Why take a Photo Class ?

Forest Path

Why take a photo class?

Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it set on automatic?
Would you like to be able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?
On the first night of one of my beginning classes, a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.
One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.
A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.
A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide you to create your best work.
The last but not least is to HAVE FUN!  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays, reunions, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.
The next session of classes begins Jan 2nd. You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar. I hope to see you in class.

Misty Memories

Log Cabin in Fog on Blue Ridge Parkway
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Misty Memories,  Does this image stir up memories for you?
Did you ever wonder how long it takes to get a good image??
This is a good example of the process…..
It took three years to capture this image of a cabin in the fog along the Blue Ridge Parkway. When I saw it the first time it was OK, but no fog….1 year later it was pouring down rain….1 year later it was so foggy that the road was closed….at last, after 3 years it was just right. Yes, the road was closed and we had to walk about a mile to get to it but I think it was worth all the trouble. This is the image I saw in my head three years before.

To Touch The Sky

To Touch The Sky
To Touch The Sky

The classes are going full blast now.
With class demos and a lot of student participation.
Out in the field almost every night to practice
the new found skills and create great images.
The students are learning to “Touch The Sky”.

You can learn this way …just use the sign up
form in the right sidebar of this blog.
The next round of classes starts July 8th.

Why Take A Photo Class ??

Smoky Mountain Bridge
Smoky Mountain Bridge


Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it  set on automatic?

Would you like to  be  able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?

On the first night of one of my beginning classes a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.

One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.

A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.

A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide  you to create your best work.

The last but not least is to HAVE FUN !  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays,  get togethers, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.

Start Learning Today!!    
The new term starts on March 4th…You may sign up by using the Paypal button located in the right sidebar.   I hope to see you in class.

The Face Of Heaven


Yesterday began as a good day.  A light overcast gave wonderful diffuse light. High 80’s with the forecast of some rain later on in the day.  The remnants of the storm Isaac, that just went through the southern states was not supposed to hit before late evening, we were safe. The image making could begin. This was 9:00am.
It had really clouded over by 1:00pm.  
By 2:00pm the heavens had opened and we were trying to remember how to build an ark large enough to fit the car (lol).  The storm lasted most of the afternoon while we took cover in a nearby restaurant and watched through the floor to ceiling windows.  A spectacular sight, the rain whipping the landscape, and us in a nice dry place with food and beverages. The only way to weather a storm. 
After lunch and as the storm abated we ventured outside once again and found this face in the now reddish sky.  The Face Of Heaven ??
 

Remembering Last Year


As I sit here in my office, looking out the window at the 60* weather we are having, I think back to last year at this time.  A much different look to the outdoors.
Better or worse?  You decide.  For me, I will take the overcast and snow in preference to the nasty and boring clear blue sky that holds no photographic interest for me.
Of course, I have never had to shovel a clear blue sky……

Just a side note: The classes are filling up fast for the March/April term. If you want a place in class you need to let me know.

Fog Jog

 

After a morning out making images in the fog.  Mostly soaked to the skin but energized by the creative energy that was still flowing through me. I crossed a bike trail where a jogger waited for my car to get out of his way.  A quick glance down the trail was all I could get as I was going about 50 mph when I came upon the cross over. But it was enough to see the fog and knowing that an image was in the making, I started looking for a place to park.  Finding a pull off about 1/4 mile up the road…..there were now 2 joggers. One on the trail and one with a camera and tripod running for the trail.   This image is the convergence of those two joggers on the trail.
This is the reason that I never put the camera away until I pull into the driveway at home. Even when I think that I am finished for the day, I leave the camera out on the seat beside  me.  I never know what opportunity will present itself along the road and I want to be ready to capture what ever might appear.
I  used this  image as a Lightroom demonstration in my Thursday night class.  Fog and mist are very soft and ethereal and need to be handled very gently.  Save some detail and at the same time preserve the feeling of the experience.  A fine line to balance.