Essdras is a well sought-out world class speaker and he is available for presentations and talks in a variety of photo- related topics :
- On being a photojournalist
- The resiliency of the human spirit
- Photojournalistic Ethics and storytelling
- On Travel Photography
- Street Photography: Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
- Great Composition tips
- Understanding the art of silhouettes
- Embracing your wide angle
- Taking full advantage of your Telephoto
- Recognizing the decisive moment
- Discerning the essence of Portrait Photography
- The importance of shadows
- Storytelling one frame at a time
He is also available to teach photo workshops locally, nationally and internationally. These workshops can be custom designed to fit the needs of the individual or the group. Their duration can be half-day, full-day, full week to multi-week- long programs. These could also be on location, studio, virtually or in classroom settings
Site-specific Street Photography
Capacity: Min. 12/ Max. 20
This is a four-to- six hour on a location workshop. This is a product best suited for camera clubs or other groups and it usually accompanied by a slide show presentation on the same day or on the previous day. You, or your club members or administrators, choose the location of the workshop. The slide show presentation aims to familiarize the audiences with the thinking process and M.O. of photojournalists. During the workshop itself the participants learn how to react and adapt to the ever-changing environment of an outdoor public settings such as a street, park, etc. This is a practical way of learning how to make photos when it matters the most: when things are happening right in front of you in a live scenario. During this workshop we discuss composition, quality of light, layering, points of entry, natural framing, points of escape and decisive moments. You’ll learn how to photograph people in public places and how to do it in a non- invasive yet effective way.
Creating Sophisticated Images
Capacity: Minimum of 12/ No max
This is a classroom-style workshop with a duration of four hours. Taking part on this workshop will improve your composition skills, and overall image-content quality. We’ll discuss composition, layering, points of entry, points of escape, the use of negative a.k.a. as equivocal space and positive space. As well as learning the why and how the brain processes and catalogs visual information and how to use this knowledge in order to create more interesting or sophisticated photos.
Portrait Photography and the Art of Light Appreciation and Application
Capacity: Min 8/ Max 16
A good portrait captures a bit of the essence of the subject being photographed and it makes the viewer stop and pay attention to your image. Either by its content, composition or lighting and/ or by the environment that surrounds the subject. This class can be held either on- location, or in a classroom or studio. You’ll learn to identify the most aesthetically- pleasing ways of positioning your subject(s) within an environment. As well as recognizing when to use natural versus artificial light. We’ll also discuss sources of light and quality of light as well as composition and the Fibonacci Sequence, spirals and the golden mean and its application to composition.