Tuesday, July 21, 2009

American Gothic Photo Workshop Rescheduled

The American Gothic Photo Workshop originally scheduled for Thursday, July 23 has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. Come learn every nuance of taking the perfect reproduction of your own “American Gothic” photo or parody in front of the house. Learn why it is more important how and where the photographer stands than where the models stand—thus debunking the notion that there is a perfect spot for the couple to stand.

Step one in taking the perfect reproduction: Have the couple stand in the middle of the concrete circle. Step two: the photographer stands in front of the couple and physically moves forward or backward until the couple’s heads meet the roofline of the house. Sometimes it is necessary to squat as well depending on how tall the couple is. Step three: only after the photographer has the camera correctly positioned so that the house and the heads are in correct proportion does the photographer use the zoom to crop the image.

Remember to make sure that the window is in between the couples heads, check to make sure that the pitchfork is not in front of any ones face, and make sure you don’t crop off the peek of the house. Ideally, the bottom of the image will be about waist height just below where the gentleman grips the pitchfork. And most important, don’t forget to have fun!

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