Princeton Photo Workshop: Vision Beyond Seeing with Don Komarechka


Sat, Oct 12, 2019    
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Erdman Center
20 Library Place, Princeton, NJ, 08540

Join acclaimed Canadian photographer and author Don Komarechka for a photography seminar that weaves science and art together to help photographers of every skill level understand the limitations of both our cameras and our own vision and examine how to expand our boundaries as photographers.
During the day, we’ll explore four aspects of vision in photography:
1: Understanding Vision and Beauty
What is reality? The camera is limited in its ability to capture and communicate our perceptions as we experience them. We’ll investigate the differences between how a camera operates and how we perceive the world, because the better we understand the  differences, the more prepared we are to compensate and the better a photographer we become.
2: The Universe at Our Feet: Macro Photography
Macro photography yields unending possibilities in your own backyard or kitchen table. However, macro photographers play by a different rulebook. Learning the rules and how to redefine them is the cornerstone of this talk, and there are many things to consider that we’ve all overlooked. There are new technical challenges, and they are worth every effort when you overcome them. A demonstration will be given on some interesting setups that people can try at home to break out of any creative rut.
3: Capturing Invisible Light: Infrared and Ultraviolet Photography
Hiding right in front of us, there is a fantasy world of surreal landscapes and patterns on the smallest scale that are invisible to us. Exploring this world of invisible light can be an adventure all on its own, and it’s easier to explore than you might imagine. If you are firmly in the “I don’t know what I don’t know” category, this will be an eye-opening discussion. If you have dabbled in these areas before, you’ll learn just how far down the rabbit hole goes. As a live demonstration, we will make flowers glow magically in ultraviolet light and learn how to recreate this process.
4: The Life of a Photographer
Making a living as a photographer is challenging. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional photographer? What creative solutions can you apply to your own process to build an audience and make money? How far would you go and what risks would you take? With many anecdotes and examples, we’ll consider accomplishments and failures in the professional and amateur world of photography.