Tuesday, June 30, 2009

TIme to shoot

By now you have read my posts about composition, and if you haven't you can go back in the archives and read them or not its your choice. So is the next topic up for discussion, choice and desire. If you want to be a good photog and you want to take great pictures you have to go out and shoot. I learned alot of my early photographic lessons from my Dad. Dad used to tell me that out of every roll of 24 he shot he would get two good images and one great image. Out of every 4 or 5 rolls he might get one image he deemed worthy of having made into a print. I used to have two of those hanging in my living room. They have since returned to him for display.

From that little lesson the mathematician in me learned that out of every 120 or so exposuers I would get something great. Well with digital it is more now, largely because I experiment more, pixels are cheap. The real nugget Dad was getting at is, you have to practice. Do you think that {insert favorite music artist here} just walked on stage and started to perform at the top of their game? Did {insert favorite sports star} learned to move that well in one day? Of course not. They practiced and they practiced alot. As a photographer you have to practice and you have to learn the tools of your craft.

I find that I shoot on average2 to 5 thousand image a month. That's right I said 2000-5000 images a month, and did I mention that is just the practice ones. Not the ones I am asked to go take for someone. I might leave a soccer match with between 250-1000 images on my cards. A lot depends on the action of the game and the conditions and if I am getting what I want. Now asked me how many I keep. Go ahead...ask me? That's right out of a single soccer game with lets say 500 images I may only keep 100 or less.

To that end starting tomorrow on 7/1 I will post an image a day for the entire month of July. I am not going to shoot cutes themes. I am simply going to take my camera with me when I go about my day and I when an image is found I will take it. I hop you enjoy the images and I hope that they reinforce my point. If you want to be good at something do it alot.

'till next time keep the shutter click'n!

Fall Aspens & Ghost Towns of Colorado Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/ColoradoAspensPhotoWorkshop.php

From the Barefoot Contessa:

Fall Aspens & Ghost Towns of Colorado Photo Workshop

     September 23-27, 2009, Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
     $980 (discounts available)
     Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
     Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.

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Join our five-day photography workshop in the gorgeous Rockies of Colorado with their vibrant fall Aspens and old ghost towns. People travel to this part of the country to take in the beautiful yellows of the trees against clear-blue skies and explore old log buildings of a bygone era.

There is a lot of wild land around here, and we will take you to different valleys that we love, including one with a huge Aspen grove carpeted with ferns in their copper fall foliage. There are backlit streams and rivers, mountains with vestiges of last year's snow falls, old wooden buildings, and plenty to whet your photographic eye.

Here and at the other locations, you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

The Barefoot Contessa and Arnie have photographed a lot in this area and look forward to sharing it with you. We'll be based in Crested Butte, Colorado with its many, gaily-painted, historic buildings, wonderful restaurants, and cafés galore. This is a popular time of year when the Aspens and Cottonwoods are showing their prettiest colors, so it's best to book early! You can always cancel later.

We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:

    * Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
    * Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
    * Primer booklet to help you get started;
    * Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
    * Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
    * Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
    * Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
    * Critiques, both individual and group;
    * Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
    * Final group critique and show on last day;
    * A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
    * Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!

If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.

Cost:  $980

The Intimate Image with John Radigan

http://www.adkpi.org/workshops/2009/radigan_jul30.html


The Intimate Image with John Radigan

July 30-August 2 Inlet, New York


Location

The Woods Inn Conference Center, Inlet, New York
Begins

July 30 at 6:00 PM
Ends

August 2 at 12:00 PM
SuggestedLodging

See Inlet Lodging
Overview

Picture the essence of being. A glance in the mirror of your true nature. A communication of your most personal response to your surroundings. Feelings come alive again with every look; a return to the moment in-total. This is the Intimate Image.
As children we saw a world of wonder. We found out for ourselves, aware of no barriers to our curiosity. The world reflected our inner light. As we became older and “wiser” we began to accept the reasoning of others in lieu of our own experience. We sorted and cataloged until all was explained. Our picture of the world became set.
This workshop teaches you how to release your conditioned worldview and reacquire your child’s eye. You'll learn how to break through the barriers that prevent you from really seeing. And, you work to incorporate the totality of your sensations into your images, so that you may express the intimate.

You will learn to:

  • see things you’ve never seen before
  • break through your preconceptions into new realms of possibility
  • make images that embody the totality of your experience
  • open yourself to an uncluttered awareness
  • rediscover a child’s sense of awe


The workshop consists of digital presentations, discussions, and exercises John has designed to encourage participants to look at their surroundings with eyes uncluttered by old preconceptions, opening the door for nature's essence to take center-stage in their images. Handouts are provided to supplement the presentations. Participants will take part in group-critique of their work, in a supportive and constructive atmosphere.
Schedule

Weather-permitting, participants will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset, during the best light of the day.


Afternoons are generally used for presentations, critique and discussions. However, if exceptional lighting conditions present themselves the instructor may opt to shoot during the afternoon also.
Cost

$635 ($250 deposit required)
AvailableDiscounts

Early registration discount ends March 30. See details of our discount programs here.
Meals

All meals are included in the cost of the workshop, beginning with dinner on the first evening.
Lodging

Not included
Participants

12 max.
Who should attend

Photographers who are interested in learning to see more than they ever have. Participants should be experienced with the operation of their camera in all its exposure modes, both manual and automatic. Experience with manual focus is also very desirable.
RegistrationInfo Packet

radigan_jul30.pdf


Monday, June 29, 2009

Composition - Break the rules!

The last post on composition was dealing with changing he point of view and as I stated in the post it was the final one of the composition series. Yet here I am again writing. Well if you can call what I do writing, I think it is more akin to butchering the English language.

I enjoyed writing the posts and I hope you enjoyed reading them. I could certainly write several more posts on this vein but I will not do so. I only have one more thing to say about compositional rules and that is - Break the rules!

If you have a camera in your hand and you are making an image, do not hesitate to break the rules, if you think the image will work despite what the rules say go for it! Who knows maybe the next time I write a series of posts on composition rules I will have to add one with you name.

'till next time keep the shutter click'n!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

2009 OneLight Workshop

http://www.onelightworkshop.com/page3/page3.html

from Onelight Workshops:

Not Your Standard Workshop ::
Off Camera. Manual Mode. Old School. This is how we do it at the OneLight.

This workshop is not a 9 to 5 presentation of pretty pictures telling you what f-stop and shutter speed were used to make them. You will not be instructed to follow your heart. We will not “feel” the light. We most definitely will not talk about the transcendental properties of light and shadow and make metaphors between the physical and metaphysical worlds. :)

This is a nuts and bolts type of workshop that breaks lighting down into something we can understand and know how to use in practical day to day shooting. We want to make creative and compelling portraits wherever we are at any time of the day or night. The only prerequisite for this workshop is that all participants MUST have a solid understanding of apertures, shutter speeds, and basic composition knowledge. The OneLight is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chincoteaque Eastern Shore, Virginia

Bill & Linda Lane Field Photography Workshops: Chincoteaque Eastern Shore, Virginia

November 12 - 14, 2009

If you have heard of the annual pony round up in Assateague, then you are familiar with Chincoteague for they are side by side. This is an island on the Eastern Shore, home to the Chincoteague ponies. Seldom do we visit when we do not get to photograph these wonderful creatures. You will find a nice variety of subjects: lighthouse, Sika Elk, fishing vessels, buoys, fishermen, reflections, birds, ponies, white tailed deer, scenics, sunrises and sunsets, sea foam rainbows and thousands and thousands of Snow Geese landing and taking off at the same time which is a sight to behold. There are certain moving experiences that never grow old. In the evening the geese are lit by the pink/yellow glow of sunset. Even if bird photography is not your “thing”, there is something for everyone. This is definitely not just a birding expedition, but there are many species of bird that will make themselves readily accessible to you and your camera if you wish. And most of them are very close to the side of the road. This is the migrating season for waterfowl.

