Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alternative Processes

http://www.theworkshops.com/workshops/photo/alternative-processes-ws

Alternative Processes (WS)
Mar 14 - Mar 20
Brenton Hamilton

Explore the artistic possibilities of non-silver antique and alternative processes.

Find a new, creative approach to photography during two weeks of photographic experimentation in Maine. This course is for advanced students with a solid grasp of darkroom techniques who are looking to explore the creative and artistic possibilities of working in non-silver, antique, and alternate processes.

Brenton Hamilton, a highly respected photographic printmaker, demonstrates a number of hand-applied emulsion processes while teaching students to use Kallitype and Palladium techniques in the same way fine art photographers have for decades.

Students explore the entire image-making process working with pinhole cameras, view cameras and 35mm cameras to create new images in the field, then learn to make enlarged negatives from fieldwork in order to make contact prints on Salted paper, Vandyke brown, Cyanotype, Printing Out paper, and Gum Bichromate. Students work extensively in the field and then return to the darkroom to produce new images. As students master these new processes and printing skills, a new portfolio of work develops.

Students should have a solid grasp of darkroom techniques. A short list of materials are provided to students prior to the workshop.

Winter/Spring lodging & meal package available $425.

WILDLIFE & NATURE TRAVEL INC.

One of my recent finds on the web is WANT or Wildlife & Nature Travel. I just completed adding their events to the workshop calendar and placed a slew of posts about their tours in the queue for the blog. Their tours struck me as great for photographers and though they are not workshops they belong on the blog and the calendar.

Their trips will knock your socks off, and I make that statement without going out with them. The itineraries these folks have put together sound like a ton of fun! Check out their site on the web at:

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com

Here is a little about them:

Wildlife & Nature Travel (WANT) is a highly personalized, conservation-oriented group travel company, which connects travelers, adventurers, photographers and conservationists from all over the world through expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomena that exist on our planet.

The three main goals of the company is to provide possibilities for nature lovers from all around the world to join trips and expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomenon that exist on the planet, to provide possibilities for excellent photography.

Each tour has a maximum of 12 passengers, and is offered to the members of their Travel Club. Each trip focuses on exclusive wildlife watching and natural encounter experiences in often remote and secluded destinations. The experience will include unique scenery and cultural elements significant and unique to that region of the world. The third element of each tour focuses on outstanding photographic opportunities within each location, and finally this is all delivered in very comfortable, but not unnecessarily luxurious conditions.

Their trips are designed to make the most of the time we have in each location, and so are very active. A typical day will begin in the early hours of the morning and not finish until after sunset. However, breaks and meals occur throughout the day. Their prices are inclusive of all land costs (meals, accommodation, guiding, fees and land transportation), but typically will exclude international and regional flights, visa fees and insurance.

Akos Hivekovics, renowned photographer, biologist and travel writer, founded Wildlife & Nature Travel in 1998 and to date, it is managed by Akos and his wife, Jessica. With combined experiences in over 130 countries and in every area of tourism, Akos and Jessica have the perfect background to run a successful and unique travel company. Having spent 15 years in the field as population biologists, lodge managers, on-board lecturers, expedition leaders, conservation officers, travel writers and award-winning nature photographers, they are very eager to share their knowledge and show the world to everyone. Their amazing efforts result in a company that is known for its professional, attentive services, unique itineraries, outstanding tour leading experiences and an exceptional rate of return passengers. Both Akos and Jessica believe in, and work for, a sustainable future.

Doctor Who 2010

Morning all, or evening depending where int he world you are. As some of you are aware I am a fan of Doctor Who, have been for years. I can first remember seeing it with Tom Baker as the Doctor and that huge scarf he wore. I was pleasantly surprised in 2005 when it came blazing back on the screen as if it never missed a beat.

The tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant will no doubt be one of my favorites as was Peter Davidson. I must admit I lost track of the Doctor during his sixth and seventh regenerations. I saw him regenerate to his ninth incarnation but was never a fan of the radio dramas. My loss I guess. Like most all Doctor Who fans I know that 2010 will bring a new Doctor and I look forward to seeing him in action.

As most fans will tell you the regeneration of the Doctor often brings other changes to the series, most notably a new logo and from time to time the TARDIS itself will receive a face lift. Though I admist I do like the new one but it would be cool to see an new console room soon, or as Baker did see the Doctor use the Auxiliary Console again. Heck for that matter a glimpse at some of the other parts of the TARDIS would be cool.

I do know though that in 2010 the logo will get a face lift and as such I have been able to track down a clip on YouTUBE of it. I love the stylized TARDIS shape with the letters DW. Take a look:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday CraZiness!


