New Virtual Workshops

Last week I did a couple of Virtual Workshops, which is basically a tailored workshop to your needs done over Zoom Conferencing! I’ll record them and send them your way as well.

More info here: Virtual Workshops

HDR Workshop: Afterword

Last Saturday I held my first ever HDR workshop, which I dubbed “HDR: a primer”. It was kind of a primer for me too, as it’s the first time I’ve run a workshop period and the learning experience was intense.

A few things I’m thankful for: First, the people who signed up. We had four attendees…Denver, Kerry, Lamont and Chris…and I’m so appreciative of those guys participating and supporting this effort. It meant a lot to me.

Secondly, Rick Young. The guy is a solid, solid friend and has taught me a lot. He joined the fun to help out, pass along his workflow where needed and even printed out keyboard shortcut sheets for Photoshop and Lightroom. It wouldn’t have been as successful without him…thanks buddy.

Finally, my wife for bringing Oreganos for all to enjoy. You all know how amazingly supportive she is…but now she’s brought donuts to our photowalk and then dinner for the workshop. They were both her ideas too. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

The workshop started off with round-the-room introductions, which turned out to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the time together. I think it lasted around 45 minutes and we really got to know what everyone shoots, what they use, why the like it and how they got started. Awesome to get to know everyone a lot better.

We talked about HDR, the basics…and showed some awful examples of what the worskhop was hoping to teach people to avoid. We went out and did a short photowalk to get some brackets and then returned for some food and beer and processing.

Overall, I think it went well. Rick gave me a B+/A- grade, so you can’t ask for much better than that on your first attempt. I definitely know there were areas to improve upon and things I need to know a bit better.

Again, thanks to all who helped make this possible. Dave Wilson and David J. Nightingale sent me information on their own Austin, Texas workshop which really aided me in getting my presentation down, so I appreciate that fellas!

The photos here are just some candids I took from our walk around the Central Avenue and Roosevelt area. Hope you enjoy!

HDR: A Primer (February 26th, Phoenix Photography Workshop)

Phoenix Arizona HDR Workshop

I’m so very excited to announce my first ever HDR workshop! I’ve been talking about this for around 4-5 months, I started working on it at the end of last year and finally am ready to go live with an actual date. I know this is going to be a fun experience, educational, hands-on and hopefully will set people down the right path when it comes to learning how to shoot and process high dynamic range images.

Before I get into the details of the workshop, you maybe wondering why I even think I’m qualified to teach anyone anything in regards to HDR photography. It’s a good question and one that is actually tough to answer. In very many ways, I’m still learning. Evolving. Over a year ago I thought I had it figured out. Six months later I realized how silly I was for thinking that way. Fast forward to today and I’ve come to realize that I will always be learning, changing and tweaking my style. There is no pinnacle or magical plateau that says “You’ve arrived, there is nothing left to learn!

However, I do feel like I have a solid technique for using Photomatix Pro coupled with Photoshop (plus other tools we’ll briefly talk about). Whatever your style may be, there are still some solid ground rules that will help you get the best possible results. And there are a lot of people out there trying HDR without a clue on how to do it because the bad examples outweigh the good most of the time, which is something I want to try to remedy as much as possible.

More and more I get questions from people asking if I can show them how to do HDR, or asking me how I get my clouds to look so natural in an HDR photo and basic questions like that. It just feels like it’s time to kind of pass on what I know to people who are dying to learn.

And I have to say…it’s a lot of fun to teach people stuff that you are passionate about and I can’t wait to get started.

So without further ado, here are all the nitty, gritty details of the workshop.

HDR: A Primer / February 26th, 2011 @ 3:00pm (updated time)

Cost: $100

Openings: 6 spots only at this time (first come, first served)

Deposit: $50 saves you a seat (I will send details on where to pay your deposit)

Length: Until all questions are answered (nod to Zack Arias for this method when doing workshops). The plan is to meet & greet, talk, go shoot and then process.

Location: Day Twelve Space – 812 N. 2nd Avenue, 85003

Who Should Attend: Photographers who have never done HDR before but want to learn, and those who dabble in it and want to take their images to the next level.

Required to Bring: DSLR Camera with auto-bracketing (Canon does 3, Nikon can do up to 9), Tripod, Laptop, Photoshop, Photomatix Pro

Recommended but not vital: Lightroom

If you want to attend the workshop and don’t have the required items above, you can always pay and just be an observer. Please let me know if you want to go this route, as I will probably open up an additional spot for this type of attendee.

You CAN get by without Photoshop, but a large part of the workshop will be dedicated to showing methods in Photoshop to finalize your HDR images. Photomatix Pro is considered the best overall software in producing HDR images by some of the most skilled photographers I know. Hence that is what we’ll be using for the workshop. The cost for it is only $100 and you can buy it right here or just download a free trial. I can probably find you a way to get a 10-20% discount on it as well.

You also need a way to get your photos from your camera to your laptop.

What you get:

  1. Introduction to HDR, what it can do for you, how you get your brackets, the value of composition and examples of what not to do.
  2. 1-2hr photowalk around the downtown Phoenix area to get some brackets
  3. A little bit on workflow, creating a Photomatix .HDR Radiance file, tone mapping and post-processing in Photoshop.
  4. A hands-on approach: We’ll use the photos from our photowalk and process them together so you put what you learn into practice right away!
  5. Samples of additional tools and plugins

Everyone leaves the workshop with a handout of all the slides with areas for note taking and a DVD with 2-3 video tutorials on processing an HDR image from start to finish.

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