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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 instruction from me and my assistant. 

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 waters of Superior. During our time together we will capture photos at various locations along the rugged coast of Lake Superior Provincial Park and adjoining areas. While this area is relatively unknown to the photographic community, I have explored it extensively. Much of my "water" portfolio is comprised of images captured here. 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. Each participant is asked to share 10-12 photos that they will present in evening critiques. They should be printed and matted. Critiques are one of the most valuable learning tools in a workshop, so 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. Additionally, each of you will receive my 50-page handbook.

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 10-16, 2023
Location: Rock Island Lodge
Cost: $1150 + lodging and meal plan
Additional days, following the workshop, can be booked with me for additional work.

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

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View_from_Lodge.jpg 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.

Jan truly has a gift for meeting each student at their own level, whether a beginner or a more advanced photographer. I felt as though I had my own personal mentor and I know the other students felt the same. 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.

After retiring as a photojournalist, I was searching for a new direction in my work. While I am still processing much of what I learned, Mr. Bell’s workshop opened my eyes to a new perspective of something I love doing.

Jan keeps his group small which allows for individual attention. He has an innate way of working with experienced photographers, such as myself, as well as those new to the craft. We all departed knowing that we had moved to a new level. I will be returning next year.

– Chris M.

As new photographers we were somewhat nervous, yet sufficiently inspired, to attend our first photography workshop. We had visited Rock Island Lodge the previous year and fell in love with the location. 

We found ourselves blanketed in a unique learning environment; one that was a blend of art, technical instruction along with in-depth discussions. Jan taught us to take the time to gain an understanding of our locations so that we might interpret them from our own unique perspective. We look at things very differently now. It was an experience that we were grateful to be a part of, one that we plan on repeating next year.

– Jim and Sue R.

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.

Jan is an attentive instructor and was extremely helpful while shooting on location as well as during classroom time. I learned a great deal, but more importantly, I experienced what it meant to slow down and really think about composition in an absolutely beautiful setting. I am very pleased with the results and came away with images that I have since included in my portfolio.

– Rick B.

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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 instruction from me and my assistant. 

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 waters of Superior. During our time together we will capture photos at various locations along the rugged coast of Lake Superior Provincial Park and adjoining areas. While this area is relatively unknown to the photographic community, I have explored it extensively. Much of my "water" portfolio is comprised of images captured here. 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. Each participant is asked to share 10-12 photos that they will present in evening critiques. They should be printed and matted. Critiques are one of the most valuable learning tools in a workshop, so 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. Additionally, each of you will receive my 50-page handbook.

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 10-16, 2023
Location: Rock Island Lodge
Cost: $1150 + lodging and meal plan
Additional days, following the workshop, can be booked with me for additional work.

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

Camera_View.jpg


View_from_Lodge.jpg 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.

Jan truly has a gift for meeting each student at their own level, whether a beginner or a more advanced photographer. I felt as though I had my own personal mentor and I know the other students felt the same. 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.

After retiring as a photojournalist, I was searching for a new direction in my work. While I am still processing much of what I learned, Mr. Bell’s workshop opened my eyes to a new perspective of something I love doing.

Jan keeps his group small which allows for individual attention. He has an innate way of working with experienced photographers, such as myself, as well as those new to the craft. We all departed knowing that we had moved to a new level. I will be returning next year.

– Chris M.

As new photographers we were somewhat nervous, yet sufficiently inspired, to attend our first photography workshop. We had visited Rock Island Lodge the previous year and fell in love with the location. 

We found ourselves blanketed in a unique learning environment; one that was a blend of art, technical instruction along with in-depth discussions. Jan taught us to take the time to gain an understanding of our locations so that we might interpret them from our own unique perspective. We look at things very differently now. It was an experience that we were grateful to be a part of, one that we plan on repeating next year.

– Jim and Sue R.

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.

Jan is an attentive instructor and was extremely helpful while shooting on location as well as during classroom time. I learned a great deal, but more importantly, I experienced what it meant to slow down and really think about composition in an absolutely beautiful setting. I am very pleased with the results and came away with images that I have since included in my portfolio.

– Rick B.

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