We’ll meet on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room of the motel and end around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Our Motel is conveniently located. Motel, Breakfasts and Lunch are included in the price. (Dinners not included). Cost $625.00 

http://www.lanephotoworkshops.com/workshops/09chincoteaque.htm

Friday, June 26, 2009

Composition - View Point

Last of the composition rules I listed initially is View Point. If you want to make people stop and look at your photo try chaining the point of view. Take soccer for example, I take a ton of soccer pictures each year. Invariably someone, usually one of the other parents, will ask me why I kneel down or stand on my knees to shoot. My answer is simple. If I am on my knees shooting then I am closet to line of sight with the kids. Which means the images I make are not shot from a downward angle but instead are shot even with them.

I know it sounds simple but it works. change the point of view in an image and people will take note of it. Over the years working in technology I have seen lots of things on peoples desktops. One of the things that I see often is the windows desktop with the tulips. Take a close look at the image and you will see why it is so popular. Its from a different point of view. The photographer made the image from below the tulips with the light shining through.

Change up that point of view and you will get different results.

Keep the shutters click'n!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

2009 Photo 101 Workshops

http://www.onelightworkshop.com/page3/page3.html

From onelinghtworkshops site:

So You Wanna Be A Photographer? ::

You have a camera. You might even have a web site. Your family loves your pictures and says you should do this for a living. You kind of understand aperture priority and depth of field but your technical foundation sort of stops there. I mean, you feel like you take pretty good pictures but NOW you want to make some money with it. Pause for a moment and really ask yourself if you have a rock solid understanding of the foundations of this craft. If you feel that the base of your skill set needs some help I’ve created an intense three day workshop just for you. Having passion for the craft of photography is fantastic but it isn’t enough.

As our market continues to get saturated you are going to see that those with talent will rise to the top and those without will continue to fill Craig’s List with new listings every 60 seconds. :) You need to have a very solid understanding of the nuts and bolts of making photographs and that is what you will learn at this workshop.

This is NOT a basic camera class to help you with your family vacation photos. This is designed to help people start a career in photography.

Foundational Topics Covered ::

• Camera skills - Operate your camera without looking at it.

• The relationships between aperture and shutter speed.

• The relationship between photographer and subject.

• White balance, in camera processing, and post production.

• Selecting lenses for the image you want to create.

• Making the most out of minimal equipment.

• Finding good light and using simple and inexpensive tools to modify it.

• Where to spend money in your photography business and monetary pitfalls to avoid.

• Common mistakes that will land you back at your day job in a few months.

• Editing your work to show the best and separating yourself from the work you love but should never again see the light of day.

• Recognizing today’s trends and working to separate yourself from the pack.

• Researching your market, marketing your work, pricing your services, and networking your tail off.

Daily Shooting & Critique ::

Bring all of your camera equipment (except for lights) to this workshop because you will be shooting everyday. Some times you will be shooting with me as I demonstrate techniques that we talk about during the lecture times of the workshop. There will be times you are paired up with a fellow class mate to complete an assignment and there will be assignments that you must complete on your own. You will be required to submit images from each assignment for critique and feedback.

Guest Speakers ::

I invite guest speakers to come and speak in order to provide you with information, perspectives, and guidance from other working professionals in the field. You can’t learn everything from just one single person and I don’t want to be the only voice you hear during this workshop.

What To Bring ::

You don’t need to have a full camera bag of all the best gear in the world. I don’t expect you to have that. If all you have is a kit lens that came with your camera I do ask that you go out and get a 50mm 1.8 lens for this workshop if you don’t already have one. The 50mm 1.8 is available for Nikon & Canon cameras and they usually run in the $100 price range.

It is also recommended that you bring a laptop to the workshop for editing your images from each day’s assignments. If you are unable to do so you will be able to use one of our workstations in the studio.

Cost & What’s included ::

The cost of this three day workshop is $1,200. All of your meals and beverages are included each day of the workshop. You will also get a copy of all the lecture material as well as a set of helpful reference cards to keep in your bag as you are out shooting on your own. The class is limited to 8 students so that you receive as much personal attention as possible.

The 90 Day Check-Up ::

I won’t leave you hanging after the workshop. You will have 90 days to get out there and start shooting and hustling to get your business rolling. I will make a one hour appointment with you to meet or talk on the phone 90 days after the workshop to check in on your progress, look at your work, give feedback, answer questions, or cover any other photography related topic you need assistance with.

Dates & Registration ::

We are only offering this workshop three times this year and they will all be based in my studio in Atlanta. Check the workshop dates page for registration information.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Being Paid or Getting Publicity --- Get Paid!

As I move UKV Photos up in the world as a viable photo name brand I have to keep in mind that my time has a value to it as does my talent. The video below is an interview with Harlan Ellison. In the video he more or less rants about the fact that someone did not want to pay him for his work. This is a view I do understand.

Even though I do a good deal of work for trade that is only with the model and glamor portraiture stuff I am currently working on. For the most case both the model and myself are getting something out of it, portfolio pieces. I would not go to a wedding and just hand them my images. My wedding photography is a service I am paid to do and something I expect to get paid for. If you have looked at my pricing structure you can see as I do more weddings and I get better at what I do I raise the price accordingly. Nor would I go to one of the models I work with and expect them to pose for me for free on a paying gig.

If you are a photographer out there and you are like me, just starting out in an industry. Make sure you look at the other photographers rates around you and don't undercut them and yourself. You have a talent and you are good enough at it that someone wants you to take their picture charge accordingly don't sell your soul for publicity. Instead stick to good solid photography.

One caveat to the video...Mr Ellison gets a bit fired up and his choice of language gets a bit colorful. If you are offended by that type of language you have been warned.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BIG THANKS --- Rachel White won!

announcers voice: "We interrupt the regulary scheduled blog post for a special announcment."

Folks just thought I would say thank you to everyone who voted on the West virginia Scholarship Award. Rachel White won! Some of you might rember that Rachel's Mom works with me and that I had blogged the other day asking for all that could to turn out and vote.

I didn't per say ask you to vote for her but I did encourage it. (got to love subliminal advertising) A big thanks to all who voted and an even bigger thanks to those who voted for Rachel.

If you want to see the article on the local paper concerning her big win of the scholarship go here:
http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=30977

Rachel won a four year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan and says she wants to consider a career in medicine and loved to be outdoors.

announcer voice: "We now return to regurlar programing."

