Sunday, February 28, 2010

Summer 2010 Wildlife Instructional Photography Workshop

http://www.wildlifephotoacademy.com/2009/01/24/summer-wildlife-2010/

Summer 2010 Wildlife Instructional Photography Workshop

Triple D Game Farm, Kalispell, Montana
Presented by Paul Burwell Photography
Download the workshop PDF here
Canada Lynx kitten peering out from behind a log - CA

Canada Lynx kitten peering out from behind a log - CA

July 20th – 23rd, 2010

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
o A minimum of 8 sessions photographing the animals over 3 days
o The benefit of Paul’s years of experience photographing at Triple D and scouting the locations
o 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 10 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
o 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
o Participants have an opportunity to submit images they’ve made during the workshop for inclusion in the book.
o 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

Siberian Lynx kitten lying on an old log - CA

Siberian Lynx kitten lying on an old log - CA

Notes from the Instructor…

My Triple D workshops are limited to 8 participants. This small group size allows for maximum flexibility in obtaining all types of shots including portraits, behavior, close-ups and special requests where possible. You’ll also have the flexibility to easily move to different positions to get the shots you are looking for. You will be able to benefit from my years of experience photographing at Triple D and scouting the various shooting locations. This will help make sure you go home with the best photos possible.

I was the President of an Internet services company for over 10 years where I developed an extensive history of working with and educating adults. I am currently a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine and a professional nature photographer. Some individuals seem to run workshops in order to subsidize their own photography shoots. But, unlike those workshop leaders, I am exclusively there to help you get the best shots. You won’t need to worry about interrupting my photography to ask a question or get advice. This workshop is more than just a series of photo sessions with the wildlife models. It is a full featured workshop offering a complete educational experience.

The staff members at Triple D are simply tremendous and they’ll work with us to help get you a tremendous series of shots. Jay and Kim Deist, the owners of the Triple D, are tremendously generous hosts who provide a terrific service to photographers.

Each participant will receive a copy of my book, Triple D Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques. Familiarizing yourself with the book in advance of your trip to the Triple D is an excellent way of preparing for your visit. The Triple D Photography Tips, Tricks and Techniques book forms the basis for the educational portion of the workshop.

If you are wondering where to stay in Kalispell, options range from the very affordable Triple D Guest Cabin to one of the hotels that offer discounts for Triple D guests. Please contact me for more information.

Itinerary

* July 19th Evening: Orientation meeting at the Triple D offices.
* July 20th – 22nd Mornings: The morning of each day will feature photography sessions with the wildlife models at various shooting locations.
* July 20th – 22nd Afternoons: This time will be available for instruction as well as free time to work on images.
* July 23rd Morning: Weather Day – If not required as a weather day extra sessions can be added for $150/session.
* July 23rd Noon: Workshop comes to an end.

Workshop Costs

* $1395 US Dollars
o $200 US Dollars deposit required upon reservation
o Remainder of $1195 US dollars due by May 19, 2010
o Time and weather permitting, additional sessions may be added for $150 per session
o Accompanying non-photographer $50 per day

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

http://www.santafeworkshops.com/workshops/calendar-detail.php?workshop=467&all=1

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon
David Samuel Robbins
March 25 - April 10, 2010

Visually astounding and culturally fascinating, Bhutan is unique in a world that seems to grow more homogenous with each passing day. It is a country of almost surreal natural beauty, graced with a traditional culture deeply rooted in Buddhist values and practice. The government refers to the “Gross National Happiness” of the country as a more important measure of progress than the GNP.
David Samuel Robbins guides photographers interested in developing a more distinctive, personal style of imagery in the travel genre. Our extended journey (12 full days in the country) allows us to experience Bhutan’s many charms. Touring through more than half the breadth of the country, we visit the most prominent dzongs (ancient fortress-monasteries), and take frequent, easy-to-moderate day hikes to rural villages and hilltop temples where millennia-old Tibetan Buddhist rituals continue unchanged. We also attend the annual masked dance festival at Chhukha Dzong. The schedule includes daily feedback and critiques.
Instructor(s)

David Samuel Robbins is a fine-art and documentary photographer specializing in traditional cultures and adventure travel. He has worked on assignment throughout the world for many leading publications, including National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic Traveler.
David has a particular expertise and affection for the Himalaya, a region he has visited more than 40 times as a photographer, cultural guide, and workshop instructor. His book Himalayan Odyssey was the culmination of 10 years’ work and over 2,000 miles of trekking in Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. This is David’s second year teaching for the Workshops. David's web site is www.HimalayanOdyssey.net.
Who Should Attend:
Amateurs. Advanced Amateurs, and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera
Tuition & Fees:
Includes tuition and land cost only. For complete information, visit www.HimalayanOdyssey.net or call (800) 970-5904. Please mention that you learned about this opportunity through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Package Price: $5,895.00

Saturday, February 27, 2010

'The Big Five of India' Safari


Tigers, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards and Elephants

'The Big Five of India' Safari

Sasangir National Park, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kaziranga National Park

Oct 08 - Oct 20 2010
There are two words that make a special feeling in our hearts, no matter when and in what context we hear them: India and Tiger. Both of these have special, extramaterial meanings for human beings, even though one is an animal and the other is a country. Nevertheless, they somewhat belong to each oher. So where else would you plan your tiger safari, if not in India? This country has taken serious efforts during the last few decades, in order to preserve these majestic animals from extinction. Their "project tiger" national parks today provide safe home for the largest and most stable tiger populations in the world and their well-trained elephants provide a classic and exciting way for the visitor to track and watch them. And of course, we musn't forget the other mammal species these national parks provide home for, and the nearly 1,000 bird species one can see during a tiger safari in India. An absolutely pleasant, enjoyable, relaxing and educating trip, a must for all nature lovers around the world. And as always, we will find something to put the crown on the top of our experiences with. Here, in India, in the form of the other large mammals of the country: the lions, the leopards, the rhinos and the elephants.

