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One Day Mini Workshop - May 20, 2017 - Full
One Day Mini Workshop - November 29, 2017 - Space Available


Taking Control
Of Your Camera!

This is a one day version of our
Taking Control Classroom Workshop
by Nature Photography Adventures
Diane Kelsay and Bob Harvey

Plus
Overview of Workflow

How do we manage our images? How do we merge our field strategy with our digital darkroom strategy?

This is an interactive workshop. You’ll need your laptops, cameras and manuals. Expect to work on camera settings and to engage in exposure building exercises.

 

Date: May 20, 2017
Price: $500 - Free to participants in our Yellowstone Spring Photography Safari (you need to buy an additional room night and meals)
Venue: Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone, Montana

Date: November 28, 2017
Price: $500 - Free to participants in our Northern Costa Rica Photography Adventure (you need to buy an additional room night and meals)
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, Liberia, Costa Rica

Price: $500
Free to participants of associated field photography adventure

 
Synopsis:
Today’s photographic equipment is better than any in the history of photography. It is loaded with bells and whistles that promise to do it for you. While those innovations can get you a “workable” image in most situations – they often make it more difficult to get the image you are trying to achieve.

This workshop will teach you how to use a mix of the great new features of today’s photography gear plus manual control to achieve, in the field, the images that convey your design intentions and set you up for an easy path through your digital darkroom.

We will help you build the fundamental understanding of how each move impacts the image you are about to create – and how various camera tools interact with each other. We make it simple – and in the end you are in control because you understand what you want to do, what tool to use, and how to adjust other settings to compensate for each move. You create better images – and get away from relying on the camera manufacturers’ magic!

 

Then, we'll put an image on the screen and work it, the way we normally would. Whether you prefer Photoshop or Lightroom, we'll show you an easy path through the process. You'll see how our workflow fits with our field techniques to make it all easy!

The beautiful thing about these one day "mini" Taking Control Workshops is that you can take them the day before an adventure starts. You learn new things - then have the entire field adventure to practice and get the routine down. Remember, if you are signed up for the adventure, you only need to cover your extra night's lodging and a day's meals.

Or, if you prefer, these one day "mini" Taking Control Workshops are in a great place for you to launch a solo adventure.

 

Agenda:
Setting up your camera(s) to take control (bring your cameras and your manuals)
Stops – the language of photography
Understanding the implications of ISO changes
Exposure modes – how they work, what they give, what they take away
Shoot, review, refine, repeat – the process of building exposures while refining your image
Histograms – Understanding them, using them, ignoring them.
Metering – how to use it and when to ignore it
Your composition – what are the drivers? How do they tell you what to do in exposure?

Workflow:
We'll test drive some images through our digital workflow - show you how we do it and respond to questions as we go!



We will provide ample handouts and worksheets – you’ll be able to repeat these steps with new cameras or to refresh your skills before a major outing.

Included:
1 day of classroom workshop
Powerpoint presentations
Handouts and worksheets

Not Included:
Lodging and meals
Parking
Transportation to and from workshop site

Bring:
Cameras, Laptop, Photo editing software,
Camera manuals (electronic version is fine)


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2017

 
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us in West Yellowstone, Montana for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Full
May 20
Springtime in Yellowstone and the Tetons is all about baby animals, green grasses and wildflowers, reflections of snow-capped peaks and some of the best times to photograph thermal features, waterfalls, and wildlife! Join us!
Full
May 20-27
Tidepools, sunsets, sea stacks, arches and caves, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and huge old growth forests. Fall asleep to moonlight on the waves and the sounds of breaking waves. We built in a full day of waterfall photography for 2017. Read the details! This is one you won't want to miss!
Full
Jun 20-27

