Charleston Photography Workshops to launch in April

  • Sunday, March 30, 2014

Charleston Photography Workshops has announced an inaugural slate of sessions for 2014 with the promise of hands-on instruction from renowned photographers in one of America's treasured travel destinations.

Richard Ellis, a former international correspondent and founder of the agency that became Getty Images News Photos, created Charleston Photography Workshops because he believes photographers of all abilities learn best working side by side with the experts. “Whether you are just getting serious about photography or already have a successful career, you will benefit from what these veterans will share with you,” Ellis says. “You can't get this kind of enrichment from books, videos or online.”

Drawing on his friends and contacts in the industry, Ellis has assembled a roster of nearly two dozen top-flight instructors. The list includes Pulitzer Prize winner Deanne Fitzmaurice, lighting expert Tony Corbell, three-time Travel Photographer of the Year Bob Krist and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon, author of 36 books and 11 photo apps. Lauded wedding photographers David A. Williams and Storey Wilkins will teach a workshop together in June.

Except for an autumn journey to Mexico with Krist and Ellis for the Day of the Dead festival, the 2014 workshops will be based out of Ellis' studio in downtown Charleston. He expects the stunning visuals of the South Carolina Lowcountry and the region's reputation for hospitality to help draw in participants.

Ellis settled in Mount Pleasant nine years ago after a celebrated photojournalism career with Reuters and Getty Images, covering world conflicts and the White House. He now shoots a variety of travel, editorial and commercial assignments. With his daughter, Gillian, he also has established a wedding and portrait studio in Charleston on Spring Street that benefits from the area's thriving bridal industry.

In launching Charleston Photography Workshops, Ellis drew inspiration from other workshops that have gained strong followings in Maine, New Mexico and Florida. He saw the possibility to create something similar here in the South, but with its own sense of place and unique learning opportunities. He has already signed up notable photographers who do not usually teach in this format.

The 2014 schedule kicks off in mid-April and currently offers 14 in-depth workshops as well as seven one-day workshops that will likely attract more local participants. The slate covers a variety of topics with sessions on weddings, lighting, documentary photography and more. Two travel sessions will capitalize on the Lowcountry scenery, and in June, there's an introduction by Ellis to wet plate tintype photography, which harkens back to the craft's earliest days.

Each workshop will be kept to 12 participants or less to ensure personal interaction and feedback from instructors. Early sign-up is encouraged, given the limited number of spots available.

Learn more and register online at www.charlestonphotoworkshops.com. Or contact founder Richard Ellis directly at 843-814-6001, or richard@charlestonphotoworkshops.com.

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