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Workshops


You find here the different workshops I offer.These workshops can be taught in a 1 to 1 basis.

They are meant to get you up to speed with things like using flash or photographing flowers. I also offer, upon request, practical workshops in some of the areas of photography I am familiar with.

Get in touch for more information.

Flowers My Own Way

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Where: Places with flowers! (Portugal)

When: by arrangement

Tour Leader: Jose Antunes

Cost: €75/person

Deposit: €25

Group Size: 4   

Highlights: Flower photography done in a simple way, with normal lenses, accessible to anyone with patience and time to wait and SEE.

Registration

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Flowers my own way

Introduction

When I say FLOWERS people say MACRO, in a Pavlovian way that amuses me. Well, for me, flower photography does not mean going into the intimacy of flowers. I prefer to use a long lens and keep my distance. It seems hard for some people to believe my pictures are done in such a way. But that’s what I do. Let me share with you my quick guide for flower photography.

My Lens for Flowers

Macro is not the way I like to photograph flowers. Sometimes I do, but most of the time I prefer the results from a long lens. Still, I’ve three macro lenses, from the old 100mm macro (no IS, no USM, just a noise of gears moving) through the 60mm for APS-C , ending on the new 100mm macro all “bells and whistles” - I mean L, IS and USM - , which costs a fortune. But when I go out to photograph flowers, the first lens I pick up is my trusty 100-400mm. For years I’ve used this lens, which is already falling apart. It is the second lens of this type and of the first generation I own, but I simply love the results.

Recently I invested on the new Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM for a very specific reason: it alows me to focus at about half the distance of the original 100-400. Yes, Canon made a lens that has no match. If you want to know more about this read my article Review: The New Canon EF 100-400mm for Flowers and Bees.

Photographing Flowers

It is easy to take a photograph of a flower, and even with a point and shoot you an do it. Point... and shoot. Everyday people upload millions of flower photographs on the web, but most of them go unnoticed. In fact, to create a better photograph of a flower you need something more, that makes the image stand. After all, as I said, there are millions of flower photographs out there, so you need to do someting different, that makes people look twice. And no, you do not need a MACRO lens to do so. You need to SEE and understand your subject.

Flowers: Groups or Single Elements?

There are many ways to photograph flowers - some of them bad - , and multiple things to consider. First you have to define if you’re photographing a group of flowers or a single element. Personally I will always prefer the single element. This said, the choice of a single element is a complex task, although some may think it is easier than having multiple flowers in the frame. A single element asks for multiple decisions before and at the taking stage. This is something I always explore in detail on my workshops. SEEing flowers and the opportunities they give you. Or not.

Please, Let’s Break the Rules

One important thing to consider when photographing flowers is the Rule of Thirds... ah wait... Let’s remember the rule of thirds for what it is, but do it in a simpler way. Follow your heart. Sit down, “TALK” with the flowers, understand what you’ve in front of you, and get to work.

Yes, lines, shapes, framing, are all important, but the richness of photography is the freedom we’ve to see things in different ways. It is more important that you try to keep the image simple, centered on what is really important. This means defining what is your point of focus, or the most important area of the image, and work from there towards a final goal, where everything seems to fit in place. Again, this is something that will take us time on a workshop and something I will try to help you to SEE.

It’s All a Matter of Time

If you don’t have time to sit and observe, to sit and meditate, forget flowers. Go for something else. Flowers are a time consuming subject, and not necessarily to get many photographs at the end of the day. To get results it takes time and sometimes, many times, it takes patience and multiple essays.

No one said it would be easy, and it does not have to be. You want to feel, when you’ve finished, that all the sweat (and tears?) have a reward. A photograph that is closer to what you first dreamed. Or something completely different but still a flower photograph that you created. That’s the goal of the time I spend with you showing how I photograph flowers.

If you came to me because you like my photographs of flowers, than bear with me and listen. Do not ask me for MACRO and other ways, you’re exploring my own path. That’s why you got in touch, right?

So, Now It Is Up to You

If you're interested, do get in touch. I also do One2One sessions, by arrangement. Or you can get a group of friends (minimum 4, maximum 6) and have a private session in your own terms. Do remember, though, that we will be doing flower photography My Own Way.

