Workshops

Montreal Camera Club – Guest Speaker – Polina Fedorova

“Photography that Speaks”

(Monday, January 23, 2017)

​Is there any member of a photo club who doesn’t want to take great pictures?

In this presentation, I’m going to show you how to reach that goal, based on an approach developed from my training, my photo work and my observations as a professional photographer.

To make a single powerful picture — one that tells a story, or has a message — you start by creating a pictorial story or photo essay. For the first attempt, you may need ten images, the next five, then three, and the last attempt — just one! This holds true for different types of photography, for example: nature, people, fashion, wedding or photojournalism.

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Flour Workshop

Flour Dance Photography Workshop in Montreal

You will be capturing movement and facial expressions at high speed. There is a wonderful unpredictable quality of white unbleached flour; when frozen in mid air, it extends many movements and creates visually arresting images when properly executed.

Our goal is to create “movement” images for your portfolio. This will require a collaboration work with the model. I have found that my best shots come from a collaborative work environment that assumes my subjects are fully involved in the creative process.


Photos copyright Derrick Senior

  • The model will be wearing haute couture fashion.
  • The model will be dancing and jumping with the flour in front of the black background
  • You will be taken through various lighting setups, easy set builds, posing advice and compositions
  • We will be shooting with natural light close to a big window, prime fast lens would be ideal.
  • You will get 6- 10 different images for your portfolio
  • You keep all the copyrights and you can add your pictures to your portfolio
  • You will be guided every step of the way by a professional photographer

Date

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Location

4035 St-Ambroise, #215, Montreal

Our Model:

For this session we will work with the unique body language of our new model, the beautiful Yulia.

Registration

To avoid overcrowding, we have scheduled only two session.
Each session is 2 hours.
Maximum 6 students per session.
Places are limited. Online registration is mandatory.
Please, check the location. This workshop is NOT at our school location.

11:00 – 13:00  
14:00 – 16:00  

Price is $120/person
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Small tips to the model are not mandatory, but welcome.

Requirements:

DSLR camera.
Prime lens(50mm or 35mm) would be great. If you don’t have one, you can always rent at Photoservice.ca on rue Notre Dame or at Loiseau.

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This is a short video from out last boudoir photography workshop:

Fashion Nude Photography Workshop

Working High Fashion Nude with Masters

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Level

For intermediate and advanced photographers

Date

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Requirements:

DSLR camera. prime lens would be better
Studio: natural light
Style: we are going to work fashion nude

What you can expect from this workshop:

  • We will reveal the creation process of how to build up a series of strong photos where the model pose, the composition and the light are mastered
  • During the photo selection and editing, photographers will perfect their understanding of how to build up high quality fashion nude photos of magazine quality
  • You will refine your skills to direct the model and work with her
  • You will be given many tips and we will answer any questions related to our subjects of the day
  • Each participant will leave with a series of 5 photos ready for their portfolio

This workshop is about the photographer and the model.
Polina is a renown fashion photographer and artistic director from Russia.
Mariette is an artist of the body, 10 years model experienced and using photography to explore the process of posing.

This is a master class event held by Polina and Mariette, the photographer and the model in true collaboration: this workshop is going to be a unique experiment where the photos taken will be simultaneously projected on big screens on each side of the model so that the model will see at the same time what the photographer sees in his camera. This process will allow us to reveal the process of “working the photo” when both the photographer and the model are collaborating to build up an image, discussing the light, the pose, etc. Polina, by her skills of direction, and Mariette, by here knowledge of posing, will teach the photographers all the tips you need to know to get the best results for their photos.

