Rod Planck has taken
28 years of field experience photographing nature and condensed it into this unique and intensive 1-day seminar. This instructional slide program follows the field process of nature photography—from the moment you find a subject that inspires you to the creation of an image that is properly exposed, razor sharp (where and when it needs to be) and dynamically composed with strong visual integrity.
Rod teaches field techniques that work for both film and digital photography. You will discover new ways to explore and experience the wonders of the natural world from Rod's unmanipulated and non-commercial perspective. Regardless of your skill level or imaging format this seminar will help you take your photography to a higher level.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration
9:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Program Presentation
(Morning Session 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
The Moment Of Discovery
Focal Length Selection
The subject is your inspiration (or at least it should be). Whether you photograph landscapes, small subjects, or wildlife, to grow creatively you must expand your concept of what a subject is or can be. After finding a subject you then need to select a focal length (a lens). This section teaches why focal length selection should be decision borne of creative necessity.
The Elements Of Design
Fine Tuning The Image
Once you have found an inspiring subject to photograph and you have given great thought to your choice of focal length, you now must place equal importance on deciding where the camera should be placed and how the elements you have selected should be visually arranged. You will learn how to visually create stunning images that feature the hallmarks of any great nature photograph: simplicity, balance and visual harmony. Aperture selection and the use of tilt lenses will also be covered in this section.
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Break for Lunch (on your own)
(Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Getting The Exposure You Want
Once you have your subject, focal length, camera placement and aperture selected, then and only then does getting proper exposure become relevant. Even with the sophisticated metering systems of today's modern cameras, consistently capturing properly exposed images remains one of the toughest challenges in photography. Rod teaches you how to use your camera's metering system to achieve proper exposures consistently. Rod will also explain why it is critical for digital photographers to read the camera's histogram while in the field and then show you how. He'll also explain why you expose differently when shooting in raw versus jpeg.
(A step by step description of this program is included in the seminar handouts.)
Photographing The Little Things In Nature As Well As The Feathered And Furred
Rod discusses special equipment and techniques for photographing small subjects such as wildflowers and insects as well as what equipment and techniques work for photographing birds and mammals. How and when to use fill flash in nature photography will also be covered in this section.
Shedding A Little More Light ... Review And Program Wrap-up
The quality of light is the primary component of any superb nature photograph, regardless of what imaging format you use. During the day's final session, Rod will give you helpful insights on the importance of quality natural light in nature photography. Rod wraps up with a review of key points from the seminar.
A formal question and answer period will follow the day's final program.
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Added Value: Seminar Handouts
Because there is so much information presented, you'll receive a complete set of seminar handouts to review later on. A valuable supplier list for nature photographers is included. Also, you may tape record the session for later review.
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TBA: 1-day seminar fee includes tuition, seminar handouts, morning coffee and a chance to win one of many door prizes.
|You can register by calling (906) 293-3339, or you can register online.