Upcoming Photo Workshops

September 21, 2013 by
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I’ll be teaching or assisting in three different photo workshops in October at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at the beautiful Quartz Mountain State Park lodge. This is a beautiful location, teeming with landscape potential, colorful small towns, and interesting people. If you’ve seen my Lynda.com course Foundations of Photography: Composition, then you’ve seen a fairly detailed view of the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute. Workshop details below.

Photography as Anthropology, October 10-13, 2013. I’ll be assisting Jeff Brouws in this course, where you’ll explore different types of documentary practices and then venture into surrounding townships and the countryside to apply these concepts.

Digital Photography with Dennis Darling, October 24-27, 2013. I’ll be assisting http://journalism.utexas.edu/faculty/dennis-darling”>Dennis in this workshop, which will focus on learning new ways of seeing and composing that will improve your photography regardless of what kind of photographic equipment you use. The use of post-production software such as Photoshop will also be demonstrated. It is suggested, but not required, that the digital camera you bring to the workshop have a manual mode in addition to the automatic and program modes found on the majority of digital cameras. Students are requested to bring a dozen of their favorite personal photographs to be viewed in class. Students at any level of photography are welcome to attend.

Basic Digital Photography with Ben Long, October 31-November 3, 2013. Learn the ins and outs of digital photography, from shooting to editing and printing, in this fun four-day workshop. No matter what your skill level, you’ll learn something new, as we cover all the specifics of your camera’s controls, as well as how to compose and expose a shot. After a lecture/presentation on shooting on Thursday afternoon, we’ll get up Friday morning for a shooting expedition in the area. The rest of the classes will center around post-production, including importing, organizing, and keywording your images using Adobe Bridge; tone and color corrections in Photoshop; dodging, burning, and other localized edits; and finally printing. Basic computer skills required. Students must bring their own digital camera, either digital SLR or point-and-shoot. Whether you’re an abject beginner, a dabbler, or a seasoned digital shooter, this class will help you get your photography to the next level.

For more information, check out the Oklahoma Arts Institute web site, or drop me a line.


8 Comments on Upcoming Photo Workshops

  1. JB Sweeney on Wed, 23rd Oct 2013 1:05 pm
  2. I have a subscription to Lynda.com and have viewed many of the video training sessions Ben has instructed. He has a unique way of getting the information to stick in your head and has many insights to photography. His humor keeps you watching without making the lots of information dull. Some day I might be abl to take a trip to the Oklahoma Arts Institute class they offer and meed him in person.

  3. Brad Shipp on Fri, 25th Oct 2013 9:42 am
  4. Another member of the Ben Long fan club. In a couple of videos you use the analogy of an audio amplifier to describe ISO in a digital camera. It’s a really helpful analog, but I nearly fell off my chair laughing when I realized that the stylized amplifier volume control goes to 11! I really enjoy your presentation and your sense of humor. I, too, would love to make it to Oklahoma one of these days.

  5. Jack Kelley on Wed, 30th Oct 2013 6:04 pm
  6. I often go back and rewatch your lynda.com videos. There is one that I wanted to watch again, but can’t find it. I think it was at the Oklahoma Arts Institute and involved maybe some high school students. Can you tell me witch one it is and if it is still on lynda.com?



  7. Patricia O'Neill on Fri, 1st Nov 2013 7:39 pm
  8. I have just discovered Ben’s classes on Lynda.com.
    The best photo classes I’ve ever attended! Very interesting, well made and I learned a great deal. I hope to see more in the future.
    Thank you so much!!

  9. Rob Stathem on Sun, 10th Nov 2013 12:46 am
  10. Hi Ben,

    Sorry I’m posting a general response unrelated to this topic post, but, I didn’t see a way to contact you personally.

    I’m an avid fan of your video series on Lynda.com! Your video instruction is really first rate!

    I had an “ah-ha” moment while watching your video tutorials on Lynda.com specifically where you discuss “exposing for highlights.” I was at a beautiful bed and breakfast a few months ago overlooking the ocean, and while I was there, I decided to take some pictures from inside my room overlooking the ocean. It was mid-day, and the exposure outside was FAR brighter than the inside of the room. So, when I snapped some photos, I was getting a somewhat decent exposure inside, but the outside was completely washed out–no detail at all.

    With the knowledge you gave on “exposing for highlights” I can maybe try photographing a similar scenario and get better results.

    Thank you for reading and for providing innovative video instruction!

    Rob Stathem

  11. Sark on Sat, 19th Apr 2014 2:03 pm
  12. Great book. 2014 Workshop schedule?

  13. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg on Sat, 26th Apr 2014 1:41 pm
  14. Hi Ben,

    Any chance the summer institute in OK accepts adults? Got my first DSLR last Christmas. Took your 3Ti course on Lynda.com (school where I teach has a subscription and am taking a course at school as well) to figure out how to use the thing!

    I would like to take a class directly from you. This whole thing is brand new to me but sooooo fun. and I now realize why my pictures all these years were so bad!!! I had no chops!

    Thaks again for all your teaching and please post where adults can take a week with you in the summer.


  15. Sherif Mattar on Sat, 24th May 2014 9:57 pm
  16. Dear Mr. Long,

    First I wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration for me. I have taken all of your Lynda classes. Through your Lynda classes I have learned so much and have developed a true passion for photography.

    Please keep it up. You are doing a great job!

    Second , if I may ask to add a lesson focusing on wide angle photography similar to your macro lesson, which was awesome.

    Thanks again and have a great Memorial weekend.

    Best regards.


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