Smartphone Photography Workshops

An amazing group of eager, dedicated and creative young men from ten different nations has formed to be part of a month-long series of Photography Workshops. Rough cut media, a nonprofit from Philadelphia, USA, is dedicated to increasing access to media creation tools and professional instruction both locally and globally.

Young, single men are consistently de-prioritized in this crisis, and are significantly impacted by fear campaigns sweeping Europe on mainstream and social media. As a result, older teenage boys and single men are left behind in camps throughout Greece and the Balkans. On lesvos, Greece, they are forced to call moria refugee camp an indefinite home. One look and you can see why they consider it a prison. 

Despite the deplorable conditions they live in each day, young men brave the heat and walk over an hour each way to be with us at One Happy Family Community Center (@OHFLesvos). Here they have a chance to take language classes and study media creation with rough cut to ensure they have an artistic outlet and develop tangible and modern communication skills.
 

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From Composition techniques to Exposure, Focal Elements, Basics of Lighting and Color Theory, these dedicated students have absorbed so much and have put it all into daily practice.  The past three weeks have flown by so quickly, and with the time remaining we've already kicked into creating photo essays and are bridging into documentary video.

The work doesn't end when class lets out each day, and our What's App is regularly blowing up with images from inside MOria and on the road to and from camp.  Our first exhibition, open to the public here on Lesvos, is on Fri, July 28th, and A full gallery of their work will live on www.1976km.com as well as our Instagram @1976km.

In the meantime, here are some Behind-The-Scenes shots and a little taste of what these guys have already produced. 

Practicing Fill Lighting 

Student's expression of grasping Depth of Field

High-Angle  Challenge with "Victorious" as randomly assigned emotional expression .

Low Angle Challenge with "Happy" as randomly assigned  emotional expression

Rough Cut Media founder- Douglas Herman- leading tutorial on lighting for portraiture. 

Rough Cut Media founder- Douglas Herman- leading tutorial on lighting for portraiture. 

One of hundreds of solid portraits from Day 1 of Lighting workshop.

One of hundreds of solid portraits from Day 1 of Lighting workshop.

H's first composition using Snapseed app as photo editor on phone. 

H's first composition using Snapseed app as photo editor on phone. 

S's first portrait using desktop version of Snapseed.  

S's first portrait using desktop version of Snapseed.  

M's favorite self-portrait.

E's candid  BTS shot, edited with Snapseed on a phone that has seem some things. 

G's self-directed portrait, with the help of a full team. Edited on Snapseed.