Lens, Space, & Image



Emanuel Jannasch
Wednesday to Friday, August 24 – August 26, 2022
10:00am – 4:00pm

Through guided photo-explorations of Lunenburg, this workshop teaches more effective use of whatever equipment you work with, from professional kit to smartphones. By the end of the course, you’ll be choosing lens angles:

  • to clean up your backgrounds – or dramatize them.
  • to emphasize the foreground – or diminish it.
  • to compress space – or distend it. 
  • to straighten diagonals – or enliven them.
  • to have your subject gain weight – or drop a few pounds.

This course was originally delivered to professional filmmakers across the country, but the lessons are accessible to anyone who’s ever snapped a picture.

Students Should Bring: 

  • Bring any camera that has a zoom or interchangeable lenses, from vintage gear, to the newest and most exclusive kit, to the cheapest of phones. The geometry of space remains the same.


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Emanuel Jannasch

Emanuel Jannasch studied architecture at Cornell, a program where the pictorial space of painting was studied as a key to understanding architecture as a visual art. This training led him into a career in art direction and film design: analyzing locations and designing spaces to be seen by the camera. Emanuel is also a Senior Instructor with the Dalhousie University School of Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design at the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Emanuel’s credits span three decades and include Margaret’s Museum, New Waterford Girl, Love and Death on Long Island, and The Conclave. He originally conceived this workshop for beginning film designers, but it has also proved popular with directors, cinematographers, and still photographers.


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