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If Cuba is on your bucket list . . .

Street scene with vintage car and worn out buildings in Havana, Cuba.

Then join me on March 9-18, 2018 for a one-of-a-kind photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country. 

This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  From the indefinable magic of old Havana with its vintage cars, to the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, with an overnight stay on the southern coastal beach at Playa Larga, this and more awaits to enlighten your senses and via for your camera’s attention.

For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/the-colors-and-contrasts-of-cuba

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New Lighting and Dog Photography Workshops this Summer + Camps for Kids and Teens

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Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive

A Weekend Workshop: June 17 & 18

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This weekend intensive is a thorough, hands-on exploration of the fundamentals of portrait lighting in the studio. From the simplest of lighting set-ups to the most complex configuration, the starting point of any lighting formula is the key light. Knowing how and where to place the primary light source is crucial. This is where we will begin in Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive.

On day one you will learn how to competently use a single light source and you’ll begin to see first-hand just how creatively flexible single source lighting can be. On day two we’ll add more lights, experiment with reflectors, fill light, feathering, edge lighting and how to interact with a subject. You’ll get to put all of your new knowledge to work with real models.

More information and registration

About the Instructor:

Kent Barker has over 25 years of experience shooting for a wide array of magazines and ad agencies. His editorial clients list includes magazines such as Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Fast Company, Success, Outside, Town & Country, Texas Monthly and Dallas Modern Luxury. In advertising, he has created national campaigns for the Four Seasons Hotels, Northwestern Mutual, Tony Lama Boots, TransAmerica, Corona, Nike and Budweiser just to name a few.

Dog Photography

Saturday, June 24: 1-8pm

In this full day, hands-on workshop we will cover various styles of pet photography, lighting situations and location suggestions. We’ll discuss posed and polished versus storytelling and photojournalistic styles. You’ll learn about the challenges of working with animals, including in a shelter environment, and advice for overcoming them.

Instructor Sylvia Elzafon will begin with a classroom presentation of her work and a review of styles of pet photography. Then she’ll explain the techniques for creating those styles and for capturing beautiful and flattering images of your canine subjects. We’ll bring in several well-behaved dogs so students can test their new skills in a nearby outdoor location. We’ll bid our furry companions goodbye and Sylvia will download your images for a group image critique.

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About the Instructor:

For over 15 years, Sylvia Elzafon has been passionate about animal welfare causes, including companion, farm, and wild animal issues. She has dedicated herself and her work as a photographer to shine a light on some of the biggest challenges facing animals, as well as highlighting our human relationship with them. The Dallas native donates photographic services to local and national animal advocacy groups. Sylvia has garnered national recognition with her shelter series of the adoptable dogs and cats at Dallas Animal Services.

Tabletop Product Photography

Saturday, July 22: 9am-5pm

This course is for the budget minded individual that wants to photograph small to medium size product. If you need product images for Amazon, Etsy or your own website, this course will walk you through all the basics. You will learn the fundamentals of studio lighting and how to get the highest quality image from the least amount of equipment employing DIY lighting gear and modifiers.

The day will begin with a discussion of camera equipment and settings. The instructor will demonstrate qualities of light and discuss lighting components and where to buy them. You’ll learn how to set up table top lighting and backgrounds that would be suitable to photograph small to medium size product. After lunch you’ll practice what you’ve learned by shooting a variety of products at different lighting stations followed by an image review and open discussion.

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About the Instructor:

Having graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1985 Lane Baker initiated his photographic career in Phoenix where shooting jewelry became his specialty. He quickly built a reputation as one of the top jewelry photographers in the country. Building on his love of jewelry, Lane expanded his practice to include luxury goods and food. Through the years, Lane has shot images for ads, websites and catalogs for many clients including Neiman Marcus, Platinum Guild International, Kohls, Heritage Auctions and DeBeers.

There’s still time to sign up for our Summer Camps for Kids and Teens!

Photo Camps for Young Photographers:

Campers will learn the science of f-stops and shutter speeds and the art of timing and composition.

Grades 4-7: Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16from 8:30am-12:30pm
Grades 8-12: Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23from 12:30pm-4:30pm
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Video Camp for Movie Making Teens:

Five days of hands-on production, shooting and editing of your own individual mini-movie and a larger group project. Shoot with any type of video camera you bring: smart phone, tablet, camcorder or DSLR.
Grades 9-12: Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28from 10:00am-3:00pm
More information and registration

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The Colors and Contrasts of Cuba – March 9 – 18, 2018

An old american car in front of a souvenirs shop for tourists in Trinidad, Cuba

An old american car in front of a souvenirs shop for tourists in Trinidad, Cuba

You are invited to join me on a one-of-a-kind photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  From the indefinable magic of old Havana with its vintage cars, to the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, with an overnight stay on the southern coastal beach at Playa Larga, this and more awaits to enlighten your senses and via for your camera’s attention.

Mark your calendars and let’s make a memorable photographic tour adventure together!  For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link:

Cuba Photo Tour

http://phototc.com/tours/details/the-colors-and-contrasts-of-cuba

Tour photo leader:

Randy Ziegler

 

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Come pick your own shamrock . . .

Detailed close up of Shamrock with blurred green background

Detailed close up of Shamrock with blurred green background

Come share the wonders of Ireland as I lead a 10-day photo tour (June 15 – 25, 2017) to experience and photograph some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  This incredible tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  We will also take time to slow our pace and embrace the ambience of some classic Irish pubs that will have you singing the night away!

