APA|DC Photo Assistant Workshop, Part 1: Introduction

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One of the most useful ways to start a career in photography is by beginning as an assistant. But, the common problem persists, how do you begin your career as an assistant with no experience as an assistant? APA|DC is offering a 3-Part series on assisting to help interested students and new photographers make the transition. While no amount of workshop instruction can replace on-the-job experience, each session builds on the previous one and covers a comprehensive list of topics, ensuring that participants are introduced to standardized material, appropriate for each level.

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Part 1 of the series is a basic introduction to assisting, comprised of a gear demo, presentation on roles and responsibilities, and a panel discussion with veteran photographers and seasoned assistants. It is designed for people who are new to the photography world and have no or little experience on a photography set. We’ll cover the basics– the sorts of things that you need to know whether the project is studio-based, architectural, or location portrait.

 

Attendees will immediately break into two groups  for two 45-minute sessions of cursory- yet very fast-paced- information about the real world of assisting. There will be a lot of ideas, tricks, and know-how packed into these two sessions– attendees will want to take notes.

•  The 1st section will give students a look at (and feel for) some of the basic photography gear that they would be likely to encounter on a small photography set, from cameras to lighting gear to grip equipment, courtesy of f8 Rentals. We’ll cover the proper way to wrap a cable, set a light, and secure a set as well as many other fundamental skills.

•  The 2nd section consists of a presentation covering the rights, responsibilities, and general etiquette for assistants. We’ll go over an assistant’s tool bag, location etiquette, roles and responsibilities, and some strategies for billing and invoicing.

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After the two sections conclude, we’ll all come together for a panel discussion with photographers Renée Comet, Jon Feingersh, and Max Hirshfeld, and several experienced assistants to hear stories, opinions, and thoughts on how it all comes together. Hear firsthand what photographers look for in assistants, what some going rates are, and a few anecdotes from the field.

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Thursday, November 20th, 1200 U Street NW, Washington DC. (1/2 block from U Street Metro on the Green & Yellow lines)

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Schedule

5:00 pm             Registration Begins

5:30 – 6:15          1st Section

6:15 – 6:30         15 minute break and switch sections

6:45 – 7:30         2nd Section

7:30 – 7:45         15 minute break, gather in auditorium for panel discussion

7:45 – 8:30         Panel Discussion with photographers and assistants

9:00                    Must be out of facility.

This will be a very busy evening so all students must plan on arriving on time.

 

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Price

Students/APA contributor and supporter levels $25; General Public $35;

APA Leader, Professional, and Associate levels – FREE

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Space is limited, REGISTER HERE to guarantee your spot.

 

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Show-Off-October 23rd

 

 

 

 

 

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– POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER! MORE DETAILS TO COME –

Some call it a slide show, some call it a salon, we call it a show-off.

10 APA members x 10 minute blocks to use however they’d like- a behind-the-scenes look of a recent shoot, some personal work, editing help, a new video–  It’s totally up to the photographer.

Here’s how it works:

    • APA members only get advanced dibs to show work. Please email matt@apadc.com to rsvp. Any unused spots will be made available at the event to anyone interested.
    • The first 10 replies are in. After that, we’ll squeeze in as many as we can until the library kicks us out.
    • Email matt your images in advance (aim for 1800 pixels wide for horizontal images and at least 1200 pixels tall for verticals)  so we can get them queued up. Dropbox or .zip file is fine.
    • Think about what you want to get out of the presentation. If you want feedback, ask for it in advance. If you want to practice presenting in front of people, let us know.

Other Things to Keep in Mind:

    • The more the merrier. Please invite anyone to come who you think might be interested. This is a FREE event. However, it’s likely that only APA members will be able to present.
    • Be respectful. This isn’t an opportunity to shred someone’s work. We are here to help each other.
    • Plan to stay the entire time. The last presenter shouldn’t be presenting to an empty room.
    • Video is fine, we’ll have speakers available, just make sure that it’s in an easily readable format.
    • If you sign up to present, please stick to it. Otherwise it just screws everything up.

 

When

Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Where

Northeast Library
330 7th Street NE (basement conference space)
Washington, DC 20002
There is usually free parking to be had and the Union Station Metro is a few pleasant blocks away.
 
THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Magic Hour Happy Hour – co-hosted with AIGA – May 13

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They say that April showers bring May flowers. But what does April snow bring? The answer, aside from allergies, is a May co-hosted happy hour with the DC chapter of AIGA. Please don your fanciest shoes and get ready to rub elbows with one of the busiest chapters of THE trade group for professional designers. We’ll be getting our Gestalt on at The Board Room in Dupont for a relaxing evening of chitter chatter, probably followed up by an impossibly intense game of Mousetrap. (We can only hope that nobody loses their right index finger.)

This is a great time to meet other interesting and outgoing people in an adjacent creative industry. Pop in on Tuesday the 13th!

When

Tuesday, May 13th, 6-8:30 pm

Where

The Board Room
1737 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
 
closest METRO – Dupont Circle on the Red Line.
 

Why

Good times don’t have themselves.

 

 

About AIGA

AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.

 

 

A to Z: Video Interviews with HDSLR

A to Z: Shooting Video Interviews with HDSLR

March 8, 2014 | 9:30-5:00 | Calumet Photographic at Tysons Corner

SOLD OUT! (email events@apadc.com to be added to a waiting list.)