Well the Christmas Holiday has come and gone and we look forward to the New Year. For those not familiar with the East coast of the US, just prior to Christmas we were blessed with snow. I say blessed because it was beautiful to look at and to play in. Even if my community went with out power for three days. Others had it far worse. During that time though I was able to go outside and make a few image. I just managed to get them all posted the other day. Hard to post with no power and no internet access.

This image of Alexis was made in our back yard. She seemed to think the whole point of the snowball maker was to make perfect snowballs for her to eat.

And yes those are snow flakes in the image, no photoshop effect, they were just that big. We had nearly a foot of snow on the ground. It was nice to go back in and warm up after I made the images of the kids playing that morning. We are fortunate, that my Father thinks ahead. Both our home and theirs (next door) have auxiliary gas heaters, as well as gas cooing stoves and hot water heaters. It was quite a nice surprise for the kids. Our previous place was all electric and when the power was out the house was dead.

I have more image from that day in the family gallery just click on the image below:


Photography Quote

Good photographs are seen in the mind's eye before the shutter is tripped, but they are made in the darkroom. For it is the final stage of photography -in the production of negative and print- that the creative vision is realized in a picture meant to be looked at, admired, perhaps honoured. -Anonymous , "The Print: The LIFE Library of Photography" by Editors

from PhotoQuotes.com

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wildlife Photography Skills with Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

September 21-23, 2010 - Telluride, Colorado
Wildlife Photography Skills with Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski
Price: $600

This workshop is designed for intermediate and advanced participants to hone their skills at photographing wildlife to move to the next level. Photographers will spend field time immersed in Colorado's beautiful fall color learning the techniques and secrets of creating great wildlife images. We'll demonstrate equipment, blinds, lighting, and other tools for solving problems encountered in wildlife photography. Class size is limited to allow for plenty of individual attention.

Wendy and Bob's workshop is followed by a multitude of other events at The Telluride Photo Festival 2010. A brief description appears below. There are separate registrations for the workshop and other festival activities, and a discount on festival passes to all workshop attendees. Find more details and a registration form (after Jan. 1, 2010) at http://www.telluridephotofestival.com/.

The Telluride Photo Festival 2010 - Art and photography have long been synonymous with Telluride and Mountain Village. The towns also have a long-standing reputation as the festival capital of Colorado with a rich and varied summer event calendar. The Telluride Photo Festival, in association with the Ah Haa School for the Arts, seeks to combine these two elements into a week-long event that celebrates photography, art, nature, learning, and commerce in the beauty that is Telluride.

The goal of the festival is to bring together well-respected people in photography with people looking to perfect their craft to learn, create, and inspire. The festival also seeks to foster the next generation of photographers by offering programs geared toward young people, as well as amateur and intermediate photographers. Additionally, the public is invited to view and enjoy the many outdoor photography exhibits in and around Telluride and Mountain Village. The festival has something for every level of aptitude and appreciation. The festival will be held the week of September 20-26, 2010 when the aspens are at the height of their autumn splendor.

We are extremely excited to be able to offer such a high caliber of world-renowned outdoor photographers for our first festival. We are offering four, three, and two-day workshops. Additionally, if you don't have the budget nor skill level for a full workshop, we are offering half-day beginner and intermediate classes as well as full day advanced classes.

Within the workshops, you will spend your time garnering knowledge and techniques that have taken years to perfect. The instructors will interact with you explaining their processes as well as reviewing and exploring your work.

Lunch will be included though transportation is not. In addition, a 20% discount on full, standard and portfolio passes will be extended to all workshop attendees.

The final day of the four and three day workshops will be an optional morning wrap up session. The two-day workshops will not feature a morning wrap up.

Borneo and Brunei Wildlife Expedition

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com/getpage.php?pg=trip&trip_id=57

Land of the orangutan

Borneo and Brunei Wildlife Expedition

apes, longhouses, rainforests, sea turtles, sultans and a lot more

Aug 25 - Sep 06 2010

There is no true nature and adventure traveler, whose heart would not beat faster when hearing the word "Borneo". This Southeast Asian wonderland has always been associated with rugged mountains, rainforests, rivers, caves and headhunters. It is an irresistible paradise for nature travelers, extensively covered with the oldest rainforests on Earth. During the last 100 million years, unique life has evolved to this land, such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pitcher plants, the rafflesia, macaques, elephants and hundreds of birds. During our amazing expedition, we will attempt to encounter and photograph as many species and landscapes as possible. We will stay in the traditional longhouses of the Iban people, experience the largest colony of bats in the world, as they cover the skies when taking off at dusk, trek several jungle trails for wildlife, hike on the tallest mountain of Southeast Asia, watch semi-wild orphan orangutans, cruise hundreds of kilometers of pristine jungle waterways, watch sea turtles lay their eggs on pristine sandy beaches, and last, but not least, visit Brunei, the richest sultanate in the world. A true once-in-a-lifetime experience for all nature lovers and adventure travelers.

