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Keith French

Locating, and Planning a shoot around a structure

Keith French

Keith French has been a full time professional photographer since 2001 with an extensive background in several types of photography dating back to 1984 when he first started a color darkroom in his home.  His years as an owner of a full service retail camera store, Photo/Video studio, and commercial color and B & W photo lab in the Chicago suburbs, gave him a unique look into the full circle of the photographic industry. Buying and selling equipment and accessories, hosting and teaching photography classes and workshops, shooting and printing, combined with his time as a United States Marine Corps Aviator and the travels that were associated there, Keith has a well-rounded repertoire of photographic experience on 4 continents and 3 oceans. With these photographic experiences and his enjoyment of teaching and being around people passionate for the art and science of photography, Keith brings a unique combination of fun and knowledge to his workshops and classes. His previous teaching opportunities includes novices to advanced amateurs through his camera store, with the Chicago Area Photography School (CAPS) and as a presenter and photo walk host with Out of Chicago. The majority of the last 8 years Keith has concentrated his work on B2B commercial photography, helping companies to visually communicate their product and services in their market through outstanding images. Also in keeping with his passion for teaching  Keith hosts or co-hosts numerous workshops both locally in the Chicago area as well as several destination workshops in North Dakota, Colorado, and Southern Illinois


Locating, and Planning a shoot around a structure

Numerous photographers find structures and ruins fascinating.  Many will drive for hours to capture that old barn, or filling station only to get back to their postproduction and feel their images do not give the building any artistic justice. In this course we are going to discuss locating, and planning a shoot around a structure. Whether it’s an abandoned house or majestic barn. We will discuss some of the tools that are there to aid in finding these structures, and then we will discuss capturing the structure itself.  Finding and photographing is only part of the planning. Knowing the best time of day, or even year is critical as well to maximize the final outcome. So we will also discuss the tools available to plan out the precise shooting times for any given structure.  Once we are armed with this knowledge we will head out into the NY countryside to a structure and put into practice what we have learned. We will attempt both a day and night shoot, as well as attempt a sunrise or sunset option.Finally, no good class is complete without discussing the post production options. So we will pick a few of our favorite images and go through the post production step by step to bring out the exhilarating drama or enhance the image just enough with out it looking fake or staged.  In summery, this is a well-rounded class about building or structure photography that is useful in most if not all types of architecture photography.  We’ll go from planning in the classroom to executing in the field then back to the classroom for postproduction.Of course there will be some flair, some fun and knowing me… a few surprises along the way

 

 

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