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Take your photography to the next level          Lenʼs Master Class                            Len’s School .com
Len’s Master Class Overview   A hands on course for photographic enthusiasts. This course will teach you how to understand...
By the end of the course you will:                 During the course you might:★   develop a photographic community       ...
“Len is a master of adult education to thepoint where you assimilate information withouteven realising it.  I was guided t...
Len’s Master Class Content✓   Overcoming creative blocks          ✓   The creative process     ✓   Digital black and white...
Frequently asked questions1. Do you think I am at a suitable level for this course as   Small day pack or camera pack, 1 l...
“Len’s fantastic ability to make everyonefeel comfortable was vital, especially whencritiquing other people’s work. The bo...
Some more about Len’s Master ClassMost classes go for 3 hours. The class usually startswith a short session of open questi...
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Len Metcalf has been teaching others     Len’s large format landscapes are stunning works of art,                     sinc...
The business endVenues / times / locations & prices arepublished on the websiteBy booking on this course you arecommitting...
Photograph copyright © Anne Baker 2010“Learning how to critique images and put said skills into practice on our ownand our...
Len’s SchoolLen’s School offers a number of interesting andinnovative photography education programs,workshops and tours. ...
Len’s SchoolSponsored and supported by:                                  Lens SchoMainline PhotographicsSuite 213 / 2nd flo...
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Len Metcalf runs a master class in photography in Sydney. The class runs for a full year, and will take you to the next level.

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  1. 1. Take your photography to the next level Lenʼs Master Class Len’s School .com
  2. 2. Len’s Master Class Overview A hands on course for photographic enthusiasts. This course will teach you how to understand yourcreative and thought processes. It will focus your energy and production of photographs into bodies ofwork around central themes. You will develop your photographic composition, and understanding of thepossible creative tools at your disposal for creating collections of images. You will become involved in a photographiccommunity and will make new friends. You will focusyour creative energy into meaningful projects. Yourskills in critiquing photographs will be developed andrefined. You will complete a number of exercises, practiceconcepts and techniques to help you becomeunconsciously competent with your camera. This is apractical course. You will be producing new photographseach week. There will be homework, you will be requiredto be disciplined and focused, though your photographsdon’t have to be in focus. Finally we will concentrate on presenting yourphotographs as meaningful products. Looking andresearching outlets for sharing your work. The course will be a mixture of presentations,classroom exercises & activities, group work, videos,homework (including lots of creating images), personalresearch, personal photographic projects, locationshoots, tours and gallery visits. Expect to be challenged, engaged, and encouraged ina friendly and supportive group of photographers.
  3. 3. By the end of the course you will: During the course you might:★ develop a photographic community ★ sharing your work to the world★ identify, develop, document your work ★ publish a book★ produce a number of photographic projects ★ complete a photograph a day challenge★ practice and improve photo critiquing skills ★ complete a self portrait project★ explore and analyise master photographs ★ curate your own exhibition★ deconstruct photographic artworks ★ challenge your own photographic style★ explore and understand your creative ★ produce and design a website of your work processes ★ develop a business plan★ critique photographic compositional devices ★ start a new career★ experience camera love ★ take lots of photographs★ meet and network with fellow photographers ★ develop and maintain a photoblog★ have been held accountable for your ★ participate in a group show photographic projects ★ create a set of greeting and/or postcards★ presented your photographs ★ produce a calendar★ print your own photographs ★ amaze your self with your abilities★ have matted and framed your work ★ find your photographic direction★ immersed yourself in photography for a year ★ inspire and help others in their photography★ grow your visual literacy ★ take lots and lots of stunning photographs★ complete a number of photographic exercises ★ grow in unexpected ways★ gained confidence as a photographer ★ take unexpected leaps★ write an artists statement ★ discover new visual influences★ have been challenged ★ develop your own style★ be inspired ★ make new friends★ be encouraged ★ enjoy yourself★ progressed ★ laugh “The simple and unarguable truth is that workshops are the best stimulus for new work and personal growth...” Brooks Jenson
  4. 4. “Len is a master of adult education to thepoint where you assimilate information withouteven realising it. I was guided to focus in new areas ofphotography revealing strengths that I did notknow I had. It challenged and stretched me well beyondany of the photographic courses I had donebefore. I am completing the course with a much greater depth of knowledge; of Photograph copyright © Paul Hulbert 2010 skills; of confidence and a vibrant excitement with photography. The dynamics of the group, gently guided by Len, contributed greatly to the best course I have ever done.” Paul Hulbert
