Latow Annual Photography Seminar – April 2014

Jay-Canada1Event: Latow Annual Photography Weekend

Date: April 5-6, 2014

Location: Lee Chin Family Gallery, Burlington Art Centre, 1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington ON L7S 1A9

More Information…

Tickets & Registration

Varina and I are featured presenters for Latow’s 35th seminar (Burlington, Ontraio) in first weekend of April. Here is some more information:

Saturday April 5, 2014: Creating Impact

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Take a look at these two images. Both of them were taken at the same place at the same location. The photo on the left looks like your average snap shot, but the one on the right looks like something you might see in an art show. These images were taken at the same location, just a few minutes apart. So why does the image on the right have impact, while the one on the left does not?

At first glance, the answer might seem simple… the difference is in the light and the composition. Those two elements do play a big part in creating impact – but they aren’t the only factors. In creating the photo with impact, we took into account Exposure, Light, Composition, Post Processing, Shadow and Highlight Detail.. and so much more. All those factors play a role in creating impact – as well as what we include in a composition – and what we don’t.

Most photographers have learned a little something about the technical side of photography – and about the creative side as well. But what about the psychological side? We’ll discuss technical and creative skills, and how we use them to create psychological impact in a photograph.

April 6, 2014: Mini Seminars 

Morning Session: Varina Patel on Perception & Composition. (9:30 – noon) – understanding theories of human perception in order to create more compelling images, beyond the basic rules of composition. $45, combine with the afternoon session for $80. Advance registration only.

Morning Session: Jay Patel on Blending Techniques with Layers & Masks in Lightroom/Photoshop (9:30 – noon) – basic through advanced techniques according to participants’ experience and interests (exact level to be informed by a survey of registrants two weeks before the session). $45, combine with the afternoon session for $80. Advance registration only.

Afternoon Session: Jay and Varina on Creative Shooting (1 – 3:30pm) – creative techniques, making the most of shooting conditions, harsh light photography, night photography, overcast skies, specialty lenses. $45, combine with a morning session for $80. Advance registration only.

Oct 2014 Workshop: Big Island, Hawaii

  • Big Island, Hawaii (HI), USA

    Location:  Kona/Hilo – Big Island, Hawaii
    Date:  October 19-25, 2014

    Arrival: October 19, 2014 – Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
    Departure:  October 25, 2014 – Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii

  • Join us in Hawaii

    • This is your chance to spend SIX days with THREE world-renowned photographers.
    • Class sizes are small, so you’ll get lots of time with the pros.
    • You’ll learn the tricks and techniques that pros use so you can make the most of your time on location – and get amazing photographs no matter where you are.
    • You’ll build up your portfolio with photographs from some of the most beautiful places on the Big Island.
    • You’ll be able to ask questions while you work, and you’ll get instant feedback from professional photographers with years of experience.
    • You’ll explore a variety of terrains and learn to shoot in all kinds of conditions. Beaches, mountains, rain forests, waterfalls, lava fields… the Big Island is a photographers paradise.

    Price: $3000 (Double Occupancy), $3600 (Single Occupancy)


Description

Come join Colby Brown, Varina Patel, and Jay Patel as we explore the Big Island of Hawaii! This 6-day, educational photography workshop will take you from the beautiful beaches of Kona, to the steaming landscapes of Volcanoes National Park, and into the lush rain forests of Hilo. If the volcanoes are active, and the lava is accessible, we will be photographing the active lava flow as well!

What to expect:

The Big Island is the largest of several volcanic islands that form the state of Hawaii. Home to Kīlauea – one of world’s most active volcanoes – the Big Island offers a wealth of photographic opportunities. Black sand beaches, vibrant rain forests, barren lava fields, sloping mountainsides… there are very few places in the world that can match the natural diversity of Big Island. Students can look forward to the challenge of photographing a variety of exotic and beautiful locations as we explore the southern and eastern parts of the Big Island. If conditions are right, students may even have the opportunity of a lifetime… the chance to photograph an active lava flow!*

*Unfortunately, your intrepid Instructors can not control the forces of nature. We will photograph lava only if conditions are right, and we can access it without putting students, guides, or instructors at risk. Your safety is our paramount concern.

Workshop Price and Deposit

The workshop fee of $3600 is based on double occupancy. A $1000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. The balance is due by June 1st, 2014.

Please Note: A limited number of spots are available for this trip. Please sign up early to secure your place!

What is included

    • All Ground Transportation once you arrive on the Big Island
    • All Lodging (Price based on Double Occupancy)
    • Daily Breakfast
    • All Permits and fees for Lava Tours and National Park Access

 What is NOT included

    • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Flights and Travel Expenses for your trip to and from the Big Island. (Students are responsible for booking and paying for your flights. Be sure to notify instructors of your arrival and departure times. We will transport you to and from the airport.)
    • Travel & Medical Insurance

Refund Policy

    • Initial Deposit: Fully refundable up to 30 days after deposit of funds
    • Cancellation more than 120 Days (four months) before the workshop begins: 75% Balance Refund
    • Workshop spaces can be transferred at any time before the workshop begins

Workshop Leaders

  • Colby Brown:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Colby Brown is an acclaimed professional photographer, photo educator, and author based in Denver, Colorado. He specializes in landscape, travel, and humanitarian photography.
  • Jay Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Jay Patel is a professional photographer, and a highly-regarded photography instructor. His photographs feature rich, vibrant colors, intricate details, and the broad range of light found in nature.
  • Varina Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO Varina Patel is a professional nature photographer, a prolific writer, and a dedicated photo educator. Her portfolio highlights the intricate beauty of the natural world – from minimalist landscapes to macro photography.

