This class explores techniques and strategies for shooting at night. A quick plan to get the correct exposure at night no matter if it is the Aurora, Milky Way, City lights etc. We will have a demo on common cell photo apps that predict the path of the milky way, sunrise, sunset, tides, and moon rise/set and direction of light. We will discuss how to create time lapse photography. We will discuss what equipment and software that you will need. How to focus at night. You will learn the correct formula for night photography, intervalometer, reducing flicker, and a few post processing tips with Lightroom. We will also discuss how to predict and photograph the Northern Lights (Aurora).
Travel photography is an ever-popular and challenging activity that encompasses a wide range of subjects: people, buildings, landscapes, and more. As a long-time National Geographic photographer and magazine designer, Bob will share with you his ideas for improving your travel pictures and coming back with some great images. Travel can do more than just give our eyes something fresh to visually inspire us. It can inspire an attitude or a direction when traveling. It can be a reason for learning about your destination and a purpose for interacting with the people you meet. It can determine why and how you interact with your new surroundings.In other words, it can change the very nature of your travel experience and even be the primary reason for traveling. Bob goes beyond “travel photography tips” and offers his thoughts about the relationship of photography to travel and how to tell your travel story in a more personal way.
People often think of a photograph as something specific and identifiable—a baby, a wedding, a landscape, a sports moment, etc. Oftentimes, what captures Frank’s attention is not something specifically identifiable but something abstract: rust on a train car or maybe a portion of a chandelier or objects seen in reflections, and so on. Details versus the “whole picture.” (Sometimes Frank isn’t even aware of the existence of the abstract until studying the image on his computer.) Abstract photography opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. It enables you to creatively capture textures, patterns, colors, light/shadow relationships, and other interesting visual elements that are so often overlooked. To create photographic abstracts with freshness and high impact, Frank employs several approaches. Some involve your visual mindset; others involve specific camera and processing techniques. Frank explains how he does it.
John Slonina has explored and photographed many of the most beautiful places in the United States. Here are some: New England, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Minnesota, Alaska, Everglades, Big Cypress, Washington State, Acadia, White Mountains and Maine. Featuring beautiful pictures and funny stories this narrated programs explores the amazing scenery, wildlife, our National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. These photos captures the moods and seasons in all their glory. Thrill to the wonders of planet earth displaying the hidden beauty of Wild America.
Still life photography can be a highly satisfying domain for photographers, yet it’s one that relatively few amateurs explore. This introductory class covers the basics—from lighting to composition to styling—that are used in the studio to create high impact shots of food and other stuff. The techniques discussed in this class have application to many other genres of photography. With both demo and slide show, Rich covers the use of:
• Flash (strobe and hot-shoe)
• Light modifiers
• Concept and composition
• Food and prop styling
• Background materials
B&W photography is a fine art medium that actually affords greater creative opportunities than those available in color. In support of that statement, Leo reviews and discusses the work of such B&W masters as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Arnold Newman, Michael Kenna, Ansel Adams, Garry Winogrand, and Diane Arbus as he wrestles with the underlying question: what makes a great B&W photograph? Focusing on tone, texture, form, point of view, visual metaphor, narrative and the like, he identifies the elements that comprise a fine-art B&W image. Leo’s underlying goal: to help you refine both your eye and craft as you shape your own special vision in B&W.
In this class, John, a leading webinar instructor for Topaz Labs Software, shares his deep knowledge of Topaz Studio and how it can be used in conjunction with Adobe or as a stand alone alternative. John introduces you to Alien Skin Exposure X3 and Snap Art. Exposure X3 is another alternative to Lightroom; Snap Art is a Faux Painting Program.
If you’re like most digital photographers today, you’ve honed your craft and taken plenty of wonderful images. Now you’re ready to move your photo images from hard drive and social media to prints that can be display them on walls for you and your guests to see, or perhaps to give as gifts or sell to those who appreciate your artistic efforts.
This class provides an overview of the key elements it takes to print consistent, repeatable for fine art quality results. Les explains the basics of color-managed workflow; Lightroom post-processing for prints; selecting appropriate papers for images; and judging print quality. Note: to explore this subject in much greater depth, Les offers a one-day workshop at his studio on Friday, May 2.
Every photographer has shot people on location, usually with available light. Few have done portraits in the studio, which can seem foreign and even daunting. It needn’t be. As Rich explains, the basic techniques for studio portraits—lighting and posing—are not that complex or difficult to master. Studio portraits (and other studio work…see Rich’s other class) opens up major new avenues for your creative expression. The lighting and posing techniques discussed in this class are relevant to photography outside the studio as well.
With both demo and slide show, Rich covers how to use:
• Flash (both strobe and hot shoe)
• Light modifiers
• Collaborating with your subjects for mood and gesture
• Backgrounds and props
We all have the potential to be more creative, so why is it so difficult for so many of us? Joe begins by examining the science behind creativity. Where does it come from? Are humans born with it or do they learn it? Is it possible to make yourself more creative? The answers from research done by cognitive psychologists will surprise you, frustrate you, and excite you. Armed with a better understanding of how creativity works—and an appreciation that many of the ways that we traditionally learn photographic techniques are creativity killers—Joe will help you lay the foundation for developing more creative skills and becoming a better, more creative photographer. He also offers plenty of specific tips to help you to see and think about your subjects in ways that you never have before.
What makes a great street photograph? In this (updated) class, Leo explores this question as we view and deconstruct the work of several street masters, including Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Weegee, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Diane Arbus, Vivian Maier, Fan Ho, Alex Webb, William Albert Allard, Saul Leiter, and Ernst Haas, together with a number of more contemporary photographers. Along the way, we also consider whether all great street photographers have at least one element in common: an underlying vision or personal philosophy that drives their work and creates their signature.
This program provides several techniques for taking your landscape photography to the next level. Using before and after photos as well as videos that make the viewer feel like they are right there onsite, this program helps you: understand light and use it to your advantage; take care of special weather conditions, like fog; respond to contrasty situations; deal with special problems of photographing water, and creating compositions that make your photos stand out. John also discusses which filters to use (and when not to use them), plus which equipment to buy (or skip).
As an avid domestic and international traveler with an eye toward graphic elements, one of Frank’s favorite subject matters is architecture. Frank provides a very personal perspective on buildings—both old and new—capturing lines and details that are generally not seen by the ordinary passerby…or most photographers. He breaks many of architectural photography’s basic rules and recommendations applying his own unique approach. He discusses choice of position, lens selection, plus in-camera techniques and use of post processing tools that enable him to create dramatic new perspectives. From his hometown’s (Allentown, PA) old Bethlehem Steel plant to iconic sites like the Taj Mahal in India, Frank captures interiors and exteriors in ways you may not have seen before.
John reveals his workflow from start to finish for crafting images with Lightroom. Included will be RAW processing, use of the Radial tool, the Graduated Filter, and the Adjustment Brush. He covers the HSL panel and B&W conversion as well.
In this presentation, Les will discuss the challenges of visualizing a B&W image in a color-dominated world. Starting with some lessons we can all learn from the historical and current masters of B&W photography, Les will cover some the critical elements involved in capturing monotone images. Les, who is a Moab Master Photographer, will discuss and show examples of B&W prints.
Looking back on fifty years shooting pictures for magazines and other clients, I find that, aside from those crappy $26 motel rooms in the ‘70s, I never got tired of it. Being a photographer has been a joy, a privilege, and only occasionally a pain in the ass. You might say that “photography” is “memory” and I, like so many other photographers, wouldn’t trade making memories for anything. In my presentation, I will share some of my most memorable memories and images from these past five decades.
Tony illustrates and discussed the many distinctive creative effects that can be done right in your camera: multiple exposures, swipes, focus stacking, long exposures, and more. Modern digital cameras have powerful capabilities that few photographers use; Tony shows you how to take advantage of them, opening up exciting new ways of “seeing.”
Amanda Strozeski’s tips for making great dog photography will show you how to apply your passion for photography to your passion for dogs. Her experience includes extensive work with rescue animals, finding a shelter where you can connect with dogs, and creating images and emotional connections that can help adoptable animals in your community find forever homes.
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, just south of the Maryland line, lies Tangier Island, VA. It can only be reached by boat/ferry or small plane. Golf carts and bicycles replace cars as the primary mode of transportation. This is a unique and charming community of shop owners and waterman, with many inhabitants making their living on the water as did their ancestors, oystering and crabbing. Recently, Tangier Island—which is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks—has been the focus of news stories as a likely casualty of sea level rise caused by climate change; each year, flooding becomes more frequent and erosion increases. Irene’s visual exploration of life on Tangier—the waterman and the wildlife that inhabit its marshes, lagoons, and tidal guts—includes many tips for visiting and photographing this community.
While the rules of photography can be helpful guideposts, they can be rather restricting as a photographer advances in skill. It's only when photographers start thinking beyond the rules that they can create unique images and find their own vision. This presentation focuses on how and when to break the rules successfully through creative compositions and camera techniques to help give your photographs a more distinctive look.
Essdras street-photography, shot locally and internationally, seeks to capture the dance of everyday life. He explains the stories behind the photos. He'll walk you through the decision-making process on when and where to best choose the right time and scenario for unique- decisive- moment images. As well as discuss the techniques and equipment he regularly uses when doing this kind of photography.
Vision is the unique way we each see the world. It is what gives our images focus and makes them unique to us. Mastering our craft allows us to fulfill our vision. In other words, as we learn techniques, feel more confident with our gear and master our craft, we will be able to create the images we’ve envisioned. In this lecture, John shares his thoughts about vision and why it should be what drives your photography. He will also share ideas and concepts that will help you master your craft. This uplifting lecture will inspire you to stay true to your vision, creating images that make your heart sing.
For Steve Gottlieb, photography has served as a powerful catalyst for interacting with people and places. That interaction has led to many interesting stories. From a lifetime of travels through all fifty states and abroad, Steve shares some of his favorite stories and the photographs associated with them. While these stories include some discussion of photo techniques, this class is primarily about humor, the human condition, self-discovery, collaboration, motivation, determination and creativity.
With the advent of digital, the once-secret art of infrared has become available to anyone with a converted camera and infrared filters. Tony explains the hardware needed, how infrared “sees” subjects differently, 720 v 590, long exposure infrared, qualities of light, direction of light, and more.
Based on my more than 35 years’ experience photographing birds and other animals, this program covers the knowledge, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture professional-level wildlife images. I include information on locating, attracting, and approaching animals, plus prime shooting locations, the use of photographic blinds, and stalking techniques. I will share my motivation for photographing wildlife along with some favorite stories behind the images.