By Dave Warner

If you didn’t get a chance to attend Tony Sweet’s Community Presentation on Friday and Photography Workshop on Saturday, you missed an incredible experience.

The Friday presentation was held at Rock City Centre and was an hour of images and discussion about some of his images and how and where he took them. We videotaped the presentation, so you can click here if you’d like to see what he said and showed.

Allen and Geri Kazmerski attended the Friday event and stated, “Just want you to know we enjoyed Tony Sweet’s presentation last night and your efforts in making it happen. These programs offer Little Falls residents an opportunity to enjoy them within a few minutes walk from their home. No travel to Utica required. Quite a benefit for our community.”

The Saturday workshop was supposed to be Fall Color, but there wasn’t much to work with, so Tony and his wife Susan improvised. A morning of shooting different locations in the City followed, and then it was back to RCC for lunch and then a critique of images. A total surprise was a bagpipe demonstration by one of the workshop attendees.

Kevin Hoehn, one of the photographers who attended, stated, “I would just like to say “thank you” for the opportunity to participate in today’s workshop. I enjoyed it very much. The speakers, program, lunch, and coordination were great. I think I said to someone it was like finding one’s ‘tribe.’ The group got along so well.”

He continued, “Tony brought a very unique approach to the program. During the shoot, he checked with each individual to make sure they were on track. The critique was top-notch. I had never had my photos critiqued before, especially by a professional. Tony’s (and his wife Susan’s) comments were made in a safe space, and they took an extra effort to explain certain techniques and principles to aid the photographer. I also learned from what others photographed.”

“After the program ended, I went down to Canal Place to photograph a few more perspectives I got from the critique session. The two women from the Syracuse area were also down there doing the same thing. I applied techniques learned from Tony’s suggestions,” he said.

This event is part of The Creative Outpost’s Content Creation Workshop Series, which started in the summer of 2022, with the next one on tap for November. The folks from Floating Home Films will be giving a community presentation on November 17, 2023, from 7 pm until 8 pm at Rock City Centre, followed by a two-day free workshop on Documentary Storytelling from 9 am until 5 pm on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th.

This workshop will fill up fast, so please sign up now!

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