The Intimate Portrait

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The Intimate Portrait
Joyce Tenneson
March 21 - March 27, 2010

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A memorable portrait is composed of many elements, from composition to styling to lighting. In this workshop we explore and demystify some of the inhibitions photographers confront in the process of creating compelling portraits of people. Through assignments and discussions, Joyce helps participants develop a style consistent with their own personality and interests. Working with models and with our fellow participants, we learn how to create images that go below the surface and penetrate deeply into a subject’s character.
Based in the Workshops’ studio, we also head out on location to capture the beautiful light of Santa Fe. Joyce demonstrates the simple lighting techniques that she has used to create memorable portraits throughout her career. Designed for all those wishing to improve their creativity as portrait photographers, this is a week for gaining confidence and moving forward in the challenging, exhilarating world of the portrait.
Instructor(s)

Joyce Tenneson is among the leading photographers of her generation and was ranked by American Photo readers as one of the 10 most influential women in the history of photography. Her work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide, is part of numerous private and museum collections, and has appeared on the covers of Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine. Joyce is the author of 13 books including the best-selling Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today show series. Her most recent book is a 40-year retrospective, Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography. A sensitive and gifted instructor, she has facilitated the growth of many photographers over the years. This is Joyce’s 19th year teaching at the Workshops. Her web site address is www.tenneson.com.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Amateurs and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow; manual mode on your digital SLR camera; and a solid foundation in artificial lighting
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portrait portfolio submission
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,075.00
Model and Location Fee: $275.00

Friday, February 26, 2010

Finding Lenses for Your Photography: The Hunt for Good Glass

As with any hobby/job the right tools makes it easier.  Over the last three years I have built up an arsnal of lenses I uses to do my work.  That arsenal currently includes the following:

Sigma 50-500 f4-6.3
Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM APO RF Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Affectionately called the Bigma by a lot of photogs this has been my goto glass for sports photography for the last three years.  Many of the images you see on my sight were taken with this lens.  To be honest I love it.  It has a wide focal length (from 50mm to 500mm) giving me the ability to use one body most of the time.  It has its downsides though and size is one of them.  This lens is big and it is heavy.  When I started using it I would use a mono-pod to steady the monster and I still do from time to time.  However if I can get my shutter speed above  1/500th of a second then I just hand hold it.  

The trick to hand-holding this monster is the shutter speed, you have to be able to keep it above the focal length you are shooting at.  To be honest I perfer to keep it over twice the focal lenght which means if I am using the 50-500 then I want the shutter speed at 1/1000th of a second.  I will go lower but if I get below 1/100 then I resort to using Joe McNally's "Da Grip" to hand hold or I switch over to my mono-pod.

I also routinely use a Tamron 18-200 f3.5-6.3.  I orginaly bought the lens to use as a walk around lens.  Its a sturdy lens and its small size makes it easy to carry the camera in a bag or the front seat.  I only have one complaint with this lens and that is the plastic foot.  I bought it on the cheap and it was a quasi replacement for a sigma lens I had worn out. 

It has surprised me though and continues to do so.  I uses it at sporting events when I want a wide angle image or the ability to zoom up close.  A lot of photogs will tell you to zoom with your feet but in many sports arenas you can only get so close to the action with out being in the action and thus in the attention of the refs and judges and that can end badly for you.



The other lens that rides in my bag with me is a Canon 50mm 1.4.  I picked this up on ebay when I started experimenting with portrait work and fell in love with it.  Its a fast prime, they make a 1.2 but the 1.4 is perfect for me.  Its sharp and crisp and does a great job for portrait works.  Since it has a fixed focal length you have to do the zooming on your own but that is not a problem.

The last lens in my gear bags is a much used and abused Sigma 70-300mm f 4-5.6 apo dg macro.  This lens was my first purchas outside the kit lens and it lead a heck of a life.  I abused it and used it.  It still gets put into service, despite the fact that the autofocus gets stuck around the 140-150mm range.  I just don't depend on it because of the focus issues, can't lose a shot while the lens attempts to get past a stripped gear.

All of this glass is what I have accumulated to this point and while it lets me get the images I want it has its limitations.  Terefore the other day I set out to make some choices for lens purchases.  Some professional photogs may be able to just go buy the glass I am after with-out thinking but I have to think about the price as to the budget I have for equipment this year.  After some considerations I came up with the following choices:

Now the question is how did I arrive at these choices.  First I sat back and thought about my photography and what I currently do and where I want to go.  Currently I do portraits, weddings, and sporting events.  I also do a limited amount of wildlife work.  The later of which I want to expand.  Recently my clients have included a Christian Doo-whop group and a Competition Cheering team.

With thoes factors in mind I decided on the focal lengths that I would need to best cover this work.  It was huge I needed from 8mm (for landscape work) to over 600mm ( for sports and wildlife).  That means I need from 8-600+!  That is huge!  No one lens was going to cover all that, particular when you add in the often low light situations I get into.

Next I thought about my kit, I have used three different manufactures lens to date, Canon, Tamaron and Sigma.  I have two Sigma lens in my bag as well as a 1.4 teleconverter.  While I like all of the other lens the thought of using one lens system appealed to me and for my personal tastes I like the Sigma lenses.  I like their color reproduction and build.  As for the other manufactures out there, not that I don't like their gear just weighed my pros and cons and made a choice. 

With a choice of provided made I had to make one omission.  I had wanted to add Image Stabilization (or Optical Stabilization depending on the manufacture) to the items of choice.  Sigma has a number of stabilized lens to choose from but as I began going down my needs lists I did not find many that fit my requirements.  This did not bother me however as I was attempting to get glass that was as fast as possible.

I went back to my focal length requirements and started making choices from sigmas lens finder site.  For the wide angle work I chose the Sigma 4.5 F2.8 EX DC HSM and the Sigma 10-20 F3.5 EX DC HSM these two lenses will give me the effective focal length of 7mm to 32mm.  The change is due to the fact I shoot with a Canon 40D which does not have a full size sensor.  I also plan to add a Sigma 18-200 f3.5-6.3 DC OS to the kit to replace the Tamaron len of a simiar focal length.  That will not happen early in the cycle though it will be near the end as I am happy with the Tamron glass.  The first purchase will likely be Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II this lens will replace the older Sigma lens I carry now and eliminate the need for the Tamron lens for most of my work.  If I couple it with the  Sigma 1.4X Teleconverter EXAPO DGcurently  in my bag and purchase the Sigma 2.0X Teleconverete EX APO DGI will be able to  have an effective shooting range of 112mm to 320mm unmodified and as far out as 640mm if I have to.  The big advantage here is I will be maintaining my auto focus capability, and will still have decent f stop value.  My Bigma gives me a solid f6.3 across the entire focal range of the lens, extend this lens will give me a f5.6 which is slightly better if not great.  The final lens in the wish set will be the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 EX DG APO HSM
which will give me an effective range out to 480mm with an f2.8!  With the two teleconverters I can go as far out as 960mm with an f-stop of 5.6.

