Workshops

News about my workshops. Sharing my journey in black and whites with the most amazing participants. You are so welcome! Besos, Cris.

crisstephens | workshops in February 2017

January 24, 2017
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Next Dates: February 5th and February 12th

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“Creating Art from the Simplest Things – B&W photography” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 4 weeks.  Cost: $250             Next Class: Feb. 5th – March 5th.

enrollment is NOW OPEN through PayPal (*)

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“When creating art and capturing moments that are important to me, I make sure I pay attention to all the elements that are silent but can speak so loud in photographs. Things that the naked eye can miss but that are so strongly part of the story being told. This workshop is planned to share with you all what I do when working in my black and whites. From the moment of the shoot till the moment of the post processing. Giving you the tools to create strong monochromatic captures. Being able to translate the simplicity into a piece of art. From the simplest things and in the most ordinary places”. Cris Stephens 2017 | Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA.

Walk away from this workshop with information related to how can light speak in the image, how external elements can bring variety and drama in a capture. How to work on your intentions while shooting and while editing. Walk away with photoshop actions to edit strong black and whites, enhance light and shadows, bring dimension and work with detail. Develop skills that can make a big difference when capturing personal images but also when working with clients.

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“I have throughly enjoyed this workshop with Cris. I felt I had reached a plateau with my black and white images and ,after this workshop, I have fallen in love with Black and whites all over again. Cris is one of the most enthusiastic teachers I have had the pleasure to study with. She not only holds your hand but she encourages you to embrace your craft. Her commitment to helping you grow is beautiful. I am grateful for all of her hard work during this workshop. Thank you so much” Cindy Cavanagh  2016 of the LongWayHome

Feel welcome  to read more testimonials from past participants and to check the content of this workshop. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to let me know.

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(*) if interested to enroll, please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com and I will send you the invoice to pay via PayPal. Spots are limited. Thank you!

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“Bringing life to all the grays in between” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 2 weeks.  Cost: $130              Next Class: Feb. 12th – Feb. 26th

SOLD OUT as of Feb. 7th – Next Class will be in March.

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This B&W editing workshop is put together with the goal to bring through the editing process those “flat” black and white images alive and to be able to  create a three dimensional feeling, where textures and details are protagonists of the stories being told. This is what I call “bringing life to all the grays in between”. I created this “one to one” concept to be just “you and me”. To be able to connect with you and your work during these two weeks. Adjust to your editing needs, and work with your editing strengths and weaknesses.  During these two weeks we will work on how to make light pop and how to work with shadows to make them speak in pictures. We will work on how to enhance light in natural ways in post processing through what I named the “cross” “half moon” and “X” techniques. Working on transitions to make editing adjustment look as natural as possible. We will work on how to bring all the details alive and make our audience see what we want them to see. “Intentions” is the key word for me. I will teach you how to work with intentions in the editing process. It meaning and the power that “intentions” have when it comes to transform your straight out of camera’s. This class is offered for who wants to bring their black and white’s to “the next level” focusing on the editing process.  All my secrets, tools and techniques will be shared here and I can not wait to start!

Feel welcome to check the content of this workshop and to contact me if you have any questions.

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“When I saw this workshop being offered I had missed the first run and was excited to put my name down for the second time it was going to be offered. I’m so glad I didn’t think twice before registering. I have always been a color photographer and edited my B&W images without much brush work. Cris has taught me to study the image I have in front of me and create a customized edit according to my intended message. Cris is an fantastic teacher. She explained her process step by step in a very clear way. She went above and beyond editing by going through her thought process as she’s editing every step of the way. The structure of the workshop being one-on-one was so unique that it eliminated all other visual feed which made the interaction more focused and to the point. Her workshop material and content is excellent and very organized and above all this she is the kindest person to be taught by! ” Reem Alshaikh 2017

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(*) if interested to enroll, please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com and I will send you the invoice to pay via PayPal. Spots are limited.

