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Exceptional Portraits
with Jock McDonald
September 10 - September 14, 2012

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"Jock was a wonderful instructor - enthusiastic, helpful and hard-working."

Pat Golagan, former workshop participant

Delve into an extremely creative, intuitive realm of hands-on portraiture that goes beyond mere technical expertise to capture the emotional spirit of subjects. On location and in the classroom, Jock demonstrates ways to approach the human portrait to incorporate not only character but emotion, too.

We explore—on location and in historic Santa Fe—the concepts of human relationships, risk-taking, emotion, and creativity. Under Jock’s guidance, we practice illuminating humanity, connecting with one another, and getting inside the “cultural bubble.” We examine self-trust and how our fears affect the creative process. We learn about and use the emotion of light, the difference between seeing and looking, intuitive composition, and making intentional mistakes. Jock also introduces the “quick sketch” technique, which enables us to shape the creative intent while being open to capturing the moment.

Throughout the week, we use combinations of flash and available light to take in the remarkable and colorful surroundings of Santa Fe, our backdrop for making portraits. We also go on location to the New Mexico State Fair and rodeo, as well as local ranches. Participants willing to share and be open to feedback from group discussions, critiques, and individual time with Jock take portraiture to a new level. It’s all about finding the exceptional emotional moment within the decisive moment.

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE (Course Level 300): For an additional fee, participants may elect to receive one hour of college credit through Hastings College upon successful completion of this workshop. Those interested in earning credit should inquire with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops at the time of registration, 505-983-1400, Ext. 11.

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Jock McDonald: Jock McDonald has been a professional photographer for 28 years. His work, in both black-and-white and color, is distinguishe...

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