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 level.is 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.

GERD EXPLAINS, HOW IT WORKS:

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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