2020 – Richard Martin

THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYE

This seminar is for photographers who want to move beyond the technical aspects of photography and better understand why skills such as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. The following topics will be included in the seminar.

THE INTUITIVE EYE

At a time of rapid technological advancement in equipment, one thing still remains true. The most valuable decisions a photographer can make are those concerned with the image itself—the reasons for making them and ultimately their final appearance. Although equipment is essential to help realize the photographer’s ideas and perception, the development of such skills as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. This presentation will offer an insight into the methods, actions, or processes involved in making them

THE VALUE OF PLAY

Play is at the very heart of creativity and an excellent means to stimulate our minds. Without question, a playful attitude is fundamental to creative thinking. Speaking from experience, the greatest breakthroughs in my photography have been achieved during times of playfulness. It is the perfect tool for allowing experimentation and change. Seriousness inhibits the creative flow, while playing around allows us to be more relaxed, with fewer concerns for rules, making mistakes and being practical. Children are naturally creative because they know how to play and have fun.

BREAKING THE RULES CAN LEAD TO INNOVATIVE THINKING

In order for creativity, originality, and imagination to take place in the context of photography, every effort should be made to free the mind of conventional ways seeing and thinking. With a fixation on the idea of ‘correctness’ we comply in order to gain acceptance and grow accustomed to being rewarded for following the rules. So, it comes as no surprise that people are more comfortable following them rather than challenging them. In this segment we will examine a few images and think about how the so-called rules can be effectively broken.

THE DYNAMIC FACTOR OF COLOUR

The power of colour to evoke an emotional response is undeniable. A colour photograph gives you a chance to study and remember how things look and feel—Colour is always part of experience. The energy of colour—the dynamic factor—is continually influenced and modified by its surroundings. Colour contrasts, which serve to amplify this energy, are one factor photographers need to be most aware of. With enough experience and practice, a photographer can develop an eye for colour.

From Richard’s website:

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern and texture with a painter’s sensitivity to colour, light and composition. 

Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard has inspired participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.

Instagram RICHARD.MARTIN.PHOTO

For more information, visit richardmartinphoto.com

Sunday Workshops

Join Richard Martin and Manitoba Photo Events for a Photo walk. This walk will focus on seeing and visual design. There will be two walks, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants.

Workshop Date:

Sunday, May 3, 2020 – 9:00 to 12 pm

Sunday, May 3, 2020 – 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Workshop times may change due to Richard’s return flight.

Cost: $100.00

Who is eligible for a workshop space?

You must already be registered for the Saturday presentation

How to register?

If you meet the above requirement and would like a workshop space, then email our Registration Coordinator.

Be sure to indicate your full name, if you belong to a photoclub.  Workshop spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis (for a total of 24 people)  Your request will be accepted ONLY if you are already registered for the Saturday presentation.  You can register for the Saturday presentation via our website at www.manitobaphotoevents.ca

Once we have determined your eligibility for a space, you will be invoiced for the workshop via PayPal. This invoice must be paid in full to confirm your space.  We will allow you 2 business days to pay your invoice before cancelling your spot and moving on to the next request.

Participate in Print Photo Gallery

MANITOBA PHOTO EVENTS – PRINT GALLERY – MAY 2nd, 2020

Manitoba Photo Event registrants are invited to submit a print for display at The Samuel N Cohen Auditorium in conjunction with the Richard Martin presentation on May 2nd, 2020. 

Terms and Conditions:

• You must already be registered for the Saturday presentation by Richard Martin on May 2nd, 2020 • One print per applicant. 
• Prints must be at least 8 x 12, (including matts) and not exceed 20 x 30. (including any matts or mounts). 
• All images should be gallery ready for display.
• The MPE will provide easels for display.
• No Frames, Glass or Metal Prints – Weight can be an issue.

Commitment to Participate by Sunday April 12th 

• Your intention to be a part of this gallery by email to the Gallery Coordinator
• Names will be recorded in the order received. 

There will be limited space to display prints. So it will be done on a first come, first served basis.  If the MPE has additional space after the April 12th registration deadline, gallery participants will have an opportunity to submit a second print.  

Deliverables by Thursday, April 23rd  

 For each print a thumbnail photo.
• Your contact info (phone, website, social media etc).
• Your label information. Title and Exhibitor’s Name.
• Size of print.