At some point I would like to get lens past these as well but for now that is the current wish list.  For my camera bag.  I believe this combination of glass will give me the flexibility to tackle most any assignment that comes my way.  Next I need to build a wish list for my portable lighting gear and my studio lighting gear.  As to when these pieces start making their way into my camera bag, well we will see.  I believe one or two of them may fall in the bag by as early as next month.  The fun part is deciding which one to start with now that I have a solid list of desired lenses.

I really recommend that any photographer do the exercise I did on choosing their glass.  It is the glass you put in front of the camera that helps your vision come to life in the camera.  Ultimately your glass should be a reflection of your shooting style.  Keep your shutters clickin'!

Papua New Guinea Culture & Nature Expedition

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com/getpage.php?pg=trip&trip_id=59

Land of the bird of paradise

Papua New Guinea Culture & Nature Expedition

birds-of-paradise, cultural experience, jungles and world-class snorkeling

Aug 26 - Sep 06 2010

As soon as we hear the word "Papua New Guinea", we think of a thick, impenetrable jungle filled with more than a dozen species of bird-of-paradise. This much is true, but Papua New Guinea offers so much more for the visitor. It is indeed almost entirely covered by rainforests and other types of lush tropical vegtation, but these forests contain so many other amazing creatures -hundreds of species of other birds, some tree-climbing "kangaroos", the world's larges butterfly, and the highest number of orchids among all countries. Its land is so rugged that species of wildlife and humanity has lived in absolute separation from the entire world and each other for thousands of years - resulting in an extremely high diversity of organisms and languages. Nearly one quarter of the world's known languages are spoken in this island country, and Papua possesses an equally amazing diverse cultural heritage. Still we haven't even mentioned the underwater world. Thousands of kilometers of untouched, pristine beaches, with extensive coral reefs and the world's highest density of WWII ship- and airplane wrecks. A truly unexplored, truly adventurous travel destination, an amazing natural and cultural experience.

Small Strobes, Big Results

http://www.santafeworkshops.com/workshops/calendar-detail.php?workshop=491&all=1

Small Strobes, Big Results
David X. Tejada
March 21 - March 27, 2010

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Added session!
Knowing how to use artificial light creatively on location is an essential skill for most photographers. Similarly, lightweight and compact travel is also a necessity. David’s hands-on workshop is designed to address these challenges, as participants discover how to use small speedlights, or small strobes, to produce big results.
We learn to effectively control the light quality, direction, and shape from speedlights by incorporating soft boxes, grids, snoots, reflectors, color gels, and bounce techniques, for more professional results. Participants explore which lighting techniques are best suited to a particular subject and scene. Other topics covered include grip equipment for proper rigging, and packing and preparing for location assignments.
Mornings are devoted to lectures, demonstrations, and critiques; the remainder of the day is spent practicing lighting techniques in the classroom and on location around Santa Fe. Participants leave this workshop with confidence in their new lighting skills and with a strong foundation for developing their own lighting techniques and style.
Instructor(s)

David X. Tejada is one of the most highly regarded location photographers, recognized for his dramatic and innovative techniques and graphic style. He has specialized in location work for corporate annual reports for 27 years, and has traveled around the world on assignment for clients such as Fluor Engineering, Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, Washington Group, CH2M Hill, Anadarko Energy, and Chevron Energy. David’s work has been featured in Photo District News and Shutterbug. This is his second year teaching at the Workshops. His Web site address is www.tejadaphoto.com.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Amateurs and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow, manual mode on your digital SLR camera, and a basic understanding of your flash
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portfolio submission of artificially lit portraits
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,075.00
Model and Location Fee: $130.00

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Storm Chasing

http://www.laurieexcell.com/storm_chasing.html

Storm Chasing
June 20-26, 2010


There is nothing grander, more exhilarating than weather! Join me for an intense week of photographing weather at its finest (read… nastiest) in Tornado Alley chasing tornados, super cells, lightning storms and more. We will have Brian, our own private, storm chase guide/meteorologist, with all the latest & greatest technology for finding weather at his fingertips and his expertise and passion as a storm chaser putting us in position for the best photo opportunities.

© Laurie ExcellWe begin and end our adventure in Oklahoma City. Where we go in between is up to Mother Nature. In 2008 we logged over 3000 miles in four states as we chased supercells along back roads and highways. In all we saw at least a dozen tornados, several lightning storms, some incredible supercells that broiled in fury above our heads and memmatis clouds that looked like popcorn scattered across the sky. Great new friendships were forged as we got to know each other over the miles. While chasing our guide will explain what he is seeing on the radar and what it may mean. He will explain where we are going and why based on the weather conditions. Our guide is in constant radio contact with other storm chasers covering a greater area through communication. During our time in transit and at mealtime we have the opportunity to cover any photographic questions and situations so that we are prepared for what the weather throws at us and can bring home outstanding images of our storm chasing adventure. I have to say that it was one of the most exciting adventures I have ever experienced.

The $2950.00 fee includes one week of storm chasing with an expert guide, transportation, lodging in various cities along the chase route and my instruction and expertise in photography.

WV Photo Safari Survey - update

Sorry for the delay on this post, my laptop is ill, it appears that it has come down with a case of partial amnesia as a result of a sparatic hard drive failure.  As a result of diagnosing this issue and working with the good folks at Dell to get it rectified I have become behind in my web work.  However a new drive is being shipped and other than the upcoming Cheer Events, Scouting Events, and Tae Kwon Do I am in the clear.  (Yes we lead hectic lives at our place when you factor in the full time jobs and the part time photography and blogging gigs. Who doesn't though!).

I took some time yesterday evening to look at the results of the survey I ran on a West Virginia PhotoSafari.  IF you missed the survey or the twitter posts regarding it here is the short version:

When I was walking to work the other day I had this thought, wouldn't it be cool to spend a weekend with a  bunch of photogs.  Hang out, have fun make some images and some new friends. 

It was nothing fancy just a quick survey with a few questions.  The responses to the question gave me a feel for the project and how well received it would be to host a PhotoSafari in West Virginia.  I did not get a huge number of responses but then again I was not expecting to get them.  I did however collect enough information to begin the process of planning an event. 

