WORKSHOPS & TALKS

All of these workshops and talks can be, to a degree, modified in content and length to suit particular needs. I know that these have worked and have had good responses from audiences and from individuals I have taught. Prices will be discussed  when a booking is considered. If you see one you are interested in, go here to request more information. Please see at the bottom of this page, comments about the workshops.

A COURSE OF 10 PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS

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This primary course of workshops helps developing photographers to make certain they have a solid grasp of basic photographic materials (time and light) and of camera/Photoshop tools. This series will also introduce many ideas about creative practice as
•how to connect what concerns you in the middle of the night with making photographs
– recognising your special themes;
•how to select subject matter which reflects those themes;
•how to photograph that subject matter
–a question of style;

•how to move from description to evocation in
your picture making;

•how to make sense out of technique;
•how to discover the importance of storytelling;
•how to discover the importance of your communications using photographs;
•how to pre-visualize individual pictures
and complete stories;

•how to see rather than just look and many other things

Please be aware that many people assume they understand photography because they can often get a decent exposure on a sophisticated entry-level DSLR, but often this is not the case. Why for instance do they always underexpose snow and beach scenes? Why are the images not as poignant as those they see in magazines? Why do viewers not become fully engaged with their pictures? Why can they not seem to capture images that satisfy their souls?

WHY PHOTOGRAPH?

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This offers six workshops on thinking about photography divided into:    1/ WHY PHOTOGRAPH?   2/ WHAT IS THERE TO PHOTOGRAPH?   3/ HOW DO YOU EXPRESS YOUR POINT OF VIEW ABOUT WHAT YOU FEEL AND THINK?   4/ HOW TO PRE-VISUALIZE A PHOTOGRAPH OR AN ESSAY/STORY 5/ STORYTELLING   6/ EDITING AND SHOWING YOUR WORK

HOW TO ACHIEVE PRE-VISUALISATION

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The purpose of this workshop is to help people understand how they can discover their meaningful themes, a point of view, a way to express these, and ultimately a way to pre-visualise (to imagine) why and where they are going before they pick up their camera.

Each participant is asked to bring one image or a related sequence they wish to discuss. If they do not have any of their own, they may bring an image or collection they value. We sit around a table. Everyone who is willing indroduces themselves and says a few words about their interest in photography and what they would like to gain from the day. During these discussions RG  will address the following:

WHY PHOTOGRAPH OR MAKE FILMS?    WHY BE A PHOTOGRAPHER?   WHAT IS THERE TO PHOTOGRAPH?     WHAT IS YOUR POINT OF VIEW? PRE-VISUALIZATION AND THE ZONE SYSTEM    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING

Nine people maximum, with one young person, choosen by the local community, offerd a place by RG as a bursury. This workshop can be held anywhere. It helps to have a flat screen monitor that Robert can connect his Mac to.

FIRST DAY   The above can be presented in one day as an interactive talk and conversation. 

SECOND DAY  On a second day, Robert leads people through mind-mapping their ideas.

THIRD DAY   On a third day, Robert leads people through how to imagine a high concept idea, to find relevant subject matter,  to turn that into a storyboard, and how to share the work.

THREE TALKS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

  There are 3 basic talks I have given.     THE FIRST is based on variations around the ideas above.   THE SECOND is a visual tour through my career from photojournalism to still life to commercials to documentaries and back to photojournalism.   THE THIRD is a visual tour through the photographers and painters who have influenced me, accompanied by my images, showing how their work has affected my ways of seeing.    Again, if interested in these or variations, contact me here    with    a request.

There are 3 basic talks I have given.

THE FIRST is based on variations around the ideas above.
THE SECOND is a visual tour through my career from photojournalism to still life to commercials to documentaries and back to photojournalism.
THE THIRD is a visual tour through the photographers and painters who have influenced me, accompanied by my images, showing how their work has affected my ways of seeing.

Again, if interested in these or variations, contact me here with a request.

Comments about Robert Golden's past workshops

I have been taking pictures for nearly forty years and always enjoyed the process.  I’ve been to ten friendly and supportive seminars organized by Robert and feel that I’ve done better, more interesting work in the past three months than I have ever done.  He is keen to improve your technical understanding of photography, but I think far more importantly, encourages you to think why you do what you are doing.  From that position, it’s quite hard not to grow as a photographer.  I hope to continue working with the group that has come out of this process and have already recommended this to other photographers.  
Mike Norris

I was expecting to learn in a technical sense. Robert opened up a world of emotion, self-pride and direction I didn't realize I had.      Toni S.

There is another aspect of your approach that I find helpful:  you criticize work (so many wrap up any criticism in so much cotton-wool that it is almost unidentifiable) and you suggest what we might do about the weaknesses.    David P.