Readers and Writers Retreats

May 17-18, 2014

Take that joyous first step into your future as a digital photographer.

Designed to help serious hobbyists and future professionals break through technical barriers and launch into a new realm of creating great photographs, this two-day workshop covers the basics of digital asset management and the creative side of taking better photographs. Commercial and magazine photographer Mark Edward Atkinson will take participants through the nuts and bolts of resolution, downloading, digital workflow, re-sizing images, file management and archiving, and output/printing sources. Attendees will participate in group assignments and complete their own images, with end-of-day group reviews and discussions of the work. In this first workshop, we’ll focus on portraits, still life and landscape photographs with emphasis on lighting techniques, lens selection, exposure and composition. On the backdrop of beautiful Castle Hill, with it’s gardens, farmland and mountain vistas, attendees will not be short of subjects. We’ll have plenty to shoot, and some real people ready to take direction. Mastering the specifics of lighting might seem intimidating at first, but keeping it simple, we’ll help you establish the confidence and skill to bring a new creative edge to your photography. If you’re serious about improving your photographs and looking for inspiration this will be two days well spent. And fun.

Mark Edward Atkinson

Based in Viriginia Beach, Atkinson has worked for over 25 years shooting a variety of images from fashion to food for commercial clients and magazines that include Virginia Living, Distinction, Esquire, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, W Magazine, Washingtonian and Vibe. Internationally, he has done documentary work around the world including India, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Africa and eastern Europe. His film projects include documentaries on the homeless in Charlotte, blindness in Africa and India, and the cleft work by Smile Train in China. He also serves as the creative director for OTTO Design and marketing, a tidewater-based design firm he co-founded 15 years ago.



The price for this event is $500 and includes a gourmet lunch both days. To register, please contact Stewart Humiston and include your name, email address, and phone number. Space is limited to 10 individuals so we encourage you to register early.

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