Touching Heartstrings

Touching Heartstrings

“Knowing is the easy part; saying it out loud is the hard part.” 
― Nicholas Evans, The Horse Whisperer
During my incredible Santa Fe Workshop a few weeks ago, amazing happenings transpired including a moment of connection between a rescue horse and my remarkable surrogate daughter Nicole Cudzilo. Nicole was modeling for our class. We went down by the stables, and out of the blue she climbed into the pen and walked right up to Lucas. Something exceptional happened then. It wasn’t about words. It wasn’t about expressions. It was about bonding, trusting, and being present in the moment.
As I write these words, I feel they represent what happened during our Santa Fe Workshop.
It was an exceptional week, everyone supported one another, as well as trusting Shelley and me to help them go beyond their comfort zone. Many ‘ah ha’ moments occurred. The workshop was Capture to Print, so at the end of the week students had amazing prints to take home with them. So many of us don’t print any more. Why is that? How do we build a relationship and grow our creative process if our images are stuck on a machine? Maybe I am biased, because I learned printing from film, and we could only get a certain amount of information from looking at the negative.
“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.” Ansel Adams
I think the quote I began this newsletter with, is one of the reasons people don’t print. Knowing, which is done in capture, is the easy part. Saying it out loud is the hard part. That is, when we commit to the image, we commit to the story through post and printing. This past workshop at Santa Fe was all about telling the story from capture to print. How we felt, what we wanted to communicate when we clicked the shutter, and finally what post and paper choices we made to take that expression to fruition. Shelley and I talked constantly about the marriage of capture to post, and then to print.
I want to thank many people for helping create a magnificent workshop at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops:
the Workshop’s crew, our amazing students, and the fabulous models.
Stay tuned for the next newsletter. I will share some of the powerful images made by the students.

How fortuitous that Nicole Cudzilo’s self portraits were on display during our Santa Fe Photographic Workshop.
“Gerald Peters Projects is pleased to announce the opening of The Edge, an exhibition of photography by Santa Fe-based resident Nicole Cudzilo
Nicole Cudzilo’s photography depicts female figures surreally out-of-synch with their environments. Often set in natural landscapes, the figures wear wigs and outfits reminiscent of the 1950s, replete with connotations of social conformity, submission, and constrained conceptions of femininity. Cudzilo’s images contemplate the role of fashion and appearance as mechanisms that both celebrate and constrain women.
As Lauren Tresp of THE Magazine states: “The artist herself plays each character, face shielded to anonymize and serve as a stand-in for the everywoman who also performs—intentionally and not—various personal and societal roles through dress and appearance. These characters explore the American West. Whether perched on a rock ledge in a puffy-sleeved nightgown or sporting lingerie in a vacant rodeo ring, each figure is impractically dressed for the scene, creating shifts of context that suggest surreal narratives and echo the many impracticalities of female fashion.
Cudzilo discovered photography a decade ago and has been producing images ever since. She uses both digital and film processes for her work, utilizing medium and large format, 35mm, and instant film. Cudzilo also teaches workshops, mentors students, and participates in visiting artist and lecture programs in various schools.”
1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM-5PM

Can you imagine an all Womens camp with amazing teachers such as Annie Griffiths, Preston Gannaway, Christine Kenyon, Meghan Davidson and more all together on a ranch in Sonoma, CA.?
Oct 9 – 13, 2019
This will be my third year teaching at Firefly Institute. I will say Firefly changes lives, brings together new friends for life and produces a heartfelt community.
There are still a few spots available.

From Click To Wow
tools and tips for the photographic artist
Shelley Vandegrift
Tired of Repeating Yourself?
We often find we make the same basic changes to every image we edit. Camera profile: check, contrast: check, tone curve: check, etc. Lightroom (LR) and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) provide a little known tool that automatically applies your standard adjustments to every image on import. These camera defaults are specific to each of your cameras.
Start by opening an image in either the Develop module of LR or in ACR. Make your standard adjustments, and do one of the following: LR – Hold the Option (Mac) or Alt (PC) key down. The Reset button at the bottom right of the LR Develop screen will change to Set Default. Click Set Default. Then in the dialog box click Update to Current Settings. ACR – Click the button to the right of the header at the top of the Basic panel. (It looks like a page of lines.) Click Save New Camera Raw Defaults. If you have questions on setting your default or questions on other technical matters, email me at shelley@slvimages.com. Happy processing!
To purchase Infrared Mastery II Look Collection for Luminar: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/infrared-mastery-for-luminar-presets-instructional-ebook/
To purchase the all new Infrared Drama Look Collection: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/presets-infrared-drama/

