Build portraits on location that tell stories.
Join professional photographers Renée Robyn and Curtis Jones in fabled St. John’s, Newfoundland May 18-19, 2019 for two days of on-location portraiture, where environment and model share the spotlight to create story. We will be working closely with each participant in an intimate group size as we explore this city of legends, handing the camera, lights and control of the shoot over as participants dive into their creative vision.
Participants can expect guided demonstrations and presentations of what it takes to plan, build and edit industry level environmental portraits. Topics covered will include:
Styling - What, why and how to source.
Location - Where, what's the story.
Lens choices and camera settings.
Light - Natural, strobe, shade, flashlight??
Posing and working with your subject.
Post production - Colour grading, sky swapping, adding and removing elements in Lightroom and Photoshop.
MEET Your Instructors for 2019
An island boy born and bred, Curtis Jones has spent most of his career saturating himself in the northern regions of the planet, dividing his residency between Newfoundland and Nunavut, Canada. Over the last decade, his adventurous lifestyle has taken him across the Gobi Desert, on a 2300 km unsupported traverse of the Greenland Ice Cap, and most recently Antarctica. Curtis's personal vision to distil an image to its most essential value through the use of minimalism and negative space is a complementary contrast to his inviting, and inclusive teaching style. Collaborating with world-class athletes, production teams, and local cultures and communities, he has built his career delivering a personal view of the raw, wild, and often untamed. His work has been seen in National Geographic Explorer, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and more. Always hunting for the essence of a place, he is often seen leading photography workshops along striking coastlines and ice filled shores, sharing his appreciation for adventure with others. A collector of interesting stories, Curtis is rarely seen far from a camera, tent, or a good punchline.
Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée Robyn has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching landscape photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Adobe, Wacom, Corel, Capture One, and Intel.
Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains or trekking through burnt out forests, her fieldwork is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing leveraging her mastery of colour theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop.
Renée travels full-time teaching, shooting for commercial and fine art clients while always growing her remarkable library of striking landscapes the world over.