Stretching Your Frame of Mind

Boston Photography Workshop

with Joe Baraban

September 25, 2019 – September 29, 2019


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About Joe: For the past fifty years, Joe has shot professionally for clients from Coca Cola to Hennessy, Cessna to United Air Lines and Boeing, and from Microsoft to IBM and HP. He has shot the full line car brochures for Acura, Saturn, and Range Rover, not to mention campaigns for Acura, Jaguar, Mazda, and Ford. The tourism departments for Alberta, Canada, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Texas have contracted Joe to shoot images for their state campaigns. Joe spent his early years shooting for AP, UPI, and was a Black Star photographer. Over the years, National Geographic, Life, Texas Monthly, Time, Geo, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine have used Joe for several of their editorial assignments. Teaching people how to use their artistic eye has always been one of Joe’s passions, and he’s conducted his personal workshops around the world and also with organizations including: The Maine Media Workshop (twenty-seven years), The Santa Fe Workshop, The Julia Dean Workshop in Hollywood, The South Florida Workshop, The Pacific Northwest School of Art on Whidbey Island, The Texas Photographic Workshop, Objectif’s, a photographic organization in Singapore, and The Houston Center for Photography. Joe has also conducted continuing education classes at Rice University. Click Here to learn more about Joe.

About the Workshop: Chasing the Light. Photography comes from the Greek word “Writing with Light.” Light is the crucial element in photography and understanding how it behaves, its gesture, and the factors that influence it are essential. Knowing where to stand in relation to the light source, when to stand there, and how long you have to stand there is imperative when trying to create great images; the effects of light makes or breaks the shot. Chasing the light, waiting for it, and finally capturing it is a constant preoccupation. And for some like Joe, an obsession.

In this workshop we will study Joe’s approach to light in what he refers to as “Four Part Harmony”: Hue, Intensity, Direction, and Quality. We will study its profound effect on what Joe refers to as “The Artist Palette”, replacing the aged piece of wood covered in pigments with the basic elements of visual design (Texture, Pattern, Shape, Form, Line, and Color) and composition. Light, in one way or another, will affect all these elements and whenever possible it should be evaluated first, even before composition.

How we perceive and process visual input is a part of our everyday life. As photographers, it’s our prime objective to present this visual information in a way that takes control of what the viewer sees when they look at our photography. Light is the best instrument to do just that. After working and shooting together side by side with Joe, you will walk away with a much greater command of light; no matter your skill level. At the end of the workshop, you will be at a higher level of visual perception and have a redesigned portfolio to show off your new skills.

Workshop Details:

  • The workshop is limited to 12 participants.
  • Workshop Leader: Joe Baraban. Workshop Assistant: Nick DePasquale
  • Following is the agenda. As with all of Joe’s workshops, shooting locations will be scouted in advance and locations/times may be changed.
  • Wednesday 9/25/2019, 6:30 pm – 8 pm – Presentation by Joe Baraban: “Life Before Photoshop”. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required with limited seating. Workshop attendees are automatically registered. Location: Tyngsborough Public Library
  • Thursday 9/26/2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Meet & Greet and first critique. Workshop participants will submit 4 images for Joe’s comments and recommendations. Lawrence Library, Pepperell, MA Art Gallery.
  • Friday 9/27/2019, a full day of shooting in Boston
    • Haymarket Square
    • Boston Public Market
    • Faneuil Hall Market Place
    • The North End
    • The Waterfront & Harbor Walk
    • Fan Pier
    • Sunset & Blue Hour shoot of Boston Skyline
  • Saturday 9/28/2019
    • Morning class and critiquing of photos from Friday’s shoot. Lawrence Library, Pepperell, MA Art Gallery.
    • Afternoon – Photo Walk in Lowell – various locations including
      • Lowell National Historic Park
      • Boott Cotton Mills Museum
      • American Textile History Museum
      • The Francis Gate
      • Mill Girls and Immigrants Boarding House
      • Suffolk Mill Turbine and Powerhouse
      • Lowell Canal System
      • National Streetcar Museum
  • Sunday 9/29/2019
    • Early morning sunrise shoot in Rockport
      • We will photograph the sunrise over Motif #1
      • We will then shoot in Rockport Harbor and neighboring areas
    • Afternoon – to the classroom
      • Select photographs from Saturday & Sunday Shoots
      • Class and critiquing of photos. Lawrence Library, Pepperell, MA Art Gallery.
      • Farewell
  • Camera Gear: DLSR cameras with interchangeable lenses are recommended. Tripods will be needed for the sunset and sunrise shoots.
  • More workshop details Here


  • Class size is limited to 12 spots
  • Workshop Participant: $595.00
  • Non-shooters: non-shooters are welcome to join us on the photo walks to Boston, Lowell, and Rockport but without a camera. Smartphone cameras are ok. Non-shooters must be over 18 and accompanying a registered workshop participant. Non-shooters will not be able to attend the class and critique sessions. The fee is $100 and includes the Wednesday presentation.


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