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December’s News | CrisStephensPhotography

December 6, 2016
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T W E N T Y  S E V E N T E E N  C L A S S E S

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“Bringing life to all the grays in between” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 2 weeks.  Cost: $150              Next Class: Jan. 8th – Jan. 22nd.

enrollment is NOW OPEN through PayPal (*)

class for photographers

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f o u r  w e e k s   o n e – o n e   o n l i n e  w o r k s h o p

“Creating Art from the Simplest Things – B&W photography” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 4 weeks.  Cost: $250             Next Class: Jan. 15th – Feb. 12th

enrollment is NOW OPEN through PayPal (*)

class for photographers

click here for more info

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C O M I N G  S O O N

“First steps in editing – B&W oriented” with CrisStephens

.Duration: 3 weeks.  Cost: $200              Starting TBD.

enrollment is CLOSED

class for beginners

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(*) If interested to enroll please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com so I can send you an invoice with the pay pal link for you to proceed with payment. Thank you for your interest in my photography. Can’t wait to have the chance to work together!

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four weeks one-one online b&w workshop

December 6, 2016
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f o u r  w e e k s   o n e – o n e   o n l i n e  w o r k s h o p

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“Creating Art from the Simplest Things – B&W photography” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 4 weeks.  Cost: $250

enrollment is NOW OPEN through PayPal (*)

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“When creating art and capturing moments that are important to me, I make sure I pay attention to all the elements that are silent but can speak so loud in photographs. Things that the naked eye can miss but that are so strongly part of the story being told. This workshop is planned to share with you all what I do when working in my black and whites. From the moment of the shoot till the moment of the post processing. Giving you the tools to create strong monochromatic captures. Being able to translate the simplicity into a piece of art. From the simplest things and in the most ordinary places”. Cris Stephens 2016 | Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA.

Walk away from this workshop with information related to how can light speak in the image, how external elements can bring variety and drama in a capture. How to work on your intentions while shooting and while editing. Walk away with photoshop actions to edit strong black and whites, enhance light and shadows, bring dimension and work with detail. Develop skills that can make a big difference when capturing personal images but also when working with clients.

Feel welcome to read the testimonials related to this workshop. Thank you for stopping by, Cris.

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(*) if interested to enroll, please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com and I will send you the invoice to pay via PayPal. Spots are limited. Thank you!

 

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“o n e  –  o n e”

What does “one to one” mean?  During this workshop, I would like to have a one to one relationship as teacher – student. The platform to be used will be a Facebook group just for my student and I where we will discuss and talk about his/her images and his/her assignments’ questions and inquiries. There will be a constant communication where I will be able to assist my participants individually.  The student can ask me questions and I will be answering and preparing my CC Videos right away. It will be a black and white workshop but also, each student will receive my direct mentorship related to their own monochromatic work. My goal is for each student to get the most out of these four weeks. From the material, the videos and from me.

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c o n t e n t   o f   t h e  c l a s s

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Introductory PDF and 5 intro videos.
40 pages PDF material: Close ups, subject-camera connection, “hands that talk”.
8 – Course videos: behind the scenes and editing in black and white videos.
Week 1 assignment with personalized CCVideos.
Week 1 recorded class.
Week 1 Q&A scheduled chat.
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30 pages PDF material: How to put together diptychs and triptychs. How to couple images to convey your story
2– Course videos: Editing and putting together a diptych “the pair”.
Week 2 assignment with personalized CCVideos.
Week 2 recorded class.
Week 2 Q&A scheduled chat.
BONUS ASSIGNMENT 1: capturing skies in black and white.
14 pages PDF material: Capturing skies and editing in black and white. Making the ski protagonist of the story. How to shoot and how to post process them.
2– Course videos: Editing skies in black and white. What to consider. What to avoid.
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50 pages PDF material: external elements that bring so much to black and white images. How to work with: Shadows, Silhouettes, Reflections, Distortions, Textures, Movement and others.
6– Course videos: behind the scenes and editing in black and white.
Week 3 assignment with personalized CCVideos.
Week 3 recorded class.
Week 3 Q&A scheduled chat.
BONUS ASSIGNMENT 2: creating in camera blur. Focusing in shutter speed and having fun.
PDF material: what to consider and examples.
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20 pages PDF material: shooting in one location and creating variety in your final shots. Creating different feelings with he usage of different perspective and angles, different lenses and moving around.
2 Course videos: behind the scenes.
Week 4 assignment with personalized CCVideos.
Week 4 recorded class.
Week 4 Q&A scheduled chat.
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M a t e r i al

150 Page PDF Workbook
18 Videos

Personalized CCVideos.
Four recorded classes with Cris.

