Ah Haa Moment: Blues & Brews, Photo Workshop

Image by Barry Brecheisen

Ah Haa Moment: Blues & Brews, Photo Workshop

Image by Barry Brecheisen

Image by Barry Brecheisen

Can you capture sound through a lens? The electricity in the air? Getting award-winning candid shots is not easy given the variables of light and movement during a performance. But Rolling Stone regular Barry Brecheisen has the knack. Capturing a piece of the action? A piece of cake for this master entertainment photographer.

You too can learn how to cover the coolest of the cool events such as Telluride Blues & Brews, Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15. Headliners this year include The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge. Additional festival appearances include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, IBC winner Selwyn Birchwood Band


Sign up now for the course offered by Barry through the Ah Haa School for the Arts: “Blues & Brews in the Pit: A Photography Workshop,” Thursday, September 12 (for an introductory workshop) and running through the Festival weekend. Join Barry in the pit to shoot up-close-and-personal images of some of the hottest musicians on the circuit today.

The workshop includes daily time in the photo pit, access to the festival grounds, and classroom and critiques at the Ah Haa School. This is a completely unique and exciting opportunity for photographers to get a chance to rub shoulders with the pros and learn from one in action.

Participants should have a basic working knowledge of their SLR digital cameras. For best shooting results, Barry recommends two lenses: 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm. A laptop with photo editing software is also recommended and preferred in assisting for next day reviews, as well as a jump drive to store and share your selects. The course fee, $375, includes a full festival pass. Approximate hours: Thurs., 1:30-5p.m. at Ah Haa; Sat/Sun critique, 10 a.m. Festival shooting hours, noon-9 p.m.

Ah Haa students are eligible for a 15% discount on lodging from Telluride Alpine Lodging and Accommodations. Simply let them know you are an Ah Haa student when you book your hotel or condo,  888/893-0158.

About Barry Brecheisen:

For years, Barry Brecheisen’s entertainment photography has appeared regularly in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, US Weekly, Time, ESPN the Magazine, Newsweek, SPIN, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. Known first and foremost as a rock ’n’ roll photographer, Barry has shot Britney Spears, Paul McCartney, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen — and practically every famous rock star who’s toured since 1997.

Currently a highly in-demand freelancer working out of Chicago, Barry was the photo editor at RollingStone.com from 1998-2001. Recently, Barry’s portrait photography of rock stars Ludacris, Chingy, Senses Fail and Jeff Tweedy appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. His nightlife and entertainment photography is also a weekly fixture in the Chicago Tribune’s Metromix section and the Tribune’s RedEye newspaper.

T0 learn more, click the “play” button and listen to my interview with the superstar photographer.

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