CHILE – Capture the Magic through your Camera

DATES: 03/18/2020 - 03/27/2020
LOCATION: Chile
PRICE: $3,850.00
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Lester Lefkowitz is a New York-based professional photographer who has photographed in all fifty states and fourteen countries. He has provided images to many Fortune-500 companies and most major publications, from National Geographic to Time Magazine to The New York Times.

Lester is the author of numerous books and articles on photography, and has been a consultant to both Kodak and Polaroid. He has taught workshops and lectured at many arts, educational and professional institutions, and is a very popular teacher at The International Center of Photography (ICP). From introductory classes to advanced lighting, from basic Photoshop to close-up photography, Lester has been an enthusiastic instructor to hundreds of students.

Lester was an early adopter of digital photography, but is still pleased to assist film photographers based on his years of experience with that lovely (old) medium. His knowledge of state-of-the-art digital imaging is extensive, working with both Macs and PCs, numerous digital cameras, and with a long list of software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, iPhoto and Portfolio.

Lester is a major producer of stock photography; creating images for both Getty and Corbis, the two largest stock photo agencies in the world. His subject matter ranges from landscapes to cityscapes, flowers to lasers, architecture to surgery.

Lester Lefkowitz is a New York-based professional photographer who has photographed in all fifty states and fourteen countries. He has provided images to many Fortune-500 companies and most major publications, from National Geographic to Time Magazine to The New York Times.

Lester is the author of numerous books and articles on photography, and has been a consultant to both Kodak and Polaroid. He has taught workshops and lectured at many arts, educational and professional institutions, and is a very popular teacher at The International Center of Photography (ICP). From introductory classes to advanced lighting, from basic Photoshop to close-up photography, Lester has been an enthusiastic instructor to hundreds of students.

Lester was an early adopter of digital photography, but is still pleased to assist film photographers based on his years of experience with that lovely (old) medium. His knowledge of state-of-the-art digital imaging is extensive, working with both Macs and PCs, numerous digital cameras, and with a long list of software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, iPhoto and Portfolio.

Lester is a major producer of stock photography; creating images for both Getty and Corbis, the two largest stock photo agencies in the world. His subject matter ranges from landscapes to cityscapes, flowers to lasers, architecture to surgery.

We are still working out the details of this new Il Chiostro-Upside Down program.  The price quoted here is only an estimate.  Please check back here in a few months for more information.

If you are interested in this program, please send us an email at info@ilchiostro.com to get on the list for early enrollment.  Enrollment is strictly limited by the number of rooms at the vineyard hotel.

The graffiti on the streets of Valparaiso

Tentatively, the trip will begin for one night in the capital city of Santiago.  From there we’ll travel as a group to the intriguing old port city of Valparaiso for 2 nights.  The upper town is now famous for its artistic graffiti covering 75% of the walls.  Finally we will arrive at our final destination to settle in for the last 6 nights of the program, the Santa Rita Winery where we will take over the entire boutique Casa Real Hotel.  This is about and hour and a half outside of Santiago.

For non-photographers, there will be a concurrent sketching workshop with Marni Maree.


The goals:

  • to have a wonderful experience
  • to improve your visual and technical mastery of the film or digital medium, regardless of your current level, and
  • to create memorable images.

Because of the small group size, and opportunity (but not necessity) to interact with the instructor and each other for up to sixteen hours a day, each person will get a good deal of personal attention.

Daily excursions will allow abundant time for photography at visually and intellectually stimulating venues. Each morning (and after dinner if you wish), there will be presentations by Lester as well as one-on-one attention to your personal photographic interests and needs. Digital photography, of course, provides the tremendous opportunity for immediate feedback, critique and sharing, greatly facilitating the learning process. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a digital camera and a laptop computer.

In a studio, those shooting digitally will have the opportunity to download their images for immediate editing, review, and comment by the instructor and the class. As appropriate, Lester will offer instruction in all aspects of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, iPhoto and Portfolio for editing, organizing, image enhancement and image manipulation. If you are familiar with some other software, you are, of course, welcome to use that.

Workshop Includes:

  • Instruction in camera handling, basic settings and composition for people just getting started
  • Advanced techniques for those with digital SLR cameras: shooting in RAW, advanced exposure modes, accurate focusing techniques, explanation of zillions of menu choices, etc.
  • Tutorials in the “digital darkroom” – various software to download, edit, organize and enhance your images, from basic cropping and color correction to RAW file conversion, layers, masking and collages
  • An evening/night excursion to capture this magical city in the warm light that emanates from street lamps, shops, houses (and the moon, if we’re lucky). Participants are urged to bring a tripod for this and other excursions.

The central patio of our hotel at the Santa Rita Vineyards

 

For this 10-day program we will stay in 3 different locations:

  • Santiago – we will all meet and spend the first night in a small hotel in the capital city.  The next afternoon we’ll proceed together to

Santiago vista with the Andes in the background

  • Valparaiso – we’ll spend 2 days/nights exploring the upper portion of this artistic old port town famous for the graffiti artists who have decorated the town walls with vibrant colors and sketches.

Valparaiso street scenes, photos by Andy Holtzman

  • Casa Real Hotel at the Santa Rita Winery – for the next 6 nights we have reserved the entire hotel at this classic winery about 1.5 hrs. outside of Santiago.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: we will spend our first night in the capital city of Santiago. Once you register we will send you information on how to get to the hotel from the airport.

Central market in Santiago, photo by Andy Holtzman

The Republic of Chile, the long, skinny country running just about the whole length of the western coast of South America, is a prominent wine-producing area of the continent.  The rugged Andes mountains line its eastern border with Argentina and it extends all the way down almost to Antarctica in the south and Easter Island (Rapanui) to the west in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The culture and food are truly South American, influenced by the indigenous peoples who have populated its area.

Chile is the home of the poet Pablo Neruda.  During the turbulent 1960’s it underwent a coup d’etat whereby Pinochet emerged as the powerful, tyrannical dictator who remained in power until the early 1990’s.  At that point, Chile became a thriving democracy with one of the most vibrant economies in South America.

Valparaiso:  this is a unique city in Chile.  It is the old port of the country which today has transformed itself into a whimsical center of art.  The upper area, where we’ll be staying, overlooks the sea.  It’s winding streets form a labyrinth of living art in the form of art-graffiti and colorful idiosyncratic architecture.

The colorful houses and picturesque “cerros” – hills – are sure to raise a smile and be a font of source material for painters and photographers alike.  Here is an expert guide to Valparaiso.

Welcome to Valparaiso, photo by Andy Holtzman