Do you want to add video to your skill set for your clients? Interested in honing your HDSLR video skills? Need more than just the basics? Then join us for a one-day workshop exclusively created for APA-DC by Momenta Workshops on March 8, 2014 from 9:30-5:00pm at the Tyson’s Corner Calumet Store.

Momenta proudly created this customized itinerary for our members with instructor John W. Poole from NPR’s multimedia team. Joining John is award-winning documentarian Gaston Lacombe to support the demonstrations and software lectures. This schedule of learning was created to help you learn the structure and set-up of a quality interview from A to Z. By focusing exclusively on filming an interview, students should expect to leave the session with a clear understanding of the skills necessary to produce their own 2-3 minute interviews. As a special bonus, we will take the last hour of the program to cover the process of estimating, bidding, and billing a small video production.

The morning session will walk you through how to conduct a DSLR interview in the field, with a special emphasis on various audio recording techniques. We will be hosted in a private demo studio using available rental gear from Calumet so you can recreate this shooting environment again. During lunch the footage will be made available to everyone. The afternoon session will focus on downloading, editing and exporting tips with Adobe Premiere CC, which is fast becoming the industry standard for multimedia production.

When

Saturday, March 8th, 9:30 am – 5 pm.

Where

Calumet Photographic – Tyson’s
8357 Leesburg Pike,
Vienna, VA 22182

Price

Current APA members – $135 SOLD OUT
(registration begins February 11th at 2 pm)
 
General Public – $175 SOLD OUT
(registration begins February 17th at 8 am)

 

APA Members get first priority and discount pricing for this event. (Unfortunately we can’t extend this discount to other professional organizations for this event.)

 

THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 18 ATTENDEES.   

 

RSVP HERE

 

This program is designed for working photographers who have already mastered the basic aspects of professional still photography but are being asked by their clients to shoot video as well. All students are expected to know their cameras, and basic photo production, inside and out. The program will not entail learning how to use your camera, except for the purpose of producing videos.

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Workshop Schedule

9:30-10:00      Orientation
10:00-12:30    Studio Lighting, Audio & Camera Hands-On Training
12:00-1:00       Lunch Break 
1:00-3:45          Tips & Tricks for Adobe Premiere CC Video Editing 
3:45-4:00         Break 
4:00-5:00        Panel Discussion: Pricing Video for Clients

 

What to bring: your laptop computer with Premiere***, a pen and notepad, and lots of questions for the Momenta team!

 

***Premiere CC is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud and available for a trail basis download at: http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html?promoid=KEWBH

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About the Instructors

Momenta’s Lead Instructor John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization’s audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series ‘Project Song’ and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury. Over his 15-year career, Poole has covered a range of subjects, including national elections in South Africa and the United States, the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and their aftermath, the effects of global climate change, and conservation issues in Peru and Namibia. Poole was part of a small team of visual journalists who developed the documentary video department at The Washington Post in 1998. That work was recognized with the first-ever Edward R. Murrow award for multimedia journalism in 2004. His work on a feature story about violinist Joshua Bell contributed to a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The White House News Photographers Association has honored Poole with more than 20 awards for his work, including the 2005 Video Editor of the Year. His film, “The Sheriff of Gay Washington,” produced for The Washington Post, screened in festivals across the country and was optioned by HBO Documentary Films in 2006.

Momenta’s Supporting Instructor Gaston Lacombe is an award-wining photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary narrative. Born in Canada but lived all over the world, he now calls Washington, D.C. home.

Gaston studied at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels in History and holds a degree in Photography from Boston University CDIA, D.C. campus. His work has been featured in PDN Magazine Wired Magazine, Burn Magazine, the Washington Post, the UK’s Daily Mail, Germany’s Die Welt, Italy’s Il Focus, and many others.  Most notably, his photos series “Captive,” which looks at the living conditions of animals in zoos around the world, has attracted international attention. “Captive” was also a featured exhibit at Photoville in New York City in 2013. He is currently working with Smithsonian Institution on production of a film about reviving Native-American languages. His short film from his experience in Antarctica, “Living Esperanza,” has been shown worldwide and was an official film selection for the WiLD 10 World Wilderness Congress. He serves as the Communication Coordinator at the International League of Conservation Photographers, where he works with many of the world’s top photographers on projects and expeditions to help save the planet’s endangered places, animals and cultures.

 

About Momenta Workshops 

Momenta_FinalLogoMomenta was founded by three passionate media professionals who were all working for top tier photography companies. As the media struggled with cutbacks and diminishing budgets, each founder saw the need for change in the industry and the way stories were told to the public. Their goal: find like-minded photographers around the world and encourage social change with powerful images. Our workshops are not a “travel with a camera” experience. We seek to show our student’s new ways to witness the world, meet new people and explore new ways of storytelling. It is challenging. It is motivating. It is rewarding. And it is a helluva lot of fun. Trust us when we say this: these workshops will change your life. Learn more at http://momentaworkshops.com

 

 

About Our Host

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Calumet Photographic has made this event possible through the generous loan of their facilities and rental equipment. Most or all of the equipment shown in the demo will be available as a rental package. APA|DC members get a 20% off discount of rentals from Calumet.

Show them some love today.

 

 

PNY_LOGO_BLACK_200pxAnd a special thanks to PNY and Momenta Workshops for providing 32GB thumb drives for each attendee to take the footage home with.