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Photographing People II

If you liked Dana Smith’s Photographing People workshop, you’re going to lovePhotographing People II ! This workshop is not so much of an ‘advanced’ version of the original as it is a continuing of the conversation from the firstPhotographing People workshop. All of the discussions, critiques, and lighting techniques that we explored in the first workshop class will be broadened and taken to the next level. We’ll jump right back in to how best to tell a person’s story in a visually compelling way. There will be new explorations into approaching and communicating with strangers as well as continuing to develop the ability to direct our subjects in order to make the pictures of them that we envision in the first place. We will learn to control all different types of light and further explore portable lighting techniques—particularly which one’s to use in what situations. We’ll look at many new photographers as well as recent work from some old favorites, and best of all there will be a whole new set of homework assignments designed to challenge and motivate photographers to get out there and make interesting and unique images. And for students who may be interested in working on an expanded portrait series or project, there will be loads of productive, in-depth feedback and individual assignments offered in order to help you continue to create fresh work and stay focused on your primary goal. So if you’re looking for a more intense workshop experience, looking to enhance your existing skills, or just looking to get back into the game, c’mon back for the next round of Photographing People and let’s get shooting!



Prerequisite: As this is an advanced, critique-based class, students should have a solid foundation in technical photographic skills. Having previously taken the Photographing People I workshop would be highly beneficial as well.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Dana Smith

As one of Boston’s leading editorial photographers for over 20 years, Dana Smith has shot for and worked with many of the top photo editors and art directors in the magazine industry. Widely published both nationally and abroad, his images have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Time, Stern, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Fast Company, MIT’s Technology Review, Nature, Harvard Business Review, Boston and Yankee. His client list also includes Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Greater Media, Inc., and Virgin. He has been showcased in American Photography as well as numerous galleries. In addition to his vast editorial background, he has the daily grind of 10 years of newspaper photojournalism experience behind him.

Dana has been an instructor at the New England School of Photography since 1999. He was affiliated with the legendary Black Star agency in New York for 15 years and is now represented by Aurora/Novus Select.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.