Schedule

11am – 5pm

Part 1

Price: $35
The first part of the workshop will be a master class where Polina and Mariette will reveal and show on the spot their best image making tips (1h)

— Mariette will start and explain from the model point of view, how the pose is worked. She will use her self-portrait photos to reveal her process in working the pose, meaning the combination of emotion, movement and body expression
— Then Polina will explain what it is a fashion photo session from a photo editor perspective and will show the way to communicate with the model, how to pose and how to get the best from the set in terms of composition, lightening and future lay out.
break-getting ready 40 min
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Part 2

Price: $140
The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to practice (2h00)
—Each of participates will work individually with the model and direct her a total of 20 min divided along the session, others will be able to shoot “over the shoulder”.
—We will work full figure, 2/3rds and close up, etc.
—We will have 2 different set ups (1 each hour)
break-getting ready 40 min
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Part 3

Price: $35
The third part of the workshop will be dedicated to choice and editing (1h30)
Each participant will bring a laptop and a card reader.
After the shoot, we will download the photos to the computer and do a pre-selection of 10 images
Polina will guide on a final 5 images selection and show some editing technics on her laptop.
Finally, you have 5 retouched images ready to your portfolio
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Place:

642 Rue De Courcelle #411
Montreal, Quebec, H4C 3C5

-The door : dial 0411
-4th floor. Take the elevator just on the right
-Walk down a long corridor, take right, take another right (making an U-turn)
-Studio 411

Small tips to the model are not mandatory, but welcome.

Registration: 

Places are limited. Online registration is mandatory:

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Boudoir Workshop. Cotton Candy. Pin up girl.

In this photography workshop we had an excellent model, beautiful setup.
Thank you everybody!

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Boudoir Photography Workshop

Boudoir Photography Workshop in Montreal

Boudoir Photography is rewarding and at the same time very demanding. Besides technical ability, the most difficult and the most important aspects are understanding your client`s needs and making them feel relaxed.

This photography workshop offers a unique chance to work with a model in a professional photo studio.
You will be a photographer in a real boudoir lingerie photo session.

We are going to create some clouds using cotton candy machine. Our clouds will be white, pink and blue and we will have a vinyl background with some painted clouds.

  • You will be taken through various lighting setups, easy set builds, posing advice and compositions
  • You keep all the copyrights and you can add your pictures to your portfolio
  • You will be guided every step of the way by a professional photographer
  • You will shoot in our new studio with huge windows and white walls

Date

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Location

642 Rue De Courcelle #411 Montreal, Quebec, H4C 3C5

Our Model:

For this session we will work with the unique body language of our new model, the beautiful Tatiana.
She is a lingerie model and has an amazing smile.
Boudoir photography workshop

Registration

To avoid overcrowding, we have scheduled only two session.
Each session is 2 hours.
Maximum 5 students per session.
Places are limited. Online registration is mandatory.

12:00 – 14:00  
14:30 – 16:30  

Price is $99/person
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Workflow:

We provide white or grey paper background, speedlite (master + commander for semi private sessions), light stands, antique style sofa.

You can contribute by bringing in your ideas. Please provide sketches and props. We will help you build a light set up (high key or low key). In this case, please, send me your ideas by email in advance.

Small tips to the model are not mandatory, but welcome.

Requirements:

DSLR camera. External Flash.
If you don’t have a flash unit you can rent one from me ($10).

Inspiration gallery:

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Cotton_Candy_Clouds_Mona_2005

Our workshops

Our previous photography workshops
This is a short video from out last boudoir photography workshop:

Boudoir Photography workshop

Some photos and video from our first boudoir photography workshop in a new studio.

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Wedding photography workshop

Wedding photography workshop

Wedding photography workshop
Are you really prepared to shoot a wedding? Try with us first!

In this workshop you’ll get everything you need to know before you head out on your official wedding-related shoot.

Models

wedding

Location

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Church Saint Gabriel
2157 Centre st Montreal,Quebec H3K 1J5

Date

Saturday, May 16th, 11:30-14:30

Workshop flow

We will be shooting a couple inside and outside the church.
It was hard to find models, since I wanted them to be a real couple rather than totally strangers to each other.
We provide wedding dresses and a professional makeup artist.
The lighting conditions in the church usually is an issue. It’s always not enough light and it is a mix of daylight and tungsten light.
Another problem is the significant difference in lightening on bride’s dress and groom’s suit . White and black are different in terms of dynamic range. It’s not a trivial task to find a right exposure for both.

