Have you ever wondered how Richard Avedon took those larger-than-life portraits, or perhaps wanted to copy the lighting and posing of a Weston nude? Do you find inspiration in the portrait paintings of Sargent, Matisse, and Picasso? Maybe you’d like to emulate Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, or Paolo Roversi but don’t know where to start.
Whatever your intention, this workshop gives you the permission and freedom to educate yourself by duplicating work of the masters. Analyzing and recreating works of art teaches you so much about composition, lighting, posing, and post-processing that it’ll make your head spin. Plus, it’s really fun!
As you begin to identify how these images are put together, Fritz Liedtke breaks down each of the visual elements so you can internalize them. Using live demonstrations, he recreates master images while sharing the post-processing techniques that help them achieve their final look.
Through regular assignments, you make your own master images, each one growing stronger with feedback. (Of course, all of this is just a starting place—eventually, you use those new skills to create work of your own!) You finish our time together with beautiful images, surprised at how much you’ve learned and excited to become a master photographer yourself.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting October 23 and ending November 9 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Fritz Liedtke began photographing as a teen, carrying his Kodak 110 Instamatic around on a US tour with his father at age 14, in their little blue Datsun B210. Twenty-five years later, he continues to explore the world, camera in hand.
Fritz holds a BFA in photography and printmaking, and has won numerous awards, grants, and residencies for his work. His images have been widely published by magazines such as National Geographic, Lenswork, PDN, Professional Photographer, View Camera Magazine, Rangefinder, Silvershotz, PhotoLife, Diffusion, and blogs such as Lenscratch, Photoeye, LensCulture, F-stop, and others. His work is held in such collections as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Griffin Museum of Photography, The Haggerty Museum, Portland Art Museum, Yale University Library, Lishui Museum of Photography, Scripps College Rare Book Collection, and more. View his Vitae here.
Aside from making art, Fritz enjoys creating unique images for his commercial and editorial clients, traveling, and teaching workshops on photography and the artistic life. He is constantly looking for new ways to approach the world through art.
Fritz and his family call Portland, Oregon their home. They live on several acres outside of town surrounded by herons, egrets, ducks, and bitterns. And a few frogs.