Beauty of Brimfield Fall Workshop Sept. 7 2017 Tuition $325.

This September once again I am going to take a small group to theBrimfield Antique Market in Sturbridge Village. If you are ready to take your camera off auto and on an adventure, this day is for you. Reserve your space today. The date of the Fall day trip to Brimfield is September 7 2016. One week prior to the trip we will meet for a optional pre field trip session to practice camera settings and prepare for the trip. You are welcome to join for this.

Then one week after the field trip we will meet for a follow up session to critique our photos from the trip. In this 3 part series you will learn how to prepare for a photo field trip, shoot stunning photos on location, and critique photos to make them stronger. Dates for the pre and post sessions will be agreed upon by the group once the class is full.

Brimfield is a treasure trove of photo opportunities. You can choose to focus on the people, the place, or the things you see. It is like a giant visual feast of color, action and fun. Collect some of the most fascinating photos of your life during this one day workshop. You just never know what you will see.

There is a definite art to photographing the Brimfield Flea Market! I have been photographing Brimfield for over 20 years. For the fourth time will be sharing my secrets and taking a small group of you on a photo field trip to Brimfield located in Sturbridge MA.

  • Are you a lover of vintage flea markets and antiques? 
  • Are you a person who enjoys being surrounded by fascinating people in a festival like setting?
  • Are you curious about how to better photos of the unexpected moments of life? 

Brimfield is BIG. 20 fields, 6,000 dealers, 50,000 visitors. This can be overwhelming. That is why it is great to go with a guide like me. I will help you find your way and take some of the most curious, fascinating, and unexpected photos of your life.

"Under Suzanne's excellent tutelage, we were able to focus on the well thought out photo assignments she provided. Suzanne located the very best vendors for us to visit. " Lisa W. 

The subjects: textures, people, dogs, collectables, textiles,  glass, sliver, artwork, and that is just one field! It is almost impossible for me to describe what you will see, because honestly, it is never the same twice. 

The photography skills you will focus on are:

  1. How to use composition to simplify the scene and create a dynamic image.
  2. How to focus on the visual design elements of color, line, texture shape and color.
  3. How to take your camera off the auto setting for clear, properly exposed photos.
  4. How to create photo essay with a series of images that add up to tell a story.

The week prior to Brimfield, we will meet in my art studio at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End for orientation. I will help you prepare for our day by covering the basic lay of the land, what to wear, what to bring, etc... and we will take some practice shots using objects in my studio from previous Brimfield excursions. My art studio is like a mini Brimfield full of fun antiques and collectables. We will get organized and practice basic camera settings.

Session One: 2 hour pre field trip orientation and photo practice at my studio, Boston Center for the Arts. We will cover best camera settings for shooting in the tents and for different subjects. All levels are welcome. You can shoot on auto or venture into the off auto world with some basic technical tips and guidance from me. This is optional if it fits with your schedule. Or can be done by phone.

Session Two The entire day at Brimfield with the fabulous group and with me as your photo guide. I will be providing photo tips, instructions and assignments all day. Some creative photo topics we will cover include composition, lighting, cutting out clutter, story telling, photographing people and pets and macro settings. I will share with you how to avoid the three biggest mistakes photographers make when shooting flea markets. You will also receive individual coaching during the day to help you with the specific type of photos you want to take. You may want to travel down the night before and stay in a hotel. Or we can arrange car pool groups if you want to go on the 7th.

Session Three  4 hour follow up critique class: After the trip we will get together to critique your photos and enjoy the slide show on the big screen. This way you will learn from each other and enjoy seeing the best photos of the day together. I will offer simple editing tips during the session as we critique your photos to make them even better. I will provide the popcorn, you provide the "refreshments" and the photos.The dates for the pre and post events will be set once we have the group of 12.

(This workshop is well suited for intermediate and advanced amateurs. You should also be in good physical condition able to walk on uneven fields.)