F r e e b i e s

3 sets of CSP black & white photoshop actions
R e q u i r e m e n t s

Knowledge of shooting manual is a plus but not a must
Cris will edit in Photoshop and ACR. Must own or have this program available to get the most out of the editing tutorials. If you would like to see me editing in ACR and PS but you are interested to do yours in another software, you are also welcome to do so. I will be CCing in your final edited images and working on your SOOC’s.

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T h a n k   y o u
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two weeks one-one online editing workshop

December 6, 2016
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“Bringing life to all the grays in between” with Cris Stephens

.Duration: 2 weeks.  Cost: $150

enrollment is NOW OPEN through PayPal (*)

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This B&W editing workshop is put together with the goal to bring through the editing process those “flat” black and white images alive and to be able to  create a three dimensional feeling, where textures and details are protagonists of the stories being told. This is what I call “bringing life to all the grays in between”. I created this “one to one” concept to be just “you and me”. To be able to connect with you and your work during these two weeks. Adjust to your editing needs, and work with your editing strengths and weaknesses.  During these two weeks we will work on how to make light pop and how to work with shadows to make them speak in pictures. How to enhance light in natural ways in post processing through my techniques (“cross” “half moon” and “X” techniques). We will work on how to bring all the details alive and make your audience see what you want them to see. “Intentions” is the key word for me. I will teach you how to work with intentions in the editing process. What does it mean and the power that it has when it comes to transform your straight out of camera’s. This workshop is offered for who wants to bring their black and white’s to “the next level”.  All my secrets, tools and techniques will be shared here and I can not wait to start!

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(*) if interested to enroll, please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com and I will send you the invoice to pay via PayPal. Spots are limited.

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Thank you very much!

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“o n e  o n  o n e”

What does “one to one” mean?  This is a class where I want to have a one to one relationship as teacher – student. The platform to be used will be a Facebook group just for my student and I where we will discuss and talk about his/her images only. I will share all the material, videos and ps actions via dropbox and we will be communicating via the FB group during these two weeks. The student can ask me questions and I will be answering and preparing my CC Videos right away. It will be an editing class but also, each student will receive my direct mentorship related to the work presented. My goal is for each student to get the most out of these two weeks. From the material, the videos and from me.

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c o n t e n t  o f  t h e  w o r k s h o p

  • Three sets of Actions:
    • CrisStephens Photoshop Actions
      • B&W tools
      • Dramatic B&W
      • B&W variety package.

Note: these are my actions and are the only tools I use when working in my black and white edits. All these actions are the ones also given to my participants in my workshop “Creating Art from the Simplest Things”.>

  • Material:
    • Introduction section about how I shoot. What I do and what I consider. How I prepare myself for the editing process that is coming.
    • Exposing and cropping in camera. Adjusting in post processing.
    • How to work on intentions while working in the editing process.
    • Embracing imperfections. Who is in charge.
    • How to enhance the light and the shadows bringing everything alive. Cris’ “half moon” and “Cross” techniques.
    • Creating strong black and whites: usage of light and shadows, perspectives and details.

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  • Eleven +  Videos
    • Editing video of a close up connection.
    • Behind the scene video of a close up connection.
    • Editing video of the BTS shoot.
    • Editing video about an underwater image.
    • Editing video of a “soft” image.
    • Editing video of an element as the protagonist of the story.
    • Editing video of an image with strong sun flare and haze.
    • Editing video about two images with elements.
    • Editing video of a backlit image.
    • Editing video of a sky capture.
    • Editing video changing cropping and thinking of composition.
    • Each participant will receive four personalized CCVideos (of each of their edited images and their SOOC).