Comoro Islands Extension

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com/getpage.php?pg=trip&trip_id=47

Crossroads of civilizations

Comoro Islands Extension

vibrant mix of cultures, natural beauties and historic monuments

Jun 01 - Jun 04 2010

Located in a strategic position at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, the archipelago of the Comoro Islands arose from the seabed of the western Indian Ocean as the result of volcanic activity. The islands: Grande Comore, Mohel, Anjouan and Mayotte, have distinct topographical characteristics due to their different ages. Mayotte, the oldest of the islands, is highly eroded with slow, meandering streams. Grande Comore, the youngest of the islands is dominated by a massive, active volcano. The other two islands are mountainous but have no active volcanic activity. The Comoro Islands once played a major role in the world economy of the western Indian Ocean. For centuries, they were a major stopover along the mercantile routes of the Indian Ocean from Africa to the Orient. The mountainous terrain on several of the islands creates a variety of habitats with diverse animal and plant species. Several species are unique to the Comoros. Livingstone's Flying Fox is one of several rare animals found on the islands, a fruit bat unique to the Comoros with a wing span that can exceed four feet. Several different kinds of insects and over a dozen bird species are also unique to the islands. Many are now being threatened with extinction. There is an abundance of life in the sea around the Comoros. One can find everything from giant whales, large sharks, big manta rays, sailfish, sunfish, to lobsters, crabs and tiny shrimp. Deep water close to the islands, coral reefs, miles of sandy beaches, plus fresh water streams and shoreline springs provide multiple habitats for the marine life.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Discovering Hanoi

http://www.tpw.it/2010/kolkata_project_workshop/vietnam.html The soul of contemporary Vietnam is a mosaic of histories. Those that left their mark more than others are the thousand plus years of Chinese domination, French colonialism, and the final push westward in the war of liberation against the United States. However, it is the personality of the Vietnamese that emerges intact overall: proud, indomitable nationalists, flexible and resistant like bamboo. Hanoi is the city that best synthesizes this reality: the least recent history in the Taoist temples, the charm of French architecture and habits, and the desire for American modernization. The millions of motorcycles that flood the streets are the blood of a rapidly-growing body, despite its one thousand years of life. In the semi-darkness of the houses, there are scenes of life that go from one extreme to another. Our workshop wants to try and document this exact variety. Not the distraction of monuments that don’t exist or fading panoramas, but rather the research of human stories that are different, yet parallel. The exploration of different quarters, different souls, and contrasting cultures despite the same past and a common future. To establish a relationship with the Vietnamese is easy. The challenge will be to go beyond, to deepen the acquaintance, gathering it in particularly conspicuous aspects and significant images. In other words, to construct a history of today’s Vietnamese, very far from those represented in post-Vietnam movies on the war (an event that, on the other hand, the young Vietnamese don’t remember at all). Finally, a “dissertation” on Halong Bay, one of the natural wonders of the world. Even the Chinese emperors considered it a tourist destination. For us, it will be a further chance to see how the modern Vietnam deals with tourism. We will spend one day and night on a junk (small boat) and will visit small towns like Cat Ba, which have transformed into small Miami Beaches where kitsch dominates. Practical Information: Dates: March 13-21, 2010 Location: Hanoi/Halong Bay, Vietnam Visa/Passport: you need a Visa to enter Vietnam. Please check with the local Ambassy Workshops costs: Workshop fee € 1400 includes 2 dinners Hotel : we have reserved some rooms at Joseph’s Hotel in the Old City, just behind the French Cathedral. The cost is approx 50 € per night with breakfast. Please let us know if you plan to stay there. Meals: meals will be independent, except as stated above. Eating out in Hanoi will be a fascinating experience… Travel: to Hanoi Noibai Airport If needed, we can arrange transportation airport/hotel. Andrea Pistolesi Born in Florence, Andrea Pistolesi has studied geography at the local University. He still lives here, in this pleace he considers more an inspiration than a city. As as a result of his ceaseless need to travel, Andrea has become a photoreporter specialized in human and environment documentation. He continuously works for Italian and international magazines, such as Islands, Travel and Leisure, Geo, Departures, Hemisphere, Gulliver, Gente Viaggi, Bell’Italia, Airone, Viajar, Rutas del Mundo, and many more. His volumes on exotic destinations have been published together with guides on major European touristic destinations. He is now making a series of books on the major religions of the world edited by Touring Club Italiano. Andrea has become particularly known for his research on the use of light which he combines to a very personal composition of his images. Every year he teaches workshops on profession and carreer and on the use of digital. The approach to artistic photography has been a natural evolution of his professional growth. He has had personal shows both in Italy and abroad. He has participated with a personal show to the VII Biennale of Photography in Turin, Italy, and has gained, in 1998, the price for first Italian at the Fuji European Press Award. He has made commercial reportages for various clients. His interest for the digital elaboration is quite recent, a means which he defines as “the conquest of the dark-room for the photographer of colour”.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bhutan

