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Discovering Cuba, A Photographic Journey

Cuba dance troupe. Have you ever wanted to visit Cuba? Photograph the lush landscape and vibrant culture?  You are invited to join me and my friend and colleague, Tod O’Driscoll, as together we Discover Cuba on a nine day Photographic Journey October 28th – November 5, 2015!  This people to people photo tour is sponsored by Distant Horizons. We will be meeting Cubans from various walks of life, and will visit Havana, the tobacco farming community of Vinales, see the French inspired architecture of Cienfuegos, and enjoy visiting the famous town of Trinidad, which as changed little since the 1800s. There will be plenty of opportunities to photograph the incredibly warm and vibrant people of Cuba, as well as all of the wonderful architecture, antique American cars, and landscapes. There will also be photographic instruction from both Tod and

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Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

Leica Akademie Workshop in Tuscany, Unlocking Inspiration

Leica Akademie Workshop –  Unlocking Inspiration July 18 – 19, 2015 Tuition: 300 Euros Maximum enrollment: 12 Tomas van Houtryve is teaming up with Leica Akademie Italy and the Cortona on the Move Festival to teach a workshop on how to reach your full potential by unlocking inspiration. The two-day session in Tuscany is limited to 12 people, and each participant will be given the opportunity to work with a Leica M (typ 240) or M Monochrom camera for the duration of the course. Sign up.…

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Stills to Video

Stills to Video

In still photography, you’re always thinking about composition and framing, light and moment that will make your photo look great as a double-page spread in National Geographic. Fast-forward to the Web and the truth is that double-page spread looks even better and bigger on your full screen monitor. I was always looking and shooting for the killer “double truck,” and I hardly ever shot details because I knew they’d never run a close up as a two-page spread. (above is a story about China’s Three Gorges Dam I did for the magazine) Capturing video is all about deconstructing that big…

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Makgadikgadi Pans

Kubu Island, Botswana Somewhere in the enormous expanse of Makgadikgadi Pans in central Botswana there is a sickle-shaped island of pale rocks piling up like waves on its raised beaches formed by an ancient lake. It is called Kubu Island, and since in Setswana kubu means a hippopotamus, perhaps this old lake used to be kind to the biggest of all aquatic African mammals, who need water to protect their poorly pigmented skin from the burning sun. The salt pans form the driest and the most desolate part of the Kalahari Basin but after much rain they can turn into a milky blue lake of still water and reflect billowing sails of passing clouds.   But this is a dry season, and the pans are bone-white with salt and very dusty. We arrive late, welcomed by a whole family of big-bellied

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Racial Profiling Huffington Post Interview

Ed Kashi (VII) was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post concerning his initiative on racial profiling in Europe. In this interview, he speaks of his efforts commissioned by the Open Society Foundations to capture the individual struggles of thirty immigrants who have felt alienated and targeted because of their race. Kashi spoke of how he did not have much time to create in depth interviews on his subjects as there were so many of them. Instead, he decided to go with the approach of creating environmental portraits of these people  in places where they have been profiled and where they believe that they could be profiled. With the direction of the Open Society program officers and legal teams, he went to France, Holland and the UK to find “people on the ground,” and utilize “advocacy journalism” or “journalism with a…

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Father’s Day Special 2015!

Fun with flash on Father’s Day! The popular Language of Light, Volumes One and Two are available for a holiday special. Super sale this year, details and descriptions below. As I said when we launched the second DVD of the Language of Light series, this one is fun. LOL 1 had lots of nuts and bolts, step by step instruction, exact parsing of f-stops and shutter speeds, and placement of lights and shapers. It was also all speedlights, all the time. This one follows in the same footsteps, with diagrams, f-stops and the whole shebang, but is more conversational, with the video camera floating through fairly complex shoots, and me talking my way through the ongoing problems encountered along the path to create a good photo. We have multiple light setups, speedlights galore, smoke machines, dancers, characters, retro glamour models,…

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#EveryDayClimateChange

Ed Kashi (VII) has been an avid contributor to the the project of #EveryDayClimateChange. #EveryDayClimateChange is an exhibition and is associated with the Instagram feed, @everydayclimatechange. This feed has received a great deal of press and support on Instagram and has 20.3k followers. @everydayclimatechange concerns the very serious and relevant issue of climate change that as stated on this social media site “is Real!” Kashi has been covering climate change in various locations including Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, California, along with other areas as well . This issue is global, constant, and has various causes.  For example, deforestation has been rampant in California. As more and more trees are cut down, the effects of global climate change will be ever more apparent and impactful for people, other organisms, and environments all over the world. He has also documented…

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Exploring the Basque Country

Join me in one of my very favorite places – the Basque Country in Spain – for an exclusive photo tour (only 10 students) this September 4th – 14th with my friend and Basque expert Mikel Erkiaga. Mikel is the guide who showed me all around the Basque Country on my National Geographic assignment of the same.  He knows all! We will explore the Rioja region and medieval towns, go for a bike ride in the unique Bardenas Realas natural park, attend Basque festivals  taste local wines and cheeses, visit a sheep herding school visit the Painted Forest and go on a Pintxo-Pote tour (local tapas) among other activities The Basque Country is very different from the rest of Spain and is a land of variety and contrast. It boasts a range of spectacular natural resources, some of the world’s…

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Cotton Coulson: ‘Keep going’

Cotton Coulson: ‘Keep going’

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Food Truck Panel; Workshops at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Coinciding with his story on LA Food Trucks in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine, Gerd Ludwig is leading a weekend of events at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, June 27-28. He is teaching a beginner’s photography workshop, an advanced photography workshop, and moderating a panel discussion with participants from local food trucks (panel admission includes a lunch voucher). Using images from his National Geographic assignments worldwide, and focusing on the food trucks as a practical example, Gerd will instruct workshop participants how to make engaging and memorable photographs of everyday life that can be applied anywhere around the world. His approaches when photographing for National Geographic can be utilized in a variety of circumstances. Gerd will openly share his own photographic techniques, specifically the methods he used photographing food truck food, people enjoying the trucks,…

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