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LAKE SUPERIOR WORKSHOP

This annual workshop is geared to photographers who are looking to examine their work and achieve a better understanding of what goes into making a fine art photograph. The workshop is limited to 8 participants and will be comprised of on-location shooting as well as classroom instruction. This allows for plenty of 1:1 instrcution by my assistant and me. 

Rock Island Lodge, located on the eastern shores of Lake Superior, will be our base for the week. It's situated on a private 17-acre peninsula surrounded by the peaceful waters of Superior. During our time together we will explore the coastline of Lake Superior Provincial Park and adjoining areas. It's a sublime place – a place you will not want to leave.

Composition will take center stage. You will not be taken to iconic spot where you simply anchor your tripod and snap a few photos without giving any thought to the process. You will be tasked with the challenge of searching for good compositions while capturing photos – without that, you have little to work with. I will share a multitude of Photoshop techniques that I use to achieve the look and feel of my images and help you achieve your own personal interpretation. You will have ample time to apply those techniques in the classroom to the images that you've captured. We will talk about things to consider that will streamline your photo process (eg: standardizing formats, etc.). We'll discuss printing papers, printers, inks, and whether you should consider handling your own printing or sending it to a professional. We'll also talk about approaching galleries, the importance of an artist statement, a CV, etc. There will be plenty of time to share ideas and concerns during meals and while we are traveling to and from shooting locations.

View_from_Lodge.jpgEach participant is asked to share 10-12 photos that they will present in evening critiques. They should be printed and matted. Keep in mind that critiques are one of the most valuable learning tools in a workshop. Therefore we will spend a fair amount of time discussing each participant's work. The information that you gain will be invaluable. The sessions will be done in a relaxed manner, without any pressure.

DETAILS OF THE CANADIAN LOCATION:
Lake Superior Provincial Park is approximately 77 miles long and comprises nearly 400,000 acres, much accessible only by foot. Smooth undulating rock surrounds much of the lake, juxtaposed with steep rugged cliffs. Mountains run throughout the park and reach a height of 1700 feet. Pictographs, dating back to the 17th or 18th century, are found in many areas. The Agawa Rock Pictographs are one of the most famous pictograph sites in Canada. Its iconic pictographs are found on a 15-story cliff along the water's edge. We will visit this site.

Due to its size and location, the park lies in both the eastern forest boreal transition region and the central Canadian shield forest region. Traces of ancient volcanic activity can be seen throughout the park. Molten lava created interesting abstract patterns evident throughout the rock that flows into the crystal clear water of Superior. Rivers race toward the lake, with cascading rapids along the way. We will be capturing images in these locations, all within a relatively short hike from parking areas.

Date: September 11-17, 2022
Location: Rock Island Lodge
Cost: $1050 + lodging and meal plan

TESTIMONIALS:

Jan Bell has his own unique, personal, visual language. His art reminds me of a quote from John Maeda: “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.

I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos, read books and looked at images online. There is no substitute for the personal interaction we experienced with Jan. I felt as though I had my own personal mentor and I know the other students felt the same. Jan truly has a gift for meeting each student at their own level, whether a beginner or a more advanced photographer.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the critique sessions. Each student brought something unique to the table, which was inspiring. Open, honest opinions were given within a healthy learning environment. I also enjoyed two additional days of one-on-one instruction. I’m glad that he offers that as an add-on. His workshop experience could become addicting.

– Scott K.

Jan energized the soul within me in a contemplative manner.  The many nuances that he revealed during the workshop are out of this world. His artistic way of looking at the landscape created a bond among all of us who participated in the workshop. Thank you so much. I will be returning to capture more images and build on my Photoshop skills.

– Vipul P.

I have always admired Jan’s work and the opportunity to work with him was incredible. The workshop was held in a beautiful location on the eastern shore of Lake Superior. It incorporated a number of excellent shooting opportunities, along with classroom work and individual instruction. Jan’s approach to the digital work flow made it possible for me to  bring out the mood and dynamics of the photos I captured during our week together. This really opened new horizons.

– Jack W.

While photographing on location and during classroom work, Jan was roaming amongst us with suggestions for variations on compositions and gently advising each individual. The week was most helpful and I came away with several images that I was pleased with. A highlight for me were the in-depth critiques sessions. They were a cut above any that I have experienced. Thank you, Jan, for a great workshop!

– Sue D.

Is it possible for a photography workshop to do it all – an opportunity to capture images in amazing locations, provide camera composition instruction, explore innovative photoshop techniques and inspire participants toward more creative images? This workshop was an amazing experience and more than fulfilled my expectations. I’ll be back!

– Greg C.



