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2014 WORKSHOP & TOUR SCHEDULE

Adobe Photoshop for Digital Photographers
(Montgomery College, Gaithersburg, MD)


Date & Time: February 27 - March 13 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm, 5 sessions, 15 hours total)
Fees: $265

Description: Learn advanced image adjustment techniques and finishing touches to enhance your photos. Make image adjustments using layer styles, layer masks, selection tools, blending options, channels, filters. Learn Camera Raw and techniques to enhance photographs by blending explosures.

 


Digital Nature Photography One-day Workshop
(Chincoteague Island, Virginia)


Date & Time: April 5
Fees: $215
Limit: 8 participants
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Description: This intensive one-day nature photography workshop is open to all levels of photographers that own a Digital SLR camera. You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of camera techniques and how to better use your camera gear. Ideas on how to enhance your photographs through creative expression will also be shared.

The beautiful Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore offer a variety of photogenic subjects. You can expect to photograph ocean views, beach scenes, patterns and textures in the sand, marshes and wildlife.

The workshop will start just before sunrise and end just after sunset. We will spend time in the field early and late in the day to take advantage of the best lighting conditions. The hands-on instruction in the field will be targeted to improve your technique and photographic vision while the instant feedback will accelerate the learning process. Nikhil will make a presentation in the middle of the day that will cover basics like techniques for optimal exposure and creating sharp images to more advanced topics like how to use light and color, composition, creativity and more. There will also be an image critique session to give you constructive feedback on your photographs.

 


Macro Workshop
(Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, Virginia)


Date & Time
: April 12-13
Saturday schedule: 12-7pm
Sunday schedule: 10am-7pm (with break for lunch)
Fees: $245 (Entrance fee to the park is included)
Limit: 6-7 participants
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Description: This intensive workshop will cover several different kinds of macro techniques. There will be plenty of opportunities to create classic flower photographs, ultra close-ups, abstract and photo impressionistic images. Tulips, Trillium, Virginia Blue Bells and a host of other spring flowers will be in bloom. We will focus mainly on flowers but there will be plenty of other macro photography opportunities as well.

The workshop & will start with a presentation to get your creative juices flowing. Feedback on your photographs will be provided during a critique session. Field instruction will include demonstrations, tips on visualization, and the opportunity to receive immediate feedback on your technique and compositions.

It is recommended that participants own a tripod, SLR camera and have a lens with close focusing capability. Extensions tubes or close-ups filters will be handy if you don't own a macro lens.

Full

 


Great Smoky Mountains Spring Workshop
(Gatlinburg, Tennesse)


Date & Time: April 21-26, Start - 7pm April 21, End - 10am April 26
Fees: $1495 (includes lodging)
Limit
: 9 participants
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Description: Springtime in the Smokies is a treat for photographers! Spring greens, flowing streams, blooming wildflowers, valley's filled with fog and stunning mountain views await. Come join us for a fun and educational photographic experience! The town of Townsend will be home base as it is close to many of the photographic hot spots. A group rate has been arranged and will be available up to one month before the start of the workshop. Complete lodging info will be provided on registration.

The workshop will include plenty of field instruction, digital darkroom training and tips along with group critiques where you will receive feedback on your photos. There will also be a presentation on composition and techinique that will help you take advatange of the photographic opportunities at this location.

Itinerary Includes:

• All in-the-field instruction
• Lodging
• Park fees

Itinerary Does Not Include:

• Transportation throughout
• Meals and incidentals

Register 2 openings
Registration through Naturescapes

 


Chincoteague Island Workshop (Virginia)

Date: May 16-18, Start - 1pm May 16, End - 12pm May 18
Fees: $749 (includes lodging)
Limit
: 8 participants
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Description: Spring is a great time to be at Chincoteague! This workshop will cover how to think conceptually and create abstracts of common subjects to challenge the viewers perceptions. We will create absract art with flowing water and photograph ocean views, beach scenes, patterns and textures in the sand, marshes and plant life. You can expect to see and possibly photograph many different bird speciesor birds that return to the island in the spring. There may be opportunities to photograph the fabled Chincoteague Ponies, Sika Deer and other wildlife that inhabits the island.

The workshop includes instructional presentations that will inspire and explain how to make dramatic and beautiful photographs at this location. There will be plenty of field instruction that will cover techniques like capturing and freezing motion, long exposures and other creative aspects. A constructive critique of the participants photographs will complete the workshop.

