New! ISSP is offering a cycle of masterclasses in commercial photography, led by leading Baltic photographers*. If you are already working or aspire to earn a living with commercial photography, these masterclasses offer you the opportunity to advance your professional abilities and improve your practical skill set, while helping you to develop your own creative vision and a meaningful future career. Spend an intense, creative day with new colleagues and like-minded people and get answers to all your questions by learning from the most recognized professionals in the Baltics.
Each lecturer will give an insight into their professional practice, paired with important practical tips and tricks, as well as an insight into the daily life and “behind-the-scenes” of the industry. Each masterclass will include a presentation and discussions, as well as a practical part - a photoshoot, demonstration, or portfolio review.
Audience: Professional photographers with experience, as well as those at the beginning of their career.
Three of the masterclasses are taking place in English and are open to international participants (see below).
The masterclasses will be held on Saturdays, from 10 AM to 5 PM
At ISSP premises in Berga Bazārs, Riga
Number of participants: 15 per masterclass
Participation fee: 100 EUR
Participation fee for those who apply for two or more masterclasses: 90 EUR
The masterclasses are developed by ISSP – a photography education platform with more than 12 years of international experience.
Fashion photographer Jegor Zaika will draw upon his 20 years of international experience, showing and discussing real-life examples of photo shoots, from planning and developing ideas to editing and retouching. During the first half of the day, Jegor will give an insight into his work and a “behind the scenes” insider's view of the fashion industry, while in the second part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to present their work, receiving individual feedback and suggestions for development.
Audience: Experienced photographers and young professionals with an interest in fashion photography are invited to take part in the masterclass. In the second part of the day, participants are invited to bring their own fashion photography portfolio (up to 20 images).
Jegor Zaika (LV/RU) has shot fashion images and celebrity portraits for leading titles including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, ELLE, Numero, L'Officiel and many others since the 2000s. Between 2010 and 2013 Jegor Zaika taught a photography course at The British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow - a period in which his interest in fine art photography grew. Since then Zaika’s projects have exhibited in various museums and galleries and his works are held in the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum’s permanent collection. His monograph “Trade” - a collection of fashion and portrait photographs - was published in 2009.
Katrina Tang, one of Estonia's best-known children's fashion photographers with extensive international experience will talk about the development of her individual style and the importance of staying true to it, as well as the key aspects of working with children. In her practice, Katrina successfully combines commercial photography for the world's leading fashion brands with personal projects. The masterclass will be valuable for those who want to professionally photograph children and families, as well as anyone who takes pictures as a serious hobby. After Katrina's talk and discussion, each participant will have the opportunity to take part in a photo session, capturing images of children in their daily environment.
Are children and animals really the most difficult subjects? Building a personal connection.
How can you create a recognizable individual vision and style, and how to adapt it to clients?
Photo shoots – developing ideas and key practical aspects.
How important is it to be represented by an agent?
Professional children's, family, and fashion photographers, as well as those with a basic technical background in photography who want to gain more insight into children's photography or develop their hobby.
Katrina Tang's (Estonia) work is mainly focused on capturing children - both in documentary portraiture and fashion form. Her personal vision and style help her find time for projects such as portraying the extinction of Estonian country schools, while collaborating with renowned children's fashion brands such as Gucci, Oeuf, Clarks, Mini Boden, FCUK etc., and leading international magazines such as Harrods (UK), MilK (France), Earnshaws (US), etc. Loving to capture unintentional moments and listening to her feminine instinct, she offers a personal approach to assignments while being mindful of her brand identity.
One of the most well-known of the young generation of Estonian architecture photographers, Tõnu Tunnel will talk about his experience in photographing various buildings and structures. During the lecture, Tõnu will focus on how to plan photoshoots and build a portfolio for a variety of audiences (such as homeowners, architects, builders, magazines & advertising), give a brief introduction to image composition and perspective correction, and share technical background on creating panoramas and other indoor and outdoor photography techniques. In the second part of the masterclass, participants will join Tõnu in photographing Riga's architecture, discussing various practical techniques and ways of looking at buildings.
Architectural photography for various clients - setting a brief;
Planning the shoot - weather, light, time and other factors;
How to deal with various distortions of perspective;
Understanding indoor and outdoor composition, creating panoramas;
Choice of equipment, various technical tips and techniques for quality architectural photography.
Photographers who are already working or wish to start working in the architectural photography genre. The masterclass is also open to architects and other professionals who want to understand the basic principles of architectural photography.
Tõnu Tunnel is a freelance architectural photographer from Tallinn, Estonia. He studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. After a brief career in IT he returned to photography and is now one of the more established architecture photographers of the younger generation. Above all, he is interested in architecture, urbanism and issues related to urban lifestyles. Tunnel has taken part in several group exhibitions since 2008, and in 2013 he won the ArtPrint young artist prize.