Shipping & Handling:

• Pack properly: Better packing means less risk of damaging your artwork. Put your name on all your packing material so it can be re-used after the event.
• Prints will be collected as notified by your respective primary photo club (Manitoba Camera Club, Manitoba Foto Friends or Winnipeg South Photo Club) by THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd.
• If you don’t belong to any of the above clubs, an alternate drop-off arrangement can be done by contacting the Gallery Coordinator prior to THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd.
• Artists must pick up their print(s) by 4:30 pm at the completion of the keynote presentation at the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium on May 2nd, 2020.  MPE takes no responsibility for any prints that were not picked up or abandoned.

Liability:

There is risk of damage such as smudges, dented corners and so on. The MPE accepts no liability and will not reimburse you for loss. Do not submit art you cannot afford to replace.

We want this exhibition to work for you:
The above conditions are what we think will work for everyone and yield an excellent display. 

Saturday Presentation

THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYE by Richard Martin

DATE: Saturday, May 2, 2020 – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

(Registration from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM) SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM St. Boniface Hospital – 351 Taché Avenue WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

Topics to be covered during the presentation:

The Intuitive Eye

At a time of rapid technological advancement in equipment, one thing still remains true. The most valuable decisions a photographer can make are those concerned with the image itself—the reasons for making them and ultimately their final appearance. Although equipment is essential to help realize the photographer’s ideas and perception, the development of such skills as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. This presentation will offer an insight into the methods, actions, or processes involved in making them.

The Value of Play 

Play is at the very heart of creativity and an excellent means to stimulate our minds. Without question, a playful attitude is fundamental to creative thinking. Speaking from experience, the greatest breakthroughs in my photography have been achieved during times of playfulness. It is the perfect tool for allowing experimentation and change. Seriousness inhibits the creative flow, while playing around allows us to be more relaxed, with fewer concerns for rules, making mistakes and being practical. Children are naturally creative because they know how to play and have fun.

Breaking the Rules can Lead to Innovative Thinking

In order for creativity, originality, and imagination to take place in the context of photography, every effort should be made to free the mind of conventional ways seeing and thinking. With a fixation on the idea of ‘correctness’ we comply in order to gain acceptance and grow accustomed to being rewarded for following the rules. So, it comes as no surprise that people are more comfortable following them rather than challenging them. In this segment we will examine a few images and think about how the so-called rules can be effectively broken.

The Dynamic Factor of Colour

The power of colour to evoke an emotional response is undeniable. A colour photograph gives you a chance to study and remember how things look and feel—Colour is always part of experience. The energy of colour—the dynamic factor—is continually influenced and modified by its surroundings. Colour contrasts, which serve to amplify this energy, are one factor photographers need to be most aware of. With enough experience and practice, a photographer can develop an eye for colour.

Website: richardmartinphoto.com
Instagram RICHARD.MARTIN.PHOTO


From Richard’s website:

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern and texture with a painter’s sensitivity to colour, light and composition. 

Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard has inspired participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.

Winnipeg South Photo Club

Winnipeg South Photo Club, Inc. (WSPC) was an idea born from a casual conversation in a local camera store, “Camera Craft”, in 1981. That conversation led to action with Jim Roy and Evelyn Keele agreeing to take lead roles in forming a club. The Winnipeg South Photo Club (WSPC) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1983 to provide an opportunity for persons interested in photography to meet on a regular basis. Those first years established a winning presentation format with club members treated to a variety of professional, highly respected photographers who were guest speakers willing to give freely of their time.  In November 1988, Bill Bremner and Don Berthman were recognized with Lifetime Honorary Membership for their on-going support for WSPC. The main principle established from the very first meeting can best be summarized as “We are photography enthusiasts in a photography club, not a camera club.” Our emphasis and interest is in improving and share our photography. In support of that principle, executives, both past and present, create “an educational and recreational program that benefits the members” in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Although WSPC has never had internal competitions, club members do participate in competitions sponsored by other clubs and organizations.

One of the key features of WSPC since its inception, is the hosting of image reviews in members’ homes. This is an opportunity for members to receive constructive feedback on images, discover new ideas for photography and socialize with other members.  WSPC has remained true to its roots as a small and friendly club.  At the same time, it has grown into a diverse and respected club with photographers from novice to professional levels – all sharing their passion for photography. For more information, visit www.winnipegsouthphotoclub.ca

Manitoba Foto Friends

The Manitoba Foto Friends are photographers of all ages, skill levels and walks of life. Regardless what category your photographic obsession falls under they’ve got you covered. Founded in October of 2011, they were a small group of friends who loved to “Celebrate the Joy of Photography” and that has since become their motto.  They created an online meeting place where they share images, organize events and learn from each other along the way. Their current membership is around 250 photographers and they are a registered not-for-profit group. They accept donations to fund activities and pay for the small costs they have to keep the group running, but all funds collected go back into the group.  In addition to their online community, the Friends meet once a month socially, gather at least as often for workshops and group shoots, and are a wonderful group of supportive and friendly people.  If you are just starting out in photography and want to learn or are a seasoned pro and can help others grow in the field, www.manitobafotofriends.ca  is the place for you!

