I am pleased to announce that I will be running my Master Class in photography in 2019. I haven't run it for the past five years or so. I am trialing a new format where we meet for six weekends, one every two months. These are spread out over the year. Each weekend is at a different location within a two hour train ride from Sydney Airport. This will make it easy for students to fly in for the weekend and attend.
Len's Masterclass is how I started teaching photography full time. I started with a small group of six students in Katoomba and the class was one night a week during school terms. We had a wonderful year of learning and growth. The year culminated in a group exhibition. They told their friends and the next year there were 18 people in Len's Master Class. That year was huge. So much beautiful work. So much growth.
From the Master Class, Focused Lens developed, as a mentoring program. Many of the first students in Len's Master Class are still dear friends, and turn up on workshops and courses for an extra injection of inspiration. It is truly wonderful. Focused Lens continues with some of the original students.
Each weekend on next years Master Class has a different theme. We explore our cameras in the first weekend, composition and processing on the second, monochrome and portraiture on the third, abstract and colour on the forth, flowers and still life on the fifth and presenting your photography on the sixth. Len presents and teaches you with carefully constructed educational sessions. In between the bi monthly weekends, you will have weekly homework and projects to be working on. Lastly, you will be working on your own individual projects throughout the year so you can bring prints for critiques.
We end up in a learning community, a photographic family if you may. Each helping, inspiring and supporting each other to learn and grow. Seeing what others are up to is incredibly inspiring. Having people tell you where your work is working is motivating and gives you very specific direction forward. Knowing it is safe to ask the silliest question and get a straight answer is a relief.
Students work on all sorts of projects, from portraiture, to still life, from abstract to documentary. You are required to work on a photographic project of your own choice. Something you love photographing or a project you have always wanted to do. It has be presented at the end of the year as a finished product. A set of framed photographs, or a book or a calendar. A physical finished object made from your photographs.
This course is not for a raw beginner, it is for intermediate photographers that have some photographic experience. Advanced beginners you may call yourself. You can already use your camera and computer to make photographs. This course is designed to build your confidence with your photography.
This is the most exciting course I run. It has the most energy and growth because of the regular sessions over a full year, and the time it gives you to go home to practice and asimulate your new learning.
Because of the new format I am trialing, I am running it in 2019 at an introductory price. If you do want to book in you should contact me first so we can discuss your current knowledge and your possible work you would do while on the course. This course is strictly limited to ten people.
For more information follow this link: http://www.lensschool.com/workshops-tours/lens-master-class-2019
Testimonials from Len's Master Class
Albany Seascapes, Western Australia. Photograph and text copyright © Len Metcalf 2018