Inspiring Photography

Michael Olson

ESCANABA — A Photography Workshop: Inspiring Photography will be held Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bonifas Art Center. Instructors for the workshop will be Michael Olson and Paul Arno Rose. In this workshop, they will share their favorite tips from years of shooting photography.

The workshop begins with a walk through their gallery exhibit, “The Inspiring UP: Photography Competition” with a personal conversation on how-to develop your own personal style.

Surrounded by examples of their own work, Olson and Rose will share their decision process of what to shoot, when to shoot and what technical skills can enhance expressive qualities.

The workshop continues on to Genesis Graphics in Escanaba, where the artists will discuss the equipment, software, materials and technical issues that are involved in the printing process. They will explain what you need to know to get your image to the printer to ensure high quality photographic images. Discussion will also include tips on various ways to sell your photography so bring your suggestions and questions.

Michael Olson has been involved with photography and the graphic arts for nearly 37 years. He is the owner of Genesis Graphics, Inc.,located in Escanaba. His real-world experience at Genesis Graphics includes commercial photo shoots, photo retouching, photo and fine art digital printing. “Though I have spent the majority of my working life in the field of Graphic Arts, nature photography is my passion,” said Olsen.

Olson has received several awards both at Ferris State University and the Bonifas Art Center. His photography has been published in travel guides and magazine publications, and his graphic art appears in interpretive signs throughout the country.

Paul Arno Rose’s career spans 30 plus years, beginning with his studies at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, to his most recent accolade as artist-in-residence award winner for Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island. Rose has been the recipient of a number of awards here at the Bonifas as well as photography competitions around the country, including career highlights of awards in PhotoSpiva and PDN (Photo District News) contests.

His work, collected around the country and carried by galleries in the Great Lakes and Southwest regions, offers a distinct narrative quality. “My camera offers me the opportunity to stay true to creative expression. I could not be more excited,” said Rose.