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Los Angeles & Salton Sea

April 28 – May 4, 2019

THE ART OF STORYTELLING – THE SALTON SEA - An Official Workshop of the Month of Photography LA

A 6-day Documentary Photography Workshop with National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig. Los Angeles & Salton Sea, April 28 – May 4, 2019 / $1,285

This 6-day workshop (5 days + 2 half days) by veteran National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig in conjunction with MOPLA is for professional and committed amateur photographers who want to take their photography to the next for professional and committed amateur photographers who want to take their photography to the next level. It concentrates on the aesthetic, technical, and logistical aspects of photographing with personal vision.

Participants will meet at Gerd’s home in Mount Washington, Los Angeles (15 minutes NE of Downtown LA) for 1 ½ days of portfolio reviews, instruction and theory, before shooting for 3 days at California’s Salton Sea. 1 ½ days in LA filled with editing and sequencing, followed by a joint presentation of the final results, concludes the workshop.


In the afternoon of day 1 (half day), we will all gather at my home for portfolio reviews. Day 2 is reserved for exploring the techniques of storytelling. I will outline the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series, and essay and share my personal approaches when photographing my stories for National Geographic Magazine – all accompanied by various sample presentations.

In the morning of day 3, we will relocate to the Salton Sea, jointly checking into a small inn. The afternoon is reserved for exploring and photographing the area around the Salton Sea.

On day 4 and 5 we will be leaving early in the mornings for full days of shooting. As I have spent many months along the Salton Sea for NatGeo and on personal projects, I will lead you to the most interesting locations that offer ample opportunities for amazing photographs. During these days, I will be in the field with you, giving hands-on advice on technical, compositional, and structural levels. The evenings are for downloading, captioning, pre-editing, additional instructions and ‘photo camp talk’.

After returning to LA in the late morning of day 6, we will reconvene at my home for a last round of editing, toning, and sequencing the work. The course will culminate the next morning (day 7, half day) with each photographer presenting his/her photographs to the class for feedback.

Be prepared for long hours of shooting, editing, critiquing and interacting with one another and with me (but don’t worry, you will have fun too).

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Photo Arts Conservetory at Burbank Studios

April 17, 2019, 6-10pm 

The Unseen Body - Photoshoot

3000 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523

An interactive shooting event where teams of photographers will be working in different groups to create a spread for the latest issue of our fashion and art magazine, FAYN. With the theme of this next issue, The Unseen Body, we hope to prompt deep discussions about how, as global image makers, we want to shine a light on the bodies we have not been brave enough to expose: nonbinary, multicultural, multi-generational, multi-colored. We want to curate images that seek the truth and beauty in our imperfections and diversity.     

The evening will be sponsored by Profoto and will feature all the latest gear and studio lighting equipment. Our magazine's student and faculty editors will curate a diverse group of models to create a collaborative event that deepens out exploration of this theme and brings together the photographic community. Everyone who participates will have the opportunity to have their work published in the magazine. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening and it will take place in our beautiful photo studio at Burbank Studios.

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