http://paworkshops.net/bhutan-workshop

Bhutan

Dates: March 26 - April 9, 2010
Leaders: Moe Witschard and David Middleton
Location: Bhutan
Cost: $7495

About the Workshop

Largely isolated from the outside world for centuries, closed to foreigners until three decades ago, visiting Bhutan is like stepping back in time. Ruled by a series of highly educated and beloved kings, it has consciously cultivated both a fiercely guarded traditional culture and the world’s most well tended natural environment. A mesmerizing land of peace, prosperity and spiritual richness, Bhutan and its friendly people are a photographer’s paradise.

Tantric Mahayana Buddhism permeates all aspects of Bhutanese culture, and the workshop includes photographing a fantastically colorful festival with sacred pageantry and wondrous dance. Dance performances will go on all day amidst swirling costumes, ancient, magical masks, crowds of smiling young monks in training and fascinating sacred rites. Imagine the pictures!

Everyday will enchant us as we slowly explore this beautiful country on this customized itinerary created solely for us. We linger at a few spectacular areas—Paro, Punakha, Bumthang, the Phobjikha valley—rather than blasting around the whole country always in a rush. If we see something we want to photograph, we will stop and take our time capturing the sights. Who would want to hurry through a thicket of prayer flags or a forest of blooming, tree-sized rhododendrons? We have picked spring for this trip rather than the more touristy fall for the lushness of the landscape and the beautiful quality of spring light.

Few destinations throughout history have generated the stir of anticipation among travelers worldwide that Bhutan created when it tentatively cracked its door ajar three decades ago. The few who have ventured in have been startled to behold the last intact Buddhist Himalayan kingdom. It is the last Himalayan country that has not been trampled by western tourism.

We invite you to seize the day, to experience Bhutan at this historic juncture, and travel and photograph with us to a land on the brink of transformation.

Photography Quote

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face - the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited; and the wealth and confusion that man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. -Edward Steichen, In "Time," 7 Apr 1961.

from PhotoQuotes.com

Monday, December 21, 2009

Wild Nature Tours - Spring Workshop

http://wildnaturetours.com/yellowstone/yellowstone/spring.html

Spring Workshop

June 5 thru June 13

Spring is another magical time in Yellowstone. Bears come out of hibernation, offsprings are starting to frolic about, and a sense of renewal is all about you. Wildflowers are abundant, and the landscape is transformed.

This workshop is in some ways a little more intense than the winter workshop, since all the park roads are open this time of year will be on the move, spending just two nights at each location. We will travel thru Lamar Valley, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, The Beartooth Mountains and Grand Teton National Park.

This workshop will provide great opportunities to make images of Bears, Moose, Bison, Wolves, Elk, Pronghorn, Pikas, Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep, flowering meadows, and some great scenic vistas.

Where the Shutter Clicks - January Update

Can you believe another year is just around the coroner. 2010...time for another Space Odesey, anyone elase out there remember HAL. If you do here is a bit of trivia for you HAL was the Artifical Intellenges on spaceship Discovery. One the ship from Arthur C Clarke's famous books. HAL stood for (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic Computer). Many folks believed that it was a result of a letter shift from IBM. This of course was denied by both Clarke and the director of the films.

This time of year is lean on the workshop calendar, but that can be expected as folks are trying to wind down and spend some time with their family and friends. The good news for us is that many of them will post announcements of new workshops this time of year.

For now I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Caution you not to drink to much egg nog and most of all remember that the most important thing is the people in your life! Merry Christmas!


