Workshops can up your game!

Want to improve your creative expression, improve your photography, grow your confidence, and meet terrific people? Consider signing up for a workshop with a good instructor. It doesn’t need to be an extensive 3 month course, (although that can work for some). You can start with short workshops at your local community college, photography center, a photo walk, or ones sponsored by your local camera store.

Rick Sammon Photo Walk

Rick Sammon Photo Walk

That’s how I started. It was a two-hour workshop hosted by Glazer’s Camera and Canon with Rick Sammon in 2011. That workshop opened my eyes to the fact that you “make a photo, not just take it.” I didn’t realize that most photos don’t come out of the camera looking great. Capturing the photo is the first step followed by post production editing to achieve the shot that you envisioned in the first place.

What followed was a four-day workshop on Mount Rainier in 2011 with Rick Sammon and Juan Pons. I learned how to take photos in low light, expanded my technical and creative skills and saw how others captured the same scene as I had. Enlightening!

Sunrise on Mount Rainier

Sunrise on Mount Rainier

Rick’s Oregon Caravan tour in 2012 came next and again I found new perspectives and increased skills.

Evening Ride

Evening Ride

I was so encouraged by what I learned and the feedback I received, I took the plunge and signed up for a 10 day photography tour in Iceland! I just returned from that trip and am still plowing through my 2,000 plus photos, but once again my skills and perspective were honed.

It is not easy to shoot photos of ice I found out, but understanding how to adjust your exposure settings to compensate is the key. Rick always said, “expose for the highlights.” That means making sure your histogram is showing on the back of your camera so you can see if you are under or overexposed. By moving the exposure dial into the + zone until I found the right exposure was an important learning.  It worked as you can see.

Ice Lagoon

Ice Lagoon

Iceland is a country with many different photo opportunities worth capturing – waterfalls…

Behind the Fall

Behind the Fall

Relaxing landscapes….

Old Church

Old Church

Animal life….

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

And of course, beautiful ice from the glaciers.

Blue Ice and Clouds

Blue Ice and Clouds

You can up your game by taking photos daily, participating in a photo walk, and learning online with Lynda.com or Scott Kelby Training, which you can find on our CameraWalking site. I do all of these, but nothing heightens and cements my technical and creative skills like taking a 4-10 day workshop. Check out Rick Sammon’s workshops. He is a great teacher and mentor. Once you have participated in his workshops you will become one of his “students for life.” I have.

So, I will leave you with this last photo that in my mind captures the learning, beauty and wonder of Iceland and my experience in the workshop. All of which I will take with me when Camera Walking.

Bridge Glacier Ice

Bridge Glacier Ice

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