Save the date(s) for these 3 exciting workshops
We have so many exciting opportunities cropping up for 2020, that we have decided to offer three major workshops next year. These will no doubt sell out quickly, so I wanted to give you advance notice.
Email workshops@laurieklein.com to be placed on the waiting list for these workshops.
The Majesty of Inner Light in Sedona: Landscapes, Models (Nude and Clothed) and Sacred Spaces:
Laurie Klein and Larry Lindahl, two photographers with different styles coming together for a workshop unlike any other. What they have in common is the love of the Arizona landscape.
May 14-18, 2020
Louisiana Workshop: Plantations, Spanish moss and the magical Atchafalaya cypress swamp. Guest model will be none other then Nicole Cudzilo.
February 25- March 16, 2020
Italy Workshop: Join us in the Chianti region of Italy. Vineyards, Florence, Models, Wine tasting. We will be staying in a villa dating back to the Feudal Era.
Fall TBD, 2020
Upcoming events 2019
Duxbury Camera Club October 2, 2019 from 7- 9PM: Mystery and Magic of Infrared Photography, Duxbury MA
Join Laurie Klein and Shelley Vandegrift for a journey into the magical and mysterious world of Infrared Photography. Photographers are looking for ways to stand out with their images and infrared photography is the perfect medium for this. You will gain an understanding of photographing in the non-visible spectrum and how to create breathtaking infrared photographs.
Find your voice as a creative. Still a few spots open.
Self Exploration Series November 16 & 17, 2019
 “Photography is a journey, I don’t have to figure it all out today, it is movement, it is love, it is life. It is my process.”

I will be announcing new Limited Edition Photographs that embody the Majesty of Inner Light. Photographs are either one of a kind, 4 in an edition, or an edition of 25. After each sale, the price increases. People have been collecting my work for decades. It is my Majesty of Inner Light.
As creatives, we never stop recreating ourselves. 
Contact me at Info@laurieklein.com, See more limited Edition prints at https://www.laurieklein.com/store/

New Workshops added
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Sold Out
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
STAY TUNED FOR MORE OF OUR EXCITING WORKSHOPS FOR 2020

Lets do lunch: Interactive discuss on Expressive Arts with Laurie Klein and Dr. Bryce Perler

Lets do lunch: Interactive discuss on Expressive Arts with Laurie Klein and Dr. Bryce Perler

Let’s do lunch at the Providence Art Club! Join us for a fascinating interactive discussion on how Expressive Arts can add balance to your life.
Thursday, August 29, 12 noon

Expressive art is a modality that utilizes various artistic forms to promote self-expression, healing, mindfulness, and balance. 

Laurie and Bryce will discuss literature behind Expressive art, with an open dialogue about the importance between art and science. They will then perform an activity utilizing Expressive Art

Bring your Smart Phone and dive into your expression. Laurie and Bryce will walk you through a creative exercise, so you can experience first-hand the benefits of Expressive Arts.

This mother and son team has taught Expressive Arts to Brown Medical Resident Students.

Open to the public. A luncheon sandwich buffet will be served.

$20 program and buffet

Bryce Perler is a third year Medical Resident at Brown University, he is published and has taught many workshops with his mom.

Laurie Klein is an author, educator and is known for her images taken in the infrared spectrum with an emphasis of the female form in the landscape. She studied with the landscape photographer Ansel Adams. 

Contact Providence Art Club:
To register, email Angel Dean at angel@providenceartclub.org 
or call her at 401-331-1114 ext. 16
Providence Art Club 11 Thomas Street Providence RI 02903 (401) 331-1114


Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining
How do we not forget that statement?
Why on somedays does everything go great then the next thing we know one thing goes awry and everything changes.
We dwell, we harp, we become obsessed and ultimately it negates all the wonderful things. When one thing doesn’t go right, we forget that maybe an opportunity for an invaluable gift or lesson is being given to us. Or perhaps a pathway to a different story? Sometimes at the end of the day, I only remember the one thing that disturbed or upset me. I forget all the wonderful moments: a stranger smiling at me, a kind remark, or getting up early for self care and going for a swim. We have to stop beating ourselves up, and pay attention. I had a young man in my studio today who is in college. He loves photography and is an aspiring writer. He was asking me about my photographic journey and my process. I talked at length about paying attention to what is put in front of us. It isn’t always pretty, but often, it is there for a reason helping guide us towards the direction we are suppose to go. Instant gratification is not what it is cracked up to be.