January
DLWS San Francisco, CA - Jan 10 -13
Glamour - Jan 16
Crusing Through Life - New Orleans - Jan 17 - 22
Yellowstone Winter Wonderland - Jan 17 -22
Photoshop: Retouching Secrets of the Pros - Jan 17
Florida Everglades Workshop 2010 - Jan 22 - 25
Introductory Digital Photography - Jan 24 - 30
Winter Wonderland IV, 2010 - Jan 24 - 29
Yellowstone/Grand Teton in Winter Winter Wonderland - Jan 26 - Feb 1
Yellowstone Winter Wolf Retreat 2010 - Jan 27 - 31
Coastal North Carolina and the Outer Banks - Jan 27 - 31
Turning Professional - Jan 30 - Feb 6
From Lightroom to Photoshop Jan 31 - Feb 6


February

OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - Columbus, OH - Feb 4
People & Culture of Belize Photo Workshop - Feb 6 - 13
Photoshop for Photographers - Feb 7 - 13
For the Love - Feb 8 - 12
Boudoir Divas Workshop - San Diego - Feb 9 - 11
South Florida Birds Birds Galore and a Few Gators, Too - Feb 10 - 14
Portfolio Review Weekend - Feb 12 - 13
Belize - Adventures in Photography - Feb 14 - 21
OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - Atlanta, GA - Feb 17
Photo 101 - Feb 19 - Feb 21
Yellowstone Winter Wolf Retreat 2010 - Feb 20 - 24
Wild Nature Tours - Winter Workshop - Feb 21 - 28
Morocco - Feb 23 - March 9
OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - Atlanta - Feb 24
Tanzania Photographic Safari - Feb 25 - March 10
TnT Photography Excursion Trinidad - Feb 25 - March 2
The Kolkata Project - Feb 26 - March 6
Transition to Digital Photography - Feb 28 - March 6


keept the Shutters clickn'!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Grant Writing & Funding

http://www.theworkshops.com/workshops/photo/grant-writing-funding-ws

Grant Writing & Funding (WS)
Mar 7 - Mar 13
David H. Wells

Find the funds to support photographic projects
Grant-funded projects are a dream come
true for photographers, but the reality is
more complex. Students explore strategies
in pursuing grants and presenting current
projects to potential funders. Part of the
week is spent photographing to focus
ideas into possible projects
Grant-funded projects are a dream come
true for photographers, but the reality is
more complex. Students explore strategies
in pursuing grants and presenting current
projects to potential funders. Part of the
week is spent photographing to focus
ideas into possible projects
Grant-funded projects are a dream come
true for photographers, but the reality is
more complex. Students explore strategies
in pursuing grants and presenting current
projects to potential funders. Part of the
week is spent photographing to focus
ideas into possible projects

Grant funded projects are a dream come true for any photographer. In that dream, photographers get to go wherever they want, to create whatever pictures they want for any purpose they want. The reality is often very different and understanding the difference is the key to getting grant funding to support photographic projects. This workshop focuses on specific strategies in pursuing grants such as partnering with non-profit groups; important resources available on-line; and presenting work to potential funders.

Attendees gain a better understanding of the world of grants for funding photographic projects, and they get information on important on-line resources to assist in grant searches and funding for future projects.

Students learn to write a proposal for a photo essay - the first step toward funding, exhibiting, and publishing a project. David shares proposal examples that have earned him exhibits, publications, and grants. After an introduction to the mechanics of the photo essay, participants produce a photo essay (or part of a larger photo essay to be completed after the class.) Finally, students learn how to establish a market for photo essays by researching what types of publications, museums, and organizations might use imagery and how to work with these businesses throughout the entire shooting, editing, and publication/exhibition process.

Winter/Spring lodging & meal package available $425.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photography Quote

Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man. -Edward Weston

from PhotoQuotes.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Patagonia

http://paworkshops.net/patagonia-workshop

Patagonia

Dates: April 26 - May 3, 2010
Leader: Moe Witschard
Location: Coyhaique, Chile
Cost: $5495

About the Workshop

Chilean Patagonia is one of the most spectacular and unspoiled landscapes in the world. When I first traveled to this region 20 years ago, I was floored by its pristine natural beauty and I knew that I would return again and again. I have since returned three times and each visit has been as eye opening as the last. Patagonia is truly one of the most exciting photographic destinations that you will ever visit and fall is the best time for a photographer to be there.

Our photo workshop will take place in central Patagonia, a land of incredible snow and ice clad mountains that rim the northern Patagonian cap. It is also a land of beautiful turquoise lakes, of mighty raging rivers like the Rio Baker, of gauchos on large working estancias (ranches), and of incredible beech forests that in the autumn look as though they have been lit on fire.

Though the Patagonian landscape is a wild, rugged one, we will not be roughing it. Teaming up with our Patagonian outfitter Salvaje Corazon, who specializes in photography tours, our small group (limited to eight participants) will be treated to wonderful local food and the finest local accommodations. We will travel in a comfortable small van with a full-time driver. Along with a Salvaje Corazon guide and myself, our small group will be looked after and guided by a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about Patagonia.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

OneLight Workshop v. 3.0

http://onelightworkshop.com/page0/page0.html

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.

