© Frank Ockenfels 3, 2018


FRANK OCKENFELS 3: Looking Beyond the Obvious 

Sunday, May 6th Orientation. Korakia Pensione 4pm

Monday, May 7  – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday May 10th: 9:00am – 11:00am

This workshop will be a 3-day exercise in seeing, creating and capturing light for those who want a shock to the system and want to push the boundaries of their own vision. Attendees should be able to use their cameras in Manual Mode and have a thorough understanding of all aspects of their camera’s settings. Come to have fun and ask lots of questions.

DAY 1:

We will start with conversation and a presentation of 5 images by each member of the class. After lunch we will break into groups of 3 and start shooting with natural light. Attendees should come prepared the first day with a digital camera, lap top computer and a thumb drive. We will stop at the end of each day to revue work made.

DAY 2:

We’ll be in studio and the class will be asked to bring things that create light…… “I call it the HOME DEPOT CHALLENGE.” On this day we ask that attendees bring a tripod. Once again we’ll break into groups of 3. There will be hot lights and other constant light sources available. We suggest attendees go to a lighting store or Home Depot and bring interesting light sources to the class.

DAY 3:

We’ll be on location. The class will be broken into groups of 2 and we will have 1 model for each group. This will give the class the opportunity to put new ideas into practice.


The class will meet on the 4th day morning to do a last review.


Frank is known to be one of the most involved, forthcoming teachers at the festival. You’ll learn to see light differently – work with the impact of lighting and posing subjects. You’ll have lots of one-on-one hands-on time with Ockenfels. You’ll come to know how he thinks about photography and how that informs his decisions about his work – and apply these insights to your own photography. We promise you this — you’ll take away an invaluable learning experience from this class. Students will photograph themselves and several models as well.

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

Price $1730

Includes workshop transportation, one model for each 2 attendees on shooting day of class and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


Frank W. Ockenfels 3 is one of the most sought-after portrait photographers in America. His portraits of such diverse personalities as Drew Barrymore, Jerry Seinfeld, Hilary Clinton, Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits, Spike Lee and Martin Scorcese have appeared in leading magazines throughout the world. Ockenfels’ work is seen frequently in Rolling Stone, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Us, Premiere, Esquire, New York Magazine and Spin. His work (including collaborations with artist Robert Longo) has appeared in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin.

His images are also featured in many award-winning publications including American Photography 9, S.P.D. 25th Anniversary Annual, Creative 21 and the 72nd edition of the Art Direction Annual. Frank has also shot album covers for David Bowie, REM, Queen Latifah, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge and Don Henley among others. In addition, he has directed music videos for artists Blues Traveler, Better Than Ezra, Local H, Billy Mann, 1000 Mona Lisas, Chris Whitley and Alice in Chains, and has directed commercials for clients including Kodak, Champion, U.S. Robotics, Converse, Nike and K. Swiss.

Frank has photographed movie posters including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harry Potter 3, Vanity Fair, Chronicles of Riddick, Starsky & Hutch for studios such as Miramax, Paramount, Focus Features, and Warner Brothers and has done TV campaigns for all the major networks including The WB, ABC, NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Showtime TNT and Fox.

Frank’s ability to adapt to unusual ten minute situations as well as staying away from the obvious seem to be his trademark. He believes in once meeting someone to then decide what the image will be, working with existing light and making light collaborate with the subject to create the moment. In many ways Frank is unconventional and believes that photography can still have moments of purity without being overly conceptualized or retouched.