JVS Lighting Workshops

http://offcameraflash.com/?p=90 From JVS blog: JVS is hosting back to back 2 Day Lighting Workshops at our Dallas studio this fall! Each Workshop will be limited to a maximum of 15 shooters and a minimum of 10. After teaching a few of these, we’ve realized that 12-15 shooters is the perfect number and allows use to get to know each and every shooter personally. Dallas in October is the perfect time of year! JVS 2 Day Lighting Workshop October 6-7th, 2009 or JVS 2 Day Lighting Workshop October 13-14th, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Where the Shutter Clicks - July Update

Hey folks hard to believe another month has come and gone. Where does the time go. Things have been busy for me as well. I've started a number of new endeavors, some of which I will be sharing in the coming days with you all. Others take me down a much longer road. But you are not reading Where the Shutter Clicks to hear about me so lets get to it.

July


Joe McNally - One Day Lighting - Summer Workshops - Dobbs Ferry, NY - July 1
Shenandoah National Park, Big Meadows - July 4 - 6
Hot Shoe Lighting Workshop - St Lucia - July 5 - 12
Intermediate Digital Photography, Maine - July 5 - 11
Rocky Mountain National Park - Virginia - July 5 - 9
Photo Fusion Tour 2009 - Dallas, Tx - July 6 - 7
2009 OneLight Workshop - Atlanta - July 8
Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers - Yosemite NP - July 8 -12
Summer Wildflowers & Scenics in West Virginia - Marlington, WV - July 9 - 12
2009 Photo 101 Workshops - Atlanta, GA - July 10 - 12
Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light - El Paso Tx - July 11 - 12
Advanced Digital Photography - Maine - July 12 -18
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - NJ/NY - July 13
2009 Colorado Wildflowers - Crested Butte, Co - July 15 - 19
Great Falls National Park - Joseph Rossbach - Great Falls NP, Va - July 17 - 19
Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light - Memphis Tn - July 18 - 19
Nudes: The Female Form with Joe Edelman - Allentown, Pa - July 18
Scott Kelby's Second Annual World Wide Photo Walk - July 18

Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland - July 19 -25
Photo Fusion Tour 2009 - New York, NY - July 20 - 21
Summer Wildlife 2009- Montana - July 21 - 24
Location Lighting Techniques with Joe McNally - San Francisco, CA - July 21

Hands on Workshop with TriCoast - Sacramento, Ca - July 25 - 27
Moab Monsoons - July 25
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Cork, Ireland - July 25
Digital Master Classes - with David Ziser - Cincinnati, Oh - July 27 - 31
Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland - July 26 - Aug 1
Introductory Digital Photography - Maine - July 26 - Aug 1
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Brighton - July 28
The Intimate Image with John Radigan - Inlet, NY - July 30 - Aug 2

August

Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland - Iceland - Aug 2 - 8
Intermediate Digital Photography - Maine - Aug 2 - 8
Photo Fusion Tour 2009 - Boston, Ma - Aug 3 - 4
Western Maryland: Swallow Falls S.P. and Crainsville Sub Artic Swamp - Oakland, Md - Aug 7 - 9
Chesapeake Bay Experience - Ian Plant

Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light - Seattle- Aug 8 - 9
Advanced Digital Photography - Maine - Aug 9 - 15
Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland - Iceland - Aug 9 - 15
The Barkeater: Adirondack Photography Workshop + Exhibit - Aug 13 - 15

Adirondack Waters with Mark Bowie - New York - Aug 12 - 16
Getting Seen and Going Pro - Montana - Aug 16 - 22
Skip's Summer School - Las Vegas, NV - Aug 16 - 19
Photo Fusion Tour 2009 - Tampa, FL - Aug 17 - 18
Mid Atlantic Photography Hotspots Classroom Lecture - Joseph Rossbach - Annapolis, MD - Aug 17
neil van niekerk - flash photography workshop - Denver CO - Aug 18
2009 OneLight Workshop - Atlanta, GA - Aug 19
Late Bloomers & Butterflies: West Virginia in Summer - Jim Clark - Aug 20 - 23
Lighting on Location with Ira Block - Seattle, WA - Sug 20 - 23
University of North Carolina at Asheville Workshop - Asheville, NC - Aug 21 - 23
Glamour with Joe Edelman - Maryland - Aug 22
Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light - LA, CA - Aug 22 - 23
Moab Monsoons - Aug 22
Focus On Nature 2009 - Iceland -
Aug 23 - 29
Introductory Digital Photography - Maine - Aug 23 - 29
Pixel Fairy Princess Workshops - Baltimore, MD - Aug 28 - 30
Introductory Digital Photography - Maine - Aug 30 - Sept 5
Multimedia Immersion - Maine - Aug 30 - Sept 5


There they are the workshops I know of for the next two months. Don't wait on me to list them though you can subscribe to the workshop calendar from the blog. Simple click on the Google Button and set up your subscription. Until the next update keep your shutters clickn'

Arches, Canyonlands & Moab Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/ArchesPhotoWorkshop.php

Arches, Canyonlands & Moab Photo Workshop

From the Barefoot Contessa
   
  September 16-20, 2009, Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
     $980 (discounts available)
     Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
     Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.

Join our five-day photography workshop — 2008 participants wanted another day here — in the magnificent Southwest. The southeastern part of Utah is a glorious place to photograph, and the Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab area is a prime location. With blazing red sandstone, fantastical arches, cool canyons, and clear streams and rivers, there is no shortage of photographic material.

In addition to Arches and Canyonlands, we'll take you to some pretty special areas that we love and to which we have gained access. You'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

We'll be based in Moab where the stunning landscapes have made it perfect for the filming of numerous Westerns since the 1920s, evoking such names as John Ford, John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, and Susan Sarandon and movie titles from "Stage Coach" to "Thelma & Louise." And for those who love geology, this area is a treasure trove, known for its rich variety of sandstones that take on the deep hues of sunrise and sunset.

We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:

Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
Primer booklet to help you get started;
Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
Critiques, both individual and group;
Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
Final group critique and show on last day;
A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!

If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.

In our print element, our instructors will give you the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom. In fact, in all our domestic workshops, you will end up taking home a lovely, large, archival print of one of your workshop photographs made with Epson paper and inks.

Cost:  $980

Getting Seen and Going Pro

From: http://paworkshops.net/getting-seen-and-going-pro-workshop

Getting Seen and Going Pro

Dates: August 16 - 22, 2009

Leaders: David Middleton and Scott Rouse

Location: Kalispell, MTCost: $1795

Have you ever thought about getting your images into a magazine or a gallery or a calendar? Have you thought about doing a book but you didn’t know how to go about it? Maybe the thought of earning some money with your images has crossed your mind but you didn’t know where to start? Or you started but your images were rejected and then you gave up. Or maybe you are just stuck in a rut and you want a little inspiration. It sure can be frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing or what the tricks of the trade are.

Every one of today’s successful photographers has had help getting started. If you want to join their ranks, this is the class for you. This is what you will learn: how to think like a professional; how to get, evaluate, develop and execute ideas; how to sell single images and multiple images; how to approach publishers, editors and picture buyers; how to write query letters and book proposals; how to manage your images and process them efficiently for the best results; how to lead photography tours and workshops; how to work locally and regionally for the best returns; how to photograph people in the field; how to run your own stock agency; what equipment is necessary and of professional quality and what is unneeded and substandard; why writing is crucial; what the possibilities are in detail, and how good photos need to be to be published.
In addition, the class will teach the required and the special skills needed to compete in the digital photography world: image management, processing and presentation. Pages of handouts including examples of query letters that worked and did not, book and story proposals that were successful and those that were ignored and sure-fire submission ideas that work in any genre of magazine are included in this course.