2010 OneLight Workshop Dates

Atlanta - 1/21
Columbus, OH - 2/4
Atlanta - 2/17
Atlanta - 2/24
Salt Lake City, UT - 3/19
Atlanta - 4/21
Atlanta - 4/28
Atlanta - 6/28
Asheville, NC - 6/30
Washington, D.C. - 7/2
Pittsburgh, PA - 7/5
Cincinnati, OH - 7/7
Indianapolis, IN - 7/9
Chicago, IL - 7/12
Saint Louis, MO - 7/14
Nashville, TN - 7/16
NYC - 10/25
NYC - 10/26

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Photoshop for Photographer

http://www.theworkshops.com/workshops/photo/photoshop-photographers-ws

Photoshop for Photographers (WS)
Feb 7 - Feb 13
Apr 18 - Apr 24

Discover an arsenal of digital tools for astounding image making.

Explore the bells and whistles Adobe Photoshop CS4 has to offer the photographer interested in advanced image making. This one-week course provides a solid foundation in Photoshop for work in digital photographic printing and imaging.

Students learn to understand and work with curves in order to specifically adjust tonal values within an image, regulating contrast, color, and tonality. Using various selection tools, image layers and masks, students learn to make local image adjustments, creating an effect that parallels traditional darkroom dodging and burning.

Discussions cover the advantages and disadvantages of digital manipulation, including conceptual intent and technical execution Photoshop CS4 has to offer. Sharpness, noise, filters, file size, selections, color, and black and white imagery are all topics explored in this workshop.

To break up lab work, students get out of the lab to explore and create images of Maine's scenery. Students face challenges and limitations of digital imaging both in the field and in the lab, and discover a myriad of possibilities to work through these challenges.

Daily lectures, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on lab work provide students with the tools to advance their skills in the digital darkroom and create all kinds of exciting imagery. Students take their images through to print and leave the Workshops with newfound digital knowledge and documentation of the week's intensive lab work.

Winter/Spring lodging & meal package available $425.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Maine Coast & Lighthouses Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/MaineCoastPhotoWorkshop.php

Maine Coast & Lighthouses Photo Workshop
May 19-23, 2010
Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
$980 (discounts available)
Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)
photo adventure workshops digital photography lighthouses Maine coast ME spring Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures © 2009 Zann and Pinkerton Photography for Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. All Rights Reserved. For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278. 919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA.

Join our photography workshop in "Down East" Maine, an area known for its dramatic rocky coast, pounding surf, wonderful lighthouses, and charming fishing harbors and coves. We will photograph in areas where Winslow Homer, Andy Wyeth, and other artists have painted for centuries. And we'll head to our favorite fish shack for the famous Maine lobster. The Barefoot Contessa grew up sailing this area, so knows it well and looks forward to introducing you to her special haunts where 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
We will be based in a romantic inn (complete with a spa for your spouse or SO) in charming New Harbor in the heart of Margo's oft-visited locations, subjects of many of her shots published in calendars, travel magazines, and coffee-table books. Margo knows this area intimately.

Margo and her husband/partner and fellow pro instructor, Arnie, will show you their favorite lighthouses, charming fishing villages, and a stunning coastline punctuated by rocky outcroppings, cozy harbors sprinkled with lobster boats, and the famous Maine fir trees.
photo adventure workshops digital photography lighthouses Maine coast ME spring Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures © 2009 Zann and Pinkerton Photography for Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. All Rights Reserved. For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278. 919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA.
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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;
* 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 (what many feel is the highlight of the workshop experience); 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.

photo adventure workshops digital photography lighthouses Maine coast ME spring Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures © 2009 Zann and Pinkerton Photography for Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. All Rights Reserved. For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278. 919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA.
The 2009 Maine Coast & Lighthouses
workshop participants seeking their own vision.
You will also receive written instructions on the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom using your own printer.

Cost: $980

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photography Quote

Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection... -Edward Weston

from PhotoQuotes.com

Monday, December 7, 2009

Portfolio Review Weekend

http://www.theworkshops.com/workshops/film/portfolio-review-weekend-ws

Portfolio Review Weekend (WS)
Feb 12 - Feb 13

Two days of reviewing work and professional development

Whether looking to break through creative boundaries or striving to take the next big step on one’s career plan, this 3-day workshop is designed to energize, strengthen, and awaken participants. Attendees have their work reviewed by professionals in the fields of photography, filmmaking and multimedia, addressing the strengths and areas for further focus in both personal and professional work.

