August 24-25, 2013
St. Louis, MO
Maximum number of participants: 10
Workshop fee: $895.00 (payment in full is required to hold your spot)
Our previous frog and reptile shoots were a huge success, every photographer amazed at the stunning images they created during the workshop.
William Manning an exceptional photographer will be joining our workshop. Together, we are offering another opportunity to photograph these extraordinary subjects. Previous frog and reptile workshops sold out quickly because the people who participate get incredible pictures of 40-50 different species. Come join us for a unique opportunity to be part of this exciting workshop. We will photograph spectacularly colored dart frogs, primitive-looking exotic reptiles, and tarantulas in a private two-day shoot in St. Louis. There will be 5-6 shooting stations with natural looking plants, flowers, leaves and bark as background environments, and the images will look as if they were taken in nature. Actually, they will look better than you can get in nature because these creatures are hard to find, and even when you find them, the lighting isn't perfect, you can't get close enough, and the background is a mess.
Unlike in the wild, we have total control: The lighting will be perfect, the backgrounds flawless, the colors outrageous, while maintaining complete depth of field showing all the stunning details. We begin the weekend with a presentation on macro photography, lighting, and exposure to discuss the technical challenges with this kind of shooting, and we personally help you get some of the best macro pictures ever. Check out the photos in the low resolution gallery below -- you will get pictures just like this!
Lecture on macro photography and lighting for macro, two days of photography of some of the most intriguing macro subjects you'll ever find, critiques on demand.
Transportation to St. Louis, hotel, meals
Among the many topics we cover are:
- How to expose when only inches from your subject
- How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures
- The RAW workflow
- Equipment options for macro photography
- Professional way to replace a background with Photoshop
- Understanding lighting ratios with a ring flash
- How to replace unwanted reflections in eyes and reflective skin
- How to get maximum depth of field for very small subjects
The workshop is open to people of all skill levels and experience. The majority of people shoot with digital SLRs, but this is not a pre-requisite for attending this workshop.
Macro lens or some way of focusing very close, such as extension tubes or a Canon 500D diopter (this will fit any camera system and any normal or medium telehoto lens -- you purchase it according to the 'filter size' of the lens you'll be using).
A ring flash or a flash system with two small flash units on either side of the lens. If you don't have one of these and don't want to get one, contact me and we can talk about the type of lighting options open to you, including equipment I can bring for you to use. We have one loaner flash system for Canon users.
A tripod is optional. You may want to shoot the St. Louis Arch at night -- it's very dramatic and very beautiful. No tripod is needed to photograph the animals.
Hampton Inn St. Louis /Westport,
2454 Old Dorsett Road,
MO, 314 298-7878.
The hotel is located about 10 minutes from the airport and there is a free shuttle. Here is a link to get a very good price on a room at this hotel:
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Photographic Workshop Cancellation Policy
In order to make the necessary arrangements for each Workshop, we must rely on each participant's commitment to participating when they sign up. We have chosen to keep the classes small, and registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Please notify us at least 30 days prior to the Workshop starting date in the event you are unable to attend a Workshop in order to allow another person to apply. In order to reserve your space at the Workshop, a full payment is required. If participants cancel, there will be a $100 charge, from the date of booking, up to 45 days prior to the Workshop. After 45 days, the balance of the Workshop is non-refundable.
Reserve Your Place Now!
Reserve your space by mailing your $895 check to:
6814 Clore Lake Road
Crestwood, KY 40014
Please include all your normal contact information including your email address along with your check, and you will receive a written confirmation of payment. You will also receive a schedule of the seminar. Please also include the equipment you plan on bringing, such as the camera system you use and any flash equipment you may want to bring.
Many thanks, and I look forward to working with you in St. Louis.
Adam Jones Photography