David Middleton has taught this class for 10 years and has continued to refine and broaden the material presented in this class. He draws on all of his 25 years as a professional photographer and shares everything. Scott Rouse adds his considerable expertise of the digital world to the class. Scott is comfortable in both the PC and Mac worlds and is equally skilled in Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop, Bridge and many website building programs.
Most importantly, every participant will leave with at least one well-developed, customized plan for publication to follow. As an added benefit, the class will spend a morning photographing the magnificent animals of the Triple D Game Farm.

The Leaders
David Middleton is a longtime workshop leader and a gifted and enthusiastic teacher. David once lived in Oregon and has photographed the coast for more than 20 years. David is the co-author of The Photographer's Guide to the Oregon Coast so he knows the coast extremely well. Newport is one of his favorite places to photograph and he knows each pullout, tidepool and beach very well. Ask him where his favorite places are to find agates on the coast or where that little café is with the wall of wine for sale.
Scott Rouse is a freelance sports and nature photographer based out of Missoula, MT. His real specialty, though, is digital imaging, technology, and workflow. By closely following industry giants such as Adobe and Apple, Scott is able to provide timely and easy to understand instruction to participants.
One of his current projects is TheLightroomLab.com, a website with news, tips, tutorials, and more about Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Birds of Prey Photography Workshops

http://www.stevenrotsch.com/Workshops/2009%20Birds%20of%20Prey%20Workshop%20Press%20Release.htm

Positive Image Photography and The Three Rivers Avian Center invites you to participate in our 2009 Birds of Prey Photography Workshops on Saturday, May 16th, 2009, and on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Photographers are invited to the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) in Brooks, WV, for the opportunity to photograph birds of prey during the spring and fall Birds of Prey Photography Workshops on Saturday, May 16, 2009, and on Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Professional photographer Steven Wayne Rotsch and TRAC co-directors Ron and Wendy Perrone offer amateur to professional photographers the opportunity to capture images of West Virginia’s birds of prey in natural settings.

About 12, usually shy, birds of prey will be modeling in natural settings for the cameras, including a Golden Eagle, an American Kestrel, Barn Owl, Red-tailed Hawks, Broad-winged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon and more will be available during both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Photographers of all skill levels will also be able to pick up technical tips in Adobe Photoshop during one-on-one sessions with instructors. But the focus of the workshop is photographing the birds. At least (50) fifty-percent of the registration fees will benefit TRAC, a 501( c) 3 nonprofit organization.

•Participants can sign up for the full-day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. sessions, which includes lunch for $100, or either the morning session from 9 a.m. to noon or the afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $50.

•Call Steve at 304-541-7574, email Steve at steve@stevenrotsch.com or logon to www.stevenrotsch.com for more workshop information and a downloadable registration form.

•Directions to the Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) are available at http://stevenrotsch.com/Workshops/TRAC%20Directions%2072%20dpi.pdf



Positive Image Photography

608 Market Dr.., Charleston, WV 25302-3524

swrkab@aol.com or steve@stevenrotsch.com

West Virginia Day


Today is West Virginia Day. If you live in our state take a moment to reflect. A group of bloggers are participating in a challenge to blog about and make recommendations on how to effect things that needs to be changed in West Virginia. I was one of the bloggers invited to participate, however I have elected not to.

It's not that I don't see things that need changed or things that could be made better. It is quite the opposite. I work daily on improving the educational systems in the state and I had several good ideas to write about yet was not able to complete the task by the required deadline.

Instead I am simply going to remind you that today is the birthday of the Mountain State and bid you go outside and enjoy the beauty that is all around us. If their is something on your mind that needs changed in the state get up and do something about it. I once heard a quote on the sci-fi series Babylon 5 that is applicable to many things in my life and I believe it applies to effecting change.

The quote was between Ranger Marcus Cole and Commander Susan Ivanova. Marcus had ask the commander to do something and she had once again put him off. To which Marcus replied: "If not now, when?" Marcus' point was if you are going to put this off then when will you do it. I remembered that and when I go to procrastinate on a project or put something off I ask myself that questions. So my challenge to my fellow West Virginia's is simply this. If you see something that you feel needs to be changed then do something to create that change. One persons choice can and does make a difference in the world.

Identify the problem, come up with a solution and work toward that goal. For as Eudora Welty said "All serious daring starts from within."

Friday, June 19, 2009

Composition - Simplicity


Another common error in composition is not keeping it simple. OK lets look at it this way. You walk up on a image you would like to shoot. You frame it up, and click. Later you look at the image and it just doesn't scream at you like it did when you were there on the location.

This might be caused by the fact that you did not eliminate the distractions in the image. take the photo below for example The image is to busy, the shot of the boy on the bike is a distraction. While it paints a great image of a grandmother showing the kids how to ride it is just to busy.



Re-frame the image, or in this case edit in post production because I was to busy laughing at the sounds that he was making to make a good image. You can pull this out. Its still not an image to die for but the real subject jumps out at you.


Keep it simple. Until the next installment of composition rules...keep the shutter click'n!

Morning...off to camp I go!


Morning folks. Though I'd put up a quick note for you, I'm off to Dilly's Mill Scout Camp with my step-son. This is his first Weblos Weekend. I think I may be more excited about it than he is, mainly because I used to work at the camp when I was a scout. Yes I was a Boy Scout...to be more exact I was an Eagle Scout (Eagle Class of '88). Back during the summers of 1989 and 1990 I worked for the camp and became a very active in the Order of the Arrow. Both of those summers I served on the ceremonial team and was offered a position on the Dance Team. I declined the Dance Team invitation but did enjoy doing the ceremonial team work.

Well this weekend I return to old haunts but this time around my camera will be going with me and hopefully I will be able to bring back some images of that wonderful camp and relive a few memories of my own. Don't worry about the blog though, I've stocked the larders and placed a few posts on auto release for you so you will still get updates about workshops and other events around the country.

My parting shot for the weekend is a quote from Mark Twain.

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

Think that one through and apply it to your photography. 'Till I return from camp...keep the shutters click'n!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn Colors - Richard Bernabe

Asheville, North Carolina

October 16-18, 2009

Instructor: Richard Bernabe

Tuition: $525


http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_37.htm


Join Richard on a quest for autumn color along one of the most scenic drives in all of America, the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. Using Asheville as the base of operations, both grand landscapes and intimate scenics will be photographed with an emphasis on learning composition, proper exposure with a digital camera, and capturing the striking color of the season.

Sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, river scenes, close-ups, and mountain ridges and vistas will all be on the photographic agenda. Some photography will be done from the Blue Ridge Parkway itself, while other locations will require short, non-strenuous hikes to lesser-known, out-of-the-way spots. Richard will get you to the best places during the day's best light for the very best autumn color of the year.

This workshop promises to educate, inspire, and treat your senses to the splendor of a Blue Ridge autumn.

