towards talking with your subjects to get a deeper understanding of who they are, and learn to apply that understanding to your portraits.

The emphasis is on understanding, and using that insight to realize your vision. This isn't a few "tips and tricks" that are good for a few weeks until you tire of them, but a way of understanding and working with photography that you can build on in virtually any direction you want to go.

This is an excellent companion workshop to "The Professional Portrait".

No matter what level you shoot at, you'll find that there's plenty here for you to learn. In our experience, most working professionals often find great value in re-evaluating their approach based on this new perspective.

There are no requirements to register for this class, but a working knowledge of photography is highly suggested to get the full benefit of the experience.

REGISTER FOR OCTOBER (Regular Price):


If you have having any issues using the PayPal links, please contact us to make alternate arrangements. Payment is not refundable unless the class is cancelled. Should the class be cancelled for any reason, our liability is limited to a full refund of all fees paid to us.

 

Developing Your Personal Style
A Wine Country Workshop in Art and Commerce

August 31- September 2, 2010
Solvang, California -presented in the heart of the Santa Barbara County wine country in conjunction with Sunlight and Water.

Tuesday 8:30am-10pm, Wednesday 8:30am-10pm and Thursday 8:30am-3pm.

Tuition is $985 for the three day wine country experience in Solvang, CA
Please also plan on a fixed meal cost of about $225 (TBA) for the entire workshop (two dinners, three lunches, some snacks, and wine tasting), as well as a $175 model and location fee, both due on the first day of the workshop.
We will be carpooling to get to the various locations in the area. We will be happy to make hotel suggestions in Solvang, and all of the hotels in the small "downtown" area will be in walking distance of the hotel where we will be holding the workshop (hotel info to be sent on registration).

Class size is strictly limited to twelve participants.

Do you have a signature style to your imagery? Does that style reflect what you find beautiful, is it difficult to replicate, and does it offer the potential for strong growth and evolution?

In order to build long term success in your photographic business, it is essential to create images that don't simply exceed what your clients can do for themselves in this technological era, but create images that are entirely unlike what they can do for themselves.

In this workshop, we will delve into your own personal aesthetic, and use it to build a photographic styles that is reflective of your personal vision. By drawing from a wide range of aesthetics, including those outside of photography, we will work to gather a group of influences that will drive you to make a set of visual choices that will be unique to you as an artist. The best photographic growth often happens by stepping away from the needs of our clients and instead addressing the fundamental reasons that we were attracted to photography in the first place. By choosing subject matter that interests us, and removing the need to please others, we can find the freedom to truly experiment and explore our personal aesthetic.

Once we have your direction in place, we will look at how to meld the imagery you are creating into the brand of your business, be it commercial or consumer based, and to create a business that reflects the look and feel of your imagery.

This growth will result in more and higher paid projects and sales over your career, propel you to build your name and reputation, and will keep you interested in and energized about the work that you will do for decades to come. This workshop is a combination of hands-on photography, exercises, and experimentations crafted to help you invent your own photographic style that will be a representation of your own personal aesthetic, as well as practical information about how to incorporate it into your overall business.

This workshop has been especially created to run in conjunction with Mr. Halper's Sunlight and Water portrait exhibit of Santa Barbara County winemakers in the Central Coast Wine Country. The class will be held in the Los Olivos/Solvang/Santa Ynez area best known from the movie Sideways, and will take advantage of the area by including wine tastings, outstanding dinners, vineyard photography, and other special happenings. The class is inspired by Mr. Halper's own experiences and the process of creating the Sunlight and Water exhibition and book.

For this workshop, it is important that you have competence in the basic elements of photography (such as manual camera settings, lighting, and basic digital skills). Good craftsmanship is the foundation of great art. You will need a camera with interchangeable lenses, a laptop, a tripod, and software such as Lightroom is highly suggested. There are many hotels within walking distance of where we will be meeting. By arranging this during the week, we have been able to keep both the workshop and the hotel costs down from the weekend rates.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER:


If you have having any issues using the PayPal links, please contact us to make alternate arrangements. Payment is not refundable unless the class is cancelled. Should the class be cancelled for any reason, our liability is limited to a full refund of all fees paid to us.

 

Saving Your Photographic Career*
*or how I learned to stop worrying and re-invent my business

November 12 - 15, 2009 at Mark's Los Angeles, California studio

Thursday, 9am-10pm, Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-3pm.

Please call to discuss the cost of the workshop.

This workshop is open to only one or two participants in any particular geographic area, and admission is by telephone interview only.

Class size is limited to nine participants.

This workshop will show you how Mark has built a new photography business by addressing the consumer market, and how he's prepared it to soar when the recession is over. There are no magic bullets, but a change of market, a change of mind set, and hard work is enough to keep you in business not just taking photos, but creating images that you love while having your clients profusely thank you for your work.

In this information filled four day workshop, Mark will tell you everything you need to know to build a new and profitable business for yourself over the coming year. Mark will help you re-define yourself, and continue working at the same level you were at when times were good, and keep you from making the same mistakes he made in the beginning of his business. Mark has taken seminars and workshops with some very experienced and talented people, and has had input from countless others that have helped him create a business plan that actually works. As an "outsider", Mark also has a different perspective on the consumer market that very few other people share, which is part of what has enabled him to build a successful business from scratch in the worst recession in 75 years.

This seminar will uniquely address the specific needs of commercial photographers looking to enter the consumer market, and show you how to take advantage of the high level of skill most commercial photographers have that is otherwise uncommon in the consumer market. Since this workshop is geared for commercial photographers, much of what you will learn about approaching this market simply isn't addressed anywhere else. At the same time, we will take advantage of the vast level of knowledge already out there and learn how even mediocre photographers have built hugely profitable businesses and developed outstanding customer loyalty. With enough creativity and skill, there are no limits to what is possible.

 

 

 

Los Angeles Photographer Mark Robert Halper also works as a photographer in Orange County and throughout California. Find out more about Mark's Fine Art Photography, corporate headshots, music photography, annual report photography, photography workshops, and Mark's Innovative Family Portraits and other photography business. Mark now also offers hotel and corporate art photography, and other resources. There is also a photography internship available from Los Angeles Photographer Mark Robert Halper.