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 (FULL)
- The Fundamentals of Photography (Intermediate) – September 15, 2013 (FULL)
- Post Processing – September 21, 2013 (FULL)
- Landscape Photography – September 28-29, 2013 (FULL)
- Flash Photography – October 5-6, 2013 (Canceled due to conflicts)
The above dates are more or less finalized, but subject to change within the next 10 days (we are finalizing the exact locations in Denver area and dates). Please note that the prices do not include food, transportation and lodging (snacks will be provided for the classroom-style workshops only).
1) The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop – Beginner (September 7, 2013)
This workshop is designed for those that need to learn the basics of photography. If you are struggling with your camera and need to learn how to get out of that auto mode then choose the beginner workshop. This will be an intense, full day workshop designed to make you grasp the fundamentals of photography quickly.
Here is a short outline of what we will go over during the workshop:
- Camera and Lens Overview
- ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed
- Camera Modes and Metering
- Menu System
- Using Built-in Flash for Portraiture
- Case Scenarios
A full agenda will be provided within the next few weeks.
What to bring with you: your fully charged camera and memory card. Any camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, etc) or lens will do. We will go over settings for different camera brands.
2) The Fundamentals of Photography Workshop – Intermediate (September 8, 2013)
If you enroll in the basics course, this will be a great workshop to extend the knowledge from the first day. Or if you already know the basics and you are ready for the next step, then the intermediate workshop might be what you are looking for. In this workshop, we will go over things like basic post-processing, image management, gear maintenance and even cover some advanced topics like camera and lens calibration.
- Gear Maintenance
- Camera and Lens Calibration
- Autofocus System Explained
- Workflow Overview
- Image Management and Backup
- Lightroom Basics
If you are just starting out, I would recommend to enroll in both fundamentals courses.
What to bring with you: your fully charged camera and memory card. For the post-processing section of the workflow, it might be useful to bring your laptop with Lightroom pre-installed (but not required, since we will go over only the basics). Any camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, etc) or lens will do. We will go over settings for different camera brands.
3) Post-Processing Workshop (September 21, 2012)
How should you handle photos once they are taken? What does an effective post-processing workflow look like? How should you process your images and what tools can save you time and money? These are some of the topics we will cover during this workshop. We will spend a lot of time going through simple, yet effective Lightroom and Photoshop tricks that will speed up and enhance the way you organize and process your images. This class will be great for any kind of photography, but we will primarily concentrate on post-processing portraiture and landscapes.
Here is an outline of the post-processing workshop:
- Overview of photography workflow
- Post-processing workflow explained (Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop)
- Efficient workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop
- Destructive vs non-destructive editing
- Importing photographs
- Organizing, sorting and managing photographs
- Managing Lightroom catalogs
- Backup strategies
- Image editing in Lightroom vs Photoshop
- Lightroom modules explained in detail
- Photoshop basics
- Exporting photographs
- Case Studies: Portraiture
- Case Studies: Landscape and nature
What to bring with you: your laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop / PSE pre-installed. Photoshop / Elements is not required, but recommended.
4) Landscape Photography Workshop (September 28-29, 2013)
Our landscape photography workshop this year will again be in our favorite location – the San Juan mountains of Colorado (near Telluride, CO)! Regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the world for fall foliage, this remote corner of Colorado is breathtaking and absolutely stunning for photography. This particular workshop was so popular last year, that it got full within a couple of days after we announced it. This is not a classroom-style workshop – we will actually drive around and take pictures of the fall foliage and the mountains. For more details about this workshop, check out Emily Fagan’s guest post, where she described the workshop and provided some sample images. We will limit this workshop to 10-12 people. Here are some my images from last year’s workshop:
What to bring with you: your fully charged camera, memory cards and a tripod. If you are wondering about what lens(es) to take with you, we recommend a good wide angle zoom lens (a 16-35mm, 16-85mm, 18-55mm or 24-70mm will do perfectly fine) and a good normal to telephoto lens that covers up to 200mm of focal length for distant shots. Kit lenses and super wide angle lenses are fine too, although I personally recommend to get something sharper for the best quality details / prints. Make sure that your lens has a filter thread, since we will be relying on filters a lot. A polarizing filter is a must-have – see “must-have filters for landscape photography” post for more details. I also recommend a graduated ND filter (two stop or 0.6 ND is ideal), but if you don’t have one, then you can just borrow mine – I will have a couple of sets for participants to play with. Absolutely make sure to bring warm clothes and gloves for the sunrise shots. Late September can get quite cold in the mountains. I will provide more detailed information on what to bring to each participant when we get closer to the workshop date. Most communication will be handled over email and phone.
5) Flash Photography Workshop (October 5-6, 2012)
The flash photography workshop is going to be all about using different types of lights. While we will go over all types of lights used in photography, our main objective will be to master speedlights. Many photographers feel quite challenged when using flash, so we will cover everything from flash photography basics to more advanced topics (on-camera flash using speedlights and off-camera flash with infrared or radio communication). We will go through indoors and outdoors photography and show you how to utilize lighting gear in various environments. We highly recommend to bring your camera and a speedlight with you, because we want you to experiment and get comfortable with flash by practicing it during the workshop on the second day. This will be another intense, two day class, so please plan accordingly. We will be hiring a model, who we will use for showing different lighting setups and model for us during the second day.
Here is an outline of the flash photography workshop:
- Natural light vs flash – when to use flash
- Overview of flash systems, modifiers and triggers
- Strobes vs portable vs studio lights
- Flash photography basics
- Exposure control
- On-camera flash
- Off-camera flash
- Indoor flash photography
- Outdoor flash photography
- How to effectively utilize strobes
- Advanced flash photography
- Case Studies
As you can see, we will cover a lot of material during this workshop.
What to bring with you: your fully charged camera, memory cards and a speedlight (Canon, Nikon or any other third party speedlight).
Except for the landscape photography workshop, all workshops will be conducted at the Doubletree Hotel DTC (Denver Tech Center). The meeting room name is “Teal” and it is located on the third floor. When you get through the main entrance, go straight, pass the front desk and you will see stairs on the right going up. Take the stairs and once you are on the third level, turn left – the “Teal” meeting room is at the end of the corridor. Please arrive promptly, since we will start at 9 AM sharp.
Please do not book your hotel accommodation for the Landscape Photography Workshop yet, as we will have group pricing for participants.
For any workshop participants from previous years, a discount of 20% applies towards any of the above workshops. There is also an additional 15% discount if you book more than 2 workshops. We value those who serve in military, so if you or your spouse are active military, you will be eligible towards a 50% discount on any of the workshops. Veterans and passive reserve are also honored with a 30% discount. If you are a previous workshop participant or qualify for a military discount, please contact us via the “Contact Us” page and include what workshop(s) you are interested in participating in.
How to Sign Up
In order to sign up for the above workshops, please use our secure Workshop Registration page, where you can pick the course you want and make advanced payment. Please note that the fees are fully refundable between now and September 1, 2013. We will not be able to provide a refund after this date (planning and coordination issues).