Manitoba Camera Club

One of Canada’s oldest camera clubs, the Manitoba Camera Club has been a part of the Winnipeg photography community for over 75 years.  The Manitoba Camera Club meets every Tuesday evening from September through April.  Meetings start at 7:30 pm and are held in the Winnipeg Foundation Auditorium at Lions Place, 610 Portage Ave in Winnipeg.  The Manitoba Camera Club has a varied program including field trips, guest speakers and hands on instruction.  The monthly competitions are very popular and are a great way to get feedback on your photography.  Members of the Manitoba Camera Club are all photography and camera enthusiasts, with experience ranging from the novice level to professional.  For more information, come attend a meeting in person, or visit the club online at www.manitobacameraclub.com

2019 – Michelle Valberg

Wild Creatures, Extreme Conditions

As a globally recognized adventure and wildlife photographer, Michelle Valberg’s constant quest to capture the beautiful and unique has taken her to all corners of the world.  She has built a reputation for capturing unnoticed details that change our perception and the implausible vast landscapes that alter our perspective.

This presentation will provide participants with illuminating behind the scenes stories of Michelle’s amazing adventures. She will enlighten and ignite our senses through her majestic landscapes and provocative animal portraiture.  

Creativity in Motion 

Whether being up close and personal with grizzly bears or swimming in Arctic waters with narwhal, Michelle has broken boundaries, soared in nature and responded with action.

She believes her next great shot will likely exist outside of her comfort zone. She will challenge us to look beyond, to reach our full creative potential and become better connected to the natural world.

Revealing the Soul Within

Taking portraits of people in a remote community in the Arctic or a tiny village in Africa  -recording lives and honouring humanity in a way that speaks universally – reignites Michelle’s creative energy.  These images reveal so much more. They are compelling and interesting.  This presentation will take you on a portrait journey and will discuss ways how we can all reveal the soul within.

Photography and Philanthropy

In giving you receive. A tireless philanthropist, Michelle co-founded Project North in 2009, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sports-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Remarkably, in less than 10 years, Project North has delivered over one million dollars in sporting equipment and educational opportunities to Canada’s northern communities.

Michelle donates her time and her work to numerous charities, public institutions and to her country.  With this presentation and through conversation, Michelle hopes to inspire others to do the same with their photography.   

Adventure and Wildlife Photographer Michelle Valberg

Website: www.michellevalberg.com

From Michelle’s website: For 30 years Michelle Valberg has photographed wildlife and landscapes with the intention of regenerating simple beauty into a deeper reflection of humanity. Michelle’s portrayals of the natural world aim to draw viewers toward inner contemplation, based on the idea that building awareness and educating others through nature photography can inspire people to be better stewards of the natural world. By developing a deeper understanding of the interconnections between people, animals, and the environment, she believes that others can be motivated to take action in their local communities and beyond.

Michelle is a Canadian Nikon Ambassador and the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. She is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and the prestigious Explorer’s Club in NYC.

Images from the Presentation

Some images from the workshop.

2018 – Paul Zizka

The Power of the Human Element in Landscape Photography: The addition of people in landscape scenes has exploded in recent years, both in his own work and in the photography community as a whole. In this talk, Paul explores the reasons why he choose to include the human element in his own landscape work through several examples.

A Method to the Madness: The Importance of a Field Workflow in Landscape Photography: The term workflow in photography almost always prompts people to think about post-processing, but is there value to having a proper workflow during image capture as well? In this presentation he breaks down how he approaches a scene in the field in a way to keep the process methodical, efficient and enjoyable.

Lessons in Adventure Photography: Paul has spent a good part of the last 10 years shooting adventure in the Canadian Rockies but also in the high latitudes. In this talk, he shares a few stories behind the images, and offer a few tips for fellow adventure shooters.

Shooting Stars: A Zooming Introduction to Astrophotography: In this last talk he takes on the bold proposition of providing a whirlwind introduction to nighttime photography, from focusing and composing in the dark, to settings, to touching on specific topics such as northern lights, the Milky Way and star trails.