  • 11:20 – meet up with participants and our models at the entrance of the church.
  • 11:30-12:30 – shooting inside the church
  • 12:30-13:00 – shooting outside the church on the stairs
  • 13:00-13:30 – break, relocation
  • 13:30-14:30 – shooting love story pictures on des Seigneurs bridge and at Ecluse St. Gabrielle area.
  • Price

    $90 Book now

    Requirements:

  • Camera with fully charged battery with your kit lens
  • Recommended lenses 24 – 70mm, 70 – 200mm, 50 mm, 85 mm ( if you have one )
  • Workshop attendees will need to furnish their own DSLR camera, and have at least a basic understanding of photographic technology and technique.
  • Tips for the models not mandatory, but would be nice
  • if you have:

  • External speedlight
  • Reflectors
  • Sun blocker flags
  • You can rent a speedlight for this workshop in photoservice.ca or from me.
    It would be great if you bring with you some flowers, balloons or anything what we can use for our wedding

    If there is anything specific that you would like to try, please let us know. We are always open to personal ideas, but we need to know in advance to see if it is possible to set up.

    Photography workshop Chameleon

    Chameleon and black girl

    In this photography workshop we brought two chameleons in the photography studio.

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    “Chameleon” photography workshop

    Our first photography workshop this year is going to be something unique and special.

    Hope you won’t miss it. We will have only two groups.

    This workshop is a rare opportunity to get quality close-ups to extend your portfolio.
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    • Two beautiful and very different models.
    • Glossy and saturated make up by a professional makeup artist.
    • Each model will pose with a live chameleon on her shoulder.

    Chameleon is a very inert animal. It will appear to be literally frozen to the shoulder.

    Our models:
    Dafnie and Oksana.

    Workshop flow:
    Every group is 8 persons. To facilitate our work only four photographers will work with each model at the same time, one hour with each model.

    Requirements:
    – DSLR camera(fully charged, please)
    – Lens: 50mm preferable. But take everything you have.
    – You can use your own flash unit
    – Workshop attendees will need to furnish their own DSLR camera, and have at least a basic understanding of photographic technology and technique.
    – Tips for the models not mandatory, but would be nice

    Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

    Price: $120
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    Time:
    1 group, 11:00-13:00, 8 persons maximum
    2 group, 13:30-15:30, 8 persons maximum

    Location:
    48 Nontre-Dame West, apt 101. Montreal, H2Y 1S6
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    Extra:
    We suggest that anyone doing this workshop also sign up for the post production photoshop session (2 hours).
    This is optional. You can book your participation anytime after the workshop.

    Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 6pm-8pm:
    Price: $30

    If there is anything specific that you would like to try, please let us know. We are always open to personal ideas, but we need to know in advance to see if it is possible to set up.

    Inspiration gallery:
    (c) Alessya Kornetsakaya
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    Boudoir Photography Workshop(video)

    Boudoir Photography Workshop Report.

    Boudoir photography workshop. Saturday, March 9.

    UPDATE: Boudoir Photography Workshop Report

    UPDATE: All the seats are sold out. Book the next Boudoir Workshop on March 17.

    Boudoir Photography is rewarding yet at the same time very demanding. Besides technical ability, the most difficult and the most important aspects are understanding your client`s needs and making them feel relaxed.

    Photography courses and workshops - Katerine MaletteThis photography workshop offers a unique chance to work with a professional model. Katerine Malette is charming, relaxed and extremely photogenic.

    • You will be taken through various lighting setups, easy set builds, posing advice and compositions
    • You keep all the copyrights and you can add your pictures to your portfolio
    • You will be guided every step of the way by a professional photographer
    • You will shoot in our new studio with huge windows and white walls

    Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Place: 4035 St-Ambroise #211, Montreal, QC, H4C2E1

    Time:
    To avoid overcrowding, we have different booking and scheduling options for this workshop.

    11:00 – 12:00 – Semi-private session. Maximum 2 students, $90/person.
    12:00 – 13:00 – Semi-private session. Maximum 2 students, $90/person.
    13:30 – 14:30 – Semi-private session. Maximum 2 students, $90/person.
    14:30 – 15:30 – Semi-private session. Maximum 2 students, $90/person.