I will share more details as I track down some leads and check out some recommended locations from the survey.  It is also high likely that I will post another similar survey up once I have a more detailed view of the project.  There were a number of good location recommendations, some of which I have visited and some I have not.  I promise to keep everyone in the loop.

http://www.santafeworkshops.com/workshops/calendar-detail.php?workshop=471&all=1

Matting and Framing
George DeWolfe
March 21 - March 27, 2010

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The ability to share our photographs is one of the chief motivations for making images. Matting and framing treasured photographs to give as gifts or for an exhibition is perhaps the highest form of image presentation; it can also be one of the most expensive. This workshop teaches you how to mat and frame your work in order to present it in the best possible light while also saving yourself significant expense; you will recoup the cost of the workshop the next time you frame your photographs for an exhibition.
George DeWolfe has matted and framed his own photographs for most of his career and has developed techniques and secrets to perfect this important skill. He addresses every aspect of the process, including measuring, using and cleaning the mat cutter, single window mats, double window mats, inlays, v-groves, multiple window mats, mat and frame design, sources and ordering, framing, and fitting.
Under George’s guidance, participants learn and practice the skills of proper measuring, cutting perfectly straight mats with no overcuts, cleaning glass just once, mastering difficult matting problems, the intricacies of frame design, and finding the proper resources. By week’s end, each participant completes several framed pieces.
Instructor(s)

George DeWolfe, an award-winning photographer for more than 40 years, was a student of Ansel Adams and Minor White. He studied perception with Dr. Richard Zakia and earned an MFA in photography and graphic art from the Rochester Institute of Technology. George’s commercial clients include APC, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, United Bank, Yamaha, JCPenney, and Sears. He has published three books, most notably At Home in the Wild, George DeWolfe’s Digital Fine Print Workshop, and B&W Printing.
George leads workshops and seminars nationwide on such topics as large format, digital fine prints, the master print, contemplative photography, and the contemplative landscape. A former gallery owner, he has also taught framing and matting to hundreds of people. This is George’s ninth year teaching at the Workshops.  His web site is www.georgedewolfe.com.
Who Should Attend:
Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, and Professionals
What You Should Know:
No previous matting or framing knowledge necessary
Special Notes:
Participants should bring two 8.5x11 prints and two 13x19 prints. Participants will purchase their own frames and glass during the workshop.
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,075.00
Materials Fee: $110.00

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Photographic Quote

Joe McNally once said this of himself and his work:

"...my best pictures are still out there ahead of me? They may be right around the corner, in plain sight, or still years away, hidden inside some project or notion that ain’t even in my head yet. I might need to fly or climb to get them, or run after them, or limp, as the case may be."

found here in Nigel and Me, Still...

Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White

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Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White
Carlan Tapp
March 21 - March 27, 2010

This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.
Landscape photography is formed by the point of view of the photographer; it is a spiritual experience, the reflection of a culture. Historically, the great masters of black-and-white landscape used large-format cameras and traditional film processes. Now advances in digital technology have opened new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital black-and-white landscapes. On location daily, we take the time to see and fully express the spirit of the black-and-white landscape as we discover a place and the secrets of its beauty. We consider the concept of landscape and how it is connected to the cultural, social, and geographical aspects of our environment. In the classroom, we combine traditional Zone System methodology with new digital processes in Adobe Lightroom to forge a complete digital grayscale workflow. We learn to express in black and white our personal interpretations of landscape. Blending traditional, new, and emerging techniques and technologies, we discover the extraordinary possibilities of expressive digital black-and-white landscape work.
Instructor(s)

Carlan Tapp studied at Art Center College of Design and was an assistant to Ansel Adams at the Yosemite Workshops for three years. For the past three decades, he has created editorial and advertising images for national clients. In 1994, recognizing that the digital revolution was well under way, Carlan established the first commercial digital photography studio in the Pacific Northwest. Working with Kodak, Dicomed, and Apple Computer, he provided valuable input to the development of digital photographic technology.
In 2005, Carlan launched the Naamehnay Project, a photographic documentary project centered in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. He has taught at Seattle Central Community College, College of the Redwoods, Art Institute of Seattle, and Santa Fe Community College. His fine-art photographs can be found in collections around the world. This is Carlan’s eighth year teaching at the Workshops. His web site is www.carlantapp.com.
Who Should Attend:
Amateurs and Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera
Special Notes:
Participants must bring a laptop computer with the most recent version of Adobe Lightroom
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,075.00
Location Fee: $20.00

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kamchatka Peninsula Wildlife Expedition

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com/getpage.php?pg=trip&trip_id=56

Russia's Wildlife Paradise

Kamchatka Peninsula Wildlife Expedition

volcanos, geysers, bears, salmon and eagles

Aug 25 - Sep 04 2010
This expedition to Kamchatka will take place in the early fall, which is by far the best time to see brown bears fishing for salmon. In order to experience the richness of the region's flora, fauna and geology we plan to visit as many habitats as possible, including the central valley with the Kamchatka River, Tolbachik, Ksudach and Mutnovsky volcanoes, Kurilskoye Lake and the hot Khodutka River in the southern tundra.

Kurilskoye Lake is part of a nature reserve and one of the best places in the world to see Brown Bears. To reach it, we fly by helicopter via the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano to a wooden lodge where we spend a few days watching the bears feeding on the berries and the spawning salmon. We plan to swim in the hot Khodutka River and land in the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano with its geysers, fumaroles, mud pools, spectacular rock formations and vivid colours.

Further north we explore the lunar landscape of Tolbachik volcanos with their new lava cones and fields, scroll in lava tunnels, gather berries and enjoy some fascinating views. We spend some time in the small settlement of Esso where we shall meet the local people and then stay overnight with nomadic reindeer herders in their summer camp in the mountains. There will be plenty of time to savour the atmosphere of Kamchatka and follow our own interests whether they are ornithology, botany, geology, volcanology, photography or walking.

Towards the end of our trips, we fly around the active volcanic cone of Mt. Avacha. On our last day, we explore the surroundings of Petropavlovsk from the sea, learn about its fascinating history and see some great wildlife such as seals and puffins.

