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Join us for in person educational photography workshops at Levy Park! These community-driven workshops focus on photography as a means for creative expression and acquiring basic photography skills. Learn and practice various aspects of photography such as composition and lighting. No prior experience is required, and all levels of proficiency and camera types are welcome. The workshop is open to teens (16 years and older) and adults. Please see below for more information regarding upcoming workshops for the 2022 – 2023 season.


Upcoming Workshops:

May 7 – Getting to Know Your Camera:
Learn where to find and how to use the essential settings found on most digital cameras. This is an essential class to get off Auto Mode!
Bring your camera and camera manual.

May 21 – Composition & Focusing Basics:
Learn the basic rules of composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, perspective and framing to create pleasing and well-balanced photographs.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

June 4 – Advanced Composition:
Learn advanced composition guidelines such as negative space, balancing elements, dynamic triangles and golden ratio to create stronger and visually interesting photographs.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

June 18 – Understanding Exposure & Light Metering:
Gain a clear understanding of the three exposure variables: aperture, shutter speed and ISO; and how to achieve the best and most creative exposure. Also, learn about the different light metering modes and how they apply to specific light conditions.
A camera with manual settings is best suited for this workshop.

July 2 – Understanding & Controlling Light:
Learn how to assess the quality of light and use it effectively to take your natural light photographs to the next level. Discover how light contributes to the mood of an image and how it can be manipulated through different technique such as fill-in flash, filters and reflectors.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

July 17 – Mixed Media:
Unleash your creativity and transform your photographs to a whole new level using layering and mixed media techniques – collage, paint, image transfer.
Family friendly activity. All supplies provided.

August 6 – Cyanotypes:
Use botanic samples to learn the cyanotype process and create beautiful botanical art prints on fabric and fine art paper. Nature, science, and fine art intersect in Cyanotype, the oldest photographic printmaking process recognized by its Prussian blue color.
Family friendly activity. All supplies provided.

August 20 – Understanding Color:
Let’s consider the following questions: What is the relationship between light, exposure, and color? How does color affect composition? How does color convey certain moods?
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

September 3 – Portraiture & Lighting:
Learn how to harness natural light and explore different aperture settings to create beautifully lit and composed portraits.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop. Bring a reflector if you have one, but not required.

September 17 – Symbolic Self-Portrait:
Learn how to create meaningful and symbolic images that express who you are. Bring one or more personal objects from home to photograph.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

October 1 – Getting to Know Your Camera (Repeat Session):
Learn where to find and how to use the essential settings found on most digital cameras. This is an essential class to get off Auto Mode!
Bring your camera and camera manual.

October 15 – Composition & Focusing Basics (Repeat Session):
Learn the basic rules of composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, perspective and framing to create pleasing and well-balanced photographs.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

November 5 – Close-up and Macrophotography:
Discover hidden worlds and unseen details of Levy Park. Learn about equipment and methods for shooting close-up and macro photography.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop. A tripod and macro lens are useful but not required.

November 19 – Motion & Panning:
Let’s get moving! Learn how to capture motion through different techniques such as slow shutter speed and panning.
A camera with manual settings is best suited for this workshop but all camera types welcome. A tripod is useful but not required.

December 3 – Intentional Mistake:
Let go off the rules and see what happens! Discover In Camera Movement and create abstract and painterly images.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

December 17 – Architecture and the Manmade Landscape:
Learn about creative approaches to photographing architecture and other manmade
landscapes while exploring Levy Park.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

January 7 – Ghosting Photography:
Learn how to create beautiful ghosting images using slow shutter speed techniques or multiple exposure.
A camera with manual settings is best suited for this workshop, or a phone camera with a multiple exposure app.

January 21 – Black and White:
Learn how to spot subjects and scenes with the most potential for black and white imagery while identifying visual elements such as tone, texture, shape, and contrast.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

February 4 – Abstraction:
Let’s break away from representational imagery and the history and practice of abstract photography.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop. Bring a macro or zoom lens if available.

February 18 – Critique:
Learn how to analyze and evaluate your own photographs and those of your peers in
preparation for the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition.
Bring a selection of your work for review, either prints or digital files.

March 4 – Introduction to Landscape Photography:
Explore the surrounding natural environment of Levy Park and learn specific composition and focusing tips to landscape photography. We will also talk about lenses!
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

March 18 – Artist Statement and Biography:
Learn how to write a short statement about yourself and your work as an artist in preparation for the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

April 1 – Creating a Series:
Learn how to create and organize multiple photographs which collectively tell a story about one subject or theme.
All camera types are suitable for this workshop.

April 15 – Exhibition:
Celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work and creativity! View a selection of your photographic work created during the 2021-2022 Levy Park Photography Workshop series in the 2022 Views from Levy Park exhibition.
Friends and family are welcome!

No registration required. Walk-ins are welcome!

 

WHERE

In person at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St., Houston, TX 77098 (Meet under the Pavilion)

WHEN

9am – 11am, 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month

Face masks and social distancing are highly encouraged for all workshop participants. If you are feeling ill or have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please refrain from attending the workshop to protect the safety of our staff and other workshop attendees.

Questions?

Please contact Access and Community Education Associate, Anne Houang, by e-mail below.

Email Anne

For cancellations, please check back on this page or the Levy Park website.