....A one-to-one photo week in Gran Canaria..Una semana aprendiendo fotografía en Gran Canaria....

....I'm part of a beautiful project called VAWAA (Vacation with an Artist). As its name suggests, the idea behind this platform is to offer travellers the possibility to spend a few days with a local artist artist in different parts of the world. During their stay, they learn on a hands-on basis a particular skill trained by an expert. VAWAA offers all kind of experiences, from music making to ceramics, textile printing, salt soap making, tattooing, graffiti... and, of course, photography. ..Soy parte de un bonito proyecto llamado VAWAA (Vacaciones con un artista - Vacation with an artist). Como su nombre sugiere, la idea detrás de esta plataforma es ofrecer a viajeros la posibilidad de pasar unos días con un artista local en diferentes partes del mundo. Durante su estancia, aprenden una habilidad a base de práctica de la mano de un experto. VAWAA ofrece todo tipo de experiencias, desde hacer música a cerámica, impresión textil, producción de jabones, tatuaje, graffiti... y, por supuesto, fotografía. ....

....I'm very glad that I've had Caron, from New York, as a guest these last few days over here, in Gran Canaria. It's been a wonderful experience. .. Estoy muy contento por haber tenido como huésped a Caron, de Nueva York, estos últimos días, aquí, en Gran Canaria. .... 

....We've explored and photographed together the beauty of this island. We've discussed about the use of photography, about technical stuff, about image processing, about light, about composition… He've had local dishes in off-the-beaten-track bars, hiked through dunes before sunrise, seen the sunset from the island's peak… But above all, we've had a great time together! .. En este tiempo hemos explorado y fotografiado juntos la belleza de esta isla. Hemos cambiado impresiones sobre el uso de la fotografía, sobre asuntos relacionados con técnica fotográfica, sobre procesado de imágenes, sobre la luz, sobre composición… Hemos comido platos locales en bares apartados de las rutas conocidas, caminado entre dunas antes del amanecer, visto el atardecer desde la cumbre… Pero sobre todo, hemos pasado un buen rato. ....

 
 

....When Caron first contacted me, she said, "I think I have to reacquaint myself with my camera again." Even though she already had an superb eye for composition, as she is an art director, I'm very proud to see how Caron's skills have developed enormously in only five days (she had initially booked four but went for an extra one to have time to dedicate one day to improving her skills on Lightroom). ..En el primer contacto de Caron me dijo, "Creo que necesito familiarizarme con la cámara de nuevo." Aunque ya contaba con una mirada muy entrenada para la composición, ya que trabaja como directora de arte, estoy muy orgulloso al ver cómo sus conocimientos han mejorado muchísimo en solo cinco días (en principio había reservado cuatro, pero contrató uno más para dedicar uno a mejorar sus conocimientos sobre Lightroom). ....

....Simply have a look at the three images at the top of this post. They were taken by Caron. Do I have reasons to be proud or not??? ..Simplemente mira las tres fotos que encabezan este post (hechas por Caron). ¿Tengo motivos para sentirme orgulloso o no?....

Taller de fotografía para adolescentes en Gran Canaria

Gracias por el curso. Me ha gustado mucho y me ha conseguido conectar con la fotografía. Me lo he pasado súper bien. He aprendido a fijarme más en los errores que puede tener una foto y a captar la atención de el espectador.
— Ana

La semana pasada tuve la suerte de poder realizar mi taller de fotografía Más allá del selfie para un grupo de adolescentes entre 12 y 16 años en Gran Canaria Espacio Digital. La experiencia ha sido realmente increíble.

Aunque cuento ya con varios años de experiencia en el ámbito de la formación, tengo que admitir que estaba algo inquieto antes de empezar este curso. Lo de trabajar con adolescentes me daba bastante respecto. 

Ahora que el curso ha terminado veo que mis miedos eran totalmente infundados y que estaban basados en unos prejuicios que se han demostrado totalmente fuera de lugar. 

Pese a que es cierto que costó más romper el hielo que con otros colectivos, una vez el grupo se sintió cómodo las cosas fluyeron y fluyeron. Y no solo en cuanto a la dinámica, que fue muy ligera y amena, sino al grado de implicación. A medida que pasaban los días (el curso duraba una semana) iba pidiéndoles ejercicios cada vez más y más personales. Cual fue mi sorpresa al ver que, lejos de amedrentarles, les motivaba a superarse. 

Definitivamente ha sido una intensa semana de aprendizaje. Para el grupo a nivel fotográfico, para mí, a nivel personal. Desde aquí, ¡mil gracias a todo el grupo por enseñarme a desmontar prejuicios!

Más información sobre los contenidos del taller «Más allá del selfie».

Photo workshops in Barcelona & Lanzarote

I love living in Berlin. It's a great town! But who wants to do a photography course outdoors with -20ºC? Apart from my photography workshops in Berlin I am offering now courses in two other outstanding photo locations. Barcelona, the ideal destination for image hunters in search of contrasts, and Lanzarote, a magical island which has always been an inspiration to many artists.