Digital Imaging Essentials: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

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Digital Imaging Essentials: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
Jerry Courvoisier
March 14 - March 20, 2010

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Lightroom and Photoshop—the complete package has arrived! Now what do you do with it? In this workshop with Jerry Courvoisier, we cut to the chase and learn how these two applications function together to remarkably improve efficiency in the digital photography workflow by automating routine tasks.
We explore the possibilities, limitations, essential shortcuts, and straightforward techniques for getting the most out of the digital photography process. We sort out the application tools and bring into play only the essential methods and techniques that take images to the next level. We learn to edit, catalog, enhance, automate routine tasks, and create output presentations across multiple media, including print, web, and digital projections. This workshop is designed for beginning digital photographers and serious amateurs who need to streamline the process of integrating all of the above into their work.
Instructor(s)

Jerry Courvoisier is a photographer, educator, digital artist, world class Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom specialist, and internationally recognized imaging technology consultant. He directed the digital program at the Workshops for 14 years, building it into one of the most respected digital educational programs in the world. Jerry’s passion for photography, combined with his enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, make him a popular workshop leader in photography, imaging application, and printmaking. He has worked with the National Geographic Expeditions series, and his teaching and consulting engagements have taken him to Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Australia.
In addition to teaching, Jerry works as an imaging workflow consultant for stock agencies, a beta tester for many software and hardware manufacturers, and has authored the book Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop. This is Jerry’s 15th year teaching for the Workshops.His web site is www.jerrycourvoisier.com.
Who Should Attend:
Amateurs and Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow
Special Notes:
Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,065.00
Location and Digital Lab Fee: $130.00

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Lost Villages of Transylvania

http://www.tpw.it/2010/kolkata_project_workshop/transilvania.html TRANSYLVANIA: the mind immediately thinks of gothic atmospheres, dark and foggy landscapes, mystery and, above all, Dracula & Co!!!! The truth however is far from this and you can visit unusual and charming places unspoilt by mass tourism. When we launched this workshop, in Spring 2009, we did not know exactly what to expect. We went there during the winter, to scout the area, but what was in front of us in May was totally unexpected. First of all, the climate was wonderful, long and warm spring days, with amazing lights. And then the local people, ready to open the doors of their houses, despite the language gap. We walked in, in tiptoe, and saw a way of life that is quickly disappearing in the rest of Europe. Maybe we were the last ones to see the horse chart (chariots?) on main roads, to taste honey and bread from small farmers, disappearing now due to the new specification imposed by EEC rules. This notwithstanding, we immersed ourselves in the yellow and sad charme of these small villages, grown around the fortified church and the local bar. Who know if we will find ourselves again drinking wine at 7 am, together with gipsies at a horse fair , or singing along with violin players in a country bar, where Antonin , Diego and I ended up to on a deserted Sunday morning… We will explore villages founded by the Saxons in the XII'th century. These villages, built to protect the region from invasions from the east, grew enormously till the end of World War II, when people started to abandon them. Today relatively few people remain, as witnesses of a long gone past, preserving traditions that have already disappeared in most regions of eastern Europe. The aim of this workshop is to document the reality and its contrasts. We have been talking with Antonin Kratochvil for a long time about this workshop: Antonin knows the area very well and considers it as one of the most interesting parts of Europe to photograph. Our Centre will be Sighisoara, a city that is part of the UNESCO Heritage Found and one of the best preserved medieval city in Europe. We will be photographing daily life in the nearby villages with the help of local guides who have excellent local access. Practical Information: Dates: May 22-29, 2010 Location: Transylvania, Romania Visa/Passport: please check whether you need a visa. Workshops costs: Workshop fee € 1400 includes 2 dinners We will stay in Pensione Casa Epoca, the same as last year. A cozy hotel in the centre of Sighisoara. The cost is approx 45 € per night with breakfast. Please let us know if you plan to stay there. Meals: meals will be independent, except as stated above. Travel: we recommend Cluj or Bucharest. If needed, we can arrange transportation airport/hotel. Kratochvil won numerous awards, grants and honourable mentions dating back to 1975. The latest of these are the first place prizes at the 2002 World Press Photo Awards in the categories of general news and nature and the environment. The next is the 2004 grant from Aperture publishing. In addition, Kratochvil's fifth book Vanishing has been published in 2005 and marked another significant milestone for the craft to which he belongs. In 2001 he founded with other photojournalists the agency VII.

Where the Shutter Clicks - March Update

Well folks I'm late on this post.  I spent all of last week in meetings for my day job and as a result was wiped out in the evenings.  Well not totally wiped out, i did manage to squeeze in enough time to start back into martial arts after a long long absence.  My knees are not liking it but I do enjoy the exercise.  Plus it gives me time to think.  I have also manged to complete more books in my read a ton of books this year decision.  In the last few weeks I have completed Seth Godin's Linchpins.  I am now reading Chris Anderson Long Tail.  I have read the blog posts on his work with a similar name but never hte entire peice and decided it was time to do so.

All of this reading has many juices flowing in me and one of htem has sparked another side project.  Like I need more projects!  At any rate I have a draft calendar completed for next year featuring my photography.  I need to have some folks look at it, once they do I will be putting it on sale. 

I also noticed that for some reason I duplicated the March events in this post last month.  I am correcting that now, which is just as well considering all of the things I have added this past month.  So on to the list of events:


March

WPPI - 2010 - March 4 - 10 - Las Veagas, NV
Art vs. Commerce - March 7 - 13
Dramatic Portraits - March 7 - 13
Boudoir Divas - Mini-Shops - March 5 - Las Veagas, NV
Tanzania Photographic Safari - March 6 - 18
Flash: The Portable Sun - March 7 - 13
Grant Writing & Funding - March 7 - 13
Photographing People - March 7 - 13
Portrait Photography: Beyond Skin Deep
Ecuador Mountains and Rainforests Extension - March 7 - 12
DLWS Santa Fe, NM - March 7 - 10
Morocco: Photographic & Cultural Exploration with Brenda Tharp - March 12 - 25
Savannah & Her Lowcountry Photo Workshop - March 13 - April 4
Ireland, Special St. Patrick's Day Tour - March 13 - 23
Ecuadorian Amazon: Natural History Photo Tour with Kathy and Gary Clark - March 12 - 22
Alternative Processes - March 14 – 20
Digital Imaging Essentials: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom - March 14 – 20
High Dynamic Range Imaging & Beyond - March 14 – 20
Location Photography and Lighting - March 14 – 20
People of Character: Capturing the Soul of Your Subject - March 14 – 20
Stills to Video - March 14 – 20
The Nikon Digital SLR Camera - March 14 – 20
Bali: Celebrate Bali with Boyd Norton - March 15 - 25
Wildlife Photographers Base Camp - Florida - March 15 - 19
OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - March 19 - Salt Lake City, UT
Basics of Digital Photography - March 21 - March 27
Daily Digital Journal - March 21 - March 27
Expressive Digital Landscape in Black and White - March 21 - March 27
Matting and Framing - March 21 - March 27
Small Strobes, Big Results - March 21 - March 27
The Intimate Portrait - March 21 - March 27
The Mind's Eye: Creating Composite Landscapes - March 21 - March 27
Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon March 25 - April 10
Bhutan - March 26 - April 9
The Southern Charm of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina - March 26 - 28
PerĂº in Book Form: Cusco during Semana Santa - March 27 - April 5
The Tribes and Dunes of Namibia March 28 - April 10
THE PALM SPRINGS PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010 - March 28 - April 2
The Art of Street Photography - March 29 - April 10
Easter in Antigua Guatemala - March 29 - April 4


