What better way to spend a fall weekend than at Photoville?


Our friends at United Photo Industries are some of the hardest-working folks in town, and they're the organizers behind one of the biggest photo events in New York, the three-year-old Photoville.  Mixing exhibition spaces, workshops and talks, screenings and presentations, industry-canoodling and a terrific beer garden, the Photoville world of repurposed shipping containers is like an out-of-body experience.  

View of the beer garden

View of the beer garden

Inside a Photoville exhibition container

Inside a Photoville exhibition container

Located on the southern tip of the extended Brooklyn Bridge Park across from Pier 5 and Atlantic Avenue, Photoville is a two-week event September 18-28, 2014, and we're proud to be participating in the workshop and lecture series for the second year.  Last year's workshops were tons of fun and we got some great feedback from students who really enjoyed the classes.  This year we're offering two workshops which, like all events at Photoville, are absolutely FREE.  Check em out:

Breaking Into Fashion | SAT Sep 27th 4:00 - 5:30 pm

With Justin William Lin and Patrick Ibanez

Becoming a fashion photographer can be a glamorous gig, but it’s a notoriously difficult industry to break into. As in most artistic careers, only the very top performers get the recognition to become an established name and book the biggest and best-paying clients. But if you’re starting out and you love fashion, you’re probably looking for a way in, and fortunately there’s more ways to get a foot in the door than ever.

In this seminar, we’ll be discussing the overall landscape of fashion photography and how it’s changed over time. We’ll talk about the ins and outs of assisting, developing your style, portfolio reviews, and provide valuable tips and insights gained from years of experience shooting fashion editorial and advertising campaigns. We’ll also break down some of the new methods of getting noticed, like using social media to carve out your audience and increase your visibility.

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Is Film Dead?  Analog Photography In A Digital Age | SUN Sep 28th 6:00 - 7:30 pm

With Justin William Lin and Lucia Rollow (Bushwick Community Darkroom)

For some of us, growing up in an analog world and seeing it rapidly shift to a digital one has been an exhilarating, and sometimes overwhelming, journey. As digital cameras have taken dramatic leaps forward in just about every area imaginable, one is left to wonder what is the role of analog film these days. Is film obsolete? Are the days of film over?

Before attempting to answer this question, we should first look at the differences between Analog and Digital, in terms of quality and characteristics (some highly subjective!), as well as their process, feel and cost. Each medium has a “”look”” and the gap between the old and new technology in terms of that look is still quite significant. Join us for a presentation designed to change the way you think about Digital precision and the hazy world of Analog.

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Also noteworthy:  BKC instructor Alan Winslow will be presenting a photo installation of his ongoing portrait and interview project of Millenials (with collaborator Morrigan McCarthy) called The Geography of Youth.  Stay tuned for more information tomorrow!

Shooting In The Studio

Studio photography is a time-honored affair, but we realize it can be a bit intimidating.  Great photographers like Irving Penn and Albert Watson were masters in the studio, and the current generation of shooters owe much to their pioneering work.  

One of our favorite photographer duos Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin create simple, elegant and iconic imagery using minimal sets to explore the beauty of light.   By limiting background details, the viewer is focused more on the pose, the clothing, the model's attitude, and the interplay of light and shadow.

In our class Field Guide IV: The Studio, students learn several beautifully simple lighting setups that can make people and objects look amazing.  Learn how to use both continuous lights and strobes to shoot tabletop and portrait shots, mimic natural light, and capture a mood.  Check out these shots from the last session (click to enlarge):

Field Guide IV: The Studio
THU, Sep 04/11, 2014, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  BOOK NOW


Better Yourself


We're mentioned as one of the 29 Ways To Better Yourself (that's a nice round number!) in the Village Voice for our new Analog Film and Darkroom Classes we're doing over at the Bushwick Community Darkroom.  

Read what they had to say:

"Digital photography is cheap, easy, and practical. But these aren't necessarily selling points. If you long for something just a bit less evanescent, enroll in the "Analog Film Lab," a one-day intensive course on August 29 at BKC Brooklyn Central in Bushwick. After learning how to load film into the camera, you'll master focus and the light meter before heading out to shoot. Then you'll learn how to develop your film and print your pictures. Assuming all goes well, you'll leave with a set of 8-by-10 glossies." 

PHOTOS: Student Show!

Our last student exhibition of the summer was awesome... thanks to all the students who presented their final projects, and all the friends and family who stopped by to check out the work.  All of our 9-week courses have completed for the summer, but be sure to check out the Fall sessions of Digital Photo I and Digital Photo II, starting September 9th.

STUDENT SHOW - August 7th

This Thursday is Dumbo's monthly First Thursday art walk, and we're putting together a joint show of photography final projects from BKC's Digital Photo I and Digital Photo II classes.  Come to Dumbo and see some exhibitions from neighboring galleries, and join us for drinks and refreshments as we showcase the work of students and enjoy a warm summer night.


Featuring work by Matt Anderson, Paula Berkenstadt, Marc Brawer, Javier Fagundez, Andrey Gabisov, Aijah Keith, Doan Ly, Maeve Nicholson, Merci Oni, Lee Press, Michael Savage and Chaya Sebbag.

Join us here at our place, 33 Washington Street, in Dumbo this Thursday August 7, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm.