Workshops & Classes

I never stop learning my craft and am happy to

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Tessmer of Fairfax f8 Photographic Adventure Tours for 2018.

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Eight southern hemisphere cruises are available. Stops include Cape Town, Mauritius, Perth, Sydney, Christchurch, Auckland, Papeete, Valparaiso, Colon and Key West. See a map in the f8 Photographic Adventure/schedule section of this web page.

Joe Tessmer is a coauhor of The Early 21st Century Guide to Portraiture

Joseph Tessmer's work is expected to benefit thousands of photographers.

Within the guide, there are llighting diagrams and detailed instructions for use by photographers at any level of expertise. The guide of instructions and illustrations contains 14 different categories.

Tessmer of Fairfax receives 2014 Southeastern Award

The Southeastern Professional Photography Association Awards Joseph Tessmer theSoutheastern Award.

Joseph Tessmer a Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman was prsented the Southeastern Award for "Outstanding Service and Siginificant Contributions to the Photographic Industry" by SEPPA president George Singleton.

Schedule of Workshops and Classes

 

Saturday Aug 30, 2016, Saturday Sep 24, 2016 and Saturday April 29, 2017: Beginner Indoor Portraiture: This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using window light and affordable studio lighting equipment. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern and facial position are covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models. Contact the Washington Photo Safari.

 

Saturday Sep 10, 2016, Saturday Oct 8, 2016 and Saturday May 13, 2017: Intermediate Indoor Portraiture: You've seen classic portrait in books, magazines and websites. Have you ever wondered how portrait photographers achieve that flattering look around the eyes and how they manage to have one side of the face slightly darker than the other? Also, how do they manage to achieve a pose and an expression that brings out the subject's personality? This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner Indoor Portraiture, which - or equivalent portrait photography experience - is a prerequisite.for this course. It teaches the participants how to use window light and affordable studio lighting equipment to produce classic lighting patterns for a variety of facial positions. Demonstrating the use of a main light and a fill light to achieve that flattering triangular "butterfly" lighting pattern around one eye, and how to measure the amounts of light falling on each side of the face. A method is taught to determine which lighting patterns flatter each particular subject. Contact the Washington Photo Safari.

 

Saturday Nov 5, 2016, Saturday May 27, 2017: Advanced Studio Lighting: This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner andd Intermeiate Indoor Portraiture. Participants will work with professional lighting equipment to achieve the classic portraiture lighting techniques to replicate the great master portrait artists. Techniques to accentuate masculinity in men and femininity in women will be demonstrated. Contact the Washington Photo Safari.

 

Saturday Oct 22, 2016 and May 20, 2017: Beginner Odoor Portraiture: This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using natural light, on camera flash and simple reflectors. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern, facial position background selection are covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models. Contact the Washington Photo Safari.

 

Advanced Portrait Workshop Saturday Nov 12, 2016 - Recreating Classic Portraits. Call 703-941-8270 for further information.

 

Portrait Workshop Saturday Nov. 8, 2014 see notice directly below.

Portrait Class

 

Saturday August 24, 2013 Beginner Odoor Portraiture: This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using natural light and on camera flash. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern, facial position background selection are covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models.

 

Saturday July 28, 2012

Filling In the Pixels - Offered for the first time in two years.

 

Finning in The Pixels

 

 

Saturday Jaunuary 28, 2012 and Sunday Februrary 26, 2012

Beginner Indoor Portraiture: This three hour, hands on workshop provides the background to achieve simple pleasing portraits using window light and affordable studio lighting equipment. Procedures to achieve the most useful lighting pattern and facial position are covered and photographed. Students will use each other as models.

 

Saturday Februray 11, 2012 and Sunday March 10, 2012

Intermediate Indoor Portraiture: You've seen classic portrait in books, magazines and websites. Have you ever wondered how portrait photographers achieve that flattering look around the eyes and how they manage to have one side of the face slightly darker than the other? Also, how do they manage to achieve a pose and an expression that brings out the subject's personality? This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner Indoor Portraiture, which - or equivalent portrait photography experience - is a prerequisite.for this course. It teaches the participants how to use window light and affordable studio lighting equipment to produce classic lighting patterns for a variety of facial positions. Demonstrating the use of a main light and a fill light to achieve that flattering triangular "butterfly" lighting pattern around one eye, and how to measure the amounts of light falling on each side of the face. A method is taught to determine which lighting patterns flatter each particular subject.

 

Saturday March 31, 2012

Advanced Studio Lighting: This workshop expands on the techniques covered in Beginner and Intermediate Indoor Portraiture. Participants will work with professional lighting equipment to achieve the classic portraiture lighting techniques to replicate the great master portrait artists. Techniques to accentuate masculinity in men and femininity in women will be demonstrated.

 

May 16, 2011

Artistic and Financial Success in the Photographic Profession sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America. It's the little things that make the difference. Producing and marketing outstanding photography can depend on hundreds of small decisions that have a large effect on your overall success. The selection and use of equipment, making the best use of your website and social networking sites…all contribute to your success.

 

Nov. 13, 2010 & Dec. 5, 2010

Filling In The Pixels

 

 

September 7, 2010

Certification, Merits, and Professional Photographic Degrees sponsored by the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington

PowerPoint Presentation

 

July 6, 2010
Outdoor Portraiture Workshop hosted by the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington

 

March 2, 2010
Professional Secrets of Digital Photography

 

April 10, 2008
Professional Posing Techniques for Portraiture hosted by the Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington

PowerPoint Presentation


April 2, 2007
Lighting for Professional Photographers - sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America

PowerPoint Presentation

 

November 3, 2003
Transition to Professional Photography - Your Bottom Line Updated 2010 - sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America

PowerPoint Presentation

 

November 14, 2002
Transition to Professional Photography - sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America

 

April 16, 2001
Transition to Professional Photography - sponsored by the Professional Photographers of America

 

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