I took the above image a month ago, I totally passed it by. I criticized and judged this image, yet something kept drawing me back to it. Those of you who are my students know how I feel about making work prints and living with the image. So, I had a work print made, and I lived with it for a while. The repetition of shapes, the cloud piercing her heart or was it a spear of wisdom going from her heart into the world. Either way, it took my breath away. It all depended on the story I was telling.

So I ask you a question, at the end of the day do you want to tell the story about what didn’t go right or the joy of opening to something new?

Hand Colored B&W Photograph

The magic of an all women’s camp. Firefly Institute, my third year teaching at this incredible camp.
October 9th – 13th 2019. Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon, Westerbeke Ranch.
“Part photography institute … high-caliber teachers and quality, hands-on classes in five categories: photo tech, photo shoot, video, photo artistry, and photo craft … plus a print lobby with unlimited printers/paper/ink to print your photos
Part summer camp … big après-class FUN and freedom to act like a kid again: shared cabins with roommates, camp counselors, campfires, sing alongs, skits, square dancing, fun and games
Part community … enjoy old friends, make new friends and become part of the Firefly family: learn together, live together, play together 
Part retreat … unplug and relax in a tranquil setting: nourish your body with walks and delicious food, nourish your soul with nature and joy.”

From Click To Wow
tools and tips for the photographic artist
Shelley Vandegrift
Is It Time to Be Dynamic?
Does your catalog contain images that failed to capture the detail of what you saw with your naked eye. The culprit often is the difference between our eye’s and our camera’s dynamic range. Our eyes are able to adapt to changes in a scene’s shadows and highlights, perceiving detail in both. As we look at a scene, our pupils adjust changing their aperture enabling us to see the details in the darkest and lightest parts. Your camera can only use one aperture in a single image. Any dark areas or light areas outside its dynamic range will lose detail.
Some years ago, new digital cameras touted their ability to automatically produce an HDR image rivaling the range of the human eye. HDR became a fad with a flood of unrealistic images hitting social media and the internet. Frequent negative comments about those images stopped many good photographers from using HDR, even when it could beautifully enhance an otherwise lackluster image.
When is HDR a good idea? Here is a simple way to tell. Set your exposure and check your camera’s histogram. If the histogram looks like a U with the left and right sides rising high on the graph and the middle staying near the bottom, use HDR. That U shaped histogram is telling you the scene is very contrasty with shadows and highlights that exceed the camera’s single image dynamic range. 
The steps to produce an HDR image vary from camera to camera, but almost all newer cameras have an Exposure Bracketing feature. This feature lets you set your camera to capture 3, 5, or 7 exposures a certain number of f-stops apart when you press the shutter once. I typically set my camera to capture 3 exposures with 3/4 to 1 stop between each exposure. Those images can then be combined into a single image in the built-in HDR merge function of your favorite image processing software: Lightroom, Photoshop, Aurora, Topaz Adjust, etc.
If you have any questions on HDR or other technical issues, please send them to me at shelley@slvimages.com. Happy shooting!
To purchase Infrared Mastery II Look Collection for Luminar: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/infrared-mastery-for-luminar-presets-instructional-ebook/
To purchase the all new Infrared Drama Look Collection: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/presets-infrared-drama/

Self Exploration Series – November 16 & 17, 2019
 “Photography is a journey, I don’t have to figure it all out today, it is movement, it is love, it is life. It is my process.”
 

I will be announcing new Limited Edition Photographs that embody the Majesty of Inner Light. Photographs are either one of a kind, 4 in an edition, or an edition of 25. After each sale, the price increases. People have been collecting my work for decades. It is my Majesty of Inner Light.
As creatives, we never stop recreating ourselves. 
Contact me at Info@laurieklein.com, See more limited Edition prints at https://www.laurieklein.com/store/

New Workshops added
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
08/19/19 – 08/23/19: CreativeInfrared Photography:Capture to Print,Sold Out
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco Sold Out
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series
STAY TUNE FOR OUR EXCITING WORKSHOPS FOR 2020

Sharing your soul.

