DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 19th - 26th February 2022

NOTE: THIS WILL BE A HYBRID WORKSHOP – ONLINE COMBINED WITH LIVE

The aim of this workshop is to build visual story telling capacity – beginning with conceptualization,  preparation, then actual photography in the field, through to final editing for submission. Participants are expected to have basic photography skills.

Subjects covered:

To begin with:

  • aims of documentary photography
  • conceptualize or spontaneous?
  • style: how it affects the message
  • pitching an idea – formulating the idea – what does it take?
  • 5 Ws – who what where when how
  • logistics – getting there and getting access – different approaches

Gear:

  • This is pretty personal. Some people like to travel light, others don’t mind dragging heavy boxes around. There is no hard and fast rule – you need to have everything you need to deliver the quality and style that you are after, but you have to think about how you are going to shoot. Your style, e.g. Shooting in crowds or tripod bound, dictates what you can/should carry.

Shooting:

  • Although we assume that all attending these workshops have a good basic understanding of photography techniques, we will discuss the visual effects of different lenses, different styles of composition, different lighting styles on your story. All of these give flavour: which flavour works best for your story?
  • Mind set: What did you see? What caught your eye? How do you catch that?
  • Black and white or color? IN the digital era it doesn’t seem so much of a dilemma but it’s still an consideration. Why? Why not?

Thematic approaches:

  • Whats the spectrum? Variety, consistency, and a comprehensive approach in an essay or assignment.

On location:

Interactions with subjects, access – ground rules, tips and advice

Grit – it’s not always easy. What is worth going after and what isn’t. Half of documentary photography is being there at the right time.

Editing:

Learn to be tough – this is where you learn not only to prep your final images but how to shoot better. We will go through things like latitude, image quality, image adjustments and so on. But also learn to look for the unexpected in your take.

Agenda and Schedule

INTRO AND FIRST STEPS

1.30PM Central Indonesian Time (WITA) (Saturday 19th Feb, 2022)

PLEASE NOTE: ALL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON FOR THIS WORKSHOP ARE EMBARGOED

NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO SHARING (OTHER THAN TO WORKSHOP MENTOR, OTHER PARTICIPANTS WHO MAY SEE THEM DURING EVALUATION TIME) UNTIL

THE WORKSHOP IS OVER.

 

INTRO

Rio will give an initial introductory talk about documentary photography, its aims, its ideals, its varieties – with examples of different photographers approaches.

PITCHING:

Each participant is expected to be able to pitch (propose) their story idea to Rio Helmi and to the group. Obviously this should be prepared by them beforehand. It is possible that the original concept may undergo some adjustments during the course of the workshop according to circumstances. However it is an important part of the process to start with a clear idea and to be able to formulate it even if it is in general terms.

 

PREPARATION:

Again here the emphasis is on the fact that the following are your responsibility, and by the time the workshop starts you’ve got the following under control:

  • accomodation, logistics & permits if needed (if you need a fixer it’s up to you)
  • equipment: You need camera(s) that shoot Raw, mobile phones that shoot Raw are ok. I recommend at least one good quality semi wide angle or wide angle zoom.

If you have semi wide or standard fixed lens that would be good too for certain exercises.

  • We can’t accommodate analog
  • You need your own laptop and to be able to use either photoshop (+bridge) or lightroom.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FIELD:

Prior to actual shooting there will be a briefing on ground rules for shooting in the field – Bali or otherwise.  Also pointers  regarding your stories according to your own pitch.

You are expected to keep notes on your interactions / names / places etc. (don’t worry about camera data, it will all be in the info – one of the good things about digital!). This will be crucial for writing captions and also explaining your shots during the evaluation sessions.

 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON FOR THIS WORKSHOP ARE EMBARGOED

(NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO SHARING (OTHER THAN TO WORKSHOP MENTOR, OTHER PARTICIPANTS WHO MAY SEE THEM DURING EVALUATION TIME) UNTIL

THE WORKSHOP IS OVER.

 

Sunday 20th Feb 2022

Shooting will be scheduled for a full day the day after initial pitching of story etc (point 1 above). At the end of the day you are expected to submit online your favourite shots of the day that will be part of your story. These should be edited at least to a preliminary stage.

If necessary during the day you can call / video call Rio  for

advice/help if you get stuck.

 

Monday 21st Feb 2022

Evaluation sessions 1.30pm – 5pm Central Indonesian Time (WITA)

The next day you are expected to be present (online or live depending whether the workshop is live or online) with your up-to-date pick of your previous day, presented as a portfolio either in Bridge or lightroom. Please also have a separate folder with your entire take ready (don’t be shy, we all goof around. But sometimes we miss real gems in our own take).

During these evaluation sessions Rio will give his pointers and opinions but then there will be time alloted to the group expressing their views, concerns, appreciation, suggestions etc of each others work.

Ideally the evaluation sessions (with lunch on the run!!!) should wrap up at around 3pm latest.

The timing is to allow you to be able to shoot early morning and late afternoon as well. You are still expected to send in your favourites that evening.

 

Tuesday 22nd February 2022

THE DAY AFTER EVALUATION is a full day shooting again, same as above which ends with you again turning in your favorite shots in the evening – with basic processing done.

 

Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Evaluation sessions 1.30pm – 5pm (same as Monday 21st above)

 

Thursday 24th February 2022

It’s a full day shooting again, with You again turning in your favorite shots in the evening – with basic processing done. You will get feed back by WA or email.

 

Friday 25th February 2022

You have the whole morning to do your final pick up shots for your story.

Our evaluation session starts after lunch, 1.30 pm. This will include final selection (again we will be looking at your rejects as well) pointers for you to work on your images, sequencing, presentation

Etc.

 

FINAL EDITING / PRESENTATION

Saturday 26th February  2022

9.00 am

Morning will be taken up with you working on editing your final images, captions, sequencing and presentation.

Ideally this should be done together either online zoom or live so that Rio can help out on the spot with suggestions etc.

In the afternoon the final work will be presenting your final sequenced work to the group.

12.30

lunch  (take away, you really don’t want to eat my cooking)

1.30 pm

continue final polish on your work.

3 pm

each participant does their final presentation. You get 20 minutes.

5.30pm

We wrap before dinner (optimistic, but why not?)