Typical Workshop Programme

DAY ONE: Creating Surreal Images - Theory and Practice (7 hours)

Theoretical Part:


  • who I am and how I started my path in photography;
  • what conceptual photography is and 3 key elements of an eye-catching image;
  • first steps in building a conceptual portfolio: stepping aside from an ordinary portrait, starting to think and shoot differently;
  • actual ways of adding “magic” to your photographs - practical advice;
  • searching for inspiration and shaping ideas;
  • using composition, geometry, colors to create surreal images;
  • organizing a surreal conceptual shoot from a crazy idea to an amazing photo step by step;
  • choosing locations (how, where, why);
  • searching for perfect models and engaging them during the shooting process;
  • styling your own shoot, picking wardrobe, accessories, props (how, where, why);
  • making props by yourself;
  • working with the support team (makeup artists, hair stylists, decorators, stylists, etc.) - important things to keep in mind, when collaborating with other professionals; 
  • overcoming challenges of outdoor shooting.

Practical Shooting Part:


  • drive-in into my working process with explanations of every action that I take. I show you how I work with models and shoot my images;
  • you get an assignment that will allow you to apply what you've just learned and to create your own conceptual works. You have a chance to work with models yourself under my guidance and supervision. There will be three models with professionally done makeup and hair, as well as a selection of props and outfits that you can use. Participants are divided into groups so that everyone has enough time to create his or her own photo fairy tale. 

DAY TWO: Post-Processing and Portfolio Reviews (4 hours)

  • see my process of editing raw images from the previous day into a finished work; 
  • using Lightroom - working with contrast, curves, colors, eliminating lens imperfections.
  • final edit in Photoshop - retouching skin, emphasizing shadows and highlights, removing and adding items, changing the geometry of an image, creating a composite shot, some useful plug-ins;
  • find out you how some of my previous photos were made, including “before/after” images and details of post-processing
  • we discuss the images that you made the day before and I give my comments on their strengths and points that could be improved;
  • questions and answers
  • portfolio reviews (you can get objective feedback on up to 7 of your previously made works).​


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