An excellent way to improve one’s photographic skills. Participants will have a hands on field shoot experience with Instructor Jessica Lifland, who brings years of experience as a documentary photographer. Working alongside an experienced professional gives the participant a chance to watch and observe ways to react and respond to real time events as they unfold into photo opportunities. Prior to the field shoot(s), there will be instruction on topics such as covering the basics for better grasp of f-stops and shutter speeds and tips on how to create better composition, to understanding moments, emotion and visual story telling. Then the class will head out around Emandal to photograph either during the workshop and or to photograph the evening event in beautiful summer evening light (or whatever light conditions are available that day.) After the shoot(s) will be some discussion on post production, 1-on-1 editing time and a final group slide show to wrap things up. If a decent quality color printer could become available, we could even have a small gallery exhibit. Experience level: Amateurs with a basic knowledge of the DSLR or mirrorless camera to experienced amateurs looking to take their image making to the next level. Instructor has a documentary photography background.
Additional Supplies Students Should Bring to the Workshop:
DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of manual settings and memory cards. Laptop computer and a cord or card reader allowing the download and viewing of images. Participants can share laptops if they take the workshop together.
Editors love people like Jessica Lifland. She’s an extraordinary photographer, she can write, and she understands what publications need and want. Her work enhances every venue and publication it graces. We need more Jessicas! – C.J. Hadley, publisher/editor, RANGE magazine
“I always look forward to seeing how Jessica selects moments and visually frames the people, places and events that find home in her creative work. She is truly an artist, and one who takes joy in passing her knowledge and skills along to students of all ages. Jessica’s love of photography is infectious.” – Meg Glaser, Artistic Director, Western Folklife Center
Jessica is an extraordinary photojournalist. She is also a generous, approachable, and inspiring teacher. Somehow she packs an entire college semester of information into her workshops, yet they are not hurried. I am grateful for the influence she’s had on my photography.- Betty Rodgers, Independent Photographer/Journalist
Taught a photo workshop at NCPG 2015 at which Tamara was a student. I have over 15 years of experience as an instructor of photojournalism at the City College of San Francisco, CCSF, taught a semester at San Francisco State University and at the University of Southern Indiana prior to that. Taught numerous photo workshops including one at the Shooting the West Photography Symposium and Two years as a Panasonic sponsored Digital Photo Academy instructor, regularly teaches an annual workshop at the Peninsula Press Club’s High School Journalism Boot Camp.
About the Instructor
Jessica Brandi Lifland is a San Francisco-based freelance photographer, Photojournalism instructor and mother. Her work is represented by Polaris Images and has appeared nationally and internationally in publications including USA Today, The London Times, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Newsweek, Time, and Le Monde.
Jessica earned a BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from Cornell University in 1991 and her MA in Photojournalism from Ohio University in 2002. She was a staff photographer at the Contra Costa Newspapers and at the Evansville, Indiana Courier & Press prior to her freelance career. Her work has taken her all over the United States and the world including West Africa, the Middle East, Kosovo, Burma, Haiti, South America and the Philippines. She worked with the non-profit Operation Smile, (www.operationsmile.org.) from 2007-2015 documenting medical missions as they repair cleft lips and palettes on children who otherwise would have no access to this surgery. She has over 15 years of experience as an instructor at City College of San Francisco teaching photojournalism and as the advisor for Etc. Magazine, the campus magazine which can be viewed online at etc-magazine.com