Image Explorations

About Image Explorations

IE 2012 is growing. We now have 11 instructors and classes. The interest and pre registrations from last years attendees is huge.  That’s a pretty darn good testimony of what IE is all about. In addition, we all know that the social activities are equally important. Our party this summer was FIRST class . Pirates of Shawnigan Lake… ok, it was a little over the top as our team (Tomo and Eric) were thinking outside the box.

The REAL reason we gather is our instructor team. IE instructors have one thing in common … a keen desire to share their knowledge and experience. Taking on a 5 day leadership role is not easy… it is a commitment to put aside ego’s and not only give 110% to everyone but create an atmosphere where each and every person attending also gives. This creates a priceless experience. Your registration is not just for your instructor… we all know that the “after hours” time is equally important especially if it is an atmosphere with no egos or baggage.

Selecting a class is a challenge… can I take them all?  The strength of IE lies in spending the class time totally focused with one instructor and then relax to a social atmosphere where you share your experiences with others as they do with you. Chat with friends and other instructors… pull up a chair in our pub… “O’Shawnigans” or our “Mac lab” (Tomo, Eric and Darren from Langara College, will set up a lab in the dining hall where you can play and print images until security gives you the boot). In reality… you get 11 instructors for the week if you take advantage of the evening activities.

Registrations are coming in even though we have not published any new material. Don’t hesitate to contact me (don@macgregorstudios.com) if you have questions. I know the classes VERY well.

Don’t miss the best week of the year… photographers working together in a wonderful atmosphere.

- Don MacGregor M.Photog.Cr.MPA

 

What Is Image Explorations

Image Explorations is a refreshing approach to personal growth and professional development in the photographic industry. Modeled after the highly successful “Texas School”, Image Explorations gives you the opportunity to glean real life knowledge, tips and ideas from top International photographic instructors. Our venue, Shawnigan Lake school is exceptional. There is no where else to go… EVERYONE hangs together, EVERYONE shop talks around the lake, the firpelace, O’Shanigans etc.

What Does The Week Look Like?

The week is mixed with lectures, demonstrations and sessions with models. Classes start on Sunday afternoon (July 12) and finish on Thursday afternoon (July 16). Students register for one instructor in whose class they will remain for the duration of the school. Classes begin at 8:30 am and continue through the day with some optional evening exercises. Each evening will feature a sponsored all-school social activity and “Marion Hall ” will be the evening gathering place for sharing the day’s experiences and ideas.

Why Are Industry Suppliers / Sponsors Going To Be There?

Although the sponsors will be represented throughout the week, Tuesday’s “Country Store” is their opportunity to get a return on their investment. They will be ready and willing to convince you that their services and products are first class. Suppliers will plan and offer some exclusive “specials” and unique opportunities for IE students only. In addition, the equipment demonstrated by the instructors will be available to you at very special savings.

How Are The Instructors Chosen?

Instructors are chosen very carefully. All instructors have met the 7 following criteria:

1. the instructor has a proven track record as a successful business person

2. the instructor has received first class evaluations from former registrants

3. the instructor has a proven track record of image excellence

4. the instructor is active and on the leading edge of current trends and business practices

5. the instructor has earned degrees and accolades from the professional associations

6. the instructor is dedicated to sharing their experience and knowledge

7. the instructor has agreed to leave any personal agendas or egos at home

Simply China By Dynalite VIP Nancy Brown

My Photographic Journey Through China

First and most important is that I love China and the Chinese people. I have been a photographer for over thirty years and when I stepped off the plane for my first visit to China in 2005 I began my photographic love affair with China and its people.

I wish I had gone to China many years ago. Since my first trip I have been back many times and I hope to go many more. It is heaven for me to be wandering around villages and remote areas of China with my cameras around my neck.

“Simply China” is a collection of my favorite images taken over a period of five years and six trips to China. It is a large (10″ x12.5″) coffee table book with 290 pages of images (after much editing) and my China story.

Hope you enjoy my experiences in China and the images in the unforgettable Chinese colors as much as I did making them.

Nancy Brown has been a commercial photographer for over thirty years specializing in lifestyle and beauty images for advertising agencies, magazines, design firms, book publishers, and pharmaceutical agencies. After working out of her New York studio for thirty years she now works out of her studio in Boca Raton, Florida.

Nancy has had five photography books published and was made a Nikon Legend in 2001. Getty Images is her stock agency.

Since her first visit to China in 2005 (and five trips since), China has become her favorite beauty subject. Nancy says, “Making the images in this book was pure joy and I hope that those who see the images feel the beauty and spirit of China as I do.”


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Vincent Ricardel

I have been using Dynalite for eight years. Never once has it let me down. Much of my work is produced on location, which means my equipment is subject to baggage handlers and the elements. During the production of my book, Archtop Guitars, I relied almost exclusively on the 1000ws power supplies and 2040 heads. They’re compact, sturdy and reliable. This is one lighting system that offers peace of mind. Thank you Dynalite for being there when it counts!” – Vincent Ricardel

 

Vincent Ricardel has enjoyed a 20-plus year career specializing in editorial and advertising photography.  He is well-known as a portrait photographer and excels at capturing the essence of his subjects within their surroundings.   Some of his subjects include Kevin Bacon, Dr Oz, Sandra Bernhard, Mikhail Gorbachev, The Dalai Lama and Calvin Klein. His work has been in numerous publications and advertisements in Time, USA Weekend, Business Week, Esquire, Charles Schwab, HSBC, Twinlab, American Express Publishing, The New York Times, and the Washingtonian.

Vincent is the recipient of the GRAPHIS “100 Best in Photography” award for 2011. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists first and second place awards for magazine photojournalism. Ricardel has recently completed an art book titled, “Archtop Guitars: The Journey From Cremona to New York”, featuring the archtop guitars made by the Italian-American luthiers of New York and portraits of musicians who play and appreciate the craftsmanship of these instruments.  An image from this book graced the cover of the Nikon World Magazine and several others are featured at the 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition- Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen From Italy To New York. See more about Vincent’s “Guitar Heroes” project on the Nikon website!

He has also produced the images for the book Figure It Out, The Real Womens Guide to Great Style and recently completed the photography for a new book titled Glass Houses with designer Marc Rosen.  Vincent is on the faculty at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and has a BA degree in political science from American University. Vincent resides in Alexandria, Virginia and splits his time between Alexandria, VA and New York City.

See more of Vincent’s work including another new book commissioned by perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen titled: “Glamour Icons” which is due on book shelves in October 2011.