WORKSHOPS

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+ What others say...

Alexander G. from Erlangen/Germany: “Best workshop ever, brought my photography and my approach to portraiture a big step ahead! Not only that we got much valuable theoretical input and did alot of hands-on exercises, there was also room for structured reflection and individual mentoring. For me one of the most important topics was the discussion on art photography and finding my voice. The perfect studio atmosphere with professional lighting, plus the interesting models made it easy to move ahead with ones ideas. Digital was only the beginning, moving quickly to analogue, medium format and even large format, plus trying Polaroids and expired color sheet film. The results were absolutely stunning, more than expected, very motivating to keep on creating and experimenting. Thank you Jan, your team, and the models for this extraordinary experience.”

Julius S. from Stuttgart: "I’ve been a total newbie to portrait photography. After assisting Jan at a photo shoot I wanted to try it out and signed up for his portrait photography class! I am impressed what I learned in only two days! He also inspired me to go further and to take more pictures to improve!"


+ The White Rabbit ...

My workshops are hosted by the "White Rabbit" team. The White Rabbit is an artist collective focused on empowering and supporting artists. Through community and creative workspace, we aspire to give artists the platform they need to impact society locally, regionally, and globally.



Portraiture Workshop

2-day workshop “CLASSIC B&W PORTRAITURE”

Dates:
full (new dates to be announced)

Models:
Yana K. /Russia & others

Location:
"White Rabbit", Nuremberg, Germany

Costs:
350.- Euro Workshop fee. Material and Hotel not included. We can help you finding reasonable accommodation.

To bring:
Your camera equipment, tripod, notebook.

This workshop gives insight into the Philosophy and Technique in creating classic black and white portraiture pictures. Our goal is to help you take portraits that are full of energy and impact and for you to walk away with something you are not only proud of but feel confident to put in your portfolio.

You can work with your own camera (digital or analog) or try out working with one of ours. Either with a  4x5 or 8x10 large format cameras, Hasselblad 503CW analog camera or a Leica S digital medium format. 

THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WILL BE COVERED:

  • Learn directly from Jan C Schlegel how he takes his portraits and understands the philosophical aspect of it.

  • How to set up and measure different studio light scenarios

  • How to interact with the model

  • A brief overview of the master photographers who’ve created the classic foundation of portraiture on which contemporary photographers continue to build.

  • Discussion and evaluation

Taking a powerful portrait has always been a challenge—and often a high calling for photographers since the medium’s invention. Maybe you won't start off taking pictures like Richard Avedon or Irving Penn after attending the workshop, but it will help you to understand the basics of their approach and get you going into that direction. 

It took Jan C Schlegel several years to understand how to create powerful portrait pictures. With this workshop you will learn the steps Jan went through that led to his way of seeing and taking pictures. First, before we touch the camera, we will start with a brief study of the history of portrait photography by looking into the books of Irving Penn and Nadar.  Using these masters as inspiration, we will then engage in the practice of making portraits of our models from Russia. 

You will work in Jan C Schlegel's Studio in the White Rabbit and learn how to use his lighting equipment, backdrops and if you want cameras.
For those interested in "on location photography," like the way Jan takes his pictures in Africa among the tribes, will have the opportunity to learn his approach in a breakout session as well. 

Please note that film is not provided but can be purchased at the workshop.

Basic Analog

1-day workshop “BASICS IN ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY”

Dates:
# Course 1:
December 15th 2018

# Course 2:
December 16th 2018

Location:
"White Rabbit", Nuremberg, Germany

Costs:
90.- Euro Workshop fee. Material included.

To bring:
Your analog camera with b&w film

A 1 DAY B&W ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP THAT TEACHES THE BASICS OF ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY. 

 The darkroom, a creative space where everything is possible. You can also rent the darkroom.

The darkroom, a creative space where everything is possible. You can also rent the darkroom.

In this workshop, our team of analog photographers will teach you all the steps from developing negatives to enlarging your first pictures on faber base paper. 

THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WILL BE COVERED:

Using an analog camera

  • Loading and unloading film

  • Different kind of film

  • Exposure/aperture/shutter speed/film speed

  • Metering light

  • Steps of Negative development and explanation of different chemicals.

  • How to develop film yourself (and we help you of course).

  • Explanation of how to influence contrast and density of the negative during development.

  • Explanation of "Push" development.

  • How to take care of Negatives.

  • Steps of Positive development (explanation of the different chemicals and an overview of different developers).

  • Explanation different photo papers.

  • How to develop a faber base photo properly

At the end of the workshop you will have developed your own film and photos. You will also have the understanding on how to set up your own darkroom at home. 

This workshop is limited to 4 people at a time and it will run several times a year. We also offer it as a one-on-one workshop. If you are interested in this, please let us know. 

Advanced Darkroom

3-day workshop “ADVANCED DARKROOM TECHNIQUES”

Turn your prints into fine art prints.

Dates:
December 14th to 16th 2018.

Location:
"White Rabbit", Nuremberg, Germany

Costs:
390.- Euro Workshop fee.

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This workshop will teach you how to get the highlights and shadows of your prints under control and the steps to get a fine print mounted on aluminum. I will also teach different masking technics like unsharp masking and highlight masks. We will also start looking into different toning technics. You bring your own negatives and we will work together to get the most out of them.

THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WILL BE COVERED: 

  • SMILT Negative Development (how to control the shadows during negative development)

  • Working with the Splitgrade system (Splitgrade burning)

  • Unsharp Masking & Highllight Masking

  • Perfect border around the picture 

  • Agfa Neu Cochin and the Negative

  • Selenium Toning to enhance shadows

  • Toning (explain different toners)

This workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of how to make a fine print. 

This workshop is limited to 4 people at a time. We also offer this workshop as a one-on-one workshop. If you are interested in this, please let us know. 

The Nude Portrait

4-day workshop “THE NUDE PORTRAIT”

Classic Black & White Portraiture Large Format Photography with Darkroom development

Dates:
January 10th to 13th 2019

Location:
"White Rabbit", Nuremberg, Germany

Costs:
650.- Euro Workshop fee. Hotel not included. We can help you finding reasonable accommodation.

Photo paper, developer is included. Not included is film material, but you can purchase directly from us what you need.



This workshop is an extended “Classic Black and White Portraiture workshop”. Besides learning in the studio how to take portraiture pictures you will also develop your pictures in the darkroom as fine art prints.

This workshop gives insight into the Philosophy and Technique in creating classic black and white portraiture pictures as well as the “nude portraiture”. Our goal is to help you take portraits that are full of energy and impact and for you to walk away with something you are not only proud of but feel confident to put in your portfolio.

You can work with your own camera (analog or digital) or try out working with one of ours. Either with a  4x5 or 8x10 large format cameras, Hasselblad 503CW analog camera or a Leica S digital medium format. 

THE FOLLOWING TOPICS WILL BE COVERED:

  • Learn directly from Jan C Schlegel how he takes his portraits and understands the philosophical aspect of it

  • How to set up and measure different studio light scenarios

  • How to interact with the model

  • A brief overview of the master photographers who’ve created the classic foundation of portraiture on which contemporary photographers continue to build.

  • Darkroom film development (large format and medium format)

  • Darkroom developing your own prints in the size of 30x40cm

  • Toning

  • Mounting

  • Some advanced darkroom technics like unsharp masking

  • Discussion and evaluation

Taking a powerful portrait has always been a challenge—and often a high calling for photographers since the medium’s invention. Maybe you won't start off taking pictures like Richard Avedon or Irving Penn after attending the workshop, but it will help you to understand the basics of their approach and get you going into that direction. 
It took Jan C Schlegel several years to understand how to create powerful portrait pictures. With this workshop you will learn the steps Jan went through that led to his way of seeing and taking pictures. First, before we touch the camera, we will start with a brief study of the history of portrait photography by looking into the books of Irving Penn and Nadar.  Using these masters as inspiration, we will then engage in the practice of making portraits of our models from Russia. 
You will work in Jan C Schlegel's Studio in the White Rabbit and learn how to use his lighting equipment, backdrops and if you want cameras. In his darkroom you will see and learn how he turns his images into unique masterpieces and art works.
For those interested in "on location photography," like the way Jan takes his pictures in Africa among the tribes, will have the opportunity to learn his approach in a breakout session as well. 
Please note that film is not provided but can be purchased at the workshop.

Photo Excursion Ethiopia

10-days photo excursion “THE TRIBES OF THE OMO VALLEY OF ETHIOPIA”

Dates:
January 19th to 31st 2019

Costs:
3900.- Euro plus flight and visa

This excursion is limited to 6 people.

Having been there more then 25 times we are still fascinated by the beauty and uniqueness of the Omo Valley tribes of Ethiopia. It's like entering an ancient world hidden deep in the heart of Africa. 

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During the 10 day excursion we will visit the Hamar, Karo and Mursi tribe in order to capture the beautiful lifestyle of these fascinating cultures. We will not take pictures as the normal tourist do but learn how to create intimate powerful portraits of the people. For that my team and I will give lessons and assist you during your picture taking process. You will experience a total new way of Photography and growth in your skills and creativity. 

This trip also offers the possibility to work with our analog photo equipment (e.g. Hasselblad, Fuji cameras) as well as a complete mobile studio setup with backdrop and lighting equipment. 

Our journey will take us off road with 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser to remote places of the Omo valley. Some nights we will stay in tents in the tribes villages others we enjoy the hospitality of Ethiopian Lodges. We will have an amazing cook traveling with us making sure you experience Ethiopian culinary kitchen. 

If you want more information about this photo excursion to Ethiopia, feel free to fill out the form below and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

Private Art Class

PRIVATE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS, PERSONALISED COACHING

Costs:
60.- Euro per month

Enjoy customized, 1-on-1 private art/photography instruction and allow your creativity to burst forth! Receive artistic guidance from a professional photographer as your teacher and discover the power of your inner-artist.

In your private art/photography lessons, you will:

  • Develop a concept and work on it

  • Receive tailor-made instruction created just for you

  • Learn artistic techniques that support your unique needs and authentic self-expression

  • Develop your artistic voice and feel fulfilled through artistic expression

  • Schedule your art lessons based on your scheduling needs

Private art lessons are available for all levels (total beginners to seasoned artists). Private lessons take place in Nuremberg (Germany) or through Skype.