Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rob Sheppard - "Impact"

We recently finished our latest course. Rob Sheppard, long-time Editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine and current Field Editor of the same publication, taught a course on adding "Impact" to your photography.

The week featured classroom instruction, intensive shooting, review, critique, and some Photoshop impact techniques. As always the weather and scenery of California's Central Coast were beautiful.

Rob taught the class to use angle, color, and light to add big impact to photography. Each day the class had an assignment to implement what was taught in the classroom.
The morning following a shoot, each student selected images for review and critique by not only Rob but the entire class. We finished the shooting with a location session at the winery and vineyard up in Paso Robles.

Everyone had an excellent week and as Rob promised everyone left the workshop a better photographer.

Thanks again to Rob Sheppard for his advice and direction as a member of our Board of Advisors. It is absolutely essential for Victoria and I to receive such great guidance.

The Institute will be dark for about three weeks as I concentrate on the wine grape harvest in Paso Robles. As many of you know I am the assistant winemaker at Midnight Cellars ( as well as the winemaker of my own private label, Volatus ( Weather is beautiful and the grapes look great.

Cheers, Hal

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