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.

Take your Photography to the Max! – Online Class with Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper’s Master Class Take your Photography to the Max! – Online Class

Photography is not rocket science. There are no magic formulas for taking great images. All it takes is careful seeing, and a conscience effort to take advantage of light, color and composition to make a great picture. Once that picture is created, a good, strong working knowledge of how best to process the image to bring out all its potential is essential, and is what elevates a good picture, to a great picture.

I have been teaching photography and writing articles and books for over 45 years. I have taught online classes for many years, both at Betterphoto.com and the Arcanum. I am combining the techniques I have learned through all of my experiences to make this the best learning opportunity possible. We all have busy lives, nobody can take weeks off to study. But with this class you get ten lessons to complete in a five-month period.

Unlike other classes, in this class, there will be video lessons, assignments, live one-to-one reviews, group hang outs, unlimited Q&A, group review and group interaction. Not only will you have access to Lewis Kemper, but also, all the students will be able to see all the reviews and interact with each other, coaching, questioning and learning together as an enhanced group experience.

Lessons will be given out every two weeks and you have two weeks to watch the lessons and do the assignments, upload your images, get advice from fellow students and then finally present your work for a live screen share lesson review with the instructor. Reviews will average 15 – 30 minutes. That is up to 4.5 hours of indvidual review time per student! All reviews will be recorded and shared with the group, so you can see what took place with your fellow students and learn together. We will also schedule time to try (it is not always possible for everyone to attend) to have 3 group screen share meetings, where you can ask questions, meet each other and share ideas.

And the best part of the whole thing is we can be flexible; if you can’t get one lesson done in time, just make it up later as long as you complete all ten lessons in the five month period.

We will be using a Facebook social learning group for the platform (all reviews and group meetings will be private and only accessible to group members). You will need to have a Facebook account, to participate.

It is like taking a whole college semester at your own pace, when it’s convenient for you!

The goal, of this five-month course, is to learn to recognize and use light, color, and composition as elements of your designs. And then learning the skills to accentuate the star of your image, and compel and guide, your viewers eye throughout your image.

Ansel Adams used to say, “The negative is my score and the print is my performance.”

We are going to learn to properly use the tools of light, color and composition to create the perfect score and then use the tools of Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom Develop module to create the perfect performance.

Click the link to see the whole class outline.

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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