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All About Color
Instructors: Cheryl Machat Dorskind                                                          Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost: US$169         

Color's radiating light rays affect us positively or negatively, whether we are aware of it or not. Color creates time, place, and emotion. Color uplifts, depresses, and instills fear and wonder. Color whether loud or subdued tells a story. A strong understanding of color theory, color temperature, and color's psychological properties is key to becoming a successful photographer. Although most artists and designers are trained in color theory, photographers typically are not. And yet, color (including black and white), often makes or breaks a photograph. Logically, it follows that to create artful or powerful photography, a photographer should learn about color. Understanding color will undoubtedly unleash your creative eye and improve your photography

Digital photographers control at least 16,780 million colors, so it is essential to know when and why to use a color and which colors(s) make most sense. It is a "use it and don't abuse it" philosophy that is tantamount to a successful digital studio workflow. ALL About Color provides the foundations of color theory and helps you develop a trusted eye so you know when and why to use the "right" colors.

This class is designed for all levels of photographers and provides interesting and evocative lessons coupled with personality revealing assignments. If you are a food photographer, then join me and learn what colors (and food) will enhance your plate. For the portrait photographer, learn about pairing wardrobe and backdrop colors (using color theory) to narrate a subject's personality, or to accentuate their hair coloring. For the fine art photographer, learn how to celebrate color as the subject itself. For the novice, join me and learn about photography and your camera by exploring the exciting world of color.

Color theory, color symbolism, psychology, physics, artistic expression, white balance, color temperature, digital color, black and white and white imagery, and the color wheel are some of the topics explored. Join me and enrich your vision. And if you are color blind (like 8% of the male and .05% of the female population), you are still welcome. I will teach you to compensate for the colors you cannot see.

Course Outline:

Week one: Color Theory, the Color Wheel

Week two: Color Psychology, Color Temperature

Week three: Chiaroscuro, High Key, Low Key, Black and White, Color Design

Week four: Fauve colors, Night Colors, Color's Artistic Expression

Course Requirement:
A passion for photography and a willingness to explore. This is a good class to try out new lenses and camera equipment.

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Instructor: Cheryl Machat Dorskind

Cheryl Machat DorskindCheryl Machat Dorskind, a professional photographer for over twenty years, shares her passion for photography through her books, teaching, fine-art, and commissions.

The author of two best-selling books, The Art of Handpainting Photographs — considered the definitive guide to traditional darkroom photo painting — and The Art of Photographing Children — the ultimate guide to creating cherished photographs of children — Cheryl Machat Dorskind has also written approximately seventy-five articles for her newspaper column "Picture This" for The Southampton Press.

As an adjunct professor, Cheryl Machat Dorskind instructs and mentors students at colleges (Long Island University, Southampton Master Photography Workshop) and art institutions (Maine Photographic, Guild Hall, Huntington Art Museum, Nassau County Museum of Art) and currently teaches photography at Suffolk County Community College and online at the Perfect Picture School of Photography.

High-end portrait sessions by Cheryl Machat Dorskind embody the gorgeous natural Hamptons' light. Whether the setting is at the beach, a park, or a home, the lifestyle posed-but-not-posed images are fluid and rhythmic.

Noted internationally for her ethereal misty coastal handpainted photographs and her playful self-portrait Photopaintings, her critically acclaimed fine-art photographs are exhibited regularly, commissioned for book jacket cover art (Ann Beattie's Chilly Scenes of Winter, Falling in Place, Secrets and Surprises, and Distortions) and are included in many public and private collections.

Her corporate clients include Epic Records, Random House, Hamptons magazine, The Southampton Press, and The New York Times.

For further information, please visit her website, or contact her

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