All workshops are 2 hours in duration, except as noted. Each will include an overview of the location, types and styles of photographs, and photography instruction specific to the site.
Using Photoshop or Lightroom as your primary Processing ToolIntroduction to the primary tools within in each software package to improve the quality of your images. We will cover cropping, cloning, levels, curves, brightness, recovery, vibrancy, saturation, fill light, sharpening, noise reduction, and more. At the end of the session, you will know the basics of processing and how powerful the software programs are. These software classes can be expanded to 8-hours or more on request for a more thorough review and practicum so that the student will be comfortable using the software to manage and process images.
Train Depot, B&D Mills, Rail yard, Grapevine
The historic train depot, trains, and tracks provide many opportunities for landscape and still life photography. The objects and the textures, lines, and patterns of the objects create opportunities to explore grunge and natural HDR photography. Meet in the parking lot by the Visitor Information Center on Main Street just north of the tracks.
Botanical Garden and Nash Farm, GrapevineWe will start in the Grapevine Botanical Garden, the second largest municipal garden in Tarrant County. The venue lends itself to flower and garden photography, as well as, butterflies and other pollinating insects. This venue is most interesting with your macro lens and a tripod. Nash Farm has an old cemetery, antique farm equipment, and old barn and other interesting objects. We will work on creative blurs at both locations. Meet in the parking lot at 411 Ball Street.
Historic Downtown, GrapevineA stroll down Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine has ample opportunities to photograph interior and exterior architectural features of the Wallis Hotel, Palace Arts Center, City Hall, and other notable buildings. and sculptures. These locations will provide opportunities to find different perspectives and to practice your photography under various light conditions. Meet in Liberty Park, 215 S. Main.
Natural and Off Camera LightingLearn how to use natural and off camera side, back, and front lighting, as well as diffusers, reflectors, and remotely triggered flash units to better understand how to effectively use light to improve your photos.
Depth-of-Field StudiesUsing your camera and lenses we will explore how your depth-of-field changes as you change your lens length and f-stop. At the end of the session, you will know your minimum focus distance and the apertures required to blur the foreground and/or background or to have all in focus. A tripod is essential for this workshop.
A Day at the Zoo, Fort WorthWe will spend 1/2 day at the zoo looking for interesting and varied photographic opportunities. The Museum of Living Art provides opportunities for low-light photography, the aviary with its areas of light and shadow has its own challenges, the fast moving primates and meerkats can also be a challenge. At the end of the workshop you will better understand the effects of ISO on shutter speed and when to select manual, shutter priority, or aperture priority. This is a 4-hour workshop.
Low Light Action, Polar Ice, GrapevineBring your telephoto and tripod and shoot in the cool temperatures of Polar Ice. We will photograph fast moving hockey and figure skating under very difficult lighting conditions and through plexiglass. At the end of the session, you will more thoroughly understand how to get the most from your equipment.
Making Accurate Photographs of your ArtThis hands-on workshop will cover setting up you art to reduce distortion, using natural and artificial light to bring out details, setting your camera to get the best, most accurate image, and processing your image to make the best impression.
The workshop will start with an overview and discussion of the essentials; color profile, white balance, depth-of-field, exposure, picture style, RAW vs. JPEG, and more. Regardless of your camera brand or style information will be provided for you to optimize your camera settings.
Get Creative with WaterUse water and liquids to expand your creativity. As time allows, we will photograph dye as it moves through water, oil floating on water, falling water drops, and more. A tripod is essential for this exercise. Depending on the selection, you will learn about front and rear-curtain flash, flash synchronization, and how depth-of-field and shutter speed impact your results.
Creative BlursTake your photography to another level by effectively using zoom blur, rotational blurs, the Monet effect and others. Using Neutral Density Filters and Circular Polarizing Filters we will obtain the proper shutter speeds to be successful. At the end of the session, you will see additional possibilities in the everyday and be able to use your filters to obtain the desired shutter speed.
Beyond the Basic of Composition
There is more than rules of thirds to effective composition. We will use photographs and paintings to discuss how curves, vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines and other elements impact composition and create tension within the image and engage the viewer.