Sharing your soul.

What happens when
9 men,
one woman,
a Toby
and I get together?
A FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC WORKSHOP HAPPENS
“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world” Brene Brown
Many of you have taken workshops before, some of you have taken them with me. Sometimes creative paradigm shifts occur and you have life changing “A Ha Moments.” Sometimes we have growthful experiences and make new creative friends that become part of our artistic support system. I don’t always know why some workshops are more profound than others. Well, I really do know. I believe in the workshops I teach, the right people at the right time come together and just connect. The first day of class, it isn’t often visible. I create a safe environment where people can share and be vulnerable. Creativity often is an inside job, especially if you want it to last. Many come to a workshop to take incredible images, and then they don’t shoot again till their next workshop. Everyone has different intentions as to why they carve time out of their busy schedule to take a workshop.
Last week I taught at Maine Media: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape. It truly was fabulous. Students weren’t competing with each other. They were supporting one another. They went deep and created work that even surprised them. Toby Donoghue, OctoberLane.com, (look up her work, she is a 21 year old who is creating cutting edge work)….was a huge part of the magic last week.
When expanding our creativity, we need a structure that allows us to be creative. Toby helped create that structure for us with wonderful models, diverse locations and perfect pairing of students together. Many don’t realize how much behind the scene action is necessary to support creative growth.
What do I do after a workshop like this? I go on an inner retreat, it could be for a few hours or a few days. It helps allow the creative components to sink it. It allows time and space for it to mull, ripen and last.
Workshops can be powerful. Seek out instructors and content that will push you as well as nurture your creative rhythm. Ask others about workshops they have taken and how it helped them grow? I have also seen workshops hinder the confidence of a photographer. So do your research, be clear in your intention on why you want to take a particular workshop, and be open for the unexpected.
Here are some of the images that were created by a few of my students last, click on their names to see more of their images.

Dan Avener

From Click To Wow
tools and tips for the photographic artist
Shelley Vandegrift
Luminar 3 versus Luminar Flex
As most of you know, Laurie and I are big supporters, and early adopters, of Luminar and have even developed presets for processing infrared images with it. Luminar offers many of the same stylized adjustments available in the pre-Google versions of NIK filters at a significantly lower cost (Luminar $69 versus NIK Collection $149). After the initial launch of Luminar in 2016, Skylum released new versions of Luminar with new functionality frequently. If you wonder what the difference is between Luminar 2018, Luminar 3, and Luminar Flex, here is a quick guide.
Luminar 2018 – This version of Luminar functions as both a standalone image editor and as a plug-in to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop Express and Photoshop. Skylum replaced this version with Luminar 3; therefore, no future updates or enhancements will be made to 2018. However, it is still supported by Skylum and can be purchased on some online stores such as Amazon. If you are using 2018, are happy with it, and dread the idea of changing, we suggest you keep an eye on the features added to Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex and only change when something is added that you can’t live without. 
Luminar 3 – With the release of Luminar 3, Skylum introduced Libraries, a Digital Asset Management function that catalogs and organizes your images. Libraries is a visually appealing and easy to use addition that works well for those photographers who want a simple catalog tool. Unfortunately, it does not offer many of the features experienced photographers expect such as keywording, custom titling, virtual copies, and custom organization. Skylum has plans to add these features in the future. At some point we feel certain Libraries will be a worthy option for experienced shooters. Currently, Luminar 3 has the option to work as a plug-in for Adobe products, but that feature is slated for removal in the future. Thus enters Luminar Flex….
Luminar Flex – This latest version of Luminar is designed to work as a plug-in to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop Express, and Photoshop and does not include the Libraries module. Flex can be used as a standalone currently, but the intent is for it to function only as a plug-in in the future, leaving Luminar 3 as the standalone solution. If you only use Luminar as a plug-in, have no need for the Libraries module, but want updates and access to the latest and greatest editing tools available from Skylum, this is your best option. 
To purchase Infrared Mastery II Look Collection for Luminar: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/infrared-mastery-for-luminar-presets-instructional-ebook/
To purchase the all new Infrared Drama Look Collection: https://www.laurieklein.com/product/presets-infrared-drama/

Self Exploration Series – November 16 & 17, 2019
 “Photography is a journey, I don’t have to figure it all out today, it is movement, it is love, it is life. It is my process.”
 

