IMPROVING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILLS:
My workshops are designed for individuals who want to develop their photographic eye and create strong, artistic compositions. Participants will learn creative techniques that can be added and/or adapted to their own artistic skillset. To achieve great results, workshops will be capped to a 1:6 coach-to-participant ratio. Although the teaching will demonstrate my own style, the workshops are NOT about my own photography, but about my passion to help you develop as a photographer and artist. Unless you need your own space on the field, I plan to be PRESENT with each participant.
MAKING STRONG COMPOSITIONS:
My workshops are not about showing up at locations to take high-resolution facsimiles of what we are seeing; instead, I encourage clients to plan and envision captivating compositions, and to capture images in a way to achieve that vision. Because the emphasis is on creating strong compositions, the workshops will spend more time in fewer locations relative to the average photographic workshop. In many cases, we may return to the same location for a different weather or lighting condition. Given this, the workshops should not be considered as a photo tour. Workshop schedules are centered around ideal photographic light.
EMBRACING LESS THAN IDEAL CONDITIONS:
Perhaps you have invested time and money to attend a workshop only to be disappointed with less than spectacular light versus the images you saw in the advertisement. My style of workshop encourages photographers to embrace any weather situation, especially if the skies are not bursting with color. With the exception of downpours of rain or snow, such situations can create a mood that will make your compositions stand out from the standard postcard shot. I will train you on how to spot and process compositional elements that can more than make up for a boring sky.Workshops will come with:- individual/customized coaching for each participant with respect to technique and composition; time is shared between up to 6 participants- local area guidance and lighting schedules- gear and accessory recommendations- at least one leader certified in first aid (Wilderness First Responder)- satellite phone for emergency evacuations (for remote workshops)- proper park permits as needed- snacks and water in the vehicle
- must have their own camera with manual (creative) controls
- must be comfortable or open to using their camera in manual mode
- ideally should be acquainted with the use of Adobe Lightroom (basic adjustments) and Photoshop (layers and masks)
- must have a sturdy tripod
- must have a good backpack to stow their gear and tripod
- must be in good general health and can hike up to 2-3 miles per day on uneven surfaces
- must be flexible with expectations with respect to location changes and weather/road conditions