Explore the Big Island

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July 2014: Give Back in Beautiful Nicaragua!

Bernardo, Eveling, and Genero off to SchoolLocation:  Granada, Nicaragua

Date:  July 6-12, 2014

Instructors: Varina Patel, Jay Patel

Price: $1850

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Description

Jay and I are pleased to announce that we will be leading a team in Nicaragua with The Giving Lens and Empowerment International once again this year. This will be our third trip to Nicaragua with The Giving Lens. We hope you’ll join us!

Immersing yourself into a team of photographers is always a wonderful way to accelerate your creativity and feel supported by other artists. Immersing yourself in another culture does wonders to open your eyes, and your heart, and allows you many avenues to find your vision and experience the world. Immersing yourself in the act of giving back, giving yourself and your time, giving your heart and your energy, always returns back to you a thousand times more than what you gave, affecting you at the very core of who you are. Doing ALL THREE will literally change your life. You will grow, expand, renew, open up, move on, let go, gain more, give more, and see the world, differently.

Applications are now being accepted at The Giving Lens!

Jan 2014 Workshop: Port Stephens, Australia

Australia Sold OutPrice: $900

Location:  Anna Bay, Port Stephens, Australia
Date:  Jan 3-5, 2014

Sold out in less than 2 weeks!

Participate in Survey about Future Workshops


As a relative novice to digital photography and a total beginner to the special techniques involved with Landscape Photography, this workshop was extremely valuable for me. I feel that over the 4 day period I advanced by leaps and bounds in both my photography skills and photoshop skills. Varina and Jay are great teachers!” - Ken Kurzweil

I appreciate your combined abilities to teach me at my level on the photography learning curve.  Your encouragement for me to learn and apply the knowledge to show improved results, during the workshop,  is extremely helpful.” –  H.C.”Tex” Schneider

It’s difficult to find the words to express how impressed I was with your Photoshop & photography knowledge and your body of work!” – Shawn Vogt

Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? Join Varina and Jay Patel for a 3-day, on-location workshop in one of the most beautiful places on earth! Learn the secrets of the pros while on vacation!

What to expect:

  • Learn more than you thought possible in a few days in paradise! No matter where you are in your photographic journey – you’ll go home with a wealth of new skills and ideas.
  • Learn how a few simple tricks can make your photos far more effective!
  • Put an end to wondering which equipment is right! We’ll show you how to choose the right gear, and to make the most of what you have.
  • We’ll find your weaknesses and help you conquer them!
  • Gain an entirely new outlook as a photographer!
  • Get even more one-on-one attention in the field! Group sizes are strictly limited, and with two instructors, we each have lots of time for YOU!
  • We’ll shoot sunrise and sunset every day! You’ll be tired, but it will be worth it. You’ll go home with an amazing collection of photos from the most beautiful locations and in the best lighting conditions possible. (Don’t worry. We’ll give you a break every afternoon for lunch, rest, and exploration on your own.)

A limited number of spots are available for this trip. Sign up early to secure your place!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are very excited to announce that this workshop will be filmed, and a professionally edited video recording will be provided for all workshop attendees! The video will also be offered for sale to the general public at a future date. All attendees will be asked to sign a release allowing us to include them in video and/or audio footage in future products offered for sale. Students who do not wish to be filmed or recorded are not required to sign. Those who do not sign a release will not be recorded or included in recordings or videos.

All attendees will receive a copy of the complete, finished video product free of charge, regardless of their participation. We are thrilled to be able to offer this incredible bonus to our students. You’ll get to relive the fun and excitement of the workshop – and you’ll be able to review what you learned whenever you want! A big THANK YOU to Brent Mail for putting in the time and effort to make this happen for our students!

 What is NOT included

    • Transportation
    • Food and Lodging
    • Flights and Travel Expenses for your trip to and from Australia. (Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own flights. Be sure to notify instructors of your arrival and departure times.)
    • Travel & Medical Insurance

Refund Policy

    • Initial Deposit: Fully refundable up to 30 days before workshop begins
    • No refunds after December 4, 2013
    • Workshop spaces can be transferred at any time before the workshop begins

More information can be found at: http://www.portstephens.org.au

Instructors

  • Jay Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO
    Jay Patel is a professional photographer, and a highly-regarded photography instructor. His photographs feature rich, vibrant colors, intricate details, and the broad range of light found in nature.
  • Varina Patel:  ABOUT | WEBSITE | PORTFOLIO
    Varina Patel is a professional nature photographer, a prolific writer, and a dedicated photo educator. Her portfolio highlights the intricate beauty of the natural world – from minimalist landscapes to macro photography.

Copyright for all photos of the Port Stephens area belongs to Brent Mail. Thanks for sharing them, Brent!
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