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brit hammer takes your art images from average to awesome

Every artist DESERVES to have WOW photos. The moment I ‘met’ Brit Hammer on Skype last year I knew she was the one who could help artists take those WOW photos themselves. Her boundless energy, dedication to her craft, to artists and to teaching made it easy to see that she is an inspirational teacher.

Art and Photograph by Christine Dumont

Art and Photograph by Christine Dumont

 

DAM reader and polymer clay artist Christine Dumont took Brit Hammer’s Photographing Fine Art & Craft Guided Study online course and she agrees!

“Before Photographing Fine Art & Craft, I used to waste hours taking uninteresting pictures. My camera was an endless source of frustration. The course made me appreciate that taking a photo was an extension of the creative act of making the piece. Brit took the time to find out what I wanted to say in my photos and helped me get there.

My camera is no longer a mystery. I can work quickly and produce images that express the vitality and spirit of my work. This is hugely empowering as so much of our work is judged on the quality of our images.

Photographing Fine Art & Craft is a superlative course taught by a superlative teacher.” – Christine Dumont

 

Art and Photograph by Christine Dumont, silver by Christiane De Haes

Art and Photograph by Christine Dumont

 

Christine Dumont did it.

Are you next?

The Photographing Fine Art & Craft Guided Study Class begins Monday, January 7th. Now YOU can learn how to take WOW photos yourself!

Start the new year right. Sign up now.


 

Read More testimonials here.

P.S. Just got a shiny new DSLR camera and not sure how to use it? Brit’s got you covered there, too. Grab her DSLR Photography for Artists tutorial. You’ll learn how to use your camera so you can hit the ground running.

 

 

brit hammer is teaching again!

Brit Hammer launched her online class in August and I am happy to report that Photographing Fine Art & Craft is quickly becoming popular among artists for a reason: It works. She’s teaching another session of the class in November and I don’t want you to miss it!

In this class Brit teaches you how to take photos that capture the essence of your art, how to curate those images and “how to craft a visual story for use in magazines and other publications.”

Before on the left, After on the right

As someone who views art on the Internet I need to be WOWED to go further than the Home page. Lure me in with your images.

Students in the Photographing Fine Art & Craft class report that they are learning much more than how to take pictures to the WOW stage and how to tell a story with images – they are, as one student said, “learning to shoot from the heart.”

Heba Barazi is learning quickly – see what she has to say below and read more testimonials here.

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Heba is learning, learning, learning!

“Brit’s approach to teaching artistic photography is systematic. She broke down the process of capturing images into small steps that I can understand. In just a couple of weeks, I made a whopping leap of progress. I am so glad I joined her class. Thank you Brit!” – Heba Barazi

Brit created a video of top ten tips for students in my website building class and she has graciously allowed me to share one of the tips with you today. Watch the video for one of her Top Ten Tips for Photographing Fine Art & Craft.  Want the rest of her tips? Sign up for the class (there’s even a discount for DAM readers!)

Recently, as I videotaped a series of website audits, I reminded each artist that they shouldn’t rely on text to tell the story of their work. It likely won’t get read by many people.

Let your photos tell the story of your art. Let Brit show you how to tell a story with your images. Really.

Stay tuned for more from Brit – and watch for a collaboration between Brit and daMuse in 2013. I look forward to sharing more of her student’s work in future posts.

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ps. The class is designed for a DSLR camera. Shooting on automatic because you don’t know how to work with the settings on your camera? Brit can help with that too – check out her newest online tutorial, DSLR Photography for Beginners.

 

kahn and fago launch apprenticementor.com

A comment on Saturday’s post about my search for an apprenticeship on the East Coast sent me skipping to Apprenticementor.com, a non profit website where mentors and apprentices can find each other. The new venture was launched last week by apprentice Jennifer Kahn, and artist Celie Fago, a team for almost nine years.

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Celie, a jewelry artist, writer, and much sought after teacher, met Jennifer when Kahn was in college working at a gallery that sold Fago’s jewelry.  After attending classes taught by her, Kahn became a live-in apprentice and teaching assistant to the artist, and she continues in those roles today while making and selling her own line of jewelry.

Here’s a snippet of what the duo says about apprenticeships:

“Mentors have the potential to not only pass on their skills but to give those who could never have the time or the money or the know-how, the ability to invest in their passion. They can ensure that crafts stay alive and vibrant for future generations.

There are all levels of potential apprenticeships out there.  Some as extensive as the traditional 7 years and some simply lasting for a given event. For example, a potter looking for help selling their work at a craft show in exchange for teaching about how to sell at craft shows. It could be a live-in situation; an apprentice could work for their mentor for a number of days a week in exchange for room and board. Or it could be more casual, meeting once a week for a few hours. Simply go to the directory to peruse or create a listing. You decide what you are looking for or what you want to put out there.”

Celie Fago and Jennifer Kahn

The website is brand new, so there aren’t many people registered yet, but my guess is that will change soon as word gets out about this great service. Keep your eye on Apprenticementor – they have a Facebook page to make it easy for you to do that. I’m on my way over there to register right now – it’s free. Coming?

Many thanks to Angela Crispin for letting us know!

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