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Or very own Tom Coyner is hosting this series of workshops. All the details are here;

RASKB-Blue Dalmatian Workshop series begins on Saturday, May 24th, 7:00 pm.

Please note we reserve the right to switch around the topics by month, based on workshop participants’ and facilitators’ preferences and requirements. But as things stand, we have scheduled the following workshops:

May 24 – Getting to Know Your Digital Equipment – review of proper use of the basics and intro to the rarely used functions, including those used by professionals, that make up 90% of most equipment’s features. This first workshop is priced with an introductory 50% discount.

June 21(?) – Korean Landscapes (field trip workshop): basics and handling unique Korean challenges

July – Informal Portraitures: basics and cultural nuances

August – Street Photography – Gangnam Style: dealing with Korean strangers on the streets of Gangnam

September – Lighting & Color: controlling and creating photo environments in Korea

October – On-site Application of What’ve Learned at Gyeongbug-gung (field trip workshop)

November – Evaluating One’s Own and Other’s Photo Portfolios

December – Exhibition: Seoul location to be determined

Future/Concurrent Workshops:

* Fine Art Photography (workshop series)

* Applying Leadership Skills to Your Photography (single workshop)

* Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, etc. 3- and/or 5-day Photography Workshops (from 2015)

One does not need to participate in all or even a majority of the workshops. However, regular participation is rewarded by having professional photo critiques by Sang, an experienced photographic arts professor, which will take place during each subsequent workshop’s review of the past month’s photographic challenge photo assignment. Map and directions to the Workshop (may also be seen at Studio in the basement of 107-12 Nonhyeon 2-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. WALKING DIRECTIONS (5 minutes total): Come out Exit 3 of Gangnam-gu Office subway station on (Olive) Line 7. Go straight, with the street on one’s left. Pass the first alley (Hakdong 47-gil) and go 1 short block to Hakdong 45-gil (separates a coffee shop from a pharmacy). Turn right on Hakdong 45-gil, and go down the hill to a T-intersection facing the 우림 Motel. Take a left and go up the hill to just one block short of the main intersection at the top of the hill. Turn right at a multi-story noodle store on the right, on to Hakdong 41-gil alley. Go 3 short blocks. The studio is in the basement of a four-story building on the right with a coffee shop on the first (ground) floor. Please bring your camera with you to the May 24th workshop! Please bring your friends to the workshops – but kindly have them to register with Tom Coyner first at or by phone at 010-9099-6195!

The first 3-hour workshop, that starts from 7:00 pm, on Saturday, May 24, in Nonhyon-dong (Gangnam), is W50,000, or W45,000 for RAS members. The subsequent workshops will also be 3 hours long at double that fee rate. We are building the workshop series so that the total value will be greater than the sum of the individual workshops through ongoing individual monthly photo challenges/critiques. There will be a photo exhibition of the workshop’s photographs in December. In any case, people pay at the door in cash at each workshop.

The workshops are being led by Sang-Bum Lim, a bilingual Korean fine arts photographer who studied 6 years at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California as well as worked as a commercial photographer and journalist in the US. He is now teaching at Daegu Arts University and Choong-Ang University. He has almost 20 years teaching experience. I have been doing photography for 40 years and have taught workshops for the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch and the US Embassy in Korea.

The workshops are very much individual photographer oriented so as to be able to provide genuine value at amateur to professional skill levels.

The first workshop will take place in a professional studio and we will return there for portraits workshop later this year. I will uniquely dominate this first workshop, but Sang will take over the workshop at the end. The first half of the workshop will be a presentation on the latest trends in digital gear as well as tricks and tips that the professionals use in their shooting that most amateurs are unaware. Following that, Sang and I will consult each participation on questions and issues regarding current and possible future equipment. Sang will then give a presentation on his fine art and documentary photography. We will conclude the evening with Sang assigning a photographic challenge for the participants to take on during the coming four week. Optionally, following the formal session, we will have a survey of the local beer found near the workshop location.

All participants will receive a 70+-page PDF equipment and tips guide that is reviewed during on the workshop.

Most of the future workshops will be outside, with a strong “hands on” orientation with Sang and me working closely with individuals. The first workshop will be focusing on people being adequately up to speed with their digital equipment There will be a lecture on some of the less obvious basics, some not well known tricks employed by seasoned professionals, extensive one-on-one cons

Sang and I look forward to meeting you all on May 24th.

Tom Coyner

Onsite Studios Asia

studio-quality photography

tel: +82-10-9099-6195

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