In conjunction with daily one-one-one portfolio and reel reviews, panel discussions are held each morning covering seminal topics in today’s visual industry, such as Publishing and Distributing Work, Multimedia: Transition in Visual Media, and Potential Film Marketing and Distribution outlets. Discussions also address a myriad of options and pathways for various careers within the field.

This course acts as a catalyst, providing participants with not only the inspiration but also the knowledge and a plan to further education, hone technical an creative skills, and explore new marketing strategies.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp

http://www.andybiggs.com/content.php?page=2010augAWPBC
African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp
August 3-12, 2010 Safari Leaders: Andy Biggs and E.J. Peiker Welcome to the African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp, intended for those who would like to learn about or improve their African wildlife photography skills. This unique safari will take place in the southern African countries of Botswana and South Africa, and will emphasize maximizing great photography and learning opportunities. This safari will be a combination of morning and afternoon game drives, mid-day lectures, evening slide shows and critiques. We will repeat the schedule each day, working one on one with all participants to foster a better understanding of wildlife photography. We will have discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as long lens technique, projection flash usage, action shooting, wildlife observation, field craft and African animal behavior. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice. The end goal is for all participants to end up with new skills to help elevate their African wildlife photography, as well as coming home with excellent photographs. This workshop is about shooting. Lots of shooting. We will be taking over the use of two lodges, which means we will have a completely private safari where we will relax, learn, photograph by ourselves and enjoy our surroundings. We also have secured private charter aircraft for this safari, with virtually unlimited weight allowances per person, allowing us to bring all of our camera gear. Because of the unique location of this workshop and the luxury accommodations, this workshop adventure is open to 12 photographers as well as 4 spouses. Non-photographers will find the locales visited and the wildlife viewing opportunities to be thrilling. Safari Highlights * We have private vehicles throughout the entire safari, with only 1 person per row of seating (except for the sharing spouses / partners - see details below). * A virtually unlimited amount of weight per person of up to 180 pounds. Bring as much gear as you can! Standard weight allowance is typically only 44 pounds by comparison, but we have secured extra seats on the inter-camp charters. * This safari offers superb game viewing and photographic opportunities in some of the best areas in Southern Africa. * This itinerary focuses on a real wildlife experience from the surroundings of your premier accommodations. * The reserves you will visit offer an insight to the fantastic wildlife in in both of the prime areas we will visit. * Game viewing is done in open 4x4 vehicles and you will be led by some of the leading guides in Botswana and South Africa.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Transition to Digital Photography

http://www.theworkshops.com/workshops/photo/transition-digital-photography-ws

Transition to Digital Photography (WS)
Feb 28 - Mar 6
Apr 25 - May 1

Make the shift from traditional film to digital imaging with Adobe Lightroom

In a time when it seems as though everything imaginable is going digital, hop on and enjoy the ride from film to digital print. This workshop is designed to help traditional film photographers make the transition from wet to digital capture and printmaking. The class covers all facets of digital workflow, including the essentials of good scanning, digital SLR cameras and functions, Photoshop techniques for image refinement, and options for digital output. Students learn to work with issues of density, contrast and tonal range, and local refinements such as burning, dodging, bleaching, edge burning, and spotting as they are executed in the digital darkroom.

Winter/Spring lodging & meal package available $425.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wildlife and Western Photography

http://paworkshops.net/wildlife-and-western-photography-workshop

Wildlife and Western Photography

Dates: April 12 - 17, 2010
Leader: Jeff Wendorff
Location: Mariposa, California
Cost: TBA

About the Workshop

Is there anything better than photographing wildlife? I certainly don’t think so, it is the reason that I am working as a photographer and I LOVE this workshop. That says a lot! This spring we’ll travel to the gateway to Yosemite National Park to photograph some incredible wildlife. We’ve worked at this location several times and we have scouted out the prime locations with perfect settings. We’ve got colorful rock outcroppings, beautiful crystal clear creeks and ponds, waterfalls, majestic old-growth oak trees, skyline and historic rock walls. The dates selected take advantage of the lush green spring vegetation and wildflowers abundant in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Just the landscapes are enough to warrant coming on this workshop, but of course we have the wildlife.

Once again working with the Triple D Game Farm we’ll photograph a variety of their animals in gorgeous natural settings. The wildlife available may vary, but we should be photographing, Mountain Lion, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Coyote, Wolves, Bobcat, Badger, and Fox.

Trying to describe the highlights of this workshop is a tall order because the whole trip is a highlight reel. The images that you take will be shown to your friends and family forever.