April

Savannah & the Lowcountry Photo Workshop - April 1 - April 4
A Day at Hunting Island, South Carolina  - April 3
Cusco and Machu Picchu: The People, Culture, and Land - April 4 - 15
Introductory Digital Photography - April 4 - 10
Adobe Photoshop: The Art of the Digital Medium - April 5 - 10
Crusing Through Life - New Orleans - April 5 - 7
Ecuador: The Spirit of Ecuador from the Andes to the Amazon - April 10 - 19
California Wildlife 2010 - April 10 - 12
From Lightroom to Photoshop - April 11 - 17
Autumn in the Andes: Patagonia Photo Safari - April 12 - 27
Wildlife and Western Photography - April 12 - 17
Crafting the Black-and-White Print - April 12 - 16
Mystery of Morocco: A Photographic and Cultural Adventure - April 13 - 25
Spring in the Great Smoky Mountains - TN - April 13 - 17
Morocco - April 13 - 15
Blurb Bookmaking Workshop - April 18 - 24
Photoshop for Photographers - April 18 - 24
Creating Your Photographic Book with Blurb - April 19 - 23
Boudoir Divas Workshop - April 19 - 22
Ireland: The Healing Spirit of Ireland - April 20 - 30
Springtime on the Outer Banks Photo Workshop - April 21 - 25
OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - April 21 - Atlanta, GA
Springtime on the Outer Banks Photo Workshop - April 22 - 25
Wildflowers and Lush Spring Landscapes Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee - April 23 - 25
Remote China with Rick Sammon - April 25 - May 4
Digital Fine Print - April 25 - May 1
Transition to Digital Photography - April 25 - May 1
Patagonia - April 26 - May 3
Greenland Traditional Narwhal Expedition - April 27 - May 6
Spring in West Virginia - April 28 - May 2
OneLight Workshop v. 3.0 - April 28 - Atlanta, GA
"Shoot the Light " - April 30 - May 3
Photo 101 - April 30 - May 2

The Journey - What the Duck 2

Yeah I needed to learn a lot more than what I already knew. I started with more photography. As I had read the blogs I had identified a need to learn to light my images. However I was stuck. Cash was an issue, most of my expendable income was spent on the family. I did not and still do not use that money to buy photography equipment. This was a problem, how was I going to learn and do all the things I wanted to learn and do if I did not have the funds. As I wandered on that I started to play.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska

http://www.laurieexcell.com/coastal_bears.html

Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska
May 30 -June 5, 2010 - $5750.00
June 6-12, 2010 - $5750.00
September 12 - 18, 2010 - $5750.00

Come experience Alaska’s magnificent ambassadors, the Coastal Brown Bears of Katmai, Alaska. Fall is the time of year when the bears are fat with the seasons bounty, their coats thick and lustrous as they prepare for the upcoming winter. A fifty minute float plane ride from Kodiak and we are in another world; the land of the brown bear. We hit the beach running, the friendly staff meets us at the plane and quickly makes us feel at home as they show us to our cabins (single occupancy). After a quick lunch we’re off in search of our first subjects.

Our home for the next week is a beautiful wilderness lodge nestled in it’s own private corner of wilderness in the 3.6 million acre Katmai National Park. The biggest crowds will be the bears we have come to photograph. From Halo Bay north, to Kaflia bay to the south we are the only human inhabitants, visitors in a world most never have a chance to experience.

© Laurie ExcellIncluded in the price is airfare to Katmai from Kodiak, gourmet meals, private rooms, experienced, friendly guides, expert instruction and photographic guidance by your instructor (me). Limited to six participants. (with six participants, we have the whole lodge to ourselves!) While bears are our primary focus, other subjects we may encounter are bald eagles, harbor seals, red fox, to name a few. The scenery is a photographer’s dream with rugged mountains rising up from the sea, picturesque bays, rocky coastlines, extreme tides changing the landscape every twelve hours. We will take advantage of the sweet light each morning and afternoon, exploring the Katmai coastline in our quest for bears. Midday break back at the lodge is a time for relaxation, downloading, editing, sharing images, critiques, time in the digital darkroom finishing favorite images.

The Nikon Digital SLR Camera

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The Nikon Digital SLR Camera
Scott Frier
March 14 - March 20, 2010

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Designed for those new to digital photography, this workshop demystifies the digital realm and teaches participants how to get the most out of the digital process. We begin by covering key concepts and terms, and investigating the technical elements of the Nikon SLR digital camera, including all menus and controls. The digital workflow, from capture to print, is explained, demonstrated, and then practiced. We learn how to download images from the camera to the computer, how to crop, resize, color-correct, and manipulate images on the computer, and how to prepare images for printing or e-mailing, or online presentation. Using Nikon and other software solutions, we practice saving, organizing, and archiving our images for future use. Most importantly, we learn how to compose and expose digital photographs.
We explore the influence that we, as photographers, have on the digital workflow and ways of getting the most out hardware and software. Other topics include the Nikon NEF (raw) format, speedlights, and various lenses and other accessories that make picture taking easier and more productive.
Instructor(s)

Scott Frier has been involved in photography for more than 35 years. In addition to assignments taking him to over 70 countries and every state in the U.S., he has taught in public schools and colleges. As chief expedition photographer for the Cousteau Society, Scott accompanied Jacques and Jean-Michel Cousteau on expeditions to the Gulf of Labrador, the South Pacific, the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and the Amazon.
Scott currently is a technical specialist in digital imaging at Nikon, writing and lecturing on digital photography while photographing his favorite subjects of wildlife and nature. His images have appeared in numerous magazines and books in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and Brazil. This is Scott’s sixth year teaching at the Workshops. His web site is www.frierworks.com.
Who Should Attend:
Amateurs
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of the computer
Special Notes:
Participants must bring a Nikon digital SLR and a laptop with image viewing software
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,050.00
Location Fee: $20.00

