Photography Wide Open w/ Mark De Paola - Los Angeles

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Description: April 1st, 2023

Fine art photographer and director, Mark de Paola,  presents an exclusive one-day workshop in Los Angeles, California!

Focused on "Photography Wide Open", this seven-hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imaginations and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.

For over 40 years Mark has used Leica cameras and lenses, especially the 50mm Noctilux, to deliver projects for clients ranging from Vogue and Gucci to Superbowl commercials and fine art photographic exhibitions.

His first hand experience and wealth of still and motion imagery will provide a foundation for the class, and serve as a point of inspiration during an afternoon of in depth discussions and practical exercises.


  • Historical overview of Leica glass and evolution
  • Impact of lens choice on the creative process
  • Maximizing your use of Leica lenses
  • Working with natural light indoors and on-location
  • Techniques for working at minimum focusing distance
  • Capturing motion in a still image
  • Understanding the collaboration between photographer and model

After a morning of lectures the class will break up into small groups to work with models on location. The sessions will conclude with a brief review of work from the day. Owning a Leica is not required for this event.

Owning a Leica is not required for this event, however, we will have a selection of both M and the Leica SL2 gear available for you to use.

Don’t miss your chance to discover how Mark came to find his own visual aesthetic, and experience for yourself the process that'll allow you to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances.


Location: Los Angeles
Participants: 10 people
Duration: approx. 7 hours
Activity Level: Medium

Registration for this event closes 24-hours before each class begins to solidify attendance. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to


Leica Store Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048


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Mark de Paola is a director and photographer based in New York City and Los Angeles, best known for his wide-open shooting style. De Paola has had multiple covers for Vogue Spain and Mexico, as well as campaigns and commercials for Donna Karen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Brioni, Neutrogena, La Perla, Sephora, and MAC Cosmetics to name a few.


Mark has directed nearly 700 television commercials in the fashion/beauty sector, including Anheuser-Busch (Superbowl), Sony, Kawasaki, Ford Motorsports, Ducati Motorcycles, Toyota, Giorgio RED Perfume (exhibited at MOMA, NY), and English Ideas Cosmetics amongst others. Mark’s fine art series “60 Seconds” (a series of nudes shot with handheld 60-second exposures) and “The Art of Backstage” (shot during NY Fashion Week) have been exhibited at the Leica Gallery LA, Boston, Tokyo, San Francisco, and Dali, China.

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