Each January, Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships draws artists from around the globe. Those artists take the form of both teams competing and photographers capturing the scene. The enormous outdoor art gallery can be difficult to shoot, especially on snowy days.
For the 2014 event, Colorado Mountain College and local photographer Katie Girtman are introducing workshops designed for beginner and intermediate photographers, who can choose from a three-part series or individual classes. The sessions culminate with a virtual display showcasing top student photos. Prizes will be presented to the best photographs in several categories at the close of the three-day series.
Students will learn the basics of digital photography on a point-and-shoot camera or a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.
Classes will center on shooting the snow sculptures of Breckenridge, and Girtman will share tips on getting the most out of your camera, shooting harder subjects such as snow, and getting better photos of the winter landscape.
If You Go: Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Photo Workshops
- When: The photography series takes place the first weekend of snow sculpture, Jan. 24 through 26, 2014. Students may sign up for one class or the three part series. Friday classes take place from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and the Saturday and Sunday classes take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
- Where: Classes focus around the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, located at the Riverwalk Center. Registered students meet at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, located at 203 S. Main St.
- Cost: $75 per class or $199 for the three-part weekend series
- Register: Registration opens Dec. 2, 2013, call 970-453-6757 to sign up. Returning CMC students can also register online at ColoradoMtn.edu/summitce
- What to bring: Expect to be outside and wear weather-appropriate clothing including gloves, hat, winter jacket, and boots. Bring water, camera/lenses, camera manual, and compact flash cards for your camera. If you have it, you may also bring a flash, polarizing filter, tripod, laptop, and shutter cable.
The photography courses are part of Colorado Mountain College’s Continuing Education program, which also offers dance, art, and culinary classes (among many other options) for both visitors and locals.
About the instructor: Katie Girtman is one of the photographers behind Studio Kiva. She has 24 years of professional experience, shooting everything from sporting events and architecture to extreme adventures and globally-recognized products.
Her approach to product photography and sporting events leans toward the photojournalistic, emphasizing the natural and fleeting rather than the staged and stale. Katie goes out on the edge, literally, to capture exceptional moments with her camera, revealing real emotion and beauty in both her subjects and the extreme environments in which she excels. Katie has been published around the world in many types of publications.