Saturday, February 20, 2010

China Giant Panda Extension

http://www.wildlifeandnaturetravel.com/getpage.php?pg=trip&trip_id=55

Giant Pandas in the wild

China Giant Panda Extension

Xi'an, Hanzhong (Foping) Biosphere Reserve and Terracotta Army

Aug 06 - Aug 11 2010

Giant Pandas are the ultimate symbol of nature conservation worldwide. Their black-and-white figure is on the shelves of millions of children and adults around the world, and it is continually used on brochures, natural products, books and thousands of other items. Meeting these breathtaking, popular creatures in the wild is an ultimate wildlife and conservation experience. Sadly, there are only around a thousand of these mystical creatures left in the wild, and their dwindling numbers are entirely the result of human impact. However, there is still hope for their survival and our visit is just one of the ways to help them. By creating awareness and increasing knowledge, this extension is an incredible experience and a must for all nature lovers and conservationists. Our visit will provide first hand knowledge of the Giant Pandas, and enable us to carry this experience back home in words and pictures. So that we can become an ambassador to the struggle of endangered species world-wide, which are awaiting our help, awareness and support for their long-term survival. An extremely educational, truly awe-inspiring wilderness experience spiced with a great sample of the complex Chinese history and culture.

Stills to Video

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Stills to Video
Vincent Laforet
March 14 - March 20, 2010

This workshop is filling quickly. Please call soon to register (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.
The world of still photography is rapidly converging with that of film, video, and multimedia, and professional photographers need to acquire the skills to compete in this expanding marketplace. This new workshop with Vincent Laforet, an early adopter of high-definition video using still cameras, is designed to help still photographers make the transition and build a solid foundation in film and video. Applying the principles of narrative filmmaking to high-definition digital SLR, Vincent addresses both the technical issues and the creative power of the new technology.
We begin by covering the basics of filmmaking, including equipment, lighting, and theory. We then embark on a multiday shoot, with participants working in teams to produce short films. Each team member rotates roles for hands-on experience as director, director of photography, camera operator, grip, and audio technician. The emphasis is on reinforcing the theory behind each technique and becoming familiar with equipment, rather than on the finished product. We devote the remainder of the week to editing the footage to a final cut, including a live edit with a professional film editor. Topics covered include basic editing workflow, conversion, adding audio, and color correcting.
Instructor(s)

Vincent Laforet is a commercial cinematographer, director, and photographer who has worked on assignment for Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Newsweek, and LIFE. Currently he serves as the first national contract photographer for The New York Times Magazine. Vincent was named one of the “100 most influential people in photography” by American Photo Magazine in 2005 and one of “30 photographers to watch under 30” by PDN in 2002. His approach to aerial photography has been singled out as one of the most unique and interpretive amongst photographers today. He and four other photographers shared the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for their post-9/11 coverage overseas. Vincent’s web site is www.vincentlaforet.com.
Who Should Attend:
Professionals
What You Should Know:
Proficient in digital workflow and custom functions on your digital SLR camera. Experience in multimedia, video, and Final Cut Pro is a plus.
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portfolio submission
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,425.00
Model, Location, and Materials Fee: $335.00

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yellowstone Spring Wolf and Bear Adventure

http://wolftracker.com/TheWildSide/SpringWolfBear.htm



June 5-9, 2010

June 17-21, 2010



Join wildlife biologists Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston as they journey through Yellowstone National Park’s famous wildlife sanctuary observing gray wolves, grizzly bears, moose, and a host of other wildlife species. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in picturesque settings, great outdoor picnic meals, as well as, fine dining in historic locations. Learn from the experts who have spent their lives studying wildlife and teaching about the dramatic ecosystem that Yellowstone Park was created to protect.

“For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

~ Inscription on the Roosevelt Arch

North Entrance, Yellowstone National Park

The timing of this spring trip is ideal. Wolves are out searching for prey for their young pups and grizzlies are visible foraging in the meadows and valleys like no other time of the year. Newborn elk calves are hiding in the grass and sage while young bison calves are kicking and bucking as they follow the herds. This burst of new life is all around!

On a typical trip we see many wolves from several packs and dozens of grizzlies. We have witnessed amazing behavior, too, including both grizzlies and wolves chasing their prey. Being a resident of the Yellowstone area for nearly his entire life, Nathan specializes in the out-of-the-way places that few visitors get to enjoy. Short walks will put us into amazingly scenic spots that abound with wildlife. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch wolves on the move as the sun rises, grizzly bears bird-dogging through the sage hunting for elk calves, vast herds of bison stampeding across open grasslands, and bighorn sheep walking precariously along narrow cliff walls. While we may emphasize the “charismatic megafauna,” we don’t ignore the “enigmatic microfauna” either. We will also look for birds of all sizes and color, and small carnivores like otters, coyotes, foxes, badgers, and weasels.

Following each exhilarating day filled with wildlife viewing, we stay at comfortable accommodations while alternating great outdoor picnics with gourmet catered dining, as well as, Montana's historic Chico Hot Springs dining room. Finally, you will see many of the locations that have made Yellowstone world famous, including the the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Roosevelt Arch, and Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.

People of Character: Capturing the Soul of Your Subject

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People of Character: Capturing the Soul of Your Subject
Paul Mobley
March 14 - March 20, 2010

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Developing sensitivity and honing communication skills in order to create portraits that are deeply in tune with the human spirit is the goal of this workshop with acclaimed portrait photographer Paul Mobley. Portrait photography is about people, yet the ability to relate effectively to our subject is not an innate talent. A gifted storyteller, Paul demonstrates how to capture a subject’s soul to tell a person’s unique story in a single image or series of images. From this inspiring start, participants explore and refine their talent for connecting with subjects to produce portraits that convey clarity and truth.
Participants have daily opportunities to practice their skills in and around Santa Fe, working first with experienced models and then with complete strangers. Local ranches, the Farmer’s Market, and the streets of Santa Fe offer ample opportunities to find willing subjects. The ability to engage and build trust is the most important factor in portrait sessions, and Paul works individually with each participant to guide this vital process.
Our primary concern is with the ”soft” techniques required for making compelling portraits, but technical matters are always a consideration. We learn how to use the camera to transform the face of a stranger into a portrait filled with heart, soul, and character. Paul also demonstrates his artificial lighting techniques on location, although the focus of the workshop is on taking advantage of available natural light to enhance the portrait.
By week’s end, participants have acquired the ability to comfortably communicate and engage with a wide variety of people in order to collaborate on portraits from the soul.
Instructor(s)