Standing 20 yards from a pack of wolves or a bear is astonishing. Standing 5 feet from a bobcat or fox is joyous. Getting it all in your camera is… well worth the cost of the workshop. You thought I was going someplace else with that didn’t you?

Usually that would be enough photo opportunities to fill an entire workshop, but this one is a PAW special event workshop. In addition to the gorgeous landscape, and the amazing wildlife, we will also be spending a day on the 7L Ranch. Here we’ll photograph the hard working ranch hands moving and roping cattle, running horses and cowboys and cowgirls at work on the ranch. We’ve worked with the ranch before and they know we want and even though are doing what they do everyday they also know how to work for the photographers. These sessions will be specially designed for photographers to give our guests the opportunity to capture true western scenes.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Spring Coastal Grizzlies 2010 Photography Tour

From: http://www.wildlifephotoacademy.com/2009/01/26/spring-coastal-grizzlies-2010/

Spring Coastal Grizzlies 2010 Photography Tour

Along the coast of the Great Bear Rain Forest, British Columbia, Canada

May 18 - 22, 2010

Join Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine contributing editor, Paul Burwell, for a full-featured photography tour in search of coastal Grizzly Bears along the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to Grizzly Bears, we’ll look for opportunities to photography Black Bears, Humpback Whales and, if we’re lucky an elusive coastal Grey Wolf.

This tour includes:

  • Accommodation and meals aboard a 71′ sailing ketch whose crew have over 25+ years of experience guiding Bear tours
    • Meals will occasionally be eaten picnic style during shore excursions
  • Shore excursions on the boat’s motorized inflatable
  • Full use of the boat’s equipment including kayaks
  • A small group size, limited to 7 participants
  • A tour for photographers by photographers
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
  • Exploration of the spectacular BC coast with its inlets, rivers, waterfalls, old-growth forests and wildlife.
  • Healthy, hearty food including seafood, fresh salads, fruit, home-made soups and fresh baked breads and goodies
  • Opportunity to become one of the tiny percentage of people who have viewed this amazing part of the coast and this unique bear.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cascades & Wildflowers of Virginia Photo Workshop

http://bcphotoadventures.com/CascadesPhotoWorkshop.php

Cascades & Wildflowers of Virginia Photo Workshop
May 12-16, 2010
Wednesday noon through Sunday afternoon at 2:00
$980 (discounts available)
Limit 12 with 2 instructors (maximum 6:1 student-to-instructor ratio)

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Join our photography workshop in the beautiful mountains of western Virginia where springtime is stunning. There will be many subjects to inspire you — cascades, waterfalls, beautiful and sometimes-rare wildflowers, old mills, villages, farms, and mountain mists that abound in this historic area. You can't go wrong photographically.
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We'll help you celebrate your passion for photography, hone your seeing and imaging skills, and teach you how elements of composition and the magic of light work in concert to make wonderful photographs.

We'll be based in Warm Springs in historic Bath County, located high in the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of Appalachia. Not much has changed in this county since 1861 when General Robert E. Lee said of the area, "The views are so magnificent ... the valleys so beautiful, the scenery so peaceful." You'll agree that this is a wonderful place to photograph. In fact, this area has attracted interest from National Geographic, The Travel Channel, and others.

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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;
* 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 (what many feel is the highlight of the workshop experience); 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.

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The 2009 Cascades & Wildflowers of Virginia
workshop participants seeking their own vision.
You will also receive written instructions on the ins and outs of successfully and easily turning your favorite digital images into beautiful prints straight out of the latest version of Lightroom using your own printer.

Cost: $980

Help Zack Arias!

I bring a lot of content to the blog that is written by others, workshops and so forth. I enjoy providing that content because I feel that we as photographers need inspiration and one of the best places to get that is in a workshop. Today though on Zack Arias blog he posted about an inspirational package that he and a group of others photogs have put together to help a struggling photographer. You can read his post by following this link:

http://www.zarias.com/?p=494

The package that he has helped assemble is a great opportunity to learn, a few of the things that is in the package I have also found useful. Like Zack I subscribe to Kelby Training and have found their courses very instructive and inspirational. I have also had a chance to read Joe McNally's book The Moment it Clicks as well and loved it. I will be placing VisionMongers on my list for 2010. In fact I am between books now, I don't count the audio books I listen to on the way to and from work. Might put an order in now. At any rate if you know a photog who is trying to make it, take time to submit your story by the deadline, Dec 10. It's only 8 days away.

Keep the shutter's clickin'!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Photography Quote

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don't be bitter because you can't record it. Sit down, drink it in. and enjoy it for what it is! -DeGriff

from PhotoQuotes.com