Night Sky at Sleeping Bear Dunes with Neil Weaver & Aubrieta Hope

Join us for a workshop dedicated to sunset and night sky photography at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Our goal is to help you improve technical skills, artistic vision, and most importantly, have fun! We’ll shoot at the park’s iconic locations during the evening golden hour, at twilight, and after the stars appear. In addition to shooting sessions, we’ll teach strategies for Exposure and Composition that are especially useful for night sky and landscape photography. We’ll also show you our digital workflow and post processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom. In case of inclement weather, we will offer extra classroom sessions specific to the unique challenges of night sky photography.

South Africa Safari with Tom Mace

Join us on an amazing Safari designed specifically for photographers in South Africa. We will be in a setting where your opportunity to photograph lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and buffalo (Big 5) are amazingly accessible to our photographers. Giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, cheetah, and many other hoofed and clawed animals will be on show during this excursion. Our visit in May is during the Autumn season where we experience mild dry weather. There will be ample opportunities to capture the rich diversity of nature from our open top Safari vehicles to the back porch of your Rondavel. Our lodging is a unique private reserve with over 9,000 hectares or roughly 22,000 acres of vast African nature, about an hour drive west of Kruger National Park. The surreal camp is not fenced, which allows wildlife to roam and offers client’s unique possibilities to photograph from their deck. Whether you are an experienced or hobbyist photographer, this trip will afford you incredible opportunities to capture wildlife photographs of a lifetime. During this trip, Tom will be instructing you on both the technical and creative aspects of wildlife photography while at the resort and on Safari. He will spend time supporting you and your attempts to capture amazing pictures, regardless of subject and setting.

What is Included?
-In-Country round trip airfare Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
-Overnight Stay at Hotel D’Oreale Grande, in Johannesburg, welcome reception and breakfast.
-Transfer to Private Game Reserve
-7 Nights, 8 Days
-8 total game drives, plus a photo shoot at Blyde River Canon.
-Breakfast and Dinner Included, Lunch is on your own at restaurant on site.
-Lodging in a South African Rondavel (bungalow), including 2 natural spring pools, bar and restaurant.
-Dedicated Photography Instruction, including post processing and critique.
-No Single Supplement Charges!
-Non-Photography Spouses/Travelers welcome, $250 discount.
-All Game Drives designed and managed by Tripod Travelers, meaning only our photographers in the vehicle, only 6 photographers per safari!

Not Included:
-Flight to Johannesburg, South Africa
-Alcohol
-Tips for Safari Drivers or Staff
-Travel Insurance or Medical Assistance Insurance

Taormina, Sicily with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Sandwiched between the watchful eye of the “gentle” volcano Mt. Etna and cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea, Taormina is, indeed, the jewel of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. With a dramatic coastline, small cliffside villages, colorful fishing fleets, and Taormina itself, you will have much to photograph. And don’t forget all those scenes from The Godfather. Some of them were filmed in the area in which we hold our workshop! In fact, one of the villages is just up the coast from Taormina. Here, you will be able to celebrate your passion for photography with fellow enthusiasts.

And, the food and wine are superb. We are friends with three amazing chefs, and you will not be disappointed.

Limit 12 participants with two instructors. Our 2017 workshop was sold out!

$1,720 for NANPA members w/ twofer discounts with barge or Paris.

Champagne Country by Barge with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

We are returning to France for another barge trip, this time in Champagne country on another set of rivers/canals. An all-inclusive trip (barge portion), we will have fun photographing, enjoying the barge (dedicated to our group alone) and the camaraderie, and doing our normal imaging and critiques. This will include tastings and excursions to historic locales.

This is a workshop that is designed for a photographer and guest or two photographers sharing a cabin. Limit 12 participants with two instructors, and our 2018 trip was sold out.

Paris with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Paris, also known as The City of Light, is without a doubt our favorite city. TBC’s English Granny and dad lived there. Margo first spent time there in the early 60s, and Arnie followed a few years later. We base our workshops on the Left Bank/Rive Gauche near Jardin du Luxumbourg. The Seine is a short walk down the hill, and The Louvre and Notre Dame are a few steps more. Cafés abound, and we get to watch and photograph the people and sites of this grand city. Margo, by the way, speaks fluent French. Here, you’ll get to seek your own vision while having a ton of fun …And, if the majority of participants wish, we head out to Giverny, land of Monet and learn to interpret the gardens as Money did with his oils.

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

$1620 for NANPA members w/ twofer discounts for Barge or Sicily.

Outer Banks in Spring with Margo Taussig Pinkerton

Join our photography workshop on our own wild and pristine North Carolina barrier islands. We will show you special gems along this untamed coastline we love so well. The sunrises and sunsets can be spectacular, the patterns along the seashore and in the marshes inspirational, and the sights and sounds of the wild Atlantic pounding the coast intoxicating. We’ll even visit a beautiful garden where the spring blossoms are stunning. You’ll love photographing here, and 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 …

Limit 12 participants with two instructors.

$1,340 for NANPA members.

Getting from No to Yes: Entering Photo Contests

 

 

Fox Family won an award in the National Parks Contest.

“Fox Family” won an award in the National Parks Contest.

 

Story and Photography by Karen Schuenemann

A few years ago, a friend said to me, “You already have NO.”  I asked what he meant.  His response has stuck with me ever since, and has served me well.  If you sit back and don’t put in the effort, you already have NO.   If you don’t try something that you dream about doing, you already have NO.  If you don’t attempt to do anything at all, you already have NO.

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Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Wildflower Photography with Jeff Parker

Central Texas is the wildflower capital of the world in early spring. This workshop features a mix of classroom instruction, activities and shooting. The finale is a sunset shoot where you can put to use the techniques learned during the course of the day.

Of course, the petaled models that “pose” for us will depend upon the grace of the weather but, by late-March, Red Belly Ranch often sports both Texas and sandyland bluebonnets, wine cups, Indian paintbrush, Indian blanket, antelope horn and other milkweed, false garlic, slim-pod milk vetch, fringed puccoon, spiderwort, wild-plains indigo, phlox, vervain, verbena, fleabane, evening primrose -— and then some.
Includes a delicious Mary O Meal.

Design your photos for success

Story and photographs by Jennifer King

Summer is here, and a great time to get out and photograph. As you are capturing all that summer has to offer, I want to remind you of the impact that fundamental design principles can have on your photography.

HORIZON

Are you photographing a mountain or beach? Where you place your horizon line can help you to create depth and dimension in your photo and also help call attention to the hero in your photograph. Consider referencing design tools like the Golden Ratio, Rule of Thirds or the Fibonacci Spiral when setting up your composition.

 

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