CONTACT INFO:
PHONE: 419-308-2168
EMAIL: bellimages@mac.com

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LAKE SUPERIOR WORKSHOP

This annual workshop is geared to photographers who are looking to examine their work and achieve a better understanding of what goes into making a fine art photograph. The workshop is limited to 8 participants and will be comprised of on-location shooting as well as classroom instruction. This allows for plenty of 1:1 instrcution by my assistant and me. 

Rock Island Lodge, located on the eastern shores of Lake Superior, will be our base for the week. It's situated on a private 17-acre peninsula surrounded by the peaceful waters of Superior. During our time together we will explore the coastline of Lake Superior Provincial Park and adjoining areas. It's a sublime place – a place you will not want to leave.

Composition will take center stage. You will not be taken to iconic spot where you simply anchor your tripod and snap a few photos without giving any thought to the process. You will be tasked with the challenge of searching for good compositions while capturing photos – without that, you have little to work with. I will share a multitude of Photoshop techniques that I use to achieve the look and feel of my images and help you achieve your own personal interpretation. You will have ample time to apply those techniques in the classroom to the images that you've captured. We will talk about things to consider that will streamline your photo process (eg: standardizing formats, etc.). We'll discuss printing papers, printers, inks, and whether you should consider handling your own printing or sending it to a professional. We'll also talk about approaching galleries, the importance of an artist statement, a CV, etc. There will be plenty of time to share ideas and concerns during meals and while we are traveling to and from shooting locations.

View_from_Lodge.jpgEach participant is asked to share 10-12 photos that they will present in evening critiques. They should be printed and matted. Keep in mind that critiques are one of the most valuable learning tools in a workshop. Therefore we will spend a fair amount of time discussing each participant's work. The information that you gain will be invaluable. The sessions will be done in a relaxed manner, without any pressure.

DETAILS OF THE CANADIAN LOCATION:
Lake Superior Provincial Park is approximately 77 miles long and comprises nearly 400,000 acres, much accessible only by foot. Smooth undulating rock surrounds much of the lake, juxtaposed with steep rugged cliffs. Mountains run throughout the park and reach a height of 1700 feet. Pictographs, dating back to the 17th or 18th century, are found in many areas. The Agawa Rock Pictographs are one of the most famous pictograph sites in Canada. Its iconic pictographs are found on a 15-story cliff along the water's edge. We will visit this site.

Due to its size and location, the park lies in both the eastern forest boreal transition region and the central Canadian shield forest region. Traces of ancient volcanic activity can be seen throughout the park. Molten lava created interesting abstract patterns evident throughout the rock that flows into the crystal clear water of Superior. Rivers race toward the lake, with cascading rapids along the way. We will be capturing images in these locations, all within a relatively short hike from parking areas.

Date: September 11-17, 2022
Location: Rock Island Lodge
Cost: $1050 + lodging and meal plan

TESTIMONIALS:

Jan Bell has his own unique, personal, visual language. His art reminds me of a quote from John Maeda: “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.

I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos, read books and looked at images online. There is no substitute for the personal interaction we experienced with Jan. I felt as though I had my own personal mentor and I know the other students felt the same. Jan truly has a gift for meeting each student at their own level, whether a beginner or a more advanced photographer.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the critique sessions. Each student brought something unique to the table, which was inspiring. Open, honest opinions were given within a healthy learning environment. I also enjoyed two additional days of one-on-one instruction. I’m glad that he offers that as an add-on. His workshop experience could become addicting.

– Scott K.

Jan energized the soul within me in a contemplative manner.  The many nuances that he revealed during the workshop are out of this world. His artistic way of looking at the landscape created a bond among all of us who participated in the workshop. Thank you so much. I will be returning to capture more images and build on my Photoshop skills.

– Vipul P.

I have always admired Jan’s work and the opportunity to work with him was incredible. The workshop was held in a beautiful location on the eastern shore of Lake Superior. It incorporated a number of excellent shooting opportunities, along with classroom work and individual instruction. Jan’s approach to the digital work flow made it possible for me to  bring out the mood and dynamics of the photos I captured during our week together. This really opened new horizons.

– Jack W.

While photographing on location and during classroom work, Jan was roaming amongst us with suggestions for variations on compositions and gently advising each individual. The week was most helpful and I came away with several images that I was pleased with. A highlight for me were the in-depth critiques sessions. They were a cut above any that I have experienced. Thank you, Jan, for a great workshop!

– Sue D.

Is it possible for a photography workshop to do it all – an opportunity to capture images in amazing locations, provide camera composition instruction, explore innovative photoshop techniques and inspire participants toward more creative images? This workshop was an amazing experience and more than fulfilled my expectations. I’ll be back!

– Greg C.



CONTACT INFO:
PHONE: 419-308-2168
EMAIL: bellimages@mac.com

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