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Doug Hansgate



Doug Hansgate has been shooting professionally and with distinction for over 35 years. His creative approach to photography, coupled with his ability to see and capture light, permeates his impressive body of work. His love of photography, passion for art, and desire to always be the best that he can be in any field, has driven him to excel as a photographer, artist and educator, wood sculptor, master stonecutter, and fine art craftsman. He is a Phottix Pro shooter and travels extensively teaching at conferences and workshops internationally.

Doug’s work has been on display in galleries in New York City and Toronto, including the world-famous Ontario Art Gallery and Smithsonian exhibits. His numerous gallery showings highlight his perceptive and compelling work. Doug is gifted in his ability to view a subject, see and distinguish slight nuances in light and tonal variations, capture that vision through photography and the capabilities of the camera, and express his vision through printed work.

His passion for his art and never-ending search for knowledge has propelled Doug as a leader in the field of painting with light—a digital process in which the artist/photographer paints with light to further enhance his imagery. Since the human eye can perceive slight nuances of color and light that cameras cannot always capture, Doug uses digital technology to fulfill his artistic vision of photography.

Through his constant search for the very best technology, new techniques and tools, evolving styles, and an idealistic view of the world, Doug has become a sought-after educator. As a consummate instructor, Doug works hard to share his knowledge with fellow photographers. Photographers look to him to expand their knowledge, increase their sense of light, create that which the camera is incapable of perceiving, and explore the world as an artist. Doug has taught at professional photography seminars throughout the United States, and Canada. He teaches classes in Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®, post production applications, high dynamic range, Painter®, off camera flash, studio lighting and studio portraiture. His passion for sharing his knowledge is tempered only by the hours of the day and how much can be accomplished in one lifetime.

His work has been seen in dozens of magazines and throughout the web on commercial sites, and has received numerous national and international awards including the Kodak award for image excellence.  His mainstay has been his commercial work with attorneys, real-estate developers, physicians, product developers and recording companies, but has worked for several modeling agencies including the prestigious Wihelmina Agency of New York and Silver Modeling agency of New York. As well as maintaining a high volume High School Senior Business and portraiture studio.

As you explore Doug’s work, you will surely see—and feel—the emotion and passion that he captures in every image, whether in his dreamscape series or iconic architectural images. As a sought-after judge of photographic imagery, Owner of AMP Studios, a successful commercial portrait and fashion photography studio in North Tonawanda, New York, Doug often says that if an image does not exude passion and does not evoke a sense of delight, sorrow, sadness, happiness, or desire, the image lacks the ability to be a sustainable work of art.



This four-day, intensive workshop gives you the opportunity to dive into light control, post production and overall image artistry. You will learn how to think differently about light and how to use it effectively to create drama and emotion in your images. Each day, Doug will demonstrate using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit images from the hands-on portion of the day, allowing you to gain a thorough understanding of the post-production process and learn how to fulfill the vision we had for the image. By the end of the workshop, you will not be left hanging or wondering how to go from capture to fulfillment.

* The first day sets the stage for the workshop. Working with inanimate objects and macro photography, we will explore different kinds of light and light qualities. You will also learn how to control and modify light.

* On day two we will explore using natural light and live models. We’ll look at controlling natural light with a variety of tools.

* On day three, we will again work with live models and experiment using both continuous light sources and studio strobes. Along the way, you'll learn about classical forms of portraiture.

* Day four is when we take all that we have learned and go on-location with off-camera flash. Working with live models, you will explore the campus and look for different lighting opportunities. You will learn how to recognize available lighting situations that will work.

This in-depth program is best suited to intermediate and advanced photographers. The workshop will be fast paced and action packed in order to accomplish the goals of being able to edit the images as well.

No laptops are required during the day. You will be able to follow along as the instructor edits the images live. You are encouraged to edit your images each evening after the workshop so that you can share your questions and problems the next day. Bring light meters if you have them. You will find them extremely helpful.

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