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Participant (V) Review of the One on One workshop with GMB Akash

January 30, 2016

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‘Paul Lavergne who recently completed ‘One on One workshop’ with me in Bangladesh is a graduate of a New York Film Academy. After completing the workshop he has impressed me with his ability to understand composition and using proper light. As a result, he has presented some incredible images. At present his ability to go deeper into any situation, the way he gets closer to people, his skill to capture light and colour in his pictures and his detail work are utterly remarkable’ – GMB Akash

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Introducing Paul Lavergne, participant of ‘One on One workshop with GMB Akash.

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Video Interview of Paul Lavergne

Workshop review by Paul Lavergne

‘It was a great learning experience. I loved the intensity of the workshop. In 6 days I can learn what otherwise would take me much longer. The workshop was very well organized as Akash had a schedule for every morning and afternoon of the 6 days. But the best part was having him working beside me, side by side, for six days. He is a very giving person and one can immediately sense his passion for photography, for his country and its people, and for sharing his knowledge without reservations.

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Best three things I learn from the workshop:

Good images take hard work and patience.

  • To see and photograph in color.
  • To relate to people in the streets
  • To try to do good with our cameras

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I left Dhaka with a more profound love for photography especially in storytelling and documenting which I hope to incorporate into my style. Dhaka is a very beautiful place photographically, its people are amazing and Akash is an awesome host. But the best recommendation I can give Akash is that whenever someone sees one of my pictures from Bangladesh they immediately fall in love and ask a lot of questions which naturally has me talking passionately about the place, its people and Akash.’ – Paul Lavergne

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6 Day One-on-One Workshop with GMB Akash: The focus of this customized program is to not only teach photography but to give students a chance to fully experience a career that is often misunderstood. While media and films have glamorized the lives of photographers, the reality is that this is one of the world’s most demanding and difficult jobs, both physically and mentally. We have designed GMB Akash’s workshops to give young photographers an opportunity to experience the true nature of international photojournalism, street photography and documentary photography. No other workshop or seminar gives students the ability to work one on one with a professional photojournalist in a real world environment. Each student will have exclusive access to GMB Akash through the duration of the workshop, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of his work experience, teachings, and methodologies. Due to the intimate nature of these workshops and the real world working environment, each student can expect to learn and experience much more than they would during one year in a standard university photography program. Each workshop is six days long and set in locations that are rich in culture with a wealth of photographic and documentary subject matter.

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This program covers a vast array of subjects including photographing in adverse conditions, gaining your subjects trust and adapting photographic ethics. Night and low light photography. Working without a flash or tripod. The digital darkroom, editing and workflow in Lightroom. Tips and tricks for “saving” a photograph or putting the finishing touches on a “perfect” photograph. How to work with your camera and use its many functions. Camera and lens field care. Captioning images and the five W’s (Who, What, When, Where and Why.) Working with editors, deadlines, assignments, freelance projects etc. Building and presenting a story online/digital light boxes and personal websites. Copyright information and how to use it in the real world. Preparing for the future and impending changes in the industry.

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To apply for ‘One on One workshop’ email to akashimages@gmail.com

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One Comment
  1. Abdul Malek Sikder permalink

    Dear Akash, Thank you for sending the post on the One on One workshop with Paul Lavergne. I am very impressed by the quality of the photographs taken by him. The composition, lighting and above all the powerful content depicting the life of working class is commendable.  With best regards Abdul Malek Sikde 

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