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Stitches Photo Workshop

February 23

Stitches West was an amazing experience – again! I capped it off with a wonderful workshop taught by Alexis Xenakis and Benjamin Levisay. Alexis is the photographer for Knitter’s Magazine and the gorgeous XRX books. Benjamin is CEO of XRX, assists Alexis, and is a Photoshop expert.

Alexis is an animated, enthusiastic teacher!

Stitches West, photography workshop, Alexis Xenakis, Benjamin Levisay

Here you can see our class reflected in the front windows of the Hyatt where Stitches was held. We photographed in different spots around the hotel. One of the best things I learned was that you can make wonderful images in unlikely  locations.

Stitches West, photography workshop, Alexis Xenakis, Benjamin Levisay

I have no idea how Benjamin holds up the scrim for as long as he does. My arms would fall off if I tried it. Alexis taught us the importance of using diffused light.

Stitches West, photography workshop, Alexis Xenakis, Benjamin Levisay

A valuable lesson is the use of long lenses. And if an even longer lens is called for, use an extender. My local camera store is going to love me when I get home with my shopping list!

Stitches West, photography workshop, Alexis Xenakis, Benjamin Levisay

We learned how to position hands to capture the beautiful sleeve details on this sweater.

Stitches West, photography workshop, Alexis Xenakis, Benjamin Levisay

During the last afternoon of the workshop Benjamin taught us some tools of Photoshop.  I will never process photos the same way again! I felt like a giant sponge, soaking up valuable and surprising information. It was great.

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