    We provide white or grey paper background, reflectors, speedlite (master + commander for semi private sessions), light stands. There will also be a bed (antique style) in the studio.

    You can contribute by bringing in your ideas. Please provide sketches and props. We will help you build a light set up (high key or low key). In this case, please, send me your ideas by email in advance.

    Small tips to the model are not mandatory, but welcome.

    Registration:  Places are limited. Online registration is mandatory:

    Book semi private session. 12:00-13:00 0 avaialble.

    Book semi private session. 13:30-14:30 0 avaialble.

    Book semi private session. 14:30-15:30 0 avaialble.

    Update: Semi-private sessions are full already. Please, let me know if you are interested, I might be able to schedule one more semi-private session.

    Requirements: DSLR camera. Flash/reflector would be nice, but not mandatory.

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    Photography workshop “Indoor natural light portraits”

    Photography courses and workshops

    This workshop is for amateurs not for advanced photographers.

    2 hours of shooting under the close supervision of a professional photographer and a former photo editor of Lifestyle magazine.

    • personalized instructions
    • using natural light and reflectors
    • composition and lighting schemes
    • learning some simple tricks to make your images look natural

    This workshop is for amateur photographers or those who completed my photography course for beginners.
    We will be shooting a model and I will be able to help every student to choose the appropriate shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

    Requirements: DSLR camera

    Price : $60

    Date: Saturday, January 12
    Time: 12:00-14:00

    Location: 4035 St-Ambroise #403, Montreal, QC, H4C2E1

    Book the workshop now

    Half nude photography workshop.

    Half nude photography workshop. Saturday, December 1st, 2012

    Photography courses and workshops - the model for Half nude photography workshop

    Two hours of shooting in a professional photo studio under close supervision of a former magazine photo editor.

    The main topic of this photography workshop is composition of the human body in the frame and work with a half naked model.

    Description:

    • We will be working in black and white mode.
    • You will have the opportunity to control the shooting, give instructions to the model.
    • You will have a possibility to use one strobe studio lighting.
    • You will get 6-10 portfolio-ready pictures (different composition, lighting, style).

    Date: December 1, 2012
    Price: $80
    Time: 12:00 – 14:00
    Place: 4035 St-Ambroise #403, Montreal, QC, H4C2E1

    Registration: 
    The number of places is limited. Online registration is mandatory and open here(please, do not come without registration):

    Book now! $80

    Requirements:
    DSLR camera. Flash/reflector would be nice, but not mandatory.
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    Workshop “The girl with a saxophone”

    Photography workshop “The girl with a saxophone”

    Photography courses and workshops - saxophone tenorStudio photography – 3 hours with a professional photographer and photo-editor, Polina Fedorova.

    Theme: “The girl with a saxophone”.

    Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2012
    Time: 11:00-14:00.
    Price: $50
    Place: 4035 St-Ambroise #403, Montreal, QC, H4C2E1

    • You will be working in a professional photo studio under close supervision.
    • You can use the pictures in your portfolio.
    • You will have the opportunity to control the shooting, give instructions to the model.
    • You will have an assistant to help you with lighting.
    • You will get 6-10 portfolio-ready pictures (different compositions, lighting, style).

    During the workshop I will talk to every student. We will briefly discuss your ideas and the ways we can realize them in every specific situation. One of the task will be to create image pairs for the portfolio.

    Requirements:
    CDSLR camera. Flashe/reflector would be nice, but not mandatory.

    Registration:
    The number of places is limited. Online registration is open here: book now

    Our model:

    PHOTOSHOP workshop, Thursday, June 7, 18:00-20:00

    This is the last workshop before summer break.

    Description:
    This workshop is for beginners.
    You will learn the basic skills for image retouching using Adobe Photoshop.
    – Photoshop CS software review;
    – basic options and image settings;
    – fast retouch;
    – creating panoramic images;
    – creating vignettes.

    Date: Thursday, June 7

    Time: 18:00-20:00

    Place : 1790 rue du Canal

    Price: $60

    Requirements: camera, laptop with installed Adobe Photoshop

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