Let your camera be your passport to a wonderful summer of exploration and discovery!
Summer Shoots is a series of 12 half-day and full-day photo expeditions, offered weekly, between May and August 2017, featuring a range of locations, events, times of the day, and offering the opportunity to photograph landscape, nature and wildlife, people, architecture, events and ceremonies. Be a tourist at home and experience the ultimate mini stay-cation every weekend. Let us introduce you to destinations that you can re-visit often, and will inspire you and your photography for years to come.
The Summer Shoots program is for those who want to improve and refine their ability to see the world through a photographer’s eyes, with regular practice and feedback, exposure to new principles, techniques and approaches, and interactions with others who are as passionate about photography and share a commitment to improvement. Each session will include: location-shooting; an assignment to build skills in composition (ie. framing, subject placement, negative space, and motion); advice on how to refine your handling of exposure; encouragement to experiment with creative techniques; and instruction on the requirements of a specific genres (landscape, still life, night and low-light, action, nature and wildlife).
We will strive to make beautiful pictures as well as capture beautiful subjects, tell compelling visual stories, and express and evoke emotion in the work.
Participant photographers will be asked to share 2 assignment images from each shoot, weekly, online, for instructor and group feedback. A private Facebook group page will be made available for participants for this purpose, as well as to access resources on a weekly basis. Summer Shoots will cap off with a slideshow and discussion of the best work by participants in August. The top three photos taken over the three months, as selected by the participants, will be printed and awarded to the photographers who shot them.
Shooting locations will include*:
Sunday May 21st: Classroom introduction at Ottawa Arts Council
Sunday May 28th: The Odawa Pow Wow (1/2 Day)
Saturday June 3rd: Doors Open or The Kitchi Blanket Exercise (1/2 day)
Sunday June 11th: Local Landscapes (Mer Bleue and Petrie Island (1/2 day)
Saturday June 17th: Finnegan’s Flea Market, Hudson Quebec (Full day)
Friday June 23rd: RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies (Evening)
Sunday June 25th: Arnprior Stampede and Gillies Grove (45 minute drive from Ottawa – Full day)
Sunday July 9th: Constance Bay/Torbolton Forest – Sunrise (1/2 day)
Sunday July 16th: Omega Park/Chutes Plaisance (50 minute drive from Ottawa - Full day)
Sunday July 23rd: Boldt Castle or Prince Edward County/Sandbanks (Full day)
Sunday July 30th: La Machina: Giant spider and dragon roaming the streets of Ottawa (1/2 day)
Sunday August 6th Sunflower Festival, Kricklewood Farms (1 hour drive from Ottawa - 3/4 day)
Saturday August 12th: Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Lights Fireworks Competition
Sunday August 20th: Final wrap-up and critique at Ottawa Arts Council
*The schedule may be adjusted to accommodate cancellation of events or restriction of access to destinations. In the event that a location becomes unavailable for shooting, or there is a change in an event schedule, an alternative shooting location will be offered. The final schedule will be provided at the time of the first introduction session. Outings scheduled on Saturdays or during the week are only available on those days.
Requirements: This is a program for photographers at the advanced, or intermediate level who have a comfort level with manual shooting, post-production, and the use of a DSLR with exchangeable lenses. Participants will assume all responsibility for transportation to the shooting locations, in addition to entrance fees where required.
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May 21st - August 20th
May 21, 28, June 3, 11, 17, 23, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 12, 20
SUNDAYS / SATURDAYS / ONE FRIDAY
2 classroom sessions, 12 location shoots
**CLASSROOM SESSIONS LOCATION: OTTAWA ARTS COUNCIL, 1-4PM**
LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE I $369