Canon users have a special option: I've an old 100-400m my trusty lens, for them to use, under a fee, for the time of a session. Have you ever tried to see the world of flowers through a 100-400mm lens? Look at the images on this page. Seduced?

   

Flash Without Fear

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Flash Light is Also Natural


When people state they love natural light, many times they're just avoiding the fact that they don't feel comfortable with flash. It's not natural to throw away a portable sun only because someone told them to use flash in automatic and the results are mostly awful.

This workshop covers the essentials of the use of popup flash and also how to use flash off camera. It's mainly a practical experience explaining you how to master flash so you take your photography to the next level.  It's easy as you'll discover!

Bring your camera and gear!  If you use Canon you'll have the chance to experiment with some of the stuff I use, like the Phottix Odin flash triggers, but even if you've other brands there's a chance to try the Phottix Atlas triggers that are not brand specific. And there are ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Bender reflectors for small flashes, and Lastolite diffusers, softboxes and other stuff to try during the session.


Mainly, though, we will center on the use of flash, how it works, and how to balance it with daylight, for simple purposes. Also, you will learn that sometimes flash can just be too much, and that it is better to use available light.

 

Where: Anywhere a flash can be used

When: by arrangement

Tour Leader: Jose Antunes

Cost: €80/person

Deposit: €30

Group Size: 4   

Highlights: Learn to use the popup flash and external flash in a simple way!

Registration

To register, or if you have any questions, please send email to info[at]joseantunes[dot]com.
   

Field Studio Flowers

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Flowers in a Field Studio


When photographing flowers in the field you do not always have to include the background. For multiple reasons, aesthetic and practical, you may want to do something different, usually a completely white background, which allows you to create a cutout of the flower, like those sought by many image banks, done at the moment of capture.

This is achieved through a special technique used in the international project Meet Your Neighbours, which aims to show fauna and flora that by being so close to us we tend to forget. Photographing this way is not just the challenge of learning a new technique, which is cool and adaptable to many other subjects. It is also a way to do something meaningful with your images: maybe organize a slideshow or exhibit in a local school, community centre, and show your human neighbours all the other neighbours living nearby. I bet they will be surprised with the photos of things they know shown against white backgrounds.

Explore the technique with me, learning the basics to build your own collection of flowers and other subjects. This is a unique experience on the use of flash, diffusers and reflectors, all done in a studio that goes everywhere, and allows you to photograph flowers in their natural settings.

This workshop is better suited for Canon users, as I know the system inside out when it comes to flash and how it works. Other camera brands are welcome, but you’ve to know the basics of how your flash system and your camera work together. Bring your camera and gear!  If you use Canon you'll have the chance to experiment with some of the stuff I use, like the Phottix Odin flash triggers, but even if you've other brands there's a chance to try the Phottix Atlas triggers that are not brand specific.

 

Where: Outdoors or indoors, depending on subject

When: by arrangement

Cost: €100/person

Deposit: €40

Group Size: 2  

Highlights: Learn to photograph flowers – and other subjects – with white backgrounds

Registration

To register, or if you have any questions, please send email to info[at]joseantunes[dot]com.
   

Table Top Made Easy

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Table Top Made Easy


The practice of tabletop photography can start with a sheet of paper, some cardboard and window light. But soon you'll want more control in your own little studio. That’s what this activity is all about.

We will start in a very simple way, and go from there to techniques that will allow you to achieve results like those shown on the photographs. I will take you through the different settings and explain how to control light to get similar results.

Explore the techniques with me, learning the basics to build your own collection of objects found at home, be it jewelery or a collection of shell. This is a unique experience on the use of natural light, flash, diffusers and reflectors, all done in a studio that can built over a table for each new session and adapted to the different needs of the subjects photographed.

This workshop is better suited for Canon users, as I know the system inside out when it comes to flash and how it works. Other camera brands are welcome, but you’ve to know the basics of how your flash system and your camera work together. Bring your camera and gear!  If you use Canon you'll have the chance to experiment with some of the stuff I use, like the Phottix Odin flash triggers, but even if you've other brands there's a chance to try the Phottix Atlas triggers that are not brand specific.

 

Where: Indoors

When: by arrangement

Cost: €100/person

Deposit: €40

Group Size: 2  

Highlights: Learn to photograph using a table top studio

Registration

To register, or if you have any questions, please send email to info[at]joseantunes[dot]com.
   
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