Itinerary Includes:

• All in-the-field instruction
• Lodging
• Classroom presentations
• Breakfast buffet
• Park fees

Itinerary Does Not Include:

• Transportation throughout
• Meals and incidentals

Full
Registration through Naturescapes

 


Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Field Session
(Washington D.C.)


Date & Time: July 19, 6:30 - 9:30am
Tuition: $95
Limit: 8 participants
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Description: Water Lilies and Lotus take center stage at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens each summer. We will experiment with various techniques and creative choices that can be made when photographing these beautiful flowers. There will also be plenty of opportunities to photograph Dragonflies, Damselflies, Bees, and several other insects. Photographing insects can be challenging and fun. We may also find a Heron or Egret catching the large fish that inhabit the ponds.

The close focusing capabilities of a macro lens will be useful but you will need a longer lens (300mm) for greater working distance. There will be no classroom presentations. All the time will be spent in the field.

 



Chincoteague Island Workshop (Virginia)

Date & Time: October 31, 1pm - November 2, 12pm
Fees: $595 (includes lodging)
Limit
: 8-10 participants
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Description: As the sun rises off the Atlantic Ocean, we'll head off to the beaches where shorebirds dart in and out of the waves.  We shall encounter some of the resident populations of Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, and a host of other birds.  There may be opportunities to photograph the fabled Chincoteague Ponies and Sika Deer that inhabit the island. We will also photograph ocean views, beach scenes, patterns and textures in the sand, marshes and plant life.

The workshop will include presentations that will inspire and help you make those stunning photographs. Technical as well as creative aspects of photography will be covered. The classroom sessions will include post-processing tips and a constructive critique of your work.

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Registration through Chincoteague Bay Field Station


2015 WORKSHOP & TOUR SCHEDULE

Bosque del Apache and White Sands Workshop
(Socorro and Alamagordo, New Mexico)


Date & Time: Jan. 10-16, 2015
Fees: $1,295 (Deposit: $400)
Limit
: 8 participants
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Description: Bosque del Apache is one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks gather each autumn and stay through the winter. At dawn and dusk snow geese erupt in an explosions of wings, flight after flight of geese and cranes can be witnessed either going to the farm fields to feed or coming in to roost in the marshes.

The repetition of opportunities will give you a chance to improve your avian photography skills with Nikhil’s guidance. Whether you are making a portrait of a bird of photographing action, Nikhil will be ever-present to make sure you are taking advantage of the various situations that present themselves. This will include his thoughts on composition, angle of light, selection of focal length and the right settings on your camera for specific situations. He will help you make consistently sharp images and show you how to slow your shutter speed down and make artistic blurs of the birds as well.

The first evening Nikhil will make a presentation to give you an idea of what to expect at Bosque and share various techniques he uses along with the opportunities for interpretation. There will be field trips every morning and late afternoon. During the middle of the day there will be in-depth feedback sessions on your images and Nikhil will share some post processing tips and tricks as well.

After 3.5 days of photographing birds we will switch to landscape mode and photograph at White Sands National Monument. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live there.

We will photograph this surreal landscape for two days. While the park is very unusual it offers several challenges for a landscape photographer. Using light and shadow, composition and creativity come to the fore when interpreting the dune fields. Nikhil will help you explore the various possibilities (including Black & White photos) and push you to think outside the box. Early and late in the day the white sand reflects the color from the sky which makes for some interesting photos. There is not much plant life but yuccas can add more interest to this otherwise desolate landscape and the mountains make for a great backdrop. Participants should be able to hike about 1 to 1.5 miles (round trip) into the dunes.

Basic Itinerary

Orientation meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 10. We will have three full days of shooting at Bosque (plus the morning of Jan. 14) before driving to White Sands the afternoon Jan. 14. After taking that evening off we will start early the next morning. The field sessions at White Sands will not be very long as once the sun get higher the light is harsh and there are not many shadows to work with when photographing the dunes. The workshop will end after a late afternoon shoot on Jan. 16. Full packing and gear list will be provided.

Weather: Early morning the temps will be below freezing (in the 20’s) with warmer afternoons (in the 50’s and 60’s)

Itinerary Includes:

  • All in-the-field and classroom instruction.
  • Private board room provided for daily critiques and image editing as well as classroom instruction at BDA only
  • Discounted Lodging has been arranged; confirmations will be provided upon registration and receipt of deposit.

Itinerary Does Not Include:

  • Cost of lodging or meals
  • Transportation throughout; we’ll encourage carpooling to/from the refuge as it is a 30 minute drive from the hotel.

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Registration through Naturescapes

Please contact Nikhil if you have any questions about any of the workshops listed above.

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