Richard Bernabe has been chasing light in search of dynamic landscape, nature, and outdoor adventure photographs over the past fifteen years. During that time, he has had thousands of images published in magazines, calendars, books, and advertising campaigns from coast to coast. Regular corporate clients include Patagonia, Orvis, and Costa Del Mar. Publications include Outside, Backpacker, Rock and Ice, National Parks, as well as scores of other national and regional magazines. His first book, South Carolina Wonder and Light, was published in 2006 by Mountain Trail Press and he is currently shooting for two additional book projects at the moment. He writes a monthly column for South Carolina magazine and serves as the editor-in-chief for the popular Nature Photographers Online Magazine. In 2007, Richard successfully crossed the state of South Carolina in an open canoe to help raise awareness of the environmental and historical significance of the South Carolina places not accessible by roads and highways. The 21-day, 270-mile expedition was filmed for South Carolina Educational Television and was followed real-time by thousands of viewers online via SCETV's Riverventure Journal. Richard has been conducting nature photography workshops and classes for the past eight years. His teaching style is passionate, inspirational, and fun. To see more of Richard's work, visit his website, www.richardbernabe.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Water Falls & Fall Foliage in South Western North Carolina

Bill & Linda Lane Field Photography Workshops: Water Falls & Fall Foliage in South Western North Carolina

October 18 - 21, 2009

This has proven to be such a neat workshop that even though we had planned to skip a year in N.C., we just couldn’t.  Past experiences have just too much fun.  Working from one central location in Brevard, we will photograph many waterfalls of North Carolina embraced in the glory of fall colors.  We have scouted the waterfalls and will avoid those requiring long hikes over difficult terrain; some just aren’t worth the time and trouble of getting to because they are not photographable. We selected only the ones that are the easiest to reach and best to photograph. It will be a packed four days. It is the  prime fall season making for colorful scenics, cascading water with swirling fall leaves, reflections, abstract and all sorts of nature shots limited only by your imagination. We will help you see what may not appear so obvious to the untrained eye and help you create other than the ordinary waterfall seen and photographed by everyone.


Our lodging will be in a conveniently located motor inn in Brevard where a lite breakfast is provided.   We always  recommend that you bring snack to store in your room and/or cooler.  There are numerous grocery stores around for stocking up.  Cost is $695.00 which includes lodging. The workshop will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday and end at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

http://www.lanephotoworkshops.com/workshops/09northcarolina.htm

Summer Wildlife 2009

http://www.wildlifephotoacademy.com/2009/01/29/summer-wildlife-photography-workshop/

Join Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine contributing editor, Paul Burwell, for a full-featured photography workshop at the Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, Montana. This workshop will help you create stunning images of the wonderful wildlife at the Triple D Game Farm. Summer is the most popular time of year to travel to Triple D. You’ll be photographing a combination of mature and cute baby animals. In 3 days you can amass a tremendous portfolio of animal photographs while learning the tips, tricks and techniques that will help you create truly captivating images.

Wildlife models can include: bobcats, coyotes, wolves, otters, lynx, mountain lions, raccoons, skunks, tigers, bears and foxes.

This workshop includes:

  • The opportunity to photograph extremely healthy and happy wildlife surrogates in natural surroundings at the Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, Montana
  • A minimum of 8 sessions photographing the animals over 3 days
  • The benefit of Paul’s years of experience photographing at Triple D and scouting the locations
  • You will be safely closer to animals like Cougars, Lynx and Siberian Tigers than you ever imagined possible
  • A copy of Paul’s book, Triple D Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Small group size to a maximum of 8 participants allows for maximum flexibility
  • The opportunity to bring at least 10 images with you for critiquing
  • A CD to take home containing an electronic version of the workshop material
  • Paul’s undivided attention during the photo sessions to help you get the most out of your investment
  • Unlike many workshop leaders, Paul does not photograph during the sessions
    Paul has an extensive history of working with and educating adults from his prior experience as the President of an Internet firm
  • The opportunity to learn techniques for preparing images with Photoshop, developing a managed workflow and archival strategies
  • Professionally designed, printed and bound coffee-table book of the group’s achievements during the workshop
  • Participants have an opportunity to submit images they’ve made during the workshop for inclusion in the book.
  • One copy of the book will be distributed to each participant
    The option to submit up to 10 photographs from this workshop for a detailed written critique of each submitted photograph

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Composition - Mergers

Watch out for mergers...and I don't mean the corporate kind. When you take an image, pay attention to the background. No one looks good with a tree or a flower or a goal post growing out of their head. Make sure that the colors in your subject do not bleed over into the background image as well.

I know this rule sounds kinda common sense but it's still one of the things you have to watch out for.

Until the next compositional rule review, keep the shutters click'n!

Rachel White - WV Scholar Program

Announcers Voice: "We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog program for an announcement from the blog owner."

On of my Co-Workers daughters is in the running for the WV Scholar Program. This is a full 4-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. She could use your vote. You can see her interview at http://wvscholar.com/finalists.cfm

Voting began on June 10th. You vote for your choices...(start subliminal message) VOTE FOR RACHEL WHITE (end subliminal message)...http://www.wvscholar.com/vote.cfm.

For those of you who go out and vote for the candidates a big thank-you.

Announcers Voice: "We now return you to normal Blog programing"

Monday, June 15, 2009

Olympic National Park

http://paworkshops.net/olympic-national-park-workshop

Olympic National Park

Dates: July 15 - 19, 2009

Leader: David Middleton

Location: Port Angeles, WA

Cost: $895


Olympic National Park is a wonderland of huge trees, glacier-wrapped mountains, beautiful rivers and waterfalls and the most biologically rich coast in America. This workshop will sample all these environments as well as flower-filled alpine meadows, a fascinating harbor of working boats, long sunset views and the best workshop tide pools to be found.

Of all the workshops David has lead, this workshop location remains his favorite not only for the extreme diversity and beauty of the subjects but also for the ease, proximity and accessibility of the field locations. After years and years of photographing the Olympics, David is still enchanted with the area and excited to share all his favorite places with you.
Highlights

Working out of the northside of the park in Port Angeles we'll have many choices of places to go and subjects to photograph. Sol Duc falls is a gorgeous waterfall at the end of an easy walk through one of David's favorite old-growth forests. Hurricane Ridge is a short drive from town and in July it is a wild garden of alpine flowers. There are literally miles of meadows from which to choose.

Tongue Point is a great locale for tide pooling and photography. Pools of orange and purple sea stars, great green anemones and red urchins will dazzle you. We will spend one late afternoon and early evening photographing a wild beach on the western Pacific Ocean side of the Park. There driftwood logs lie scattered on the beach, half buried like great wooden whales making for interesting foregrounds and wonderful abstracts.

The Leader

David Middleton first came to Olympic National Park to research and photograph for his first book, Ancient Forests in the mid-80s. Since then he has come to the park for 24 straight years and taught over 30 workshops there. Once a resident of the Northwest he remains intimately attached to the area and now considers the old forests and rugged coastline of the Park to be a part of him. He knows where to photograph under all conditions to get the best pictures. He also knows where to find the best chicken mole, walking paths and bookstores. He is pretty good about finding great compositions and tasty ice cream stores as well.

