As you may already know, our friends at Fstoppers are hosting workshops in the Bahamas this year, at the Atlantis Resort. When I met Patrick and Lee earlier this year at the Photo Plus conference, I had a chance to talk to them about the workshop and they were super excited about it. When compared to other workshops and conferences, the idea behind the Fstoppers workshop is very unique – to gather a relatively small group of photographers and have them spend time not only learning from some of the best photographers and instructors, but also get to know them in person, along with meeting other industry peers. And instead of doing it in a traditional classroom format, do it in a remote location to combine education with personal vacation and fun.
I had the good fortune to join Nasim again this year on his annual Landscape Photography Workshop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. While I regularly communicate with Nasim and others from Photography Life via email and phone, time and distance do not afford us with many chances to meet in person. I also appreciated the chance to spend some quality time with avid Photography Life readers, who share an appreciation of photography, camera technology, and the outdoors. Their comments, suggestions, constructive criticism, and support have helped make the Photography Life site better over time. Last year’s adventure allowed me to meet some wonderful people and share some memorable moments. I expected no less from this year’s trip.
1) San Juan Mountains
The San Juan and Uncompahgre forests offer an incredible panorama of Aspen and fir tree covered woodlands against majestic mountain peaks. Telluride, Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and Ridgway are the main towns in this scenic Southwestern Corner of Colorado. These towns have their roots in mining operations dating back to the mid-to-late 1800s, when gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, and precious minerals were discovered in the region.
We have been receiving a lot of requests from our readers regarding our workshop schedule for 2013. I apologize for not being able to publish any of the dates earlier. Aside from being incredibly busy, my biggest issue was planning around the summer season and making sure that I do not over-commit for the upcoming weddings and other photo shoots that Lola and I have been planning. As usual, the goal is to do the workshops after the summer season in September and October, so that the workshops do not conflict with the working schedule of our readers, some of whom are working pros.
Workshops and Dates
This year we will be offering great educational sessions for a number of different topics. Here are the dates for the upcoming workshops:
- The Fundamentals of Photography (Beginner) – September 14, 2013 ($100 – FULL)
- The Fundamentals of Photography (Intermediate) – September 15, 2013 ($100 – FULL)
- Post Processing – September 21, 2013 ($150 – FULL)
- Landscape Photography – September 28-29, 2013 ($600 – FULL)
- Flash Photography – October 5-6, 2013 ($300 – Canceled due to conflicts)
We are two weeks away from the first workshops this year and I wanted to provide an update on the content and location of the workshops. Due to a busy and hectic summer schedule, it was a little tough to keep up with the site, so I apologize ahead of time for not being able to provide all the details earlier.
1) Workshops and Dates
Once again, the workshops and the dates are the following:
- September 8, 2012 – Flash Photography Workshop (FULL)
- September 9, 2012 – Post-Processing Workshop (FULL)
- September 22, 2012 – Landscape Photography Workshop (FULL)
Many of our readers have been asking about our photography workshop schedule for this year. While I initially planned for the summer, due to the increased interest from local photographers (many of whom are pros), we decided to postpone the workshops till the end of the summer. The summer schedule is pretty hectic for most photographers, including us, due to weddings and other photo shoots, so we decided that it would be best to conduct workshops in early September instead. Below you will find the more or less finalized schedule for our upcoming photography workshops.
1) Workshops and Dates
So far we have decided to conduct two workshops on two different topics:
- September 8, 2012 – Flash Photography Workshop
- September 9, 2012 – Post-Processing Workshop
- September 22, 2012 – Landscape Photography Workshop (FULL)
From the bottom of our hearts we thank everyone, who made it today to our Portrait and Wedding Photography workshop. We are honored to have spent our day with great photographers and amazing friends. Although we do not have a picture of all of us together (I don’t know how we forgot that!), I am sure we will meet again and have another opportunity to have lots of fun and help each other out! Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to go through post-processing this time and we are hoping to cover it next Saturday.
Our utmost special thanks go to Eric Abbott and his beautiful wife D’Ann Carle Abbott, who own multiple My Favorite Muffin Bakery Cafes in Denver Area. Eric brought us a big variety of mini muffins and we devoured them with pleasure. Honestly, I haven’t had muffins this good EVER! Huge thanks!
Kudos to my favorite makeup artist and a very good friend Sameera for the fabulous work she does. Thank you for everything you do for me!
Special thanks to Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek for hosting our workshops!
Here is a portrait of our beautiful model, Leeza from the day. I hope we will be able to cover a lot more in our next workshop, in which we will go through Flash Photography in depth.
I am happy to announce that B&H Photo Video is giving away a $250 gift card prize in a B&H contest (see rules below). The winner will be announced after our last photography workshop (18th of June, 2011).
In addition, Lola and I are planning to give away a couple of great prizes to those who make it to the workshops. Please make sure to glance at our schedule update post periodically, as some of the details might change. I will be emailing those who signed up in advance and will let you know if there is a change of venue or time, etc.
So far we have had one small workshop called “Introduction to Photography Workshop” at the Roxborough State Park and although we did not have a chance to record the session, it went great and we went through the photography basics in approximately 4-5 hours. The next two workshops will be conducted this coming weekend, on June 11th and 12th (Landscape and Portrait/Wedding Photography) and the final workshop will take place on June 18th (Flash Photography).
Here are the B&H Contest Rules:
- Post a comment below with a list of items you would buy from B&H. Something like “I would love to buy a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens with a filter” or you can put a list of the gear you want to buy as a list.
- Make sure to use your real email address in the contact form – otherwise we won’t be able to get in touch with you.
- The contest is open to anyone – the gift card number will be emailed to the winner.
- You do NOT have to buy the items you list in your comment from B&H.
We just got back from a two week vacation in Florida and we are back on track with a workshop schedule update for free workshops coming up during the next few weeks. The dates are now finalized, with the following information and schedules (please see the bottom of this page on how to sign up for a workshop):
May 29 – Introduction to Photography
- Location and time: Roxborough State Park, May 29 @ 9 AM
- The Exposure Triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and White Balance
- Introduction to DSLR cameras and lenses
- Camera modes and how to shoot in manual mode
- Metering modes and exposure compensation
- Autofocus and manual focus operation
- Taking sharp photos
- Shutter speed and creative photography
- Shooting scenarios (portraits, landscapes, action, etc)
- Basics of composition
- Depth of field and bokeh
Update: We are meeting in the parking lot of the park
I am putting together a schedule of workshops that Lola and I will be organizing during the next few months. Many of our readers have been asking whether we conduct workshops or not and we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a number of free photography workshops in Colorado this year. Why free? Because first, this is what our website is all about – to give free knowledge to our readers, and second, both Lola and I love sharing our knowledge and helping out struggling photographers.
The workshops will be divided by categories (landscape, portraiture, etc) and levels (beginner to advanced), so we will go through a lot of content. In addition to outdoor photography workshops, the plan is to also host some post-processing workshops, but it will depend on whether we can find free conference space or not.