I will be announcing new Limited Edition Photographs that embody the Majesty of Inner Light. Photographs are either one of a kind, 4 in an edition, or an edition of 25. After each sale, the price increases. People have been collecting my work for decades. It is my Majesty of Inner Light.
As creatives, we never stop recreating ourselves. 
Contact me at Info@laurieklein.com, See more limited Edition prints at https://www.laurieklein.com/store/

New Workshops added
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
06/30/19 – 07/06/19: The Female Form in the Maine Landscape
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series

Majesty of Inner Light

Majesty of Inner Light

 
 
“Storm in the Clouds” Sedona 2019
 
 
“THE WORLD ALWAYS SEEMS BRIGHTER WHEN YOU’VE JUST MADE SOMETHING THAT WASN’T THERE BEFORE”
Neil Gaiman
 
As creatives we need inspiration and feedback that comes from within and around us.  This includes the totality of the creative process which is not just creating your art.
 
The clearer we are with our feelings, intentions, desires and goals the more we can tap into them and give them words. Often we could use unbiased feedback for clarity from people we trust, such as: teachers that teach and friends who are sounding boards. I am not speaking about those with agendas who project their desires onto you, but those who are objective and encourage us to be authentic. They do not judge – they are there to help us succeed, however that might look. 
 
I have wonderful objective listeners whom I share with. They help me figure things out rather than tell me what to do. They help me empower myself, and my creative voice. They are true gifts. Sometime during my workshops, two students connect and they become wise witnesses to one another. My heart sings with joy when that happens.
 
It is my birthday month. New beginnings are occurring in my life. I have reached out to ‘my’ wise souls. They are the ones who hold me accountable to my intentions.  It may take a while to find those people, but when you do it’s transformative.
 
First I would like to share a personal story from this past month to illustrate this. Thank you to my son Kyle who with great clarity helped me commit to creating a new artist statement. Thank you to my friends Lesa and Greg Daniel who helped me clarify and implement this goal. They are great listeners.
 
In a conversation with Lesa and Greg they asked me, what is the essence of your images? What is the heart and soul of all the imagery you are making? What is unique about what you do? What binds it all together? 
 
I just let the words come out.  When I finished answering all the questions, my friends said “Laurie you totally told us what your imagery embodies, who you are as an artist.” I needed to distill all of that to a few words, and together we drew the threads between my words. This is what was created: 
 
Majesty of Inner Light
 
Wow, yes a big YES. This is what I do. Whether photographing legacy portraits for my clients, photographing the female form in nature, or capturing the spirit of the landscape in infrared, this is who I am. 
 
In the next few weeks I will be announcing new Limited Edition Photographs that embody the Majesty of Inner Light. Photographs are either one of a kind, 4 in an edition, or an edition of 25. After each sale, the price increases. People have been collecting my work for decades. It is my Majesty of Inner Light.
 
As creatives, we never stop recreating ourselves. 
 
Contact me at Info@laurieklein.com, See more limited Edition prints at https://www.laurieklein.com/store/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 26TH
 
 
 
Last chance to sign up for our amazing trip to MOROCCO ~ JOIN ME October 20-31 Registration closes June 26
 
 
A place I have never been to before and a dream of mine to go to. Old cities with a set of new eyes. New experiences. I get so excited, maybe I will bring film, maybe I will hand color some of the images, guiding my students on blending the old with the new, or the new with the old.
 
I hope you will join me for this incredible experience of times gone by with a new vision… yours……
 
Time is running out to sign up so let me know if you would like to join me in Morocco.
 
 
Bryce and tulips
 
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
PROVIDENCE Rhode Island
 
New Workshops added
 
Join Laurie Klein Photography for a 2019 workshop or tour.
Learn, Grow, Explore!
 
07/13/19 – 07/14/19: Introduction to Hand Coloring
10/09/19 – 10/13/19: Firefly Photography Camp for Women
10/20/19 – 10/31/19: Morocco, Deadline to register June 26
11/16/19 – 11/17/19: Self Exploration Series