I have also created a brand new workshop The travelling photographer where we will unveil all the secrets of travel photography.

Feel like joining one of my photography courses and discover cool locations simultaneously? Visit www.pentaprisma.eu

New Photography Workshops in Berlin

After having spent some months away, I'm back in Berlin. I love it here! And I also love the fact that my spring-summer photo workshop season is about to start.

This year comes with many surprises. We are offering four different courses (and there're more to come) instead of two, as we had until last year. Three of them (Basic photography, Click the city! and Chasing emotions) take place in different cool places around Berlin, so you won't only learn photography, but will explore this fascinating town in a fun way. The other one (On mirrors and windows) will be given indoors and is oriented to the semantic side of photography.

Want to join any of them? I tell you something... You won't regret it! ;)

New Photo Workshop in Gran Canaria: On windows and mirrors.

I'm very happy to announce that I'll be soon be giving a new photography workshop in Gran Canaria: On windows and mirrors. How to tell stories with images.

I've been booked by the guys from ECFI (Escuela Canaria de Fotografía) to give a workshop focused in the conceptual side of photography. The idea is to focus in different techniques and working procedures to develop our way of looking at our surroundings (windows) and inside of ourselves (mirrors).

The workshop will be mainly practical and will be based on the main stages involved in the production of a series: thought, perception, development and presentation.

This photo workshop will last from the 6th till the 27th of February and will consist of 4 sessions (3 hours each) that will take place on Fridays (18:00-21:00 h.)

More info? Visit ECFI's site (In Spanish). 

Low-cost lighting workshop

I recently finished a memorable two-week-long photography workshop in Gran Canaria for the Mapfre Foundation on the theme low-cost lighting.

What I wanted to demonstrate with this workshop is that we don't need to have expensive studio flashes to illuminate a scene and achieve excellent results. The tools that we used instead where things that we all may have at home. Things like torches, lamps, candles... and so on.

And in the last day of the course, attendants had to create a little handcrafted book to present the pictures taken along the workshop. I was amazed by the high quality and creativity I saw. 

Photo courses in the Canary Islands

I recently finished a month of hard but motivating work. A two-week long photo course in La Laguna, Tenerife and a two-week long one in Arucas, Gran Canaria. It's been a beautiful experience... I love sharing more and more! 

I want to thank all the attendants for coming to the courses and giving me so much back! And I also want to thank the Mapfre Foundation for trusting in me. 

Cutting, reframing, ordering...

I just finished the photography course in Gran Canaria I mentioned a while ago. I was hired again by the Mapfre Foundation. It's always such a nice experience to work for these great professionals... But I probably enjoy even more to work with the people that register for their courses. They are always so motivated! 

In this occasion, the course had to do with the selection, processing, sequencing and presentation of the photographic work. Most of these tasks can be done with the computer nowadays, but I have to say that I enjoy less and less to spend my time behind a screen, so I decided to go analog as often as possible. Cutting, reframing, ordering... It has been so cool to work in little groups the good old way. 

And has also been great to see how the attendants have realised how much value they can add to their pictures if they present them correctly. If you don't respect your own work, who is going to

 

Photography course: develop and present your work

 Ermita de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. País Vasco.

Ermita de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. País Vasco.

The second part of the photo course that I started some months ago in Gran Canaria is about to start. 

This time the focus of the course will be the postproduction and presentation of our photographic work. 

We'll start with the development of our images with Adobe Lightroom 5.

Then, we'll learn how to make the selections and the sequencing of our bodies of work in order to be able to tell visual stories.

At last, we'll study the characteristics of the different presentation formats; albums, audiovisual presentations, books...  

And all that in a very practical and fun way! :) 

More info? Check the Facebook Event.

 

Pentaprisma. Practical Photo Workshops in Berlin

I would like to introduce you into my latest adventure: Pentaprisma. Practical Photo Workshops in Berlin.

The idea is simple: Learn Photography while you discover unusual and interesting places around Berlin.  

Berlin is full of hidden gems. Abandoned buildings, unexplored backyards, quiet cemeteries... are perfect scenarios to make spectacular pictures!

Groups are very small, never being larger than 5 people. And no minimun amount of attendees is required!

We pay attention not only to the technical part, but also to the artistic side of photography. One of the goals of the workshop is that you turn into an active viewer; you'll learn how to be more aware of your surrounding, which will help you to make more interesting pictures.

The workshop doesn't have to end when we say goodbye. Once you're back at home after the workshop, select the best pictures of the day, upload them to our Facebook Page and we'll go through them pointing out if there's anything you could do next time to improve your results. Cool, right?

And although the website is in English, workshops can be given by arrangement in Spanish and German too. 

Summer photography courses around Berlin
Cursos de verano de fotografía en Berlín
Sommer-Fotoworkshops in Berlin

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