Photographing Off Balance:
Large Format Portraiture with Greg Miller

August 12 2021 - September 2 2021


About

While a small camera practice can require intuition and reflex instincts to capture a moment instantaneously, a large format practice requires a photographer to slow down and utilize predictive strategies. Since we are often introduced to photography on smaller cameras this shift in approach to large format can feel overly self conscious and discouraging, but it doesn’t have to. Greg Miller’s unique teaching method helps you to bring patience and preparation to your practice.

This hands on workshop delves into the best practices of large format portraiture. Taking Covid-19 guidelines into consideration, students will be encouraged to photograph people to whom they have access “wherever they are”, this can be family, friends or responsibly socially-distant strangers. While students are encouraged to embrace the necessity of interacting with their subject (something that can often make pictures look staged or lifeless) Miller teaches his methods for what he calls “photographing off balance”, building a picture to near completion, but not all the way to make room for the unexpected. This workshop will also offer students a sustainable analog to digital workflow, scanning negatives on a light table or affordable flat bed scanner.

Students will meet weekly with Miller online over the course of 4 weeks. This will include a 3 hour introduction class, meeting fellow students and going over best practices in using the camera, week two will be 30 minute one on one’s with Miller to work out kinks in practice and look at work, week 3 will include a crit of student work from weeks 1 and 2 + a sampling of relevant historical photography. The 4th week will end on a virtual online exhibit where students will be encouraged to invite friends, family and the public to view work created during the workshop.


Class Schedule:

August 12

3-6pm Eastern Time – Intro to large format portraiture

August 16-20

30 minute one-on-one with Greg Miller (to be scheduled after start of workshop)

August 26

3-6pm Eastern Time – Critique of weeks 1 & 2

September 2

3-6pm Eastern Time – Final Public Virtual Exhibit


Registration for this workshop has not yet begun. If you would like to be notified when registration starts, send an email to: [email protected].


Feedback from Previous Workshops:

“This is how photography should be taught. Greg seamlessly mixed the writings on art with hands on activities that produced beautiful work from his class. You won’t meet a more human and motivated teacher committed to passing on his expertise to those around him. Greg is like the art teacher we wish I’d all had in high school – he inspires … I had to wait to my late 30’s to study with him but better late than never.”

-Mark D.

“Greg’s workshop was filled with valuable information. In those few days, not only did I learn about the technical aspects related to portraiture but also about how to approach people and how to connect, in order to get great results. I am very grateful for his generosity in sharing all his knowledge and wisdom.”

-Clara T.