Monday, August 13, 2012

Vivek High School Workshop

So this past week I had the privilege and pleasure of hosting eleven students and their photography teacher from Vivek High School in Chandigarh, India which is currently in session (They only get the month of June off). The students (Janvi Sidhu, Pranjal Marwaha, Shazia Suri, Ashmeet Kaur, Garima Garg, Abhay Iqbal Singh, Aditya Singh Surjewala, Ranjeet Singh Grewal, Nikhil Ghai, Sidak Sandhu, Pratul Garg) and their photography instructor (Nanveet Saxena) joined me for a 7 day Intermediate Photography and Concepts Travel Course.

We`ve lost one student!
Here he is.

This special workshop which I created for them included travel to Victoria, the Butchart Gardens, Whistler, the Vancouver Downtown core, some beaches, Stanley Park, Gastown, and Chinatown and included introductions to photographic concepts like Multiple-Exposures, Long Exposure, HDR, Panoramas, Stitching, Night Photography, Basic Studio Lighting, Model Photography and basic reviews of Exposures, Composition and creating Tack Sharp Images. All the students had their portfolios reviewed and assessed.

The students were all happy to be away from regular class but were put through their paces with this intensive 7 day workshop that included several very long days including one that ran into the late evening as we photographed English Bay at sunset and then the Rowing Club, the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Canada Place from Stanley Park in the dark. Classes were held at Vancouver Photo Workshops (

The day trip to Victoria and the Butchart Gardens was great but the Whistler day trip was a special opportunity as all the student got to photograph the 2012 Crankworx Whistler MTB Festival Red Bull Races ( right on the track. A great experience.

They specially enjoyed the Introduction to Studio Lighting and then shooting the two models. Thanks to models Jennie Roth and Tamara Bradley. Special thanks also goes to Gerry Alston for his help greeting the students at the airport upon their arrival, seeing them safely to their hotel and spending the rest of the Saturday and all of Sunday showing them around Vancouver and the North Shore. Finally thanks to the team at Moose Travel Network ( for their bus, efforts and patience.

Students enjoying a swim at Porteau Cove
This was a great learning experience for me also and I greatly enjoyed the company of the students and their instructor and learning about them and their culture. I hope to accompany them and further instruct them again next year.

© 2012 Jean-François Cléroux

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