  5. 5. Len’s Master Class Content✓ Overcoming creative blocks ✓ The creative process ✓ Digital black and white✓ The creative brain ✓ The command to look ✓ Pre press preparation✓ Publishing on-line ✓ Colour management ✓ Keeping it simple✓ Artist statements ✓ Colour spaces ✓ Compositional sophistication✓ Projects ✓ Colour temperature ✓ Learning to see✓ Creative visualisation ✓ Work flow ✓ Master photographers✓ Photographic visualisation ✓ Critiquing photographs ✓ Positive self talk✓ Creative processes of the masters ✓ Nature of photographs ✓ Natural lighting✓ Journals ✓ Soft proofing ✓ Hollywood lighting✓ Idea generation ✓ Digital printing ✓ Dealing with art galleries✓ Camera craft & control ✓ Inkjet prints ✓ Marketing your photographs✓ Lens choice ✓ Archival issues ✓ Ongoing learning & development✓ Sharpness & focus ✓ Photo blogs ✓ The power of Lightroom✓ Bokeh & blurrrr ✓ Online presentation ✓ Soft proofing✓ Composition ✓ Online galleries ✓ The beauty of paper✓ Chiaroscuro ✓ Portfolios ✓ Curating your own work✓ Atmospheric perspective ✓ Artist statements ✓ How to organise an exhibition✓ Golden sections & Fibonacci ✓ Rembrandt lighting ✓ How the art world works✓ Colour theories ✓ Conceptual art ✓ Collecting photography✓ Colour meanings ✓ Framing and mounting ✓ Publishing a photography book✓ Subject areas ✓ Exhibitions ✓ Producing your own art work ✓ Price pointing ✓ Branding yourself ✓ Web site design ✓ Publishing your photographs ✓ Going to press ✓ Finding an audience ✓ Marketing & publicity ✓ Quiet Light “Ive particularly appreciated the fact that the course has ‘deliverables’.” Shirley Steel
  6. 6. Frequently asked questions1. Do you think I am at a suitable level for this course as Small day pack or camera pack, 1 liter water bottle, rain I still classify myself as a beginner? coat, sturdy shoes and warm jacket. A tripod is highly recommended.If you are interested, have the passion, caught thephotography bug and committed to learning you’re 6. What do I bring to the first class?probably up for it. A pen, your camera and three of your photographic prints2. What equipment will I need? to show the class.Required: camera recommended: computer - image 7. How do I book in?processing software (Picasa, Lightroom, Aperture,Photoshop etc). Notebook and pen Please send Len an email len@lensschool.com . To confirm you place you will need to pay your deposit of $200.003. How much time will the homework take? Len takes payment via paypal (for credit cards & direct debit) , cheques or cash.That really depends on your passionand commitment to learn. Three 8. I am a film junkie, can I stillhours a week would probably be come to the course?enough, but six hours a week would bejust fantastic. Up to you. Of course, you may find yourself in the darkroom more often printing out4. Are there extra costs? your work. Film isn’t dead. Your more than welcome and will benefitThat is up to you. They can easily be from the course, though it willminimised. There may be costs probably be dominated by digitalassociated with the end of year photographers.exhibition, printing your work, paperand inks, but you can always choose a or phone Len on 1300 39 82 83cheaper and more cost effectiveoption.5. What will I need for the fieldtrips?
  7. 7. “Len’s fantastic ability to make everyonefeel comfortable was vital, especially whencritiquing other people’s work. The bondbetween the class members is very strongand supportive. This was even moreapparent on our outings. The days were notjust for learning and sharing knowledge, butwere for having fun.The homework and projects that were setnot only enabled us to use the informationlearnt in our own work, but allowed Len toguide us to produce some outstanding workthroughout the year. This culminated in anend of year exhibition. This was daunting atthe beginning of the year, but with the extraknowledge and confidence gainedthroughout the year, it became an excitingprospect.Len’s teaching and leadership has helped meto create a style of my own that I amcomfortable with, but I’m also willing now to try different ways to “ Edgy” Top Shot Winner 2010 communicate with my audience. I have learnt NSW Federation of Camera Clubs to watch the light more and be patient, both Copyright © Dot Radley 2010 with myself and the subject. I believe I will continue now to grow as a photographer thanks to Lens class. I cannot thank him enough.” Dot Radley
  8. 8. Some more about Len’s Master ClassMost classes go for 3 hours. The class usually startswith a short session of open questions from the group, Each term has a general theme:and general check in with everyone. Term 1 - Camera mastery & creativity Term 2 - Composition & outputThe main component of the course comes next, with Term 3 - Colour / Black & WhiteLen presenting a specific Term 4 - Exhibiting your workinformation session. Theteaching method varies, Each term has eight sessions.and may include;presentation, slide shows, The course includes numerousmovies, activities, photographic shoots within the classdiscussions, brain storms, room and field excursions. Studentsresearch, and presentation bring their cameras each week, andfrom you and your peers. will benefit from many hands on sessions.Here in the middle we havea tea and coffee break over During the course you can expect tosome sweet nibbles. be exposed to many wonderfulThis is followed by the final photographic masters. Part of thesection of the session philosophy is to increase your visualwhere you are asked to language through the consumptionpresent and discuss your on wonderful and varied images.homework and currentproject images.Somewhere among all ofthis you are given yournext weekly exercise.