Alaska Bears and Salmon

When the salmon come upstream, the bears are there to meet them. And we'll be waiting to see and photograph the action! While this adventure begins and ends in Anchorage - the real action will be based in Lake Clark National Park and the Katmai Preserve! We'll base in the park and fly out in floatplanes daily to meet the salmon runs! Contact us for details! Full Aug 1-8
We're off to Spain to explore the wineries of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero with cameras - and tastings. Our journey will take us through vineyards to old castles and cathedrals and even Roman ruins! And underground into very old wine cellars and tunnels under historic communities! A big focus on pairing wines with excellent cuisine! Contact Us Sep 2-12
Monument Valley, Mystery Valley, Antelope Canyon and more - as we explore the red rocks and strong light of this magic land of Navajo and Anasazi! Full Oct 3-8
Come see those huge stone heads on the beaches of Easter Island - and find countless landscape photography opportunites using the heads, the full moon, sea caves, petroglyphs, exciting coastlines, and the site of the Bird Man ceremonies. Limited Space Available Oct 31 - Nov 7
Build the exposures that support the designs you intend in your images! Meet us a day early for a one day intense classroom workshop that will give you the skills to take control of your camera. We make it simple to move to manual exposure - and give you the tools to understand what you are doing and how to do it. Most people we teach never look back because it is easier than letting the wizards in the camera make your creative decisions for you. Then, we'll spend some time looking at our workflow - and how you can take great exposures and follow them to final images in Lightroom or Photoshop.
Space Available
Nov 29
Frogs and waterfalls. Beaches and canopy trails. And many hours on boats photographing exciting birds and monkeys. This is a great adventure for working on bird and wildlife techniques, mastering the challenging light of the rainforest, macros, and landscapes. Hummingbirds with flashes and night photography with LED lights!
Space Available
Nov 29 - Dec 9

2018

 

Yellowstone
in Winter

Explore Yellowstone's winter wonderland by snow coach, capturing images of pristing winter scenes, abundant wildlife, and exciting thermal features... Space Available
Jan 14-20
Space Available
Jan 21-27
Timed to meet the great migration in the Serengeti, our safari takes you to some of the great parks and protected areas in northern Tanzania in search of lions, zebras, giraffes, cheetah, hyenas... Space Available

Feb 11-22

11 Day Galapagos Photography Odyssey

Join us in the Galapagos for a sailing to many of our favorite spots in these unique islands where we'll find birds, reptiles, and marine mammals that allow us to come close for photography. Our time centers on the return of the waved albatross - a time of courtship and nesting. This is one of those life experiences that makes you rethink your world views - and sends you home with thousands of images to inspire those around you! Full Apr 8-18

Morocco Photography Adventure

Morocco is a true crossroads of history. There are footprints here from the Phonecians, the Romans, the Moors, and the Berbers - and more recently, the French and Spanish. All of these influences have impacted architecture, local culture, cuisine - and our photography opportunities. Join us in Tangier, Rabat, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech - and for an exciting extension across the Atlas Mountains to Ourzazate and the Sahara! Limited
Space Available
May 1-9
Extension
May 9-13

Peruvian Andes
Land of the Inca

Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacseyhuaman, Ollanteytambo, Chinchero, The Inca, Peruvian Andes! Come explore the land of the ancient Inca and the present day Quechua people. We have designed this Peruvian adventure around photographers, weaving in time and opportunities to create some outstanding landscape, cultural, and nature art! Space Available June 4-12
Glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, geysers, volcanos, amazing landscapes, black sand beaches, and nesting sea birds! Join us as we explore Iceland, cameras in hand.
Limited
Space Available
July 10-19
Some of the world's most incredible dune photography, desert elephants, a tribe still clinging to the old ways, waterholes surrounded by wildlife, night skies in the desert, and an amazing set of experiences with big cats!
Space Available
Aug 6-20

Andalucia Spain Photography Explorer

Let's explore Andalucía, Spain together, finding exciting compositions among the remnants of past cultures - and amazing present day countryside. We will get you to great opportunities in Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and several small towns that are World Heritage Sites! And, we'll find ancient cave paintings and very old olive groves!
Space Available
Sep 29 - Oct 8

Iceland Aurora and Winter Landscapes

Iceland presents an outstanding opportunity to compose great images of the Northern Lights at night, while finding dramatic light on landscapes and waterfalls during the day! We'll also take time to explore an ice cave, visit a glacial lagoon filled with icebergs, and photograph icebergs on the beach! This is a Wild Bunch Adventure... please contact us to see if you qualify for an invitation!
Full
Nov 7-17

2019

Join us for a photographic exploration of the mountains, Pacific-facing rainforests, cloud forests, and coastal mangrove wetland forests - and all the great species that live there! Think birds, reptiles, monkeys, frogs, butterflies, leaf cutter ants - and more! Hummingbirds with flashes and night critters with LED lighting.
Space Available
Feb 16-26