Requirements:

  • You will get the most out of the editing tutorials if you have photoshop.  Having PS is a plus but not a must.
  • Dropbox account.
  • Facebook.

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Considerations:

  • All the edits will be done in ACR – Camera Raw and in PS- Photoshop. The actions that I will be sharing are for PS exclusively.
  • Each participant will present a total of four images edited in black and white. I do not mind the editing software used by the participants to have these images edited. But I will use ACR and photoshop when preparing the respective CCVideos.
  • The images to be CC’ed by me could be new or old. I will not be CCing images taken for other workshops or classes.
  • This is an editing workshop intended for an intermediate/advance level of participants. How to create layers, masks and other basics of photoshop will not be taught in detail. Shortcuts will be used to continue with the flow of my editings. If you are a beginner in the editing process please contact me to talk about my beginners editing class.

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Ex Participants Reviews of my workshops:

  • If you would like to read about testimonials from participants of my workshops, please click here.

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Enrollment:

(*) Enrollment is now open via payment through PayPal. Please send me an email to crisstephensphotography@gmail.com so I will be able to send you an invoice for you to proceed with the enrollment. If proceed with enrollment I will also need from you: your name, your dropbox email, your FB, your FB page and/or website. All this information is needed for me to get ready to have everything set up and ready to go.

 

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Example of “Creating Art from the Simplest things” and moments. This is a before and after shot that you will see it editing process in a video during this two weeks class. PhotosByCrisStephens 2016.

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November’s News

November 2, 2016
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Mini Session Houston, Texas: $150.-  November 12th – Sold out.

Mini Session Highlands Ranch, Colorado: $150.-  November 19th and November 20th (new dates just added).

New Editing Class – For Photographers: $120.- (Price will be $130 going on)  First Class:  November 27th through December 11th – Content of the Class to be posted on November 10th!

 

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Oct & Nov News

October 19, 2016
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Houston mini sessions have been sold out. Thank you from my heart to all my unconditional Houstonian clients. I love you!

Colorado minis – still spots available!! I can not wait to make my work known here and to have the chance to meet amazing people! c a n  n o t  w a i t !

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the mud shot

August 29, 2016
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* a late muddy afternoon *

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This shot is one of my favorites. Love the drama of the textures of the mud on his skin. The mood of the light and above all, the story behind.

I was inside the house knowing that the kids were playing in the backyard. But suddenly, there was that kind of silence that worries any mom. That kind of silence that makes you wonder “what the heck are they doing now?” So I went outside. The white curtains of the back covered patio where not letting me see what exactly was going on, but I could see their silhouettes playing. Not moving much but enough to let me know that they were having fun. Suddenly I saw a very little pond full of mud right under Julia’s feet. They were playing with the hose and there was so much water in the grass that it was starting to get muddy everywhere. But even more in this tiny space where I could see Julia sitting down while Lucas was standing right in front of her with his arms in the air. Julia was literally painting his body with mud and telling him what to do. He was there doing what his sister was saying. I run inside and grabbed the camera. Got my zoom lens and shot making sure that they did not know that I was there. I wanted to capture the moment right as it was. Raw and pure. I wanted to capture those faces. They clearly where having fun *smile*.

Suddenly I called his name, and when he looked at me, I got this shot.

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And once they realized that all was good, that the mess was OK, that this is one of those cases that you have to embrace and lived,  it was an afternoon of laughter and tons of smiles. It became the day of the fun mud builder of unforgettable memories. Another fun day spent in our house in Texas.>

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my photoshop actions

August 28, 2016
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cris stephens B&W tools

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In my workshops I have shared everything I do when capturing black and whites. All what I consider since the moment the image is captured till the moment I edit in camera raw and photoshop. All the edit secrets and all the editing tools are shared with each participant. And it is the best feeling ever to share with people that really want to know how I do my black and whites. What I consider, what I avoid and what I always keep in mind.

Below I am sharing some SOOC and edited images using my photoshop actions. Love to see the potential on the RAW’s and love to see what can be created in post processing. Try and have fun!

XO, cris.

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