Paul Mobley is a commercial photographer who graduated from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies and then moved to New York City to study portraiture. He assisted such prominent photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley before branching out on his own. Since then, Paul has worked with corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, Compaq, Gourmet, Max Factor, Chevrolet, and Microsoft.
American Farmer, Paul’s first book, started as a personal project photographing farmers from his home state of Michigan. It grew into a body of work that has led him on a three-year, nearly 100,000-mile journey capturing farmers from Alaska to Maine. Paul’s web site is www.paulmobleystudio.com.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Amateurs and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portrait portfolio submission
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,075.00
Model, Location, and Materials Fee: $190.00

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mongolia Wildlife Expedition


Land of the wild horses

Mongolia Wildlife Expedition

Gobi desert, wild horses, Buddhist monasteries, Mongolian yurts and many surprises

Aug 11 - Aug 23 2010

If you have always wished to be able to travel in time, WANT's Mongolia trip is what you are looking for. This land-locked country will give you an awe-inspiring example of how people live happy family lives without the "advantages" of the modern technological development, how a nomadic lifestyle could maintain and support successful empires without serious environmental impact, and what the endless forested steppe of Central Asia looked like prior to human development. But, naturally, this trip is much more than just an environmental study tour and a travel in time. We are going to visit the world-famous Gobi Desert, with its giant sand dunes, the world's only desert glacier, remains of some of the world's largest dinosaurs, and among all these, thousands and thousands of steppe antelopes and other animals. We will visit some of the world's largest and most remote Buddhist monasteries, some functional, some valuable historical remains. We ride the endless steppe with the endangered Przewalski wild horses and attempt to encounter several other unique and rare mammal and bird species. We fly to the breathtaking scenery and surroundings of Lake Khuvsgul and on several occasions, we stay overnight with local families and get a first-hand experience of how they cope with the mixing of their traditions and the developemnts of the 21st century. A truly awe-inspiring, experimental, enjoyable wilderness expedition spiced with amazing cultural experiences.

Location Photography and Lighting

http://www.santafeworkshops.com/workshops/calendar-detail.php?workshop=463&all=1

Location Photography and Lighting
Joe McNally
March 14 - March 20, 2010

This workshop is currently full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.
Much of what professional photographers are called on to do is done on location, including scouting a location, using existing and artificial light creatively, and dealing with physical space. This workshop, designed for experienced photographers who want to become more proficient in the use of light in the field, is about learning how to size up a location and find the best angles and light for the assignment. We look at the use of natural and artificial light, including reflectors and large strobes as well as small flashes, to photograph both exterior and interior portraits, large and small spaces, street scenes, and people in all types of situations and locales. Emphasis is placed on how to “write” with light and how to use lighting techniques to shape the mood and color of a photograph. We explore color temperature, ways of working with natural light and strobe, and how to mix the two effectively.
Joe discusses lighting issues that arise in the field when using small, on-camera speedlights as well as the issues of huge productions involving larger studio strobes. He also covers gaining access to locations, methods for covering magazine assignments, and blending a variety of techniques and approaches. Working in the studio and on location, we photograph specific assignments with critiques the following morning. Also discussed is the simple fact that where you put the camera is much more important than where you put the light. It all goes together—a point of view at the lens, and command of the language of light to articulate that point of view. By the end of the week, participants have confidence in their ability to use light and lighting systems in a variety of conditions.
Instructor(s)

Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed photographer and photojournalist, was LIFE magazine’s staff photographer from 1994 to 1998. His best-known series is “Faces of Ground Zero: Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th.”
Joe is a 25-year contributor to National Geographic. As part of the World Expo 2005, he created a photo diary of the New York City Opera’s historic first tour to Japan. Joe’s work has won numerous awards and appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek, ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Journal, LIFE, and Fast Company. His advertising and marketing clients include Nikon, Sony, Lands’ End, MetLife, Lifetime, AGA Marketing, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Ballet Theatre, and FedEx. This is his seventh year teaching at the Workshops. His web site is www.joemcnally.com.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Amateurs and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Proficient in digital workflow and custom functions on your digital SLR camera; working knowledge of artificial lighting
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portfolio submission of artificially lit portraits
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,425.00
Model and Location Fee: $340.00

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Photographic Quote

[I crop ] for the benefit of the pictures. The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. -W. Eugene Smith, "Pictures on a page : photo-journalism, graphics and picture editing" by Harold Evans, page: 123

from photoquotes.com

Portrait Photography: Beyond Skin Deep

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Portrait Photography: Beyond Skin Deep
Lee Varis
March 7 - March 13, 2010

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Take your portrait photography to the next level in this workshop with photographer, author, and digital guru Lee Varis. Lee guides participants through a complete digital photography and Adobe Photoshop training course devoted to mastering all aspects of the human subject. We explore topics such as calibrating for digital capture with Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom to ensure the best skin tone rendering; location lighting for compelling portraits; image processing for ideal color; advanced retouching techniques for lifestyle and glamour photography; and special techniques for illustrative effects, including cross-processing, glamour glow, and texture effects. We kickoff the week with camera tests to establish individual profiles, then head out on location for portrait sessions with models. Returning to the digital lab, Lee works with participants on their images, sharing many of the advanced Photoshop techniques used by Hollywood professional photographers and retouchers. Throughout the week, Lee shares materials based on his book Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies.
Instructor(s)

Lee Varis has worked as a photo-illustrator in Hollywood for the past 30 years and is considered one of the top commercial digital imaging artists. His work has appeared in international magazines, movie posters, catalogs, and CD covers. Currently he is director of digital production at The Icon, a major commercial photo lab in Los Angeles, while continuing to do photography and retouching assignments.
Lee is the author of two books on digital photography, most recently the best-seller Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies. He maintains an active schedule of seminars nationwide as well as in his hometown, where he is president of the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group. This is his second year teaching at the Workshops. Lee’s Web site address is www.varis.com.
Who Should Attend:
Advanced Amateurs and Professionals
What You Should Know:
Proficient in digital workflow and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
Portfolio Required:
Please see the General Information section for your portrait portfolio submission
Special Notes:
Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab
Accommodations Available:
On-campus housing available. Click here for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Meals:
Meal plan required
Breakfast available
Tuition & Fees:
Tuition: $1,065.00
Model, Location, and Digital Lab Fee: $155.00