Living Movie Poster

These are just so cool...add to it that I agree witht he philosphy that you have to callenge yourself and always grow. Soon I will revel what I have challeneged myself with. Until then take a look at this:

Autumn in the Adirondacks - Ian Plant

Lake Placid, New York

October 1-4

Instructor: Ian Plant

Tuition: $625


http://mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_19.htm


The Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness is one of the most stunning places to photograph fall color in the United State, and few people know if like Ian Plant. Ian is an Adirondack 46er (having climbed the highest peaks in the Adirondacks), and has completed the 130-mile long Northville-Placid Trail cutting through the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. He returns there regularly to photograph this stunning landscape. Join Ian on a four day tour of some of the Adirondack's more accessible fall scenic hot spots! During the workshop you will learn a variety of landscape photography techniques, and get many stunning fall color images.

Ian J. Plant has been photographing the natural world for fifteen years and is known for his dramatic and evocative landscape and wildlife images. His work has appeared in a number of books and calendars, as well as national and regional magazines, including National Parks, Blue Ridge Country, Adirondack Life, Wonderful West Virginia, and Chesapeake Life, among others. Ian has also been profiled and his photography work featured in Outdoor Photographer magazine. His sixth and most recent book is the critically acclaimed Chesapeake: Bay of Light. An Exploration of the Chesapeake Bay's Wild and Forgotten Places. Ian's work has also appeared in five books of the Wonder and Light series. To see more of Ian's work, visit his website, www.ipphotography.com.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Why Settle for a Little Life

I ran across this video back on Memorial Day weekend.  I find a lot of truth in what Dane said in this clip, only we have the power to change ourselves.  


Why settle for a little life from Dane Sanders on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Scott Kelby's Second Annual World Wide Photo Walk


Just a reminder, The second Annual Photo Walk is coming soon. If you haven't already registered do so soon! Look forward to seeing the images you bring to the table. I had a blast last year at the one here in Charleston, WV.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Well travled image.

I read an interesting article this morning on MSNBC. The article was concerning a family from Missouri who took a Christmas Card photo. That photo ended up on the other side of the globe advertising a grocery stores delivery service. you can read more about it by going to the article on MSNBC. Here is a link.

According to to the article a friend of the family who was traveling in Prague spotted the image and sent back some clicks of it to the family. They then began making inquires into it. In the article the Danielle Smith, the Mother in the image, comments that she had posted the image on her blog and a social networking site and that they are working to figure out how it ended up on an advertisement in Germany. She also comments that the next time she posts an image like this she will lower the resolution and add a watermark.

That is sound advice for anyone posting to the web. It is very easy to grab an image from the web. In the past I had placed watermarks on my site but have gotten away from that in recent days. As I prepare to make changes to my main site I am considering adding them back in. I do take messier to protect my images but being a web developer I know that those measures can easily be circumvented.

Its food for thought...keep the shutters clicin'!

Pixel Fairy Princess Workshops

One of the things I find the toughest to find for the workshop calendar is workshops that focus on things other than nature.  I can throw a rock, so to speak, and hit dozens of landscape and nature photography workshops but to find one that focuses on people or model's is a challenge for me for some reason.  Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.  At any rate the other day while cruising the net for new workshops to add I found the little gem below.


My workshops are a hands on experience that focus on photographing people. Our weekend workshop experience begins with a discussion on basic photography at a Friday night dinner to get you ready for a full day of shooting. Saturday you will shoot at different locations, learning metering, posing, composition, and style. We have both professional models and volunteers at the work shop to give you a chance to experience different aspects of photographing people. The Saturday workshop is a full day event with a morning, afternoon, and night shoot. During the day, I am available to works with all the participants and discuss techniques for improving your personal photography. I shoot with Canon equipment and so I am able to pin point exact shooting situations for Canon photographers.

To make sure that you receive personal attention, we have designed out workshop classes to be small and personal. Workshop classes are are limited to 6 to 12 people) so that everyone has plenty of time to work with me and develop.

We realize that when you go home from a workshop, there is so much information that you want to put to use, put you may need some addition help to master the technique. Pixel Fairy Princess want to help you in your journey and so we have add online training as a benefit to our Workshop Participants. Following your workshop you can receive personal one-on-one training in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for $45 for a two hour session. Learn advance techniques such a color photo treatments and texturizing your images during your personal teleconference.
Please check the Workshop schedule because we are currently updating and adding new locations to our schedule. If you would like more information on a Workshop, please contact Launa at
pixelfairyprincess2@gmail.com
.


The workshops sound like a lot of fun here are the dates they currenlty list and the locations of the workshops:

  • Dallas, TX  - May 29th-31st, 2009
  • Minneapolis, MN - June 5th-7th, 2009 (3 openings left as of 5/12/09)
  • Syracuse, NY - June 12th - 14th, 2009
  • Lexington, Kentucky - June 26th – 28th, 2009
  • Baltimore, MD - August 28th-30th, 2009
  • St Louis, MO - September 11th-13th, 2009
  • Williamsburg, VA - September 18th- 20th, 2009
  • Gulf Shores, AL October 23rd-25th, 2009


Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland Photo Workshop


From the Barefoot Contessa:

Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland Photo Workshop

     September 9-13, 2009, Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
     $980 +~$90 fee for Navajo guide & jeep** (discounts available)
     Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
     Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.

photo adventure workshops digital photography lighthouses Outer Banks Barefoot Contessa Photo Workshops lighthouses © 2006 Zann and Pinkerton Photography. All Rights Reserved.
Click here for flash photo gallery.
Join our five-day photography workshop in the incomparable Canyon de Chelly in Navajoland in northeast Arizona near the four-corner region. This part of the Southwest is amazing with the second largest canyon in the US, the oldest, continuously-operating trading post on Navajo land nearby, and a history that goes back to the Anasazi, as evidenced by the many ancient ruins in the red, sandstone cliffs. Here, you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

© 2008 Zann and Pinkerton Photography. All Rights Reserved. Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures workshops client comments
The Navajo live here now and have for centuries. You may see small children scampering down barely-discernible trails in the cliffs to visit an aunt or uncle along the Chinle Wash (river) near the old hogan. Corn and squash in Navajo gardens add color along the Wash. Stately Cottonwood trees in their copper fall colors offer shade.

Since we are on Navajo lands, the only way to access the inner canyon (upper part of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto) is with a Navajo guide. We will have both a private guide and a large jeep at our disposal with plenty of room for camera gear.

This is one of The Barefoot Contessa's favorite spots in the world, and she can't wait to return. We'll be based in Chinle, Arizona in the Navajo nation, and since there are only three hotels in town, it's best to book early! We already have sign-ups, so it promises to be a popular photo workshop

photo adventure workshops digital photography lighthouses Outer Banks Barefoot Contessa Photo Workshops lighthouses © 2006 Zann and Pinkerton Photography. All Rights Reserved.
Click here for flash photo gallery.
We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:

    * Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
    * Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
    * Primer booklet to help you get started;
    * Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
    * Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
    * Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
    * Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
    * Critiques, both individual and group;
    * Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
    * Final group critique and show on last day;
    * A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
    * Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!

If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.

Cost:  $980 +~$90 fee for Navajo guide & jeep**
**Because no one can access the inner Canyons without a Navajo guide, there is an additional fee of approximately $90 (payable by check and includes gratuity ) for our private guide and jeep for a whole day.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland Photo Workshop


From the Barefoot Contessa:

Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland Photo Workshop

     September 9-13, 2009, Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
     $980 +~$90 fee for Navajo guide & jeep** (discounts available)
     Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
     Click here for more information about accommodations, nearest airport, etc.

