Beginning Class Photos

Shawnee Park
Shawnee Park

Did you ever wonder what we do in a photo class?
Well, we have a mixture of class room and practical, outdoor work.
In the beginning class you will spend the first few weeks learning the basics
of how your camera works and how to set it to get the best results.
Then we take you outdoors and have you do it for real. A mini field trip.
You see, photography is more than just “book learning”. It is the practice
of creation…you are creating art and the camera is just the tool you are using.
That being said, what did we do last night? The above image is from
the beginning class last night.
You can learn how to  use your camera to achieve images like this.
Just sign up for the next round of classes starting the first week in May.
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New Workshop

Fall Color Photo Workshop
October 13th & 14th 2012 

Back by request is the popular Fall Color Photo Workshop. A two day autumn adventure held in and around Hocking Hills State Park. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of southern Ohio, there will plenty of photo opportunities for all. 

Would you like to learn how to “see” more effective images?
Get the “right” exposure for dynamic color this fall?
Select the “best” focal length for a great photo?
Learn to tell a visual story about what you are seeing and experiencing?
If you answered YES to any of these questions……
Then, you should check out the Fall Color Workshop.

The dates are: Saturday and Sunday   October 13th & 14th
The times are: 9AM Sat thru 5PM Sun
The investment is:  A $125.00 class fee.  Your meals and  lodging are not included in this fee.

Space is very limited in this workshop in order for you to receive a high level of personal attention. So, sign up now to reserve your seat.  The information on lodging and meals will be sent to you in response to you registration. You may use the Paypal button in the right sidebar to register for this exciting weekend.

If you have any questions please email me.

Monday: Aug 13th:  ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT !!! 

Web Cast


Having finished a series of flowing water images, I knew just where to go to get the sunset light on the old cabin. I had seen it just glowing the evening  before but could not get to the position I needed due to heavy tourist traffic. Tonight, if anything, the light is better. Camp fires have added a bit of warm smoke haze to the light and it will be perfect for the image I have in mind.
As we head for the new  location, out of the corner of my eye, there is a flash of light. It takes almost a quarter of a mile for me to register what I had seen…a giant spiderweb glowing in the evening light.  OK, stop, turn around and go back…looking for it…not finding it….going way past it…turning around again…and this time, slowly..slowly driving the road…there it is!  Invisible from the other direction due to the light….
The sun is setting, not much time as this is in deep woods and the light is going fast. Set up the tripod, look for the right position, make the  image.  But, where is Mr. Spider??  To make a web this large (about 5 feet across) we are expecting a 50 kg  beast….and there he is, up on a nearby branch. A red/orange creature about 5″ big. Who obviously has a large appetite and great expectations. He is watching us, thinking “dinner” but we are too big for  him….perhaps, another somewhat smaller prey will happen along.
The light has gone from the web and it has all but disappeared.
We move on to the cabin where as expected the light is now just right.

The lesson is not to become so fixated on the “next place” that you miss the wonderful things that are right in front of  you.  I have learned to drive slower, to see better, to stop and go back for things rather than lettings them pass by, and to really look at what is available for  me.  A good lesson for all of  us. 

Class Project


Last night, on the first night of class, the advanced class went to a local park to take on their first still life project. A pair of glasses with a bit of “champaign” in them and an entire park for creative backgrounds. The  object was to create an image that expressed a feeling. I advised and took happy snaps of what they were working on. This is one from the end of the evening.
Not bad for the first time…… 

Portal Path


Taken the other day around a local park. It seems that everything is blooming already. I just love pathways, portals, trails, bridges, and old barns. They are so expressive. They just speak to me of past generations, of others who came before and who left their footprints for us to follow.
It is how we best learn. Not by trying to reinvent the wheel but by standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before. Not by striking out on our own but by attending a class and learning as a group the time tested methods that work. After we have learned, we then go  off and create new things to pass on to the next generation.  It is the way of learning.
You can partake of this learning by using the signup form in the right sidebar of this blog. New classes are starting the week of May 7th.
I hope to see you in class.