  9. 9.             Photograph copyright © Shirley Steel 2010            
  10. 10. Len Metcalf has been teaching others Len’s large format landscapes are stunning works of art, since his teenage years. He has over unusual and unique in both style and content. He slowly twenty five years as a professional returned to his roots and is now printing his beautiful black educator. His reputation as an and white images as polymer photogravures and other outstanding educator is well deserved. alternative photographic processes. Len started teaching photography whilst completing his Graduate After many years of wandering the bush with a large format Diploma in Art Education in the early camera capturing it subtle nuances and splendor. Len has nineties. He later lectured for the returned to smaller and lighter formats, spurred by theUniversity of Technology, Sydney in Adult Education for the eagerness of his son to keep on exploring.Kuwait Ministry of Defense. Len thought he had escaped his ever present students whenLen’s passion for photography probably started at a similar he started his own photography gallery in Katoomba, but histime when his father took him under his wing and taught reputation soon had eager students knocking at his door.him the basics of using a camera, and printing in a Since then Len has had a steady stream of students wantingdarkroom. Not that it was much of a dark room, as Len to learn photography.recalls; “We would wait for moonlessnights, and set up the enlarger in the What started as a small hobby haslaundry, and print till very late. Mum turned into a profession, with Len’swould soon want her laundry back, School growing each year as hisand it was soon packed up again, to reputation continues to spread.wait for another new moon”. When asked what is his secret he isLen formally studied photography at quick to reply;the City Art Institute (now COFA,UNSW), where he was mentored by “Positive encouragement teamedEardley Lancaster, Lynn Roberts- with technical expertise, a solid doseGoodwin, Julie Brown Rrap and of creativity and a touch of infectiousGeorge Schwartz. He graduated with enthusiasm, easy...”.straight distinctions in photographyand was awarded the coveted prize Len looks forward to meeting you,for “Most outstanding advanced encouraging you, and watching youcolour graduating photographer”. grow. He can’t wait to see what you will create.More recently Len has been mentoredby Gordon Undy and Bob Kersey.
  11. 11. The business endVenues / times / locations & prices arepublished on the websiteBy booking on this course you arecommitting to a full year.A $200.00 deposit is required to reserve yourplace in the class, and is credited to your lastterms fees.• By booking in you are committing to the whole year, not just one term.• Fees are non refundable, though exceptional circumstances will be considered for a refund.• By booking on the course you are agreeing to the terms and conditions as outlined at the Len’s School website.For more information contact Len Metcalf1300 39 82 83len@lensschool.comlensschool.com
  12. 12. Photograph copyright © Anne Baker 2010“Learning how to critique images and put said skills into practice on our ownand our groups work has been invaluable in making me think more about allthe different elements that make up a good image. Having weekly homeworkand setting a goal for the end of term makes you get out of your comfort zoneand try new things.Many thanks Len for your hard work and caring attitude. With your guidance Ifeel my skills as a photographer has grown along with my understanding of theart form and its many aspects.” Anne Baker
  13. 13. Len’s SchoolLen’s School offers a number of interesting andinnovative photography education programs,workshops and tours. These include:Individual / personalised photography tuitionPhotographic portfolio critiquesCamping photography tours in the Blue MountainsBeginner workshopsInternational photography tours coming soonLarge format & panoramic photography workshopsDigital printing workshopsCreativity workshopsOutdoor corporate training, outdoor education andcustomised program design and delivery. All unattributed photographs Copyright © Len Metcalfhttp://LensSchool.com
  14. 14. Len’s SchoolSponsored and supported by: Lens SchoMainline PhotographicsSuite 213 / 2nd floor68 Alexander StreetCrows Nest 2065http://www.mainlinephoto.com.auSummit Gear11 Ross StreetGlenbrook 277380-82 Bathurst RoadKatoomba 2780http://www.summitgear.com.au 1/9 Twisters Len Metcalf

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