For more information on my Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish enchantment just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

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Still space available for my 2017 Ireland photo tour!

Ireland

Join me on a 10-day (June 15 – 25) unforgettable travel adventure where we will create grand memories together while photographing some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  Our tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  In addition, we will have time to embrace the ambience and chat with locals in some classic Irish pubs.

For more information on my 2017 Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish flavors just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

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New England Fall Foliage Plein Air Painting / Photography Workshop

New England Fall Foliage Art Trek

Oct. 10 – 15 /2017

Photography & Plein-Air Painting Workshop

Taught by Scott Williams & Niki Gulley


This explosion of luminosity is the Super Bowl for leaf peepers from around the world. During those fews weeks there is an astonishing kaleidoscope of colors, set against the backdrop of mountains and valleys, topped off with the smell of apple cider in the crisp fall air.

autumns-grandeur-northfield-vtYour spectacular journey starts in the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, set amid Vermont’s Green Mountains. This picture-book village was voted the prettiest small town in America and is a perfect place to experience some of the best that Vermont has to offer. This quaint sleepy town has an over abundance of rustic charm, from its tree lined streets and white picket fences, right down to the stream running through the center of town complete with its own covered bridge.

While there our travels will take us to some of the most popular locations in the area, starting with the Sleepy Hollow Farm. This is probably one of the most photographed spots in the north east and is one of my favorite photos from our trip, pictured on the left side of this page. This is one of those scenes destined to become the home screen on your phone or the screen saver on your computer and just being there is guaranteed to make all of your friends jealous!

the-red-tree-niki-gulley-pastel-largeAs if that weren’t the ideal fall destination, we are giving it a run for its money by stopping off at the equally attractive Jenne Farm. With its bright red barns nestled down in the vibrant green hills and set off against the match stick tinted trees standing like sentinels single file along a winding dirt road, it makes this spot an absolute artist’s paradise.

Not to be outdone on our quest for the ideal fall spectacle, is the perfectly situated gristmill and this one ticks all of the boxes. Blazing red building (Check), obligatory waterfall over a meandering stream (Check), complete with a waterwheel (Check) and a split rail fence thrown in for good measure (check and double check)! This one pretty much does everything for you, all that you have to do is show up.

Of course if that isn’t enough, we have one more pastoral setting to check out. From a vantage point that looks out over yet another valley of stunning foliage, stands an iconic white church and steeple adjacent to a bucolic farm.

traversing-the-stream-woodstock-vtThe next stop on our fall pilgrimage brings us to a fabulous covered bridge spanning a stream with a small water fall, what a location! This makes for a great stopping off place as we move onto our next home base in the equally idyllic town of Stowe. From their famous church to the unmatched beauty of Smuggler’s Notch.

Finally, just to make sure that you get a well rounded New England adventure, we are going to go to a working farm to sample cheeses and yes, maple syrup. There could also be additional cheese tasting,  along with some apple cider tasting and of course, plenty of local cuisine. Add this together and you get a fall experience that will resonate for years to come!

what-dreams-are-made-of-niki-gulley-oil-painting-largeNiki will conduct the Plein-Air Painting Workshop from different picturesque locations daily, teaching through a combination of demos, discussions, assistance and critiques. Sessions will be broken into different morning and afternoon locations, with plenty of time in between for shopping, sightseeing or to dine al fresco for a leisurely lunch.

Scott will take the photographers on daily walking tours where you will have the opportunity to experience Vermont through your lens as Scott guides you to use your camera to define what you see while achieving your own artistic vision.

As with the painters, there will be daily destinations with time allowances for exploring on your own. There will also be valuable critique sessions throughout the workshop as time allows. This will give everyone an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, compare notes, ask questions and get a chance to know each other. It also presents a unique option to get views and perspectives from both painters and photographers.

So come join us as we take you on an inspirational exploration of Vermont with an emphasis on observation and perception as we help you develop your own style. Admission is limited to 12 participants, so we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. There will also be space open for non-participating partners at reduced rates on a limited basis.

Work Shop includes:

• Hotel for 5 nights in picturesque B&B’s w/ homemade breakfast included. 3 nights in Woodstock and 2 nights in Stowe (Double occupancy)    (Accommodations are in shared rooms, although a few single rooms may be available at an extra fee)

• Side trips along the way for cheese and maple syrup tasting

• All transportation in Vermont included, there will also be one shuttle run from the Burlington airport if needed.

• Meet & Greet the evening of Oct. 10th upon arrival.

• Instruction, guidance, experience and fun.

Your cost for all of this is $2,350 and to reserve a spot, simply send a completed application form (the forms will be provided by email upon request) along with your deposit of $750 per person.  There is a final application cut off date of 5/6/17.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way and we hope that you will be able to join us! For more details, visit http://www.arttreks.org.

Email Scott, photoguy@blind-squirrel.org, if you are interested in joining us.

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CELL PHONE ARTISTRY Workshop with Bob Chilton

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SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10 AM – 12 PM
Join photographer Bob Chilton as you learn to take gallery quality images with your smart phone. You will study composition, editing, answers to why your camera takes bad shots and ways to make your photos look like works of art. This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “International Nightscapes: Recent Works by Bob Chilton” on view at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, May 7 – July 29. Attendees are asked to bring their own smart phones with two apps pre-downloaded, Snapseed and Pro HDR. Register online or at admin@dentonarts.com. $50 for public, $45 for GDAC members.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10 AM – 12 PM

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

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