Open Studio: 
Photo Essay & Visual Storytelling with Kate Inglis

September 11-13, 2015

Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada

This workshop, following on the fundamentals retreats of 2013 and 2014, will give us a quick refresher on photographic mechanics, but will then launch into an intensive shooting experience with self-determined mini-sessions, creative prompts, and assignments to practice theories of composition and light, improve camera skills, and work with intention on a particular genre or style.

We'll arrange our shooting time together with a series of rapid sessions on portraiture, self-portraiture, nature scenes, and lifestyle stills. Within these sessions, we'll practice working with composition and light, principles of candid shooting, working with macro lenses for up-close miniature worlds, and developing abstract concepts. The intensive workshop day—Saturday—will feature a cross-training circuit of scenes and models, giving everyone a chance to practice in various different disciplines.

 ::   Learn how to approach an event, gathering, or photographic afternoon as a storytelling assignment

::   Incorporate principles of narrative and character into your shooting

::   Sharpen and refresh technical skills for portraiture, self-portraiture, nature, and lifestyle photography

::   Practice theories of interaction with subjects for natural, comfortable, story-rich portraits

::   Walk through post-processing basics for optimal finishing

::   Learn how to approach and master shoot-planning, from location and positioning to styling

Bring your camera and its manual (if you have it) as well as any other photography equipment—tripod, remote, or additional lenses. External flashes not required. SLR, point-and-shoot, or phone cameras welcome, though the more manual functionality your camera offers, the more you'll get out of the experience. Prior to the workshop, have a basic knowledge of your camera's functions—don't feel like you have to study up, but the more aware you are of your camera's main controls, the better.

Participants will be required to prepare a statement of artistic intent in advance of the workshop as a means of focusing on a personal goal for the weekend. A writing component may emerge for those of us who are drawn to both writing and photography—for those interested in only photography, this statement of intent will still help articulate what you seek to accomplish with a long-chased or dreamed-of image, style, genre, or series of images.

Since our focus this year will once again incorporate shooting, editing, and sharing, please bring download cables and/or laptops as well as a clean USB thumb drive.

photo by Martha Brown

photo by Martha Brown

the weekend workshop experience

Shed Workshops are a somewhat crowd-sourced teeny-tiny creative ashram—you'll be comfortable and well-fed, and you will spend your time learning, contemplating, and shooting intensively. The result will be a weekend that will make you feel more capable, more passionately engaged, and more instinctive with your camera in-hand.

photo by Martha Brown

photo by Martha Brown

Setting:  A few steps from the Atlantic ocean along the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Kate's wooden shed by a bubbling creek. Outside fires and good food and big pillows. Banjos and musical surprises. Peek at the inaugural Shed workshop of 2013, and at the Shed II workshop of 2014.

Travel:  The nearest airport is the Halifax International Airport, a one-hour drive away. Car rental is available. Almost all long-distance or travelling participants connect up to ride-share.

Accommodations:  We will accommodate everyone either on-site, or at one of two village houses nearby. We will get everyone sorted and comfortable and we'll probably eat too much.

Cost:  $249.00 includes one and a half days of instruction, two nights of accommodation, all meals, and real maple syrup.

Schedule:  Let's gather by the fire pit at 5 PM on Friday, September 11, 2015. We will spend all day Saturday shooting and learning, continuing on Sunday morning and wrapping up in the early afternoon.

photo by Martha Brown

photo by Martha Brown

Register here by July 15, 2015, or contact me with any questions. It's an intimate, highly hands-on, and super-dreamy weekend—to keep it this way, spaces are limited, with a cancellation policy and a waiting list. To guarantee your spot, register soon!

As a founding contributor to Shutter Sisters, Kate Inglis co-authored Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters Guide To Shooting From The Heart (2010). Her photography is featured throughout Cheryl Arkison's books A Month Of Sundays (2013) and You Inspire Me To Quilt (2015). For several years, when not writing YA novels and monster poetry for little witches and goblins, she has photographed families, portraits, and weddings, and has led photography workshops at Pen & Paper in Manzanita, Oregon; Serendipity and Squam-by-the-Sea retreats along the Outer Banks of North Carolina; for the Halifax-based Atlantic Photographic Education Group; and at her own seaside shed in Nova Scotia.