The Magical World of Tabletop Photography with Maggie Steber | Sunday, July 13, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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The Magical World of Tabletop Photography with Maggie Steber | Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

It’s said that the devil is in the details but there also angels there and in this one-day workshop, we mean to find them. In this workshop, we will explore a new way of seeing small and photograph it. Whole worlds and avant-garde intersections can be made in detailed tabletop photography but not everyone thinks to take advantage of this beautiful storytelling device. We will look at work by a variety of tabletop photographers from the editorial and art worlds for ideas and to get a sense of what is possible.

Using objects brought by students and Maggie, we will create small scenes, abstracts, and detail shots that tell a story. We will look at the way lighting and precise composition can help convey meaning in this type of photography. This exercise often leads the photographer to an idea for a series of photographs.

Lighting is the key to tabletop scenes, but you don’t have to own a fancy set of strobes or hot lights to make magical light. Besides using modeling lamps on strobes, we will use flashlights, big work lights from a hardware store, and mirrors. We will work with high and low key light to create intrigue, drama, and happier moods. Students will be emailed a list of suggested items to bring. You will be asked to bring your own flashlights or light sources and we will have some at the workshop for you to use, too.

Equipment needed for this workshop:

  • Digital camera with either a macro lens or a lens that can focus fairly closely.
  • Tripod---if you have one; we’ll have a few but you can do a lot without one.
  • Items to photograph (suggestions to come).

More about Maggie:

Maggie Steber is a widely-published documentary photographer who has worked in 64 countries. Her primary body of work has centered on Haiti for the past 30 years. She published a book on Haiti, DANCING ON FIRE, in 1991. Her awards and honors include the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri. World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, a Knight Foundation grant in support of the New American Newspaper project. In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine.

Steber served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer for four years and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features Section at The Miami Herald from 1999 to 2003 during which the paper won a Pulitzer Prize and was finalist for the Pulitzer for feature photography twice. Her regular clients include National Geographic,The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, Geo Magazine and many others.


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