Chris Spielmann has been a full-time commercial photographer for 39 years. His work includes a strong emphasis on architectural photography and his assignments also include other corporate clients. For his architectural images Chris brings a particular emphasis on composition, location lighting, and accurate rendering of color to his assignments. His extensive knowledge of Adobe Photoshop for post-production editing techniques helps to enhance the captured image.

Chris also has a background in teaching architectural photography. He was an adjunct professor at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts teaching the Architectural Photography and Advanced Photoshop Editing Techniques modules. Chris has also been a guest lecturer at The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design as well as at numerous photography clubs. He has also taught multiple PPA Photography Workshops and received his Photographic Craftsman degree from PPA in 2021.

Previsualization: Know what your photo will look like before you press the shutter. Before photographers had the convenience of having a screen on the back of their cameras they had to have a keen sense of what they wanted to achieve with their photography, and what their images were going to look like once the film was processed. In order to accomplish this they had to previsualize their images, and had to have a good understanding of metering, exposure, composition, and the various techniques and controls that were at their disposal to create on film the image that they already saw in their head.

With digital photography we have evolved into being post-visualizers. We react after we see what we’ve shot instead of acting before we take the photo. We look at the back of our cameras and fix what’s wrong instead of previsualizing the image and knowing what to do in the first place.

This talk is designed to train the participants on how to improve their previsualization skills and thereby improve every image that they make. The talk will cover  techniques involving metering, exposure, white balance, focusing, composition, and motion.

Spielmann Studio
1426 Beulah Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182

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