Photo Elan

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In a Nutshell

Interactive workshops teach beginners about composition and shooting techniques and introduce intermediate shooters to priority modes.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Reservation required. 48hr cancellation notice required. Participants must bring their own camera equipment. Subject to availability. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $59 for a beginner photography workshop and interactive "shootari" session (a $245 value)
  • $59 for an intermediate photography workshop and shootari (a $245 value)
  • $110 for both of the above workshops with shootaris (a $490 value)

During 4-hour beginning workshops, instructor Brian Hartman teaches basic camera settings and creative shooting techniques. He expounds on aperture and shutter priority modes, principles of ISO, and when and why to use exposure compensation, balancing techniques, and different lens types. He also introduces scene modes and provides tips on capturing ideal images of children, pets, and fleeting moments such as children riding their pets into the sunset. The 4-hour intermediate workshops delve deeper into camera functions as students learn the ins and outs of priority modes, controlling motion, blurring backgrounds, and more. Throughout both classroom workshops, students engage in an interactive practice session, or “shootari,” during which they take their own photos and apply concepts learned in class with instructor guidance.

View the schedule for beginning and intermediate workshops; instructors may add more times as needed.

Photo Elan

Brian Hartman brings an artistic touch and approach to his on-location photography. Employing a photojournalistic style and dramatic lighting, he captures solo subjects and groups during posed and candid moments, earning critical acclaim from the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and The Knot and placing images in the pages of Elle and Seattle Bride magazines.

Not content to simply point and shoot, Hartmans lights compositions using chiaroscuro or high-exposure natural lighting and often accentuates subjects with extreme angles, forced perspective, or unique natural surroundings. He shoots in vibrant color or black and white, and can edit photos to enhance colors or, by request, replace each subject’s face with Winston Churchill’s. Though Hartman uses professional tools, he's glad to help students break into photography via ultra-accessible devices such as the iPhone—following in the footsteps, he notes, of Annie Leibovitz, who endorsed the iPhone’s camera on NBC Nightly News in 2011. When not conducting on-location sessions, Brian also leads large-scale workshops in which he passes on his knowledge through graphic slideshows and hands-on training.

Customer Reviews

Brian shares his passion of photography to his students in a technical yet understandable way. The class is informative, interesting, and you walk out the door with more applicable skills no matter what level you walked in at.
Roberta A. · November 7, 2012
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    South-Lake Union

    410 Dexter Ave. N


    Seattle, Washington 98109

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    6007 12th Ave. S

    Suite B

    Seattle, Washington 98109


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