Photography Wide Open - Los Angeles, CA - July 9th, 2022

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Join Fashion and Fine Art photographer Mark de Paola for this one-day workshop at the Leica Store in Los Angeles on July 9th, 2022
USAK-SB-LA -07092022
Los Angeles. CA, In-Person
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Focused on "Photography Wide Open", this seven hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination 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.

Mark’s 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 a day of in-depth discussions and practical exercises. This program will begin with a half day of intensive lecture, break for lunch, and conclude with an afternoon of shooting assignments with portraiture subjects and a group review session. 

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

Topics covered include:

  • Historical overview of Leica glass and evolution
  • A brief overview of the neurobiology of human vision
  • Impact of lens choice on the creative process.
  • Maximizing your use of Leica lenses
  • Working with natural light indoors and on-location
  • Exposing for skin in fashion, beauty, and portraiture work
  • Techniques for working at minimum focusing distance
  • Capturing motion in a still image
  • Understanding the collaboration between photographer and model

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 distance


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  • Students of all experience levels are encouraged to take this workshop.
  • Owning a Leica is not required for this event..
  • 1-2 models will be present for afternoon shooting exercises.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Students are encouraged to also attend de Paola's Five Years and Sixty Seconds book signing event the day before this masterclass on Friday, July 8th. 


A Leica Camera is not required for this class.  Students must have a basic or intermediate operational knowledge of their camera.  An assortment of Leica Cameras will be available on loan to try out. Attendance is strictly limited to 12 students max, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity.


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


Mark de Paola is a New York City-based fine art and fashion photographer with over 30 years of experience shooting campaign and fine art commissions for the likes of Vogue Spain, Vogue Mexico, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Gucci, Valentino, Prabal Gurung, David Koma, Roksanda, and Saint Laurent. 

De Paola has directed several hundred television spots in the fashion/beauty sector including those for Giorgio RED Perfume (Bergdorf Goodman windows and MoMA NY), Ducati, Leica Camera, Sony, Neutrogena, and Ford Motorsports. 

De Paola's fine art work is included in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Getty in Los Angeles, the San Diego Center of Photographic Arts, and the TOP Museum in Tokyo. His photography monographs Recent Work I (2018), Recent Work II (2019), and Five Years and Sixty Seconds (2020) can be found with Leica Camera retailers in major cities worldwide. De Paola's solo exhibitions have traveled around the world including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dali (China), Tokyo, Milan (Triennale Museum), and at home in New York City. 

De Paola's pictorialist work as a still and motion artist has been driven by his studies of the neurobiology and cognitive psychology of human vision.



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