On Location
Los Angeles

Exploration of Personal Style

with Oghalé Alex

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Course Description

Embark on a transformative journey with photographer Oghalé Alex in this workshop designed to help you discover and define your unique visual voice. Based in a working photography studio in Los Angeles, this  immersive experience supports participants in exploring the intersection of technical skill and creative intuition, learning how to capture more than just images—but narratives and emotions. Oghalé guides participants through hands-on assignments and projects that challenge you to apply newfound insights, hone your skills, and refine your photographic voice.

This workshop spans four days, beginning with an intensive focus on the fundamentals of studio photography. Day one covers essential topics, including camera equipment, technical aspects, composition, and lighting. Through lectures and hands-on demonstrations, Oghalé outlines the principles of composition, lighting, and framing to articulate your stories effectively. Participants engage in practical exercises and plan their individual shoots for the subsequent days. Day two transitions to an in-studio photoshoot, emphasizing preparation, styling, and diverse lighting setups, with feedback sessions to refine skills. The third day shifts the focus to outdoor photography, covering logistical considerations for various outdoor settings, techniques for capturing landscapes, and an introduction to environmental portraiture. The course concludes on day four with sessions dedicated to image selection, portfolio creation, and post-processing using software such as Adobe Lightroom. Participants receive guidance on storytelling through images, maintaining a consistent editing style, and preparing for different platforms. The course culminates in a portfolio review and a comprehensive Q&A session, providing a holistic exploration of photography.

This four-day workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience, covering both technical aspects and creative skills while incorporating practical hands-on sessions for a well-rounded understanding of photography. This course is designed for emerging and professional photographers seeking to refine their technical skill sets, strengthen the emotional impact of their work, tell compelling stories, and connect with their audiences on a deeper level.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2023, Santa Fe Workshops highly recommends that all participants, staff, and instructors attending be up to date with Covid vaccinations (per definition of the CDC).

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Proficient in digital workflow and custom functions on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera, and be able to download and select images using software for class sessions.  Basic understanding of natural and artificial lighting is recommended.

Participants also need to have a laptop with post-processing software installed (ie. Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One).

Activity Level:
Creative Vision, Digital Workflow, Lighting, Pop-Ups, Portraiture, Storytelling, Studio & Commercial
Oghalé Alex

Oghalé Alex is a Nigerian-American Creative Director & Photographerbased in London and Los Angeles. He is also the founder of minimal fashion label, ISOKO.

His work is largely inspired by the concept of calm. He looks to create soothing juxtapositions between his subjects and their environments,paying special attention to posing and movement with soft colors and playful romanticism being key elements of every frame. 

Through the vehicle of photography, Oghalé aims to change negative perceptions surrounding Black Men & Women.

His work has been published in magazines including Nataal and Viewpoint Colour Magazine. He was shortlisted for the PALM* PhotoPrize 2020 and has exhibited work at the National Portrait Gallery of England as well as Vogue’s Photovogue Festival in 2022.

Website: oghalealex.com

Instagram: @oghalealex

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