Join our five-day photography workshop in the incomparable Canyon de Chelly in Navajoland in northeast Arizona near the four-corner region. This part of the Southwest is amazing with the second largest canyon in the US, the oldest, continuously-operating trading post on Navajo land nearby, and a history that goes back to the Anasazi, as evidenced by the many ancient ruins in the red, sandstone cliffs. Here, you'll be able to celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and learn about the magic of light to make wonderful photographs.

The Navajo live here now and have for centuries. You may see small children scampering down barely-discernible trails in the cliffs to visit an aunt or uncle along the Chinle Wash (river) near the old hogan. Corn and squash in Navajo gardens add color along the Wash. Stately Cottonwood trees in their copper fall colors offer shade.

Since we are on Navajo lands, the only way to access the inner canyon (upper part of Canyon de Chelly and Canyon del Muerto) is with a Navajo guide. We will have both a private guide and a large jeep at our disposal with plenty of room for camera gear.

This is one of The Barefoot Contessa's favorite spots in the world, and she can't wait to return. We'll be based in Chinle, Arizona in the Navajo nation, and since there are only three hotels in town, it's best to book early! We already have sign-ups, so it promises to be a popular photo workshop

We start out with some technical information before heading out for our first afternoon of photography. Our workshops include the following:

    * Maximum 6-to-1 ratio students to instructors
    * Opening wine-and-pizza reception;
    * Primer booklet to help you get started;
    * Early-morning and late-afternoon shoots;
    * Mid-day downloading of your images and processing with the latest version of Lightroom 2;
    * Printing element with step-by-step instructions for printing straight from Lightroom 2;
    * Lots of individual instruction in both the field and classroom;
    * Critiques, both individual and group;
    * Discussions on various aspects of photography, including digital workflow;
    * Final group critique and show on last day;
    * A large, archival Epson print to either take home with you or to be mailed to you; and
    * Lots of fun and frivolity throughout!

If you have not already done so, be sure to check our FAQs for questions you may have as well as equipment and installed downloads you need to bring to the workshop including, if necessary, the free, 30-day, trial versions of Adobe products.

Cost:  $980 +~$90 fee for Navajo guide & jeep**
**Because no one can access the inner Canyons without a Navajo guide, there is an additional fee of approximately $90 (payable by check and includes gratuity ) for our private guide and jeep for a whole day.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lighting Essentials Workshop - Learn to Light

From Learn to Light:

This is a workshop unlike any you have ever experienced... Seriously.

First of all its two days. Two FULL days. We commit to making sure some things are totally understood, and we want to make sure that what you want to learn is what you get to learn. And we do it with lecture/demonstration, watching, making notes and hands on shooting. And a combination of all the above can be happening at any one moment.

And we learn all about light. We aren't about certain types of flashes, or big strobes, or 'natural light only'... we are about lighting and photography. All kinds of light and all kinds of photography.

Workshops are $450 and include the Lighting Essentials DVD, the Photoshop Essentials DVD, the LE WORKshop DVD, the LE Workshop Workbook, a 16x20 print from Mighty Imaging and more.


June 2009
Missoula, Montana 20, 21(Sign Up Here)
Chicago, Illinois 27, 28 (Sign Up Here)

July 2009
El Paso , Texas, 11, 12 (Sign Up Here)
Memphis , Tennessee, 18, 19 (Sign Up Here)

August 2009
Seattle, Washington, August 8, 9, 2009 (Sign Up Here)
Phoenix, Arizona, August 15, 16 CLS Workshop (Sign Up Here)
Los Angeles, California, August 22, 23 (Sign Up Here)

September 2009
Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 12, 13 (Sign Up Here)

October 2009
Mexico 4, 5, 6 Special Three Day Workshop (Sign Up Here)
Detroit, Michigan 10, 11 (Sign Up Here)

December 2009
Anna Maria Island (Tampa Florida) (One of our most popular workshops - special 3 day workshop)

Cades Cove and the Smokies - Bill Lea

Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

September 18-20, 2009

Instructor: Bill Lea

Tuition: $525

http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com/workshops_30.htm


Join photographer and author Bill Lea on a photographic tour of Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains. Bill will present his popular program on light and will assist in applying those principles in the field as you personally discover the wide spectrum of photographic subjects present in Cades Cove. You will learn where and how Bill captured some of the fabulous images that appear in his Cades Cove – Window to a Secret World book. At the same time, you will enjoy a glimpse into the fascinating history of one of the most beautiful and cherished photographic destinations in the country. Cades Cove and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains offer an incredible list of photographic opportunities including grand landscapes, mountain streams, wildflowers, butterflies, waterfalls, whitetail deer, an occasional black bear and more. This workshop is available to photographers of any skill level who simply want to witness and photograph the beauty of Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains. Experience the wonder of the Smokies in the field and classroom with this nationally recognized photographer and expert on Cades Cove.


Bill Lea may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, and southern ecosystems. He has been teaching photo workshops at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1992. More than 7,000 of Bill’s photos have been presented in an array of books, calendars, magazines, advertisements and other publications. His work has appeared in Audubon calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Exploring the Smokies, National Geographic books, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and many others. In 2005, Bill authored a coffee-table book titled Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio and recently co-authored the Great Smoky Mountains Wonder and Light book. His newest book, Cades Cove – Window to a Secret World, was released in September 2007 and is already in its second printing. When asked what he would like most to achieve through his photography, Bill replies, "I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator." To see more of Bill's artistic work, visit his website, www.billlea.com.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lake Powell Houseboat Adventure

By Moab Workshops

October 2010

Tuition: TBD - We anticipate rates that will vary based upon your choice of houseboat accommodations, i.e. stateroom vs. camping atop the deck

Lake Powell offers over 2,000 miles of rugged and beautiful shoreline - more than the entire western coast of the United States. We?ll explore hidden canyons via kayak, motorboat and on foot while discovering massive arches, ancient ruins and glorious autumn cottonwoods on daily excursions from our basecamp aboard a luxury houseboat.

Workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction in the field and in short lecture sessions aboard our floating classroom. Portfolio reviews and daily image critiques will provide you with valuable, immediate feedback on your images. Each day you will find your confidence growing as you produce stunning images of this amazing landscape!

This is an all-inclusive workshop. Your tuition will cover houseboat, powerboat and kayak rental, one night lodging in Page, Arizona and transportation once you arrive in Page. All permits, entry fees, guide fees and food are included.

This exciting workshop is open to photographers of all levels and is limited to 8 participants. Photographers using film cameras are welcome but will not benefit from daily image critiques.

Tuition rates have not been set, though we anticipate they will range from approximately $2,500 to $4,000.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Composition - Framing

Framing is a concept where-by you use elements in the image to surround or partially surround your main subject. In the case of the image below I attempted to frame the rocks in the background with the rocks in the foreground. It wasn't a half bad attempt. except I did not take my own advice and look around the frame. If I had I would have noticed the fence just past my frame. Oh well. Still though you see an example of the concept.





Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fall Foliage East Central West Virginia

Bill & Linda Lane Field Photography Workshops: Fall Foliage
East Central West Virginia

October 8 - 11, 2009

What can we say!! We love the place and can not get enough of West Virginia, In the fall the colors are unbeatable. Of all the places we travel to catch fall colors, none have yet surpassed those of West Virginia. In 2008 the colors were simply indescribable. You had to see to believe. Never have we seen the likes of it and may never again. There is no need to expound on the area since a description is given in the West Virginia “summer workshop” above. Every season is unique, unfolding new and exciting photographic opportunities. For this fall workshop we will once again use “Our Home” as base camp for meals. Lodging will be at the local Motor Inn right up the road. The Cost is $695 and includes meals by the Lanes, lodging and of course non- stop instruction. The workshop will begin Thursday the 8th at 5:00 p.m. and end Sunday around 11:00 a.m.

http://www.lanephotoworkshops.com/workshops/09fallwestva.htm

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Location Lighting Techniques with Joe McNally

http://www.kelbytraininglive.com/flash-photography-tour.html

Lighting Techniques from one of the worlds top shooters

You'll learn the step-by-step process of going from bad to good light with just one flash, then working your way up to two or more flashes. Joe will take you through a variety of lighting set ups with live demonstrations and you'll see first-hand how improving your lighting techniques takes your photography to a new level.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thailand and Cambodia with Bobby Earle

Thailand and Cambodia with Bobby Earle

12 people.16 days

December6-21, 2009

$3700 (based on double occupancy)

Locations include:

erawan falls
Tiger Temple
Angkor Wat
Tonle Sap Lake



If you haven't seen the image Bobby brings back from his trips then go look now.  This sounds like an amazing opportunity for some travel and some great photography.  

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Strive for Five - Valley Complex

Tonight at Oak Hill High School the winners of the "Strive for Five" were honored.  The students in the image above were the winners from the Valley Complex.  They are pictured with Leon Newman and Dr. Chris Perkins.  Mr. Newman is the President of the Fayette County Board of Education and Dr. Perkins is the Superintendent of the County School System.

Composition - Balance

Good balance is simply the arrangement of shapes, colors, or areas of light and dark that complement one another so that the photograph looks well-balanced. This one is subjective to me but make s a lot of good sense at the same time. Take for example a person sitting on a bench. While the person is setting at one end of he bench you can frame them to the left or the right as you desire and get the off center look you might like and that the rule of thirds recommends. however if we do to include enough of the bench to see that the subject is on a bench the image will look strange.

So when you peep through the view finder and you set the shot up make sure your eye looks at the whole image and not just the subject. Is there enough in the frame to tell the story.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Digital Masters Class - David Ziser

http://www.davidziser.com/index.asp

From David Ziser's website:

David's workshops always receive “rave reviews.” You will eat, sleep, and breath Digital Photography for 4½ days - over 40 hours at David’s workshop for only $895. Here is the low down:

* World class photography including over 40 On/Off camera flash techniques, sensible lighting & posing, dramatic composition.
* Profit & Sales building software “Power Tools”. David will show how to get the most out of what he calls his software "Magic Bullets."
* Lightroom 2.0 - What's Hot!
* Photoshop for the Wedding/Portrait photographer.
* Over 50 solutions oriented marketing techniques that will add substantially to your bottom line.
* Easy color management; fine art printing; archival, museum quality digital output.

This educational experience is the most exciting and complete digital workshop being offered anywhere.

Here is how we are shaking it up for the Fall session.

-Monday: NEW! Class discussion of over 40 On/Off-camera flash techniques, Dramatic Composition, and Lighting - the finer points. (Welcome Party in the evening)

-Tuesday: NEW! On location shoots all day. Part of the day we will break into 4 smaller groups for shooting on your own with models.
-Wednesday: NEW! Review and critique of all the images. In the afternoon, we get started on Lightroom 2.0 - what's new - and workflow (processing the 3000 image shoot.)
NEW! Sunset/Night shoot - weather permitting.

-Thursday: NEW! Discussion of "Magic Bullet" software that will change your digital lives. I'll also cover about 50 ways to add to your bottom line. (Gourmet Dinner at the Ziser's in the evening)
-Friday: We wrap up at 12 P.M.- don't try to sneak out early, were are pretty darn busy till quittin' time.

We have a few more ideas in the works - I'll keep you posted.


Added Bonus:
• Full breakfast included for all attendees staying at the hotel.
• Welcome party at David’s studio Monday night.
• And dinner Thursday night at David's home.

In order to maximize the learning experience for all attendees, only the first 20 reservations will be accepted!

Call today for your reservations 859.341.5900

Your investment is only $895.00 - Your results are unlimited !

VISA, MC, AMEX accepted

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Composition - The 'S' Curve


The 'S' Curve is realy just another type of leading line. You will often find the 'S' Curve used in landscapes. Do you see the 'S' in the image of the ocean above. The curves of the S help the eyes to move through the frame and convey a sense of motion to the water or the image. It's used a lot with roads and rivers too.

Another place you will find the 'S' Curve is in portraits. I'm just getting into portraits and do not have an abundance of images to show you as an example of its use there but now that I have mentioned it start looking for it. Think about how they posed the model in recent add you looked at. I wouldn't be surprised if you don't notice an 'S' Curve or some other leading line in the image.

'till next time keep the shutters click'n!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Wildflowers & Scenics in West Virginia

Bill & Linda Lane Field Photography Workshops: Summer Wildflowers & Scenics in West Virginia

July 9 - 12, 2009

When a place is as wonderful as West Virginia you owe it to yourself to see it in all of its seasonal glory – every season – and summer is no exception. So here we are again in a different season in a different area of West Virginia. We avoid hot and sticky so if we thought it would be hot, humid and sticky we would not even consider having a summer workshop there. And we certainly would not have taken up residence there. But in these mountains the bugs are few and the nighttimes cool. We have found that at this time of year there is an abundance of wildflowers mixed in with scenics so numerous we never make it to all those on the agenda. The wildflowers enhance other photographic opportunities, stand alone against uninterrupted glory and/or make for fantastic macro work; placed in the foreground and photographed with a wide angle they create depth within the photo. We will shoot along the Greenbriar River Trail, the scenic highway, the glades, waterfalls, barns, all around town and surrounding towns. For those of you who know us, you know we will take advantage of every ‘photo op’ we can find! And even though we provide the meals, food comes second to capturing good light.

Meals will be served out of our little West Virginia Get Away with the exception of breakfast which will be served in the conference room of the Motor Lodge. We begin on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Marlinton Motor Inn and end on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Price includes lodging and meals. $695.00

http://www.lanephotoworkshops.com/workshops/09summerwv.htm

Clean you gear

If your like me I tend to hold on to my gear. In fact my father still shoots with my old Rebel XT body. The thng about holding onto gear is that you have to take care of it. Just like you have to rotate your tires and change the oil in your car...that reminds me. Anyway you need to clean it and care for it if you want it to take care of you. To that end I could write a post on how to do so but I don't need to. Moose Peterson already has nad he has a great video to go along with it. So jump on over to the linked post and learn how. You might want to take advantage of the other deal he worked out for his readers too!